No sand to be found today so after not getting a practice lap in last time we rode here I made sure we got up extra early so we could arrive in plenty of time. They promised a different course which was supposed to be easier and a little shorter. It was different with several new "virgin" sections. Christopher thought I took a wrong turn during our practice lap because there was no trail. "Trust me it will all change after the first lap" Sure enough the new sections got burnt in quickly and it was like they were there all along.
We made a huge mistake today. We forgot our hydration systems and had to ride without any water system. I went ahead and made both of us carry a bottle of water behind our number plates. Honda must of engineered this into their bikes because a water bottle fits perfectly. Sure you have to stop to take a drink but it is better than thirsting to death on a hot summers day in the middle of Missouri.
I kept sipping on my water bottle behind my water plate because I wanted to try and stay hydrated. I think this and the fact that I was slowly rolling backwards on that darn starting hill caused me to get a bad start. A few quick moves got me up to 5th by the time we headed into the woods. Eventual winner Wade Hall (#1030), Tom Brunholtz (#1035) looking good at the start.
By the second lap Christopher was on the gas and leading his first ever motorcycle race. He was actually checking out and riding great. Even with stopping to drink a complete bottle of water he still had enough time to stay in the lead. The kid was flowing today.
Look at my big....Christopher show off his nice shiny 2nd place trophy. Could (should) have first but as we all know mechanical failures are all part of racing.
I finished up 2nd also but was really not a happy camper. I rode better this visit to Walters Ranch but overall I still felt like I rode like a little girl in the rocks. Part of it was arm pump up and not having a good feel this weekend. I guess I will have to work on bike setup in rocky terrain. I plan to have Doug Stone work on my forks, replace my leaking fork seals and help achieve a suspension setup that would match my riding style - which currently is like a little girl. If I keep this pace up Christopher will be kicking my butt which would actually be o.k. with me.