Victorville, CA- August 26, 2017- Quad X round 3 was held at 333 MX Park, and it’s a track I haven’t race at before, so I was looking forward to checking it out! They weren’t expecting a big turnout for this race, so I was planning on racing in my RZR 570 back-up car. When we got to the track on Saturday morning, I saw that one of my biggest competitors was there. I quickly made the decision to race in my RZR 800. I got to practice briefly before racing started, which helped me to get a good feel for the track. There were parts of the track that were super technical and tight, and other parts of the track had long straightaways where speed would be key. My class was race number one in the line-up and we’d be racing at the same time as the 1000 class.
We lined up to race and the 1000 class took off first. I got ready for the green flag to drop. As we took off from the start line, my competitor and I were running neck-in-neck to the first turn. The distance from the start to the first turn was short, so I was trying to get in front fast. As we made the first turn, I fell in to the second place spot but stayed on the car in front of me. For the first 3 ½ laps, I tried numerous times to pass the car in front of me, but couldn’t quite get it done. Coming into the technical section at the end of the 4th lap, I was finally able to make the pass in a tight corner. I kept on it and stayed in the number one spot for the last two laps, and finished the first moto in 1st place!
I changed up my position on the start line for moto two. We lined up and this time I picked an inside line. As we took off, we were running neck-in-neck again, but I was able to hook in on the first turn and took off in front. My competitor stayed on my bumper for the first 4 laps. As we rounded a corner coming into lap 5, I looked over and saw my competitor next to me. When I turned back, I was at the base of a set of double jumps that I had not cleared yet. I hit the gas and flew over the doubles, hoping I would come out ok. I landed and took off. Clearing the doubles gave me a five car length cushion between my competitor and I, and I wanted to take advantage of it. I stayed on it and hit the doubles again going into the last lap. I finished the second moto in 1st place, and took home the overall 1st place spot for the day!
In September, I will be racing at WORCS round 10 at Glen Helen Raceway and at DIRT Series round 8 at 333 MX Park. I am looking forward to it!
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