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Old 12-25-2011, 07:38 AM   #91
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Old 12-29-2011, 07:07 PM   #93
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Well both Haley and I have been up against a learning curve the last 2 races. Her with a new bike and me running in the "B" class has led to some tough races.

Haley is getting used to the new bike which has more power but also more weight. I dropped 2 teeth in the rear from a 48 tooth to a 46 to make 2nd gear more usable, Set of Carmichael bend bars at the regular width (old bars were cut down to 28.5"), and rejetted it per KTM talk specs...so her bike is good.
The problem was I didn't do any of this prior to her first race, and that combined with some debris still floating in the tank even after cleaning it caused her some carb issues.The bike was puking fuel out the carb vent on the starting line and refusing to idle well but off she went to soldier on through one lap before succumbing to a loose gas cap that popped off during a spill and covered her hands in gas....not a good day.

great start though!



Place # Name AMA # Brand City, State Point Adv Laps Elapsed
1 26C Jeremy Gagen 106947 Yamaha Sarasota, FL 50 10 4 1:20:06
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2 144C Billy Cassidy 882855 KTM Sarasota, FL 47 5 4 1:22:48
3 373C Brandon 846208 KTM Miami, FL 45 4 4 1:23:21
4 99C Ryan Gross Kawasaki Sebastian, FL 43 3 4 1:26:55
5 56C Cody Havener Yamaha Fort Lauderdale, FL 41 2 4 1:27:29
6 521C Trevor VanOrman KTM Altamonte Springs, FL 40 0 4 1:28:21
7 5C Joseph Krause Yamaha Cocoa, FL 39 0 3 1:06:14
8 10C Dillon Moyer Kawasaki South Daytona, FL 38 0 3 1:07:10
9 44C Brad Jenkins 846186 Yamaha Fern Park, FL 37 0 3 1:07:22
10 133C Brandon Griffith Yamaha Avon Park, FL 36 0 3 1:08:41
11 218C Cody Weiss Yamaha Oakland Park, FL 35 0 3 1:09:13
12 17C Benjamin KTM Ft Myers, FL 34 0 3 1:10:43
13 22C Austin Crumm Kawasaki Royal Palm Beach, FL 33 0 3 1:18:37
14 132C Alec Hermans 865858 Yamaha W Palm Beach, FL 32 0 3 1:20:02
15 115C Nathan Moir Suzuki Lake Helen, FL 16 0 2 1:10:07
16 169C Haley Schell KTM Odessa, FL 8 0 1 0:28:46
DNF 23C Clay Levell Honda Sarasota, FL 0 0 0 0:00:00

Her race last weekend went much better with no bike issues and just one hard knock to the head when she hit the ground. She was happy to beat 4 boys and knows she left a lot of time on the track!





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Place # Name AMA # Brand City, State Point Adv Laps Elapsed
1 26C Jeremy Gagen 106947 Yamaha Sarasota, FL 50 10 3 1:06:34
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2 42C Mitchell Picard 695602 Kawasaki Monteverde, FL 47 5 3 1:07:08
3 20C Dakota Nix KTM Inverness, FL 45 4 3 1:08:50
4 373C Brandon 846208 KTM Miami, FL 43 3 3 1:10:01
5 121C Ethan Dickson 691205 KTM Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 41 2 3 1:10:58
6 136C Brandon Kent KTM Fleming Island, FL 40 0 3 1:15:36
7 133C Brandon Griffith Honda Avon Park, FL 39 0 3 1:16:02
8 144C Billy Cassidy 882855 KTM Sarasota, FL 38 0 3 1:17:24
9 17C Benjamin KTM Ft Myers, FL 37 0 3 1:17:35
10 23C Clay Levell Honda Sarasota, FL 36 0 3 1:17:46
11 115C Nathan Moir Suzuki Lake Helen, FL 35 0 3 1:21:30
12 44C Brad Jenkins 846186 Honda Fern Park, FL 34 0 3 1:22:15
13 132C Alec Hermans 865858 Yamaha W Palm Beach, FL 33 0 3 1:22:30
14 169C Haley Schell Honda Odessa, FL 32 0 3 1:26:09
15 54C Brandon Groover Kawasaki Palm City, FL 31 0 2 0:50:12
16 56C Cody Havener Yamaha Fort Lauderdale, FL 30 0 2 0:56:56
17 22C Austin Crumm Kawasaki Royal Palm Beach, FL 29 0 2 0:58:18
18 218C Cody Weiss Yamaha Oakland Park, FL 9 0 1 0:30:14


and now on to my report. The last 2 tracks we have raced on have been near Lake Okeechobee..another words flat and sandy. My first race started out well with being in the top 4 at the first turn and slowly I started giving up positions. Guys in this class seem to race harder and faster for several miles before they settle down. I come through to finish the first lap in 11th and that's where I stayed the whole race. i did have some good battles in the last lap with 2 guys in my class who passed me and I managed to get them back by by the end. I had fun, but the hardest part was settling down during the first lap. I know pasting the letter"B" on my side plate wasn't going to make me any faster, it's just the reality that the winner was 11 minutes !!! ahead of me...sigh.5 minutes gets me closer to 5th so that will be a good goal !





