A father/daughter go racing...

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  1. nobrakes

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    Great job, and great report, T-Bone!
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  5. DolphinJohn

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    It was nice to meet you and Haley this weekend. Great job at the race and I really enjoy the reports.

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  6. Tbone

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    It was our pleasure to hang out with you ! Now you know what a circus this outfit really is.:D
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  7. Tbone

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    This weeks report is coming from Myakka, Fl at the Carlton Ranch. The Old School Dirt Riders were offering a fine mix of tight woods, open pastures and several creek crossings(7.4 miles for Sat and 10.3 for Sunday) Right away it was obvious the club had their act together as sign-up went quickly and a map was provided to view the course from overhead and see all the nice Sunday only trail that was going to be available.
    Sat soon arrived and so did Haley's afternoon race. After her one lap experience from the prior race, there was much motivation to improve on that and get some experience under her belt. She received loads of advice/support from club member's to make her goal a seemingly easy one...race until they tell you to stop. The need to put miles/laps on are obvious, yet the nerves and self doubt are never far away to wreck such well meant plans.We'll wait and see how she does.

    Beeeeeeeeeeeeep ! She's off. Last place into the first creek crossing on purpose and off into the woods she goes. At this point her mother Lori starts the hand wringing. I'm not to worried about her, as I know great clubs like OSDR have people out there to help if trouble should arise, and besides the bike breaking (That then would be my issue then) she is on her own.

    Soon she arrives from out of the creek and completes the first lap. At this point she looks okay and heads out for a 2nd one. We're not concerned how fast she's is, she's still trying ! Before you know it she appears from the water and looks great...then dumps the bike in the scoring chicane. In her defense, she wasn't the only one I saw do this , so I ran over, got her up righted and asked about a third lap. "I can do another one?...oh yeah !" was her reply as she headed out yet again. Lori and I were excited as her attitude was one of a finisher, and she proved us correct...3 laps! They all counted and a big step in building confidence was achieved. She later admitted the though of being teased by friends about only doing 1 lap again was a great motivator...ha!

    Junior Girls
    Place # Name AMA # Brand City, State Points Adv Laps Elapsed
    1 5G Zoe Steindl KTM Sanford, FL 50 0 4 1:13:45
    2 169G Haley Schell Honda Odessa, FL 47 0 3 1:14:17

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    After last races 2nd place, I'm left wondering if it was a fluke. Was it the course, what I ate that day, or did I seemingly get it figured out overnight? I do know at this point I'm expecting more from myself. No being satisfied with anything but first (Okay, maybe top 3's would suffice) Prior to my race a bit of weather info was passed along. "Rain is coming...30 minutes away"...oh great.

    Bike fired first kick and I was 5th going into the woods. Just trying to stay calm and wait for opportunities. A rider in front of me makes a bad line choice in some mud and I've got 4th. I'm thinking I really need to push at this point because once the rain starts, everything is going to slow down. Soon enough I'm through the scoring chicane...4th place. The next lap the wind starts to pick-up and the rain starts. I'm out in the open fields as it blows through but really seems to not be an issue as it was over quickly. 2nd lap ends with me in 3rd place. Just as I'm leaving the scoring chicane I see 26C(Tom Miller) pulling in to get new goggles. I'm think "oh yeah, that was easy" as I take over 2nd place...for all of about 30 yds. As I was crossing up the other side of the first creek crossing I dump the bike, and back by goes 26C...sigh. Tom is faster in the woods, but I manage to pass him back on a big sweeping turn in the open field. I'm feeling pretty good right now as I set off to put some distance between us. The plan is working except for what seemed to be a simple dumping of my bike in a corner. I go to pull the clutch in after getting up and the lever won't budge. It seems I had rotated my bark buster/hand guard up enough the the clutch lever could fully extend. The worn out lever was now missing the piston on the master cylinder completed...aaaaagggghhhh ! I frantically pulled up and down on the lever and all of a sudden I could pull it in. I take off and head through a small creek crossing. Go to pull in the lever and..no luck. I stall it, and began to pound on the clutch master cylinder while cursing my bad luck. Tom was nice enough to dump his bike right next to me as I frantically wiggled anything in sight to get the lever to work. Manage to find the sweet spot and stagger off. Still in 2nd. Now at this point I can't count on being able to pull the lever in or not. It's truly a 1 in 10 proposition of when it'll work. Another creek crossing, stalled it and by goes Tom. At this point I'm running out of energy. The worry of stalling it is overwhelming as I roll into the scoring chicane...can I do this? Shakingly I manage to not stall it as I head out for a 4th lap, realizing I'm not in the fight for 2nd anymore, I'm just trying to survive. I down shift into 1st when I'm not sure of the corner, which makes for slow going. I'm struggling, which saps my energy. Riders from other classes are now passing me back that I had passed earlier. I tell myself in my helmet aloud "Don't screw this up you moron" I kept waiting for 3rd to come by as I took the easy split (didn't realize until I went by that the hard split had loosened up to get over easily). I head through the chicane for the last time....3rd! I was pumped that I manage to hold on and score points....but I had had 2nd !!! First place(199C-Scott Bowman) had gaped Tom in 2nd by 3 minutes, so let's hope he doesn't show up any more:lol3 Hope you enjoyed the reports, now go out and ride !!!

