There a few people asking for details, so I thought I'd just post them up. Unfortunately, the weekend didn't go as well as BHF, but there was a lot learning that should help me next season.
The weather sucked. The forecast called for rain the whole weekend. It rained all Saturday morning up until lunch, so I didn't ride at all for open practice. I was planning to skip my one race since I had 4 lined up for Sunday. But it started drying off around 11am or so. It had dried off completely by the time lunch was over and I was able to get in about 15 minutes of practice before my first race. Needless to say, I felt like sh*t on the bike since I hadn't ridden in a month. I was gridded all the way in the back since I didn't pre-register for it. I got a great start for a change (I have been practicing in my head since my last race weekend
). The track was very green, but I fought through traffic the whole race and finished 6th. Not bad I guess considering I started in 20th place.
Sunday was all rain all day. I went out for practice on rains for the first time. It felt slow, but I managed and did pretty good. My first race was the GTU. There was about 15-20 bikes on the grid including experts. I got an awesome start. I feathered the clutch, WOT, lofted the front about 2" and shot past riders left and right. I was 3rd overall going into turn 1. It was still wet out there, but I managed to pick up some pace and by the end of the first lap I was leading the race overall. I opened up a 3 second gap on 2nd place over the next couple of laps. After that I made some mistakes and 2nd place was on my ass on the last lap. I planned to just take super defensive lines and not give him an inch of space to make a pass. Then the unthinkable - in my anxious efforts to keep this guy off me I gave it a little too much gas and the rear end just spun around and low-sided me coming out of turn 8. I ended up in the infamous MAM mud pits. I had the 'W' within my reach, but I crashed and my weekend was over
Bitter sweet...I got some valuable experience racing in the rain, and apparently I'm pretty good in it. I was setting the fastest laps for the day with sub-2min lap times - but I'll admit it was not as wet out there as it was later on that day, so that could have had something to with it. I also got my starts down. It's all about the start, and I think I should have no problem next season getting up front from the get go.
Again, I want to thank my fellow Nesbians for their help and support out there. Chris & Butch Frye and Joe & Dave Denowh - I couldn't have done it without you guys. Also, I want to congratulate Joe Denowh for his two 3rd place finishes.
My season is over and I plan to prep the bike for next season. I can't describe in words how excited I am to start my season. 6 months and counting