Last weekendwas the seventh round of the 2013 CMRC Motocross Nationals in Deschambault. Let me start by saying I thought the track was really run, but at the same time it was probably the most one lined track we have raced all year. Timed qualifying went great, I put down the fastest lap giving myself first gate pick going into moto one. In the first moto I was t-boned in the first turn forcing me to swerve off the track. I reentered in almost dead last and went to work moving forward, but with the track being so one lined passing was extremely difficult. On the last lap I found myself in 5th with Savage right in front of me, I made the pass for 4th but in the fallowing turn he came into me and I went down. I ended up being clipped twice while trying to remount the motorcycle and was forced to kick start it not once but twice, I finished a disappointing 14th.
I rebounded nicely in the second moto scoring a top-5 start and passing into 1st early, I lead the rest of the moto and scored the win. The 14-1 moto scores earned me 5th overall. The good news on the weekend is that Politelli finished behind me both motos and I cut his points lead in half with four motos remaining. I now have two more rounds, four motos to make up 15-points. I feel like I am riding better now than any other time in my career and I can’t wait to go racing this weekend.
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Sand Del Lee has always been a track that I have struggled with, granted in the previous years I have been riding a inferior bike. This year my RTR Performance/C4MX Honda is amazing so I knew going in that it would be better than years past. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the same good starts that I got in Gopher Dunes. In the first moto I started around 7th and did my best to move forward. I charged all moto but never really felt like I found my grove, I worked my way up to 3rd by the end of the race.
In the second moto I had an even worse start, I came around the first lap outside the top 10 and had the work cut out for myself. I again put my head down and passed into 3rd with three laps remaining. I was catching Maffendeier on his 55hp 250 2-stroke (which shouldn’t be legal) in the closing laps but ran out of time and had to settle for 3rd. There was a 3-way tie for the overall victory between Politelli, Clark, and myself; my 3-3 moto scores earned me 2nd overall. I am very happy with the weekend, I didn’t loose any points on a track that I don’t really enjoy. I am really looking forward to next weekends race.
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The fifth round of the CMRC Nationals at Gopher Dunes proved to be my best result of my Canadian career, after a disastrous forth round I rebounded scoring my first overall victory this weekend. I pulled the holeshot in both motos putting myself in a great position, in the first moto I lead start to finish which was an amazing feeling and stretched out a nice 16-second lead by the time the checkers came out.
The second moto was a little tougher, looking back I don’t think I let me body fully cool down between motos and I don’t think I stayed adequately hydrated throughout the day. In the second moto, I scored another holeshot and lead for the first half of the moto. Around the half way point I started suffering from mild heat stroke and was forced to back it down, to prevent the symptoms from getting worse. I held on for 2nd in the moto which gave me 1-2 moto scores and 1st overall. I am extremely excited about scoring my first overall victory, and feel confident going into the rest of the series that I have the speed and fitness to contend for race wins every weekend.
I honestly cannot thank everyone that is supporting me this season, I wouldn’t be up here racing without you: RTR Performance Honda, Bolt Hardware, Scott Sports, Macnab Transit, Team Pernstiener, C4MX, Shoei Helmets, Sidi Boots, FMF, Hinson, Excel, TCR, Sunstar, Works Connection, Dunlop, Applied, Moto Tassinari, Atlas, Matrix, No Toil, Kamloops Ford, and Signworks.
MX2 Highlights From the 2013 CMRC Gopher Dunes National
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