Kewaunee D16 race – 6 of 10

I did not get to share my notes after the Kewaunee race. As Scott noted, we normally drive to the races together, but our work schedules forced us to drive separately. Normally we would get a couple of hours of sharing race notes after a race. Here is the note I sent to Scott after the race.

I holeshoted easily. I started pretty much right behind your line. There was one guy inside of me (the guy on the old Suzuki #7 with the bullet head helmet), but I easily outpaced him to the turn, cut at an angle across the creek and over the jump first. I was going pretty smoothly and about halfway around the lap I looked back and saw Rob right with me and Rick Bartels on a 4 stroke. I was not going very hard, so I was surprised to see no one else. My easy pace seemed to be above Jim Blau and John B et. al… I was pleased about that.

Early in the 2nd lap, I took the long way around a turn, Rob followed me and Rick jumped around both of us on the MX track. Rick fell imediately in the woods, and I got caught behind him and Rob went around both of us. I easily fell in behind Rob and we stayed that way for about a lap. We still were not going hard though, and Rick caught back up to us.

Then, about the 3rd lap, we started getting thick into lappers, combined with catching the upper half of the A field. I really struggled to get through people. Rob and Rick would jump right through, I would get caught and then have to work like crazy to catch back up to them. On that course, it was hard to make up time on someone that was going your pace. They began to get 10 feet on me through a set of lappers, and then add another 10 feet on the next set of lappers. Eventually, they would be leaving the straight just as I entered. Then, they were gone – out of sight.

Eventually, I fell into a much better rythm going through lappers. But, then it was catch up time. I made it back up to Rick and through him. But, Rob was not to be found. I think I probably made up time on him at the end, as the final gap was only about 30-40 seconds. But, I needed another lap or 2 to catch him.

I was bummed. I mean, second is not something to be bummed about – but Rob did not beat me. I beat myself. If he was faster than me, I would not be upset. But, I lost the race – he did not beat me. Oh well. We do have a great time racing together and he is really a humble person. But, I really want to beat him straight up some this year. Not just at Dyracuse either.

My bike was great. I added 2 clicks to the compression and 1 to the rebound on both ends. I will take those back out for Valders. It was good on the face of the jumps. It was good in the open. A little bit firm in the tight stuff, but not bad. The motor on my bike is so perfect for me. I hope I can make the Suzuki motor as friendly as this one is for me.

I had Robs number 2 years ago at Valders. I am going to start like that again, and this time I am going to go like hell from the start. No waiting around and waiting for the pace to come to me. I need to put time on him early, like I did at Hixton. If I have time on him in the first few laps, then I am certain I can stay focused and keep my pace up after that.

I was sure proud of Forrest(friend from Colorado that came out to do just this race with us). He rode really well. He went from markedly slower last year, to quite fast this year. Impressive. He beat me and Rob both. I think he was almost 3 minutes faster than us.

Joe

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