    PS. Thanks Ryan for the tip on taping my hands...no blisters !

    Senior C
    Place # Name AMA # Brand City, State Points Adv Laps Elapsed
    1 199C Scott Bowman Yamaha Palm City, FL 50 10 4 1:42:56
    2 31C Tom Miller 696207 KTM North Port, FL 47 5 4 1:45:56
    3 117C Troy Stainbrook KTM Odessa, FL 45 4 4 1:46:50
    4 314C Chris Reid 617543 Yamaha Lakeland, FL 43 3 4 1:47:07
    5 27C Brian Brannigan 941420 Yamaha Winter Garden, FL 41 2 4 1:47:35
    6 325C Frank Gamperl Yamaha Deerfield Beach, FL 40 0 4 1:47:52
    7 20C Charles Nix Suzuki Inverness, FL 39 0 4 1:48:39
    8 520C Sam Jarczynski Suzuki Safety Harbor, FL 38 0 4 1:49:15
    9 919C Randy Bolen 987702 Kawasaki San Mateo, FL 37 0 4 1:50:19
    10 818C Irvin Kelly 942897 Honda Kissimmee, FL 36 0 4 1:50:32
    11 15C Kevin Vaughan KTM North Port, FL 35 0 4 1:53:43
    12 40C Chris Tolken 1064511 KTM New Port Richey, FL 34 0 3 1:31:07
    13 42C Brenton Teixeira KTM Key West, FL 33 0 3 1:32:03
    14 469C Patrick Morrison KTM Deltona, FL 32 0 3 1:32:18
    15 251C Mike Warm 2068687 Kawasaki Sarasota, FL 31 0 3 1:37:40
    16 522C Kevin Witkowski Honda Sarasota, FL 30 0 3 1:46:47
    17 18C Vernon Hackett 223505 KTM Port St Lucie, FL 14 0 2 0:57:27
    18 369C Dan Thaler Yamaha Deerfield Beach, FL 14 0 2 1:04:13
    19 704C David Sommers Honda St Petersberg, FL 14 0 2 1:04:37
    DNF 82C David Schneeberger 945656 Yamaha Bradenton, FL 0 0 0 0:00:00

    Total Riders in Class: 20 Total Riders in Event: 242

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  8. barnyard

    barnyard Verbal tactician Super Moderator

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    This is so cool.

    My daughter and I did enduros together. The memories you 2 are making right now are absolutely priceless. Be sure to take lots of photos before and after races. We did not take that many and are constantly asking each other, "Why didn't we take pictures at that race?"

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  9. nobrakes

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    Awesome! :clap :clap :clap
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  10. Tbone

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    This is real late... I know.

