The first 5
Well the first 5 races are complete as we head into the San Diego round before things move out to the east coast. Sitting where I am today, looking back and writing that first blog the night before A1, is pretty surreal. It was a dream of mine for 2 years to come back to the states and make things work. Never had a goal as far as results, but I knew I wanted to put myself up there. Driving home the night after A1 missing the main by 1 position, I was devastated. Honestly I had thought I made a mistake by spending so much money, and trying to pursue something that seemed a little far fetched. Went back home and put some thoughts out of my head that were damaging to myself, and came back to Phoenix to score an 11th place. Things were picking up again as the next week became closer to LA, and was so happy to feel progress with each passing day. LA I got a 5th in the heat, and a 7th place finish. This was a defining moment that I finally felt like I was doing something the right way. I have said it so many times before, that Europe was so difficult and things were out of my control as a racer. This was the first moment, where my actions spoke louder then my words, and people started to see that. The very next day I started to get pretty sick, and it wore on my all the way till the Friday before Oakland. I hadn’t trained all week leading up to it, and I was completely drained. As practice went through, I was weak and dizzy, and feeling like it was just a survival night. I got a 5th in the heat race, and struggled with just 6 laps. In the main, I lost my rhythm on lap 5, and just couldn’t move forward. I faded back to 16th. Sunday I found out I had bronchitis, and was bedridden for yet a few more days. I lost 13lbs from LA to A2, and still hadn’t trained a bit.
A2, started off horrible. Practice times were bad, my timing was off, and things just were going south. Before the 3rd and final practice, I actually found some speed and some rhythm, playing around on the bike and enjoying myself for once. I let the pressure go, and that is something I can admit I am not the best with. I qualified 13th going into the night show, and although things were progressing, I was worried how the night would turn out. Gate dropped on the heat race and I put myself in a good position in the first turn, ending up 5th once again. I have finished 5th in the last 3 heat races witch is pretty funny to me. I think it is time to break that 5th place, and improve that a little. LOL. Once again I was a little worn out after the heat race, and worried about making 15 laps. My times were fast in the heat, and things were looking brighter and brighter all night. Got a horrible jump off the gate, and managed to tip toe around the first corner. I came out of the night with a 6th place finish. Once again, progression has continued. In my professional career, I have had a couple 7th place finishes, but never have I been able to shake the curse of the 7’s as I like to say. I was really happy to continue forward when things were looking down, and continue going forward.
The last month has been awesome. I took the long way home, but we are finally doing it. Succeeded my goal of getting top ten, and after my 5th supercross of my career, I am close to breaking into that top 5 goal, that I can not wait to achieve. Racing out of a 12 year old trailer, with my closest family friends, and family has been a dream come true. I am so blessed with everything in my life right now, and can’t wait to see what comes up in the near future. I still haven’t gotten any phone calls from any teams, or new sponsors, but I am having fun, and enjoying spending my own money to go racing with the people I love. For now it is off to some relaxation time, and prepare for another week as we close into San Diego.
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