Since the Idaho City Qualifier in early June of 2012, it seems our entire summer has been engulfed with preparations for this experience. Day 6 is complete and it is hard to believe it is all over. It has been an amazing experience for Josh and for our entire family. The support and interest of people from all over the world has been amazing. Thank you for all the encouragement in sharing both our story as well as the entire U.S. Team (from our perspective).
The entire mood among the riders was different starting at the end of Day 4. That was the big hurdle to overcome. Day 5, everyone was more jovial and relaxed and today was more of the same.
The format for Day 6 consisted of a final moto that was actually a supermoto (asphalt/dirt mix). I wasn’t quite sure what to think about this, but after 5 days of hard riding, the riders actually seemed to enjoy it.
Here is what the new impound at the start of the supermoto looked like this morning.
Josh and the other C1 riders waiting to get in to their bikes.
This pic is kind of blurry, but gives you an idea of the start. It was right on the infield area of the racecourse, on a grassy hill.
The start was off camber, and hung a hard right and then dumped the riders on to the asphalt track. Josh had walked the track and thought it looked “sketchy” with all the slick grass corners and asphalt transitions. He rode very conservatively and just wanted to finish without going down.
Josh and fellow U.S. rider Nick Canny from Connecticut, enjoying some supermoto time.
He finished and kept it on two wheels and was excited to have his first Six Days under his belt.
We then had the opportunity of watching the Trophy Teams and other riders complete their motos. It’s amazing how fast these guys can go regardless of the surface. Josh said he watched Mike Brown come flying into a corner and back it in supermoto style for about 100 feet and set himself up perfectly for the next corner. Mike Brown walked away from the competition in his E1 moto.
We then watched Charlie Mullins do the same in his moto. He nearly lapped the competition….a lot of fun to watch.
The next E2 moto had Kurt Caselli, Destry Abbott, Taylor Robert, Thad Duvall, and Andrew Delong all in the same race. The first gate drop, Delong got a great start, but the race was red-flagged due to someone jumping the gate early. On the second gate drop, Caselli got a horrible start and pinched off on the first corner and was in last place. There was very little opportunity for any passing on the supermoto track, so he didn’t have a great finish.
After the final moto, the real work began of breaking down bikes, re-packing crates, and getting the container ready.
Somehow we got all of Josh’s stuff back in his crate.
Thank you again for the support, encouragement, and insight. It’s been quite the amazing experience.