    The setting for this race report is the flat and woodsy property near New Smyrna used by the Apollo Motorcycle club. The course was 5+ miles for Sat and 11+ miles for Sunday. The weather was forecast to be cold with a chance of rain on Sat. The moisture arrived just as the practice lap was ending and made for some slippery conditions for the start of Haley's race. This will be her 3rd start on the bigger bike so she's still learning to use all it has to offer. The course was one of thick woods/palms with not a lot of open areas to regroup/take a breath, so staying relaxed will be important.
    The horn sounds and she's off. Not last into the 1st corner is an improvement as she disappeared into the woods. Soon enough she appears to complete the first lap and looks like she's having fun. She manages to dump it in a tight right hander just as the course enters the woods and by the way she was able to pick the bike up quickly and get going it looks like keeping her on a 2 stroke continues to be the right move.
    Time passes and we start to get worried....where is she. An answer isn't far away as a friend rides up and says Haley is back at camp...mad... and minus her kick starter ! I'm soon greeted by a upset racer who is ready to fire her mechanic. Seems she stalled the bike, went to kick it and realized she was missing something. A nice course worker got her bump started. She most upset that she had to now wait 3 weeks to race again, so it seems my master plan of getting her hooked on this all is going according to plan

    Junior Girls
    Place # Name AMA # Brand City, State Point Adv Laps Elapsed
    1 5G Zoe Steindl KTM Sanford, FL 50 0 4 1:08:58
    2 169G Haley Schell Honda Odessa, FL 12 0 1 0:19:08

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    Speaking about grand ideas, mine was going according to plan. The mist that was bothering most folks during practice has started to let up. There were only 12 riders in the class (usually 20+) due to the weather so less competition. The horn sounds and in one kick the bike fires and I'm off. Now David Davis (48C) is the hole shot king of the Senior C line. His technique is shrouded in mystery and the scuttlebutt is he never actually kills his motor for the start, he just has it idling really,really slowly So as I shoot away from the line I look over and realize with shock...I've got the holeshot! Seems David had installed a rekluse after the prior race and the slight delay it caused in his start let me get the jump on him. I decided at that moment I was going to park it next to the pole and make everyone go around me, which worked for 2 corners until David went flying around the outside of me and led the class into the woods.
    Now prior to this race I was talking with Haley about how this race was going to be the one of opportunity. Tight trail meant I needed to bide my time and wait for opportunities. Don't push too hard and wreck as it would be so much work to try and pass people back.I was thinking this as I followed David into the first 1/4 mile of the trail. David took a slower line and I couldn't resist it, I passed him back and took over first. Now some of you might remember the last time I had first place and how I had the propensity to give it right back. I was passing over some seemingly routine whoops and released my grip on the throttle for a 2nd. The issue was my sticky gloves combined with some excellent grips meant for a split second the throttle had other plans. The bike and I shot off into the bushes as if we knew something the trail designers didn't, and the entire class passed me by.So much for staying cool and letting the race come to me..
    It's pretty remarkable how deep a 300 can bury itself when the ham-fisted pilot blunders. After getting it back on track I knew all I could do was try and salvage something. I also learned I am now a card carrying member of the Brian Coughlin/tight trees are for enduro's way of thinking. I swear they I saw a sign that said "old enduro course" as I plowed the bars back and forth through a section that sapped what little strength I had left. I passed a few people, was forced to go out another lap and passed a few more. I managed to make it up to 6th by the end, but the course had whipped my butt. I was laughing as I pulled up and told my story to David and Tom Miller (congrats on the win Tom !!!) so I guess any race you can smile after is a good one. Should be a great one this weekend in Brooksville so see you there !!!

    PS. I would thank my cheering section for the encouragement, as I really need it!

