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Every once in a while you get one of those race days where you’re just feeling it and ready to rock. Before Regina, I had a really good week of training. When I got there I felt good with no aches and pains, Kibby threw new grips on that felt perfect after some of my personal modifications (cut half of the half waffle off) and mentally I was just ready for a good race.
At Calgary the previous weekend we made the bike richer for the higher elevation and the bike was running exceptionally well so we left it. Before the first practice, because it was a bit too rich for Regina, the bike was hard to start and it ended up kicking back like an old CR500 shooting my knee straight up squishing my thumb into the throttle tube peeling a bunch of skin back and swelling it up like a sausage. So far so good for this alleged awesome race day. It must have lit a fire under my ass though as I ripped the fastest lap time and when we went back and fixed the mapping I had the fastest lap time again in qualifying until the last lap when Pourcel squeaked by in typical Pourcel fashion: Crafty Frenchman.
Regardless of where I qualified I still felt really good on the track and was looking forward to the first moto. After pulling the holeshot I was pumped and thought to myself this is my moto similar to how I felt at RJs last year when you know, you know but for the second weekend in a row Goerke pulled a sketchy move but this time I ended up on the ground. Now I don’t ever remember deliberately trying to take him out or block him in practice or anything dirty so when he cross jumped me at Calgary over the huge tunnel jump almost killing us both it caught me off, guard. I yelled at him in the next corner because I wasn’t close enough to return the favor although that’s not something I would do. Having said that, the Calgary thing may not have been on purpose but there are a time and a place for taking dumb risks. This time I was in a rut, he drove over the side of it to join me in said rut, and our bars tangled putting me on the ground. I understand when your racing for the lead it’s going to be aggressive that’s part of it but he really was lucky that he didn’t fall too and thinking about it I wouldn’t just drive into somebody especially on the first lap and just hope we both don’t go down. Again, I doubt he was targeting it as a personal matter and it could be just coincidental that we came together 2 weekends in a row, it’s just frustrating on my end when your ready to fight for the win and find yourself on the ground on the first lap which could have easily been avoided. This also may have lit a fire under my ass as I came through the pack and had my best moto of the season ending up in 4th from somewhere in the twenties. In moto 2 I was looking to redeem myself but smoked my hand on an Acerbes inside wall track marker thing letting a couple people pass. The track was a lot harder to pass on in moto 2 for me as it got quite a bit harder pact and dry which admittedly is not on of my stronger points. By the time I got into 5th I was too far behind Alessi to fully bridge the gap.
I believe this was probably my best and most consistent west coast swings of my career besides struggling with sickness in PG. I’m really happy with how the new team and bike is working out. With the weekend off I have taken most of the week off of riding as we have 6 in a row coming up and I want to be as fresh as I possibly can. I am getting a race motor to practice on today so jumping from my practice bike to the race bike should be a lot less of a transition each weekend.
Its been pretty wild that every race so far has been around 21 degrees. I think the east coast is going to have a few more obstacles that we have yet to deal with thus far. The first one being sand, the second one being humidity and the third one being mud. There is a possibility of seeing all 3 when the racing starts back up at Gopher. I know it’s unlikely that it will be muddy but it will be humid and sandy that’s a guarantee. I just got the text that the motor showed up so I have to go brush up on my mechanical skills so that’s all I have for this week. Until next time, get out there and throw on an MX11.