On September 24, 2011 I raced at Lodi Cycle Bowl. Today’s race was on the TT track which was might favorite track, so today I was over excited to go ride. In practice I felt pretty good and the bike felt like it was working good. I was having a blast and didn’t want to get off the track. I hadn’t rode the TT track in a long time so I was having a ton of fun. We made a few adjustments to the bike after the last practice because the bike was spinning up.
Now my heat race was up and I was 2nd pick in the groove on the front line so I knew that I had a good chance of getting the whole shot. Off the start I barely got the whole shot by shutting the door on second place. I rode as hard as I could for the first 3 laps and took a glance back at the other riders in the hairpin turn and realized that I had a pretty good gap. So I took it easy for the rest of the rest to save my tire and ended up winning my race.
Since I won my race it put me in the dash for cash. A 4 lap race for money. Everyone goes fast as they can and rides ruthless for 4 laps to try to win the money. In the dash I had 2nd pick on the front row. Off the start I barely squeaked out the holeshot and could barley keep 1st place position going through the first lap. I tried to pull away from second place but he kept staying right with me and trying to pass me. So I realized that I had to tighten up my lines for the next to laps to protect my lead. I tightened my lines way up and held the lead for the whole race and won the dash for cash.
Now it was time for the main event. I had second pick on the front row and pick the very outside line. I got the whole shot and knew that I had to get a lead quick. I pushed as hard as I could to get a lead and I did. But about 4 laps in my tire started to go away and I started spinning a lot. I was trying very hard to use throttle control to keep the bike from spinning but I just couldn’t get it to stop. I held the lead up until the end of the 6th lap. Coming out of the second right hand turn my bike spun up really bad and 2nd place passed me. I tried hard to chase him down but just couldn’t do it. I ended up finishing in 2nd place.
Overall had another fun race day and cant wait to go racing again. Next race up Will be the AMA Pro race at Calistoga on October 1st. Come and watch me and all the other pro riders tear it up. Its going to be a race to see. Thanks a bunch to all of my sponsors for all of your help and support.