My Writings. My Thoughts.
Seattle didn’t go at all how I wanted, it rained on and off throughout the day and the track was slippery all night. I felt that I had the speed to run up front in Seattle, but I just rode poorly throughout the day and made huge mistakes in both the heat race and LCQ. I’m back at home working hard, trying to forget about Seattle and focus on Salt Lake City.
Photo Credit: Todd Gutierrez & Brent Martin
I haven’t update you of my status in quiet some time, so I thought I would lake a few minutes and let you know what has been going on with me. The injury to my thumb that I suffered at the Phoenix round of the AMA Supercross series took longer to heal than expected. However, I have continued to train since the injury and I returned to riding a few weeks ago. I have been riding outdoor working on strengthening my hand and hope to be back to 100% in the next few weeks. I am hoping to get a few local or arenacross races in during the break from west coast supercross and come into Seattle 100% and ready to do battle. If you pick up the latest issue of Racer X Magazine you will notice that Sunstar Sprokets featured me in the latest “Privateer Power” print ad. I can’t thank Sunstar enough for thinking of me when designing the campaign; as well as my other sponsors for standing behind me during this injury: Experts Exchange, Bolt MX Hardware, Team Pernstiener, C4MX, Fly Racing, FMF, Works Connection, TCR, Moto Tassinari, Leo Vince Carbon, Applied, Hinson, Dunlop, Scott Goggles, Dirt DNA, and No-Toil.
The second round of the 2013 AMA Supercross Series definitely went better than the opening round, at least until the main event. I felt comfortable on the track, in fact this was probably the best Phoenix track I had ridden. The dirt was more tacky than usual, the sections were big but not dangerous, and it had a nice set of whoops. I was fastest in the B practice session and again qualified around 20th into the night program. In the second heat I choose an inside gate and got a horrible jump but, hugged inside around the first turn and came out around10th. I made a pass early and ran 9th for most of the heat, on the last lap I passed Cachia for 8th and Davalos went down giving me 7th in the heat.
In the main event I started 10th, I made a pass early on the first lap and ran 9th for several laps before running into trouble in the form of Malcolm Stewart. After a little back and forth Malcolm just came into a turn in the back and hit me so hard that my radiator was completely ripped of my bike and messed my hand up pretty good. They x-rayed my hand at the track and couldn’t find anything seriously wrong with it. It is really swollen and sore today, so I have an appointment to get it checked out. I went for a bike ride this morning and am planning on getting back on the bike as soon as I regain my grip.
Photo Credit: Vurb Moto & RacerX