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I remember when it was first announced that Sand Del Lee was going to be on the national schedule, that was almost ten years ago now, but I was so stoked because I knew the track like the back of my hand. It didn’t matter how the prep was or even the layout changes, it was just awesome because of how comfortable I was going to that track since I was 6.
Fast forward to now and I have that same feeling with Pleasant Valley. Last season it was the first breakout ride I had after struggling with bike set up, changes etc. Now coming into this weekend with my bike sorted and with how I have been riding/feeling this season so far I am really looking forward to racing. The home track advantage here is more emphasized than the way Sand Del Lee used to be just because of how the dirt is. It’s very deceiving where the traction is and isn’t which also depends on how much moisture is or isn’t on the ground. I get to ride this track at least once or twice a week all season long and have been doing so for the last 8 years. Not to mention, I get to sleep in my own bed. As Benoit said last weekend though there are a few things that can be a tad annoying, like getting asked the same questions over and over from different people who already know the answers, for example, what time can I park? can you save me a spot? is there a place to ride close by? where can I do laundry? Is there someone locally that can change the glow plugs on my 98 cube van? do you have a welder? You try to guide everyone in the right direction because you have been in their shoes many times before. Compared to normal it just seems a bit busier.
There have been a few track changes, the start now drops into the gully instead of doing a 180 degree turn up the start straight, there are two new jumps and a few places have been widened to open up some of the corners. As of now, we are looking at 23 degrees and sunny for the weekend so the track should shape up nicely. I had a bit of an off weekend in Notre Dame DBC with 2 fairly sizeable uncharacteristic crashes in moto1 after qualifying with great lap times. Because the track was very similar to my parents track that I grew up riding I put a bit more pressure on myself to do well and I believe that led to my mistakes in moto 1. Sometimes it’s easy to over think things and throws you into a loop so I’m going to try to take this weekend like every other time I practice out at the track. My starts were awful too which seems odd as they have been pretty good all season. The first one I wheelied a bit so I thought that it hooked up too much so for the second one I revved it more, used my start device on the lower setting and when I let the clutch out I felt the back end sink into the sand spinning a hole to China. It was difficult to set up passes so I had my work cut out for me coming into corner 1 basically in last, making it back up to 4th was a good moto for me but I was pretty pissed that I jacked the start that bad. This weekend we are back on cement but it’s fairly abrasive to the point that I don’t even do burn outs at local races you actually hook up pretty good. Starts are again going to be very important this weekend as the roost isn’t very pleasant and there are a few gates that set you up good for corner 1 so gate pick will be important.
Talon is racing Saturday on his new (to him) KTM my Dad bought him so I will be full mini Dad tomorrow may be throwing punches and filing protests but I’m excited to see him go with a bit more suspension to duke it out with the bigger boys. Any ways I’ve gotten 19 new text notes since starting this so I gotta go! Until next time, get out there and jump in my buddy TJ’s 12-foot inflatable pool this weekend!