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Place # Name AMA # Brand City, State Points Adv Laps Elapsed
1 321B Sergio Santana Sr KTM Kissimmee, FL 50 10 3 1:30:09
2 21B Jorge Colon 1053545 KTM Orlando, FL 47 5 3 1:30:43
3 14B Scott Dawson 589944 KTM Okeechobee, FL 45 4 3 1:31:20
4 4B Daniel White 658438 KTM Clermont, FL 43 3 3 1:32:15
5 8B David Jensen 893182 KTM Orange City, FL 41 2 3 1:35:48
6 90B Shawn Norton 491616 Yamaha Okeechobee, FL 40 0 3 1:36:08
7 17B Marcelo Dadone KTM Aventura, FL 39 0 3 1:36:25
8 34B Ryan Turner KTM Casselberry, FL 38 0 3 1:36:31
9 123B Mike Zabarac Suzuki Midway, GA 37 0 3 1:36:46
10 420B Mark Prenoveau 834253 Yamaha Orlando, FL 36 0 3 1:39:14
11 117B Troy Stainbrook KTM Odessa, FL 35 0 3 1:41:33
12 208B Marc Kinley 436522 Yamaha Osteen, FL 34 0 3 1:42:01
13 196B Mark Zaremskas 505078 KTM Eustis, FL 33 0 3 1:42:54
14 222B Ronnie Hames KTM Daytona Beach, FL 11 0 1 0:30:45
11B Ian Joubert Verified Homosassa, FL 0 0 0 0:00:00

Last weekends race brought hope things would get better. Sundays mileage was 12.5 so 3 laps meant almost 2 full hrs of racing. Good friend of mine Ryan Turner who got promoted into "B" last year from "C" says to me "Troy,
let me give you a little advice. Don't pull over for anybody. You're get good starts and you deserve to be in this class, so don't wave anybody by, make them work for it!" Really gave me a lot to think about concerning my confidence as I'm 3rd off the line and manage to slide into first right before we dump into woods!!!



Me looking to scoot inside and take the lead.



crap...I'm in the lead...now what do I do I ride with a death grip on the bars, heart a pumping, and the little voice in my head telling me to relax, but I know they're coming.....fast.
2nd place is behind me yelling " Come man we gotta go" and I mutter "I'm going as fast as I can!" as we dump into another open section 2 miles in and he passes me with a verbal "whoooo" and a roost of sand. slowly i give up positions as my arm pump is so bad i can't feel my hands. For the next 30 miles I wondering why I'm even out there. I'm riding horribly as I almost call it a day after 2 laps. I take a long hard look at the parking lot as the course winds back near on the 3rd lap..I'll just say I was having a bad race and quit right here...no one will give me a hard time..but I can't do it.You see a good friend of mine, Mark Z.(196B) , is back behind me some where. He just got promoted from C a few races before me, so I know we are pretty equal in speed. Mark is the one person I have to beat every race...period. He's my benchmark, the one guy that lets me salvage something from a 11th place finish..he's competitive and hates to lose as much as I do..if i quit he wins...can't let that happen.
About 5 miles from the finish (3rd lap) I hear a bike coming up so I give them some room to pass..I hear "Thanks Troy" as i realize it's Mark Z...oh hell no !!! At this point I'm bound and determined to not let him get away. We're using 2 contrasting styles as he's standing up through the rough stiff and I'm forced to sit as I can't feel my hands/arms and i only stand when i absolutely have to. The pace is now much faster as he's trying to lose me and I'm simply not going to let that happen. I'm re-passing guys from other classes who have to be wondering what the hell got into me.. At one point Mark gets wedged against a tree and I try to go around and get stuck right next to him. I'm laughing out loud at both of us knuckleheads as i let him take off first..I just want to keep the pressure on him.



A mile left to go..the plan is to wait until the last set of double greens/right hand corner and drag race him to the finish. I cut it up inside as he swings wide and it's a loooong drag race to the finish. 2nd...3rd...4th....5th...god the bike is jetted good as it screams on the pipe...I'm catching him. My butt is way back on the seat and I'm tucked down behind the bars as I pass him going as fast as the bike will carry me..we're coming up on the "Stop racing" sign that signals it's time to start braking and make a 90 degree left into the chicane. I'd been running the bike in deep on prior laps to see when to brake so I grabbed a handful of front brake and started scrubbing off speed. I was just about stopped when i hear a yell of "watch out" to my left and mark goes flying past me waaaaay out of shape! The crowd scattered as he blows through the yellow tape and ends up 15 yds past the scoring chicane Seemed he had overestimated the braking power of that one little disc up front. (he used to road race, including the Daytona 200) ..I got him !!! He was very apologetic to myself and the scoring ref for his mistake as i thought what a great race it ended up being...whew. Will be hitting the gym for next months race..hope being in better shape will help, I need it!

