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Old 11-20-2012, 07:17 AM   #145
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I hate when work gets in the way of me writing these reports
Great course, elevation changes, awesome spectating !

Haley didn't have a good day. She has lost some weight by eating right (Isn't that annoying!) so the bike is definitely too stiff for her now. I told her to just go and ride, don't worry where you finish and she did just that. We talked afterwords about her total lack of confidence in what the bike was doing and decided to have Tom Flemming take the bike back with him and give it the works (sprung correctly,revalve,etc). She's really excited about the next race and so am I...just want her having fun.






Junior C
Place Bike Number Rider Name Bike Brand City, State Points Scored Promotion Points Counted Laps Elapsed Time
1 197 Patrick Fitzgerald Suzuki Apopka, FL 50 10 3 1:06:00
2 9 Avery Bowman Yamaha Palm City, FL 47 5 3 1:07:18
3 54 Brandon Groover Kawasaki Palm City, FL 45 4 3 1:08:20
4 24 Gabriel Rodriguez KTM Port St Lucie, FL 43 3 3 1:09:34
5 133 Brandon Griffith Honda Avon Park, FL 41 2 3 1:10:16
6 8 Baylor Pharnes Yamaha Sebring, FL 40 0 3 1:12:18
7 7 Toni Jenkins Honda Avon Park, FL 39 0 3 1:12:25
8 78 Logan Branton Yamaha Mount Dora, FL 38 0 3 1:13:33
9 132 Alexaner (Alec) Hermans Yamaha W Palm Beach, FL 37 0 3 1:14:44
10 51 Blaine Nicholas Honda Naples, FL 36 0 3 1:14:53
11 218 Cody Weiss Yamaha Oakland Park, FL 35 0 3 1:14:56
12 199 Daniel Perez Honda Orlando, FL 34 0 3 1:15:24
13 17 Benjamin Strausbaugh KTM Ft Myers, FL 33 0 3 1:15:28
14 31 Jake Alsup KTM North Port, FL 32 0 3 1:15:53
15 153 Alyssa Mieszczenski Honda Palm Beach Gardens, FL 31 0 3 1:17:50
16 23 Clay Levell Honda Sarasota, FL 30 0 3 1:17:56
17 411 Jordan Leftwich Honda Sarasota, FL 29 0 3 1:18:03
18 44 Brad Jenkins Honda Fern Park, FL 28 0 3 1:18:35
19 519 Kieran Thaler KTM Deerfield Beach, FL 27 0 3 1:20:10
20 22 Austin Crumm Kawasaki Royal Palm Beach, FL 26 0 3 1:21:40
21 20 Clayton Anderson Honda Bartow, FL 25 0 3 1:26:32
22 117 Haley Schell KTM Odessa, FL 24 0 3 1:27:38
23 1 Jarrett Prescott Yamaha Lake PLacid, FL 23 0 2 1:02:13
24 40 Anthony Depietto Yamaha Ft Lauderdale, FL 7 0 1 0:24:52

Speaking of suspensions I knew my bike had been under sprung for my weight since I bought the bike. I was having so much fun I didn't care but now I needed to get the bike to turn better. Tom Flemming as a band aid till a stiffer spring could be ordered put 4 turns in the rear shock..yikes! Turned better, but one problem, I really have a problem with touching the ground! As the horn sounded I tried to throw my leg over the bike and just about missed..ha! I struggled to get the kicker down as usual and suffered getting to the first corner. I headed out to the course in 9th place..worse start in a long time and some work to do.

My practice lap routine has changed this year as I'm really looking for new lines to make passes. As we dump into the long woods section it starts to pay-off. I manage to pick-off a few riders by making good choices. I see Troy Weeks(#863) ahead and watch as he takes the high line and misses a newly formed and straighter line...pass made for now. I apologize profusely as I pass a slower rider and push him to the outside of a corner I came in too hot for "sorry! sorry! sorry! sorry!".

Eventually I'm at the chicane to end the 1st lap and that's where another issue raises it's head..I can't figure out what position I'm in. Seems I had been entered accidentally in Senior B, not Super Senior B in the computer. Normally It's no biggie but it also screws up me figuring how many laps we'll do for the race. We usually do 4 laps here so of I go with the plan to manage my energy (ends up I was in 5th!)
Not long into the 2nd lap and troy Weeks comes back by me, I try to keep up but not happening. Later I'm trying to get around a slower rider in the woods when I get the bike jammed between 2 trees and Frank Gamperl(#325) comes around me..dang it! I settle in to follow Frank and see how far he can pull me along. Soon I pass through the chicane in 7th place behind Frank.(not that I knew that) We're having fun as we pass my bud Ryan Turner(#34B in SB) and I holler at him to get going.. I know he's having a bad day when I pass him..ha! Few miles later Frank gets hung up on a vine and unceremoniously removed from his bike! He says he's okay as I motor by..only to come up on (2) SSB riders laying on the trail and struggling to pick their bikes up at a chock point in the trail. I yell "your killing me guys!" as I wait for them to get up and out of the way. Soon I'm back to attempting a break away from Frank..and it was working or so I thought. At the top of the last steep up hill prior to the elevator I struggled to take the right turn in the soft dirt(can't touch..argh!) and back by comes Frank...sigh. Oh well, I'll just follow him and try something on the 4th lap. We come through the chicane and I see the checkered flag..what, it's over?:((7th place)
Not being able to see my time I didn't realize we wouldn't make 4 laps..oh well but it was strange not really being that tired after a race...that is rare..ha! It was a good day with great friends and can't wait till the next one. See you there!



My boy Frank G and myself..good times!




Super Senior B
Place Bike Number Rider Name Bike Brand City, State Points Scored Promotion Points Counted Laps Elapsed Time
1 12 Avo Laido Yamaha DeLand, FL 50 10 3 1:30:35
2 2 Ken (John) Hardiman KTM Seminole, FL 47 5 3 1:31:22
3 212 Kai Ramadan KTM West Palm Beach, FL 45 4 3 1:31:39
4 24 Don Chriss KTM Orlando, FL 43 3 3 1:31:42
5 863 Troy Weeks Kawasaki Wauchula, FL 41 2 3 1:32:41
6 325 Frank Gamperl Yamaha Deerfield Beach, FL 40 0 3 1:33:04
7 117 Troy Stainbrook KTM Odessa, FL 39 0 3 1:33:07
8 15 Marcelo Dadone KTM Aventura, FL 38 0 3 1:34:48
9 92 Tim Willis Honda Bradenton, FL 37 0 3 1:35:05
10 46 David Wildner KTM New Port Richey, FL 36 0 3 1:35:08
11 121 Charles Fuller Kawasaki Plant City, FL 35 0 3 1:35:44
12 520 Sam Jarczynski Honda Safety Harbor, FL 34 0 3 1:36:34
13 4 Kurt Drummond KTM Port Richey, FL 33 0 3 1:37:13
14 26 Woody Crumm KTM Royal Palm Beach, FL 32 0 3 1:38:33
15 664 Mike Veach KTM Tampa, FL 31 0 3 1:43:45
16 712 David McDaniel Honda Bradenton, FL 30 0 3 1:44:38
17 35 Daniel Holder Honda Apopka, FL 29 0 3 1:48:05
18 8 Levic Allen Honda Valrico, FL 28 0 3 1:50:40
19 770 Jochy Gomez Suzuki Lakeland, FL 9 0 1 0:34:05
20 811 George Pollard KTM Port Saint Lucie, FL 9 0
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