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    Place # Name AMA # Brand City, State Point Adv Laps Elapsed
    1 31C Tom Miller 696207 KTM North Port, FL 50 10 2 1:28:23
    2 48C David Davis 854296 KTM Lake City, FL 47 5 2 1:28:51
    3 828C Mike Hunter 744142 Kawasaki Middleburg, FL 45 4 2 1:29:41
    4 15C Kevin Vaughan KTM North Port, FL 43 3 2 1:30:19
    5 919C Randy Bolen 987702 Honda San Mateo, FL 41 2 2 1:31:50
    6 117C Troy Stainbrook KTM Odessa, FL 40 0 2 1:32:56
    7 26C Robert Ryan 941623 Yamaha Lake Mary, FL 39 0 2 1:36:15
    8 818C Irvin Kelly 942897 Honda Kissimmee, FL 38 0 2 1:37:39
    9 11C Don Learn GasGas Jacksonville, FL 37 0 2 1:40:07
    10 42C Brenton Teixeira KTM Key West, FL 36 0 2 1:44:55
    11 1C Ouri Kahn Yamaha Weston, FL 35 0 2 1:56:26
    DNF 96C Todd Comeens KTM Deland, FL 0 0 0 0:00:00
    DNF 69C Armando Rios 897436 KTM Kissimmee, FL 0 0 0 0:00:00
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  12. Tbone

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    :wave John. We won't be at the race this weekend, as Haley needs to work on her grades it seems.:bluduh You guys have a great time and be safe !!!
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  13. Tbone

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    This race's report takes place up in Brooksville,Fl at the Mondon Hill property. This is our "home" race as we are both member's of Suncoast Trailblazer's. The property is very different from most in that being an old mining site it offers many elevation changes and a chances to ride in some clay vs. sand. The course for Sat afternoon was 10 miles.
    Sat dawned with guarded optimism. Haley is riding on a familiar course so confidence should be high, but racing it is another story and anything can happen. Having her grandparents and a friend from school there for the first time gave her more determination to do well...."Beep"
    Haley was off into the first corner and not last which is good. She ended up following someone off course on the slag pile as a barrier had been knocked down and some confusion ensued. Lesson learned on following the course and not relying on the rider in front to know the right way.
    Apparently at some point on the course she was pitched off the bike in front of the paramedics. She said she saw stars as they ran up and said they were going to call it in. She asked them if she could just sit there a bit and collect her self. He asked "How many fingers am I holding up?"..."3" was her correct answer and they cautiously let her continue with the advice of "take it easy out there!". Glad to hear the EMT's were there to help and she toughed it out and continued on. I followed her for a few miles on her 2nd lap through the ravine and out to the field. She looked like she was having fun!
    Haley ended up doing 2 laps and to quote "I only wrecked 3 times " so she seemed happy with that. Her grandparents were very impressed with what a she accomplished and the whole FTR in general. I think her friend also had a few stories to share at school on Monday, including her first experience using a port-a-potty.:lol3

    Junior Girls
    Place # Name AMA # Brand City, State Point Adv Laps Elapsed
    1 169G Haley Schell Honda Odessa, FL 50 0 2 1:19:33

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  14. Tbone

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    An area near Lake Okeechobee is the location for this race's report. The terrain is flat as you might imagine with some sand, mud( I'll get to that part later:cry) palm trees and open fields thrown in. The Palm Beach Track and Trail club is the hosts for this event as all the proceeds go the the Florida Trail Riders org. PBT&T club was one of the first off-road clubs to call Florida home in the early sixties. They disappeared for many years but now local riders are trying to get it started again and hosting this event was their re-introduction to the FTR family. Course was 7 miles on Sat and 11 on Sunday.
    Our Junior girls racer is currently on the sideline due to her grades. Missing 2 races has been hard for her but Haley has been re-motivated to do the work necessary to get back on the track. She did volunteer to work with the pee-wee races and had a great time and made some new friends.
    My race started off well. I was 4th out of 24 going into the first set of corners.

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    We wound back and forth across an open field for 3/4's of a mile before we dove into the woods. I managed to pass Dave Davis (48C) just before the tight stuff so now I'm up to third. I simply can't run the pace of the top couple of guys as Robert Downs (172C) goes by and I settle into 4th place at the end of the first lap. I came up on a straggler early in the 2nd lap and I made the mistake of taking too long to pass him. This let Dave (48C) close back up on me. I can hear him, but I'm not making a mistake in the tight brush.

