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Old 04-11-2011, 07:30 AM   #44
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HS#13 Gatorback HS

The race venue for HS#13 is the Gatorback motocross/supercross track and neighboring woods. The club (Big Scrub Trail Riders) was unable to use the mining area that they usually incorporate into their course but managed to eek out a 8.5 mile course that ended up being just as fun. The Sat course was 6 miles.
Haley and I are both new to the MX portions of the course. Taking a lesson at Sunshine MX track a few weeks ago helped ease some of the fear, but there's no experience like racing it. Haley race started well as she wasn't last into the first corner and due to Zoe (5G) spinning out on the mx course she had the lead for a bit. The first lap was uneventful as she was 1 minute behind the leader. 2nd lap she had an issue with an off-camber hill with a tree involved that required a re-do. She became more comfortable with the MX track over the last few laps which led to much fun on course. When the checker's came out she had done 4 laps with no major issues and her confidence definitely benefited.

Junior Girls
Place # Name AMA # Brand City, State Point Adv Laps Elapsed
1 5G Zoe Steindl Nacs Sanford, FL 50 0 5 1:21:04
2 169G Haley Schell Honda Odessa, FL 47 0 4 1:15:40

I'm up next. 18 riders in our line and a whole bunch of MX jumps in my future...yikes! I'm around 5th going into the first corner as the group of us struggle for traction and a way around the guy in front of us. A rider doubles a set of jumps and gets by along with a rider heading up out of the track. I pass 2 guys on the gas as we head into the first woods section so it's give and take at this point. It's got some whoops but nothing that really bad. I'm just trying to survive the first pass through the mx/sx sections as there are more places to make up time in the woods. A course like this doesn't have a bunch of opportunities to relax and my arms are feeling it. There are several off-camber hill climbs and descents as well as a butt-puckering hard/easy split. The easy way costs you aprox. 15-20 seconds but the hard requires a straight down drop that once you do it once isn't so bad, it's just the first time that puts your heart in your throat. At the end of the first lap I'm 7th.
On my 2nd lap my arm pump seems to get worse. At one point there are 4 of us within 20 ft of each other rolling over the sx jumps but no obvious way to make a pass. Adam Nix (20C) goes by as well as Eric Frendak (510C) back in the woods. I'm in 9th at the end of 2nd lap, and not feeling too racey. Then things turn around.
I'm starting to feel my hands again and getting in the groove. After a while I see Adam (20C) coming back to me.I manage to pass him at the SX track, but soon he's back by in the woods. There is a lapped rider holding us up but I haven't heard Adam hollering at him yet. I take the inside line on a uphill right hander and get Adam back as well as a chance to holler at the straggler who is nice enough to move over. At this point I'm having a blast! Granted I wasn't thrilled with my place at the moment, but the back and forth battle Adam and I would have over the next 2 laps made up for it in spades. bikeh
We roll through to end the 3rd lap nose-to tail. I made a mistake on the MX track and Adam puts some distance on me. I see him ahead at the SX track and I think" There's no way I'm going to catch him". All I can do is ride hard and hope to make it up. Soon enough he's in front of me and I yell "I'm back" as we head into the hilly sections. He took the line I used passing him on the lap before, so now I decide to just sit behind him, bide my time and wait. I see Eric (510C) up ahead who passed me earlier picking his bike up and I mange to follow Adam by and keep the heat on. He'd make time in spots only to let me get it aback in other's. There's a 150yd long stretch of sand whoops before we dump back into the MX track and Adam pulls a gap. My only hope at this point is to shadow him on the track and hope for a mistake. The corners are the place to be as he continues to take the inside line and I'm forced to try the outside where it's dry and slick. If it had been the difference between wood or not I might have pressed the issue more., but it was for 6-7th place, plus we had had so much fun up to that point why spoil it. I rolled through the chicane right behind him and had to let out a holler...what a blast! We'll see you at Chipley.

side note: I was 30 seconds faster each lap...just need to eliminate that arm pump!

Senior C
Place # Name AMA # Brand City, State Point Adv Laps Elapsed
1 21C Jorge Colon 105354 KTM Orlando, FL 50 10 4 1:48:52
2 196C Mark Zaremskas 505078 KTM Eustis, FL 47 5 4 1:49:03
3 325C Frank Gamperl Yamaha Deerfield Beach, FL 45 4 4 1:49:39
4 520C Sam Jarczynski Honda Safety Harbor, FL 43 3 4 1:50:09
5 48C David Davis 854296 KTM Lake City, FL 41 2 4 1:52:25
6 20C Charles Nix KTM Inverness, FL 40 0 4 1:52:43
7 117C Troy Stainbrook KTM Odessa, FL 39 0 4 1:52:48
8 510C Eric Frendak 865855 KTM Windermere, FL 38 0 4 1:54:37
9 214C Stacy McCullough 234694 Kawasaki Lake Placid, FL 37 0 4 1:54:50
10 15C Kevin Vaughan KTM North Port, FL 36 0 4 1:55:19
11 41C Eric Sanders 846487 KTM Gainesville, FL 35 0 4 1:55:20
12 716C Jerry Bentley 108764 Yamaha Tallahassee, FL 34 0 4 1:56:24
13 828C Mike Hunter 744142 Honda Middleburg, FL 33 0 4 1:58:21
14 38C Mark Boris KTM Lake City, FL 32 0 3 1:29:02
15 919C Randy Bolen 987702 Kawasaki San Mateo, FL 31 0 3 1:32:55
16 26C Robert Ryan 941623 Yamaha Lake Mary, FL 30 0 3 1:33:43
17 251C Mike Warm 206868 Kawasaki Sarasota, FL 29 0 3 1:36:07
18 715C Brett Chase 743982 Honda Melbourne, FL 28 0 3 1:37:43
19 333C Bill Pitts 110733 Yamaha Orlando, FL 27 0 3 1:39:35
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