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Place # Name AMA # Brand City, State Points Adv Laps Elapsed
1 321B Sergio Santana Sr Kawasaki Kissimmee, FL 50 10 3 1:36:06
2 90B Shawn Norton 491616 Yamaha Okeechobee, FL 47 5 3 1:39:06
3 4B Daniel White 658438 Yamaha Clermont, FL 45 4 3 1:39:50
4 34B Ryan Turner KTM Casselberry, FL 43 3 3 1:42:48
5 8B David Jensen 893182 KTM Orange City, FL 41 2 3 1:42:52
6 420B Mark Prenoveau 834253 Yamaha Orlando, FL 40 0 3 1:43:22
7 17B Marcelo Dadone KTM Aventura, FL 39 0 3 1:44:13
8 117B Troy Stainbrook KTM Odessa, FL 38 0 3 1:46:42
9 196B Mark Zaremskas 505078 KTM Eustis, FL 37 0 3 1:46:45
10 123B Mike Zabarac Suzuki Midway, GA 36 0 2 1:09:41

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Old 02-08-2012, 07:51 AM   #95
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This is really getting exciting Troy. Thanks for all your detailed reports!
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Old 02-10-2012, 07:01 PM   #96
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Thanks Blue...really enjoy talking racing with my daughter...I know how special these times are!
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Old 02-14-2012, 11:48 AM   #97
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Well both Haley and I have been up against a learning curve the last 2 races. Her with a new bike and me running in the "B" class has led to some tough races.
It's been about 18 months since I chimed in on your exploits but I'm glad to see you took my initial advice because it sure looks like you guys are having FUN!!!

Best of luck this season and thanks for taking us along!
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Old 02-28-2012, 09:00 AM   #98
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Trying an enduro

Well in my quest to get faster and sample new things I tried an enduro 2 weeks ago. It was the 37th annual "Straight Arrow Enduro" put on by the Central Florida trail Riders. It takes place in the Richlaom forestry area and it's comprised of 2 separate loops totaling 61 miles. Including the transfer roads it ends up being over 80 miles of riding. I was entered on row 13 with 5 of my friends in a quest to ride a whole lot and have fun.



Conditions were good (cool with no dust) as we rode a combination of sandy 2 track roads and tight woods. managed to "zero" the first check (24 mph average used on whole course) and soon after cam upon my fellow row mate Mark(196B). Somehow he had taken a wrong turn behind us and actually ended up in front. In his quest to catch us (impossible since he's in front) he hit a big clay mudhole. He was so stuck it took 4 of us to get the bike out not to mention him..he was a mess!
Now we're way behind for the next check so we just had fun and rode...fast. It was fun hanging the rear out in 4th/5th gear and diving back in for some 2nd gear shenanigans. Rolled into the gas stop feeling good (30 miles in).



But being behind meant never getting any rest. I'd pull up to a check point and they send me right back out..got tired quick. I pulled up to the last check and asked how much longer..14 miles was the reply..I'm done. Followed them in after the check closed but was getting cramps in my legs and was gassed. Overall it was fun, just needed to save energy to finish...next year!

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enduros seems to be pretty cool. Lot's of riding time for sure. I have a basic understanding of how the time keeping and all works - if you're me, ride as fast as you can everywhere and try not to hour out. I'm signed up for one in April.
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Anymore the enduros here run the new format. No more worrying about burning a check, just ride as fast as you can until they stop you, take a break, and do it all over again. Enduro was much more laid back than a HS.
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Hungy Catfish HS report

This weekend brought us to the metropolis of Ona,Fl and the Hungry Catfish HS. This is the same race where last year I broke my subframe 2 miles in, so I'm anxious to put that first lap behind me. Sat course is 7 miles and Sunday is 10.
Haley race was a short one as 2 miles in she banged bars with a competitor trying to pass and she went down hard (5th gear) She said she was laying there screaming for the person to "get off me" when she realized her bike was what had landed on her. EMT's were soon arrived (we are so blessed to have at least 3 on track at all times spread out with radio's (earbuds) so they can quickly respond) Seems she had injured her wrist so they splinted it up and sent her out on the back of a quad. A few x-rays later (3 fractured bones in her wrist) and she was back at the track to cheer me on the next day. She really is a tough one.