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    I know it's hard to pass in this stuff, and the roosting of my 300 help keep him at bay when the course would open back up. There were a few mud holes scattered through out the course. If you were smart and skirted the edges you could make your way around, albeit slowly. For some reason, I'm not sure why exactly, as we came up on one in particular I saw a set of tracks through the middle and went for it. A course worker saw my attempt and gave me the universal "twisting of the throttle to the stops" motion and I reacted with a fist full and dropped into the blackness..

    and this where I come to a screeching halt. The throttle stayed pinned but the fact I had now buried the bike up to the foot pegs brought about a feeling of fear and anger at myself. I knew better than this, but here I am:cry I hopped of the bike and tried to push the bike forward while gassing it but nothing was moving...I was stuck. I attempted to pull the back end of the bike up but it wouldn't come up. Here is where my mud hole guardian's jump in. I managed to plead "I'm in 4th place guys can you please help" as one guy helped me get the back end up and onto firmer mud. I then tried to start the bike but every time I kicked down my foot would slip off the kick starter as my left leg is also buried . Several stabs later I was humbled to ask if one of them could get their longer legs over the top and get it stared. I managed to stagger off finally with the wheels rolling but out of energy. If I've learned one thing racing is you have to recover on the fly. I knew every second i was sitting still, I was losing ground and guys behind me were gaining it. I spent the reat of the lap trying to get my energy back as i rolled through the chicane in 6th. I had lost 2 positions while mired in the mud, but it could have been waaaay worse without that help.:clap

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    I wasn't too excited about the 3rd lap...I'm exhausted. I guess the cold I had early in the week wasn't helping any either. As I passed by the infamous mud hole again I shouted to the worker's "I learned my lesson the last time" as they laughed and I took the smarter way around.
    Towards the end of the lap 20c (Charles Nix) came by me and i had nothing for him. I rolled through the scoring chicane for 7th place. I wasn't too happy with that, but it could have been way worse. I'm really excited about the next race as I know if I can cut down on the big mistakes I'll be back in the battle for wood !!!

    Video of first lap from Master A riders perspective. (Tim Missimer)
    http://www.blip.tv/file/4734373

    Senior C
    Place # Name AMA # Brand City, State Point Adv Laps Elapsed
    1 21C Jorge Colon 105354 KTM Orlando, FL 50 10 3 1:34:56
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    2 631C Robert Branagh Honda Palm Bay, FL 47 5 3 1:36:00
    3 18C Vernon Hackett 223505 KTM Port St Lucie, FL 45 4 3 1:36:30
    4 172C Robert Downs Kawasaki Sebastian, FL 43 3 3 1:36:52
    5 48C David Davis 854296 KTM Lake City, FL 41 2 3 1:37:09
    6 20C Charles Nix KTM Inverness, FL 40 0 3 1:38:37
    7 117C Troy Stainbrook KTM Odessa, FL 39 0 3 1:39:17
    8 196C Mark Zaremskas 505078 KTM Eustis, FL 38 0 3 1:39:34
    9 677C Oris (Don) Combee Yamaha Ft Meade, FL 37 0 3 1:39:59
    10 38C Mark Boris KTM Lake City, FL 36 0 3 1:40:22
    11 325C Frank Gamperl Yamaha Deerfield Beach, FL 35 0 3 1:40:35
    12 15C Kevin Vaughan KTM North Port, FL 34 0 3 1:40:57
    13 7C Adam Schmitt KTM Naples, FL 33 0 3 1:41:49
    14 919C Randy Bolen 987702 Kawasaki San Mateo, FL 32 0 3 1:44:18
    15 715C Brett Chase 743982 Honda Melbourne, FL 31 0 3 1:45:45
    16 921C Brad Risser 944743 Suzuki N Palm Beach, FL 30 0 3 1:47:02
    17 42C Brenton Teixeira KTM Key West, FL 29 0 3 1:54:39
    18 251C Mike Warm 206868 Kawasaki Sarasota, FL 28 0 3 1:56:28
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    19 369C Dan Thaler KTM Deerfield Beach, FL 27 0 3 1:57:27
    20 25C Harold Fletcher Yamaha Ft Lauderdale, FL 26 0 3 1:59:24
    21 1C Ouri Kahn Yamaha Weston, FL 25 0 2 1:13:37
    22 234C Erik Hjortaas KTM , FL 8 0 1 0:34:43
    23 704C David Sommers Honda St Petersberg, FL 8 0 1 0:42:58
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  15. Tbone

    Tbone off-ramp slayer

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    I really need to do these closer to when the race happened..

