Going into this double header weekend, I was chasing the DSS and ESS championships. For the ESS championship, I would have to win both races and my rival get third. The DSS championship I just basically needed to finish both races and I would lock up the championship. On another note, my grandparents came to see me race from Indiana. This was really special, as it was the first time they had seen me race since 2011.
To start off the weekend I had some great practice even with a worn rear tire. I was a little off my best lap time but kept progressing and was working on my new, faster lines and shift points. By the second practice I was close to my race pace from earlier in the year.
After a long wait, my first race came with a new scrubbed Pirelli on the rear. I was second in the class and was gridded in the middle. I had a good start and battles, I was getting held up by other bigger bikes and was not able to stay with the top two because of it. I finished third in that race.
The same thing happened in the DSS race, had some good battles and good times improving my times and dropped down to a 1:56.160 . I finished fourth in that race.
Then on Sunday, I became more aggressive, practice was great and I was headed in the right direction.
The ESS race I ran off in the first lap and made up the time at the top of the hill at turn five and could never get a pass to stick for a while. I ended up on the third step of the podium, just like Saturday, this put me in 2nd place for the ESS Expert Championship.
The DSS race I was pushing hard to finish on the podium. I had a good pace and was able to battle with two other Ninja 250’s in this, our “bump-up” class. I locked it up and won the championship! I set my personal best lap time in the DSS race of 1:55.414 and once again came in 4th place.
The next and last round on my trusty 250 is the GNF, I will be chasing after the National title to put an exclamation mark on this season. Even though I didn’t win as many championships or as many races this year, I have really pushed to a new level of speed and confidence. I want to really thank all of my sponsors for believing in me and supporting me throughout the year. I was still able to get 21 podiums and a new found desire to push even harder!
February 25, 2014
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