Update: she's sporting a pink cast for 3-4 weeks ...so no surgery

Sunday dawned with overcast skies, cooler weather, and the eternal optimism required to go out and battle with the back of the pack Seems we had a large line today (16 riders) with some new faces I'd never seen. Set my bike up on the line right next to the points leader (Jorge Colon) so I can keep an eye on him..ha! I make a point of walking up and down my line to wish everyone good luck and take in the comradery that truly makes the next 2 hours fun.

"beeeeep"..I hustle up to the bike and throw my leg over making sure to keep my eye on the kick starter until it starts to head down. The electric start is too temperamental to trust on the start plus my bike always fires up in one kick in gear(2nd). The rekluse does it's job as I pin the throttle and shoot off to the first corner. I could have fought for 2nd, but putting Jorge(21B) behind me going into the woods was pressure I didn't really want.



The little voice in my head (he and I talk all race) is telling me to stay calm and just follow the guy in front of me. I'm starting to gain some confidence as I am running their pace and not killing myself. This works for about 4 miles until we dump into a peat bog. This stuff is like riding through damp mulch that's 18" thick. I for some reason throw my left leg out, the bike goes right and down I go. Here is a direct quote from the guy behind me:
"This was the first time I wish I had one of those Go Pro Cameras: I wish everyone could have seen Troy's get off on the first lap when we entered the peat/mud section. He was really moving when all of a sudden him and his bike had a disagreement on which direction they should go. I lost a few positions because I could not stop laughing."..good to know I can be entertaining... Nice job I'm thinking as I quickly pick up the bike and scoot off having gave up too many spots. I come through the first lap in 11th place...2nd lap-11th place...3rd lap-11th place....so I'm not gaining but I'm not giving up spots either.



On the 4th lap I get passed by friend of mine who's leading the SSB class that starts a row behind me. I fall in behind him and do all i can to keep him in sight...it's working. I'm relaxing as I pretend it's just another ride with Dave and I let him pull me along.We're hauling ass. I come through on the 4th lap still in 11th, but riding well. Soon I'm passing guys in my class who are starting to tire. I notice a friend of mine (Ryan Turner-34B) up ahead and I manage to pass him in 5th gear wide open on a long straight.I holler as I go by knowing passing him was like poking a hornets nest...it means trouble but it's too hard to resist he passes me back 4 more corners later in the tight stuff and he's gone..but he knows I was there. Less than a mile to the end and I get passed..I'm just happy with how I've ridden today. Come through and i can't believe it....7th !!!

Seems some of the fast guys ran out of gas. It was a fast course and at 50 miles total the tortoise beat the hare for a change. I managed to beat my buddy Mark Z (196B) by 4 minutes, but most importantly, this is the race I needed concerning confidence. I can run with some of these guys and won't settle for anything less.

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1 37B Stephen Morris 528470 Yamaha Fairhaven, MA 50 10 5 1:52:00
2 21B Jorge Colon 1053545 KTM Orlando, FL 47 5 5 1:53:05
3 4B Daniel White 658438 Yamaha Clermont, FL 45 4 5 1:53:27
4 90B Shawn Norton 491616 Yamaha Okeechobee, FL 43 3 5 1:56:35
5 34B Ryan Turner KTM Casselberry, FL 41 2 5 1:57:59
6 38B Curt Epperson Yamaha Lakeland, FL 40 0 5 1:58:37
7 117B Troy Stainbrook KTM Odessa, FL 39 0 5 1:58:46
8 321B Sergio Santana Sr KTM Kissimmee, FL 38 0 4 1:30:10
9 222B Ronnie Hames KTM Daytona Beach, FL 37 0 4 1:30:45
10 17B Marcelo Dadone KTM Aventura, FL 36 0 4 1:31:40
11 11B Ian Joubert Honda Homosassa, FL 35 0 4 1:34:03
12 420B Mark Prenoveau 834253 Yamaha Orlando, FL 34 0 4 1:36:26
13 29B Jeff Chambers Kawasaki Punta Gorda, FL 33 0 4 1:36:44
14 196B Mark Zaremskas 505078 KTM Eustis, FL 32 0 4 1:38:02
15 43B Mace McMillan 617268 KTM Plant City, FL 31 0 4 1:47:31
16 122B Scott Shepard Honda Stuart, FL 18 0 3 1:25:20
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that's great! It's really awesome to see how much better of a rider you've become. Inspiring too.
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As a new racer in the US Desert Racing Series in California, I have to say I am THOROUGHLY enjoying this thread!

Thanks for putting the time in to write up your races, and good on ya for involving family as well! Some day I hope to race with my boys too (though I'm pretty sure they'll beat me every time)

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Thanks guys! I took a race off (the back to back weekends kill me) but I'll be at it in 3 weeks on a track I help layout, so I'm hoping for a home field advantage.

Also I'm thinking of doing the GNCC series opener next Tuesday (River Ranch...near Daytona)
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GNCC-River ranch.

I'm calling this year the "dream season"...

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