Sounds like you made a wise choice in that mud Andrew by pulling off. Sometimes the bike/course/weather really can conspire against you. I'm usually the last guy to quit a race, but it's hard enough fighting the course much less an ill handling bike.There are some "A" level riders that race our "Evo" class on XR250/350's and it's amzing how fast they can go on those bikes!
I lived in Michigan in my youth and never got to ride anywhere other than the family farms...so I'm jealous! Interesting about you selling your rekluse. I can see how it might not work out for you as it does have it's drawbacks.