    This race report takes us to Ona,Fl and the hosting club is the Sarasota Area Dirt Riders Assoc. (SADRA) The property is a mix sand, woods, peat bogs, and a few creek crossings. Sat loop was 7.5 miles and Sunday 10.5. There were some areas of concern after Sunday's practice lap but the club was able to reroute quickly.
    Haley race went well. She was 4 minutes slower than the leader(Zoe) the first lap and 5 the next, but she's racing the course and working the whole time. With 3 more years in this class she is excited about getting better. Since this race we've pulled arrows on an Enduro course, took some instruction at Sunshine mx track and rode many hours at Croom so stuff is starting to stick and making the honor roll for the first time this quarter takes some pressure off! She made the comment she saw Glenn on the course so was quick to stand up for the photo..ha!

    Junior Girls
    Place # Name AMA # Brand City, State Point Adv Laps Elapsed
    1 5G Zoe Steindl KTM Sanford, FL 50 0 4 1:22:23
    2 169G Haley Schell Honda Odessa, FL 47 0 3 1:14:55

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    After the practice lap I was really looking forward to this course. There were some open areas I was looking forward to letting the 300 run and the track was a great mix of things I liked. I even parked my bike next to Dave Davis(#48) in the hopes I could try and get a tow off of him into the first corner..ha!
    The horn blew and I made my first mistake. As I threw my leg over the seat to give it a kick I was looking forward at the same time. Haley (who was holding my bike) was nice enough to tell me that's why I didn't get a good stroke on the kick starter and why it took 2 kicks to get going...thanks honey:rolleyes: I'm about 7th/8th going into the first corner and played follow the leader the first mile. No where real easy to pass, but I'm finally able to take a tighter inside line on a sweeping corner and make a pass on 20C so I'm up a spot.

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    Just as we head out on to a high speed area I have a strange sensation. My bike had turned into a rocking horse, and i can't figure out why. After pulling over, it's quite obvious..

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    That's the worse feeling watching everyone stream by as you sit there. I went back and watched the rest of the race from a different perspective...the sidelines. It could have been worse ..I could have broke and not the bike. I'm now armed with a new sub-frame, a Weight Watchers points calculator, and the feeling I've got some unfinished business...see you in Okeechobee!

    Video of first lap..guy in my class.

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTMSt0oXyKk

    Senior C
    Place # Name AMA # Brand City, State Point Adv Laps Elapsed
    1 18C Vernon Hackett 223505 KTM Port St Lucie, FL 50 10 4 1:48:00
    2 520C Sam Jarczynski Honda Safety Harbor, FL 47 5 4 1:50:29
    3 325C Frank Gamperl Yamaha Deerfield Beach, FL 45 4 4 1:51:24
    4 48C David Davis 854296 KTM Lake City, FL 43 3 4 1:52:05
    5 196C Mark Zaremskas 505078 KTM Eustis, FL 41 2 4 1:53:22
    6 21C Jorge Colon 105354 KTM Orlando, FL 40 0 4 1:53:37
    7 20C Charles Nix KTM Inverness, FL 39 0 4 1:53:39
    8 919C Randy Bolen 987702 Kawasaki San Mateo, FL 38 0 4 1:59:04
    9 38C Mark Boris KTM Lake City, FL 37 0 4 1:59:12
    10 677C Oris (Don) Combee Yamaha Ft Meade, FL 36 0 3 1:25:48
    11 12C Steve Ostergard Husaberg , FL 35 0 3 1:31:34
    12 26C Robert Ryan 941623 Yamaha Lake Mary, FL 34 0 3 1:31:39
    13 251C Mike Warm 206868 Kawasaki Sarasota, FL 33 0 3 1:34:02
    14 369C Dan Thaler KTM Deerfield Beach, FL 32 0 3 1:37:29
    15 869C Dave Edwards Suzuki , FL 31 0 3 1:39:35
    DNF 117C Troy Stainbrook KTM Odessa, FL 0 0 0 0:00:0:D
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  16. Tbone

