I wanted to touch base about X Games 16, which was held last week Thursday July 29th – Sunday August 1st at the LA Coliseum, Nokia Center and Staples Center. It was my first race back since my injury and not one of my best. The first practice (held on Wednesday) went pretty well. There were two triples right after the start (which came right after a long run way down the paristyle and had a steep face and landing) that I was doing along with the top girls in the first practice. The second practice was very short due to a delay in the schedule and the third was a “timed qualifier”. I had some issues with my back hurting and just was not feeling like myself during the timed qualifier. I used the time to try to learn some of the rest of the track but was not doing the triples. My qualifying time was off from where it really should be.
The race was held on Thursday at 6pm and was carried live on ESPN (it re-aired several times as well). I had the outside gate, which was a disadvantage. Because of live television we did not have time for a sight lap but the track hadn’t been ridden much so it was fine. I was pumped for the race (much more so then practice). I got a good jump off the gate and a decent start (in 3rd or 4th). Right after the first rhythm section I was high in the berm and another racer came in and slammed into me. We both crashed. My throttle was stuck in the other bike’s rear spokes. Her bike kept running, mine died and I was in dead last. I got going again but the main event was only 6 laps (a little over 6 minutes), I finished a disappointing 8th.
I stayed to do some promotion including the Disney Live Radio Show and Autographs in the X Fest (lots of fans).
If you missed the race, X Games usually posts in on the site check http://search.espn.go.com/xgames
I appreciate the support of each one and every one of my sponsors and want to say a special thanks to my team – Suzuki City Nitro Circus for bringing the whole team and the semi down to X Games to support me. That was amazing, to my mechanic Chuck Marchant, and to my new sponsors Bolthouse Farms (check out all the great juices and protein drinks at Bolthouse.com) and to Firestop and Fuel Doctor.
I am still working on rehabbing my back and training for the next WMX Pro National at Southwick, August 28th. I am working towards a podium! Oh, there will be highlights of the women’s race in the AMA 250cc show from Southwick and they always have our first moto live on allisports.com.
THANK YOU – Sherri Cruse