Two Suzuki’s on the top step of the podium today at Dyracuse, the last D16 race of the season. Scott (@vesrahoffroad on Twitter) won the AA class, I won the +40 class. This is the first time in 5 years of going to races together that we have both won on the same day. And, we did it at Dyracuse. It feels good to win here. Neither one of us have ever won this race before.
Dyracuse is a great sandy old school MX track, surrounded by about 2000 acres of woods. The lap did part of the MX track and then into a section of pines that has been replanted in rows. It is 5 minutes of completely whooped out sandy singletrack through the woods. Up and down hills, zig zaging around the trees. It is hard and got really bad by the end of the race. Really really rough and the whoops got really deep and very squared out. After that section we went back out onto the MX track to finish the lap, then back into the woods. This section of woods started out with fantastic black perfect moisture dirt. Then into a super tough off camber long stretch that was filled with really tough rocks. Hard. Then onto a little Supercross track and then finish the loop and back onto the MX track.
Scott got a great start and then holeshot into the woods first, then I got the holeshot and got to the woods first on my line as well. 2 Suzuki RMZ250’s, with both of us in orange Moose Racing gear. It was beautiful.
I struggled on the first lap in my race in the rocky section. I got caught behind a slower rider from a wave ahead of me on a steep uphill section. The guys behind me went immediately around me and the other stuck riders and at least 3 people from my wave went through. I rode really hard and caught up to Roger Bird who was in 2nd. I was behind him for about half a lap. He was going pretty well, but was definitely going slower than i wanted to. He was pushing hard, too hard, and he bounced off a tree and went down. I slowed to a stop to see how he was doing, but he was fine, so I took off in pursuit of the leader.
I found him about a lap later and worked to get by him. Once I did, I tried to put my head down and check out, but he was glued to me. That is where he stayed for 3 laps. Then on the 6th lap, he took a smarter line around a rocky section and got by me and he tried to check out. He was going well, but then on the last lap I came around a turn and there he was stuck off the side of the trail. I assume that he had crashed there.
I finished out the lap and came across the line in 1st. Finally. It has been a long season with a lot of 2nd place finishes. I started the season by winning and now I have ended the season winning. I ended up 2nd overall again to John Buechner. He is very strong, and really fun to ride against. We are about the same speed, but he seems to make better luck for himself at the end of the race more than I.
My Suzuki RMZ worked great, Mark at Vesrah makes sure that the brakes are great on it, my Moose gear worked flawlessly, my Bell helmets are the best fitting ever, AJ at Victory Circle Graphix keeps the bike looking great, my Rekluse Core EXP clutch makes it almost impossible to stall… Everything worked like a champ.
I cannot say enough about my fitness help. Mary Daubert gives advice, Kathy Mock has written training programs for me, and Mary Grinaker works out with me once a week to check my progress and keep me on the right track. For a guy that is going to turn 50 in a few months, I am doing pretty well with all of this. Thanks everyone.
Now onto one more race for the year. The Ironman GNCC at the end of the month. I hate to say it out loud, but this is going to be the year that I crack the top 5 in my class there. I am fit, my bike is great, I am riding well… Yep, this is going to be the year.
Out for now.