    Tbone off-ramp slayer

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    Last weekend we headed back down south to Okeechobee for the Razorback II HS presented by SEFTR. The course consisted of sand, palmetto roots, and more sand. There were no elevation changes or water/mud crossings. Sat course was 6 miles and Sunday was 11 or so.
    Haley had an eventful day. It started with the practice lap as we waited and waited for to come out of the woods.Eventually she slowly rolls in with a bit of a technical issue. Seems someone ran into her while navigating some palmetto's and the subsequent fall had wrapped her shifter all the way around backwards to the foot peg. 1st gear was what was available so made for a long frustrating loop. I shut-off her gas, laid the bike down and attempted to straighten it back, with the inevitable "snap" as it was now in 2 places. I managed to find one for a 450 at Atlantic Motorsports that worked...disaster averted. The next moment was at the starting line as we wondered" Where is Haley?". Seemed she didn't remember I had laid the bike down so she needed to treat it like it was flooded when starting it. After a mad dash to change the plug by fellow SCTB member's she made it in time for the start. One kick..2 kicks..drop into gear and she's off .
    She rolled through the chicane for the first lap with a less than enthusiastic body language. The 2nd lap was a frustrating one as she dumped the bike and couldn't get it restarted. Amanda Richardson who was working the event was nice enough to stop and help Haley get going, but survival was the only thing on her mind. She rolled through to make 2 laps, and hours later was wishing she could race it again to get a better finish. She was the only Junior girl there this race so 1st place was hers, but I'm glad she still is not satisfied. After riding the course on Sunday I'm proud of her for doing 2 laps...tough stuff.

    Junior Girls
    Place # Name AMA # Brand City, State Point Adv Laps Elapsed
    1 169G Haley Schell Honda Odessa, FL 50 0 2 1:11:48

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    The bike started in 1 kick so I had a good run at the first corner. As we headed for the 1st double green a rider in front of me blew the greens and had to circle around (21C Jorge Colon) so that put me 3rd out of 12. I was behind (196C) Mark Zaremskas. I started having some fun by yelling "I'm coming Mark. I'm gonna get you" at him as we wove through the woods. I need to use all the tools at my disposal to pass these guys.fight5 Eventually Mark made a mistake and I slide on by, so I'm in 2nd. Another few miles and Jorge (The guy who blew the double greens) comes banzai-ing past me with branches sticking out of his bike and the look of a man on a mission ("cough"..sandbagger.."cough":D) so I'm 3rd. This race I told my self I wasn't going to make the big mistake. After burying the bike in the bushes at Apollo and the mud hole at the benefit I was going to ride within my limits. My old KTM turns like a tractor and all those deep sand corner's are causing me fits. 3/4's of the way through the first lap on a long run of sand whoops a Yamaha passed me (325C Frank Gamperl) so I'm 4th as we roll through the chicane.

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    I was worried after the practice lap as I thought it had cost me too much energy. The course was tough, sandy, and the temp was coming up.To be in 4th at this point was better than I expected. Soon after I managed to lose the tip to my camelbak. As the water was running down my leg I tried to drink as much as I could and hope for the best. I'm tired, and dropping the bike 3 times on the 2nd lap just proves that to me. I'm leaning up on the bars and hoping every time I hang a right that it's the corner that leads out to the finish. I'm really worried that if I drop it again that's it. Then I see the checker's !!!

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    I ended up 4th on a course I just wanted to survive and brought home some wood, so I'm happy. The bike and I made it through in one piece and we're looking forward to firmer ground at Gatorback!!

    Senior C
    Place # Name AMA # Brand City, State Point Adv Laps Elapsed
    1 21C Jorge Colon 105354 KTM Orlando, FL 50 10 2 