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I don’t know what the deal is with Deschambault but I struggle to get through that place with out some sort of whacky thing happening. In 2014 I was running up front when a freak cam issue happened and I had to idol around the track. The next year I crashed really hard in practice and went 3-3 for 4th overall. Last year I crashed really hard luckily walked away from it but my one ear still rings from that and I fell in both starts. Coming into this year I was ready to rock, felt great in practice and got a decent start in moto1. I worked my way into 4th and was behind Pourcel for most of the moto but after half way, my bike started smoking really badly so I dialed back my pace to make sure I didn’t DNF as the points were very important. Kibby replaced the motor in between motos and had the bike back to race shape and I was feeling great going into moto2. I came out with a 3rd place start felt really strong, I was trying to find a place to make a move on Goerke but having spent the first 15 min on his rear wheel my radiators ended up getting plugged solid and the bike began to smoke again. This time I didn’t really see it because I was focussed on trying to get to the front and felt that 2 motos including gopher where my bike overheated it still finished the motos but this time it was different. The bike made a strange noise and instantly lost 20% of the power, in my head I was thinking this is not good. I dialed back the pace let Pourcel by because I didn’t have the motor to clear some of the jumps but it kept getting worse. I tried my best to make the bike last but basically, it got so hot that the tube where your rad hoses attach to which goes into the water pump (press fitted in) popped right out and dumped all the remaining coolant out. It’s no one’s fault really, well maybe my own for following too closely, but mechanicals happen and it’s part of racing, I’m not surprised it happened at this damn race though. The worst part is that I love the track and really enjoy racing there let’s hope this is the end of the iffy luck I have at that place. (I won’t even get into Kibby opening an umbrella under the tent. I already spoke to him about it).
Tanner Ward didn’t have bad luck, he rode like a freakin champ. Sure you can argue that he rode the track all week but it was muddy, he put himself in a good position by qualifying first, nailed the start and rode the mud like a seasoned vet. Everywhere I watched this kid he was smooth, not over revving, looked confident and not pressured, it was actually very impressive. The track started to come around in the second moto and he put it together again showing that the first one wasn’t a fluke. Hopefully, we see the other 2 am kids that race with Tanner this weekend to see what worked better: waiting to race Loretta’s or staying in Canada and race the pros.
We took a bit of a family vacation last week going to Bromont in Quebec to take the kids to the water park, ride the down hill mountain bike park and practice at Sanair on the MX bike which all was a lot of fun. It is nice however to be home with just us this week it’s been extremely busy since everyone traveled out east after Gophers. It seems like we have had 20 people and 15 kids around every day which isn’t a bad thing but its just nice to get back to normal. It will be easy to get focused and ready for the last round of the season. It feels weird even saying that we must not get enough breaks in the schedule because man, did this season fly by. It would be nice if we had 12 rounds just a little more spaced out and had time to take a break here and there to make the summer a bit longer feeling. I guess we will know Monday whats going to happen if CMRC continues to host nationals or this new Jetwerks series is a go, I know there is a press conference after RJs so it will be interesting to hear the details on what may be the future of the sport here in Canada.
Thats all I have for this week so until next time, get out there and enjoy some alone time!