What a weekend. Very dynamic weather AND racing conditions. All-in-all... a great weekend.
After the last race weekend... I was seriously disappointed in both myself and racing in general.... mainly myself. I had such a poor showing in the last race and I was completely disheartened by the "Mainly Dirt" supermoto track. This weekend was quite the opposite of that....... but, like usual, filled with its own series of challenges.
More crashing: Yes, I crashed in both of my qualifiers again. But, I was able to finish the heats and knew it would be a long hike from the back of the gridlines.
In between motos... my buddy Jordan crashed-out and shattered his collar bone. He was in a good bit of pain, but the on-site EMS was stabilizing the situation within' seconds of the accident. I took him to the Emergency Room after the round ended.... much cheaper than an ambulance. Though... the airlift would have been pretty epic. (Update: he's fine.)
Back to racing. Like I mentioned, I'm getting pretty comfortable starting from the back of the grid. I know the smell of everyone's fuel mixture... who's on race gas... who's on pump. I know what everyone's numbers are.... they are printed in bold on the back of their jerseys. And, I know what brand of rear tire everyone is running.
OK... I knew I had to save some face. I promised myself before we went into the points races: "NO CRASHING, DOUGAN". And, believe it or not.... I didn't crash in the final two point races..!!
So, I race 450 and Open Unlimited. 450 is where the real hot shots are.... really... the riders here are f*%#ing fast. Starting from the back of the grid, I managed to gain several places and I finished with an 8th place of 13. I'm pretty happy about this.
Now... Open Unlimited is pretty well defined -- "Open... and A LOT of racers". This grid, is 23 racers deep... which is a TON of guys to have on the track at the same time. Again... I started from the very back because of qualifying. Some how.... Some way..... I fought through the pack and managed to get 6th place out of 23. I'm pretty happy about this too.
Anyways.... between some rain showers.... some crashes.... and a trip to the hospital........ there is certainly nothing boring about this sport. I really love it.
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