Saturday: Motos- 2nd, 4th, 4th Quater-4th Semi- 7th B final- 8th, crashes Saturday was tough, I had recently gone on to 1.5 wheels and I was struggling with the different gearings. But was determined to come back Sunday faster.
Sunday: Motos-1st, 1st, 1st Quarter- 3rd Semi- 3rd Final- 5th After Saturday I was happy to make a final and finish 5th as well as winning all three motos. I now know what I need to work on for Braintree and I’m looking forward to going there for rounds 9 & 10
Moto’s 3rd, 2nd, 3rd, Semi 3rd, Final 8th
The conditions on Saturday were difficult with the rain on and off all day and lots of riders crashing. I’m happy to say I managed to stay upright on my bike this weekend, and surprisingly I was not getting any wheel spin off the gate in the wet conditions, thanks Maxxis.
The moto’s went ok, I had a solid semi taking me into the main final, but my final was not a great lap coming in 8th (last).
Moto’s 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Semi 4th, Final 3rd
On Sunday I arrived at the track looking to improving on Saturdays result, and the weather was dry for most of the day.
First 2 moto’s went well, then on the 3rd moto I lost my gate technique which carried over onto the Semi’s, in which, coming down the start hill wheeling in last position left me with a lot of work to do to get into the final. Carrying good speed through the 1st berm down the 2nd straight into the 2nd berm I had now worked my way up to 4th and going on to earning a place in the final again. Before going into the final I had a chat with one of our elite riders (Quillan Isidore) regarding the start/gate, and the advice helped me get a solid start. I was running in 2nd place for most of the lap only to get passed right on the line leaving me in 3rd. It was my best lap of the weekend and I was satisfied to come away with that result.
Round 7: Motos – 2nd, 1st, 2nd Quarter – 4th Semi – 8th B Final – 1st
Practice was a very wet start to do the day but I went out to see what the track was like. The track rode well considering the rain, with a few soft patches dotted around the track. The motos went really well and I was consistently top 2 with a win in the second moto. Got to the quarter with first choice gate pick and I chose gate 1, I got pulled down the first straight and shut down. Exited turn 1 in 6th place and I just tried to stay close to the riders in front and saved my move for the last straight. Still in 6th half way down the last straight I kept on pumping and squeezed a very close 4th on the line. Gate 8 in the semi left me with a lot of work to do, I had my best gate of the day and come over on the riders on my inside. Hit turn 1 in third but being on the outside other riders they had a better line in the turn. I got pushed high and just run out of track space and ended on the grass, race over! Took the B final win from the outside.
Round 8: Motos – 1st, 4th, 2nd Quarter – 4th Semi – 4th A Final – 7th
Day 2 started good again with another good first straight from gate 8. 4th in the second moto wasn’t as bad as it suggests with strong riders in the race. In the quarter I just wanted a strong first straight that I knew I had in me to avoid a re run of the day before. That plan didn’t work out, getting tangled on the first jump with other riders left me back in 6th again. Complete re run of the day before! Chased the pack round and exited turn 3 in 5th this time, went for the pump all the way through again. Without a clear run this time it was more difficult but again I squeezed fourth on the line. The semi I had gate 8 again, but this time it did go to plan. A good gate and first straight left me in fourth out of turn 1 and I held this to the line. I had 8 again in the final and was hoping I could repeat my semi final performance. Needing to get over I went early and unfortunately hit the gate causing me to unclip and that was that. I was annoyed that I didn’t make the most of the opportunity having worked hard to make the A final but very happy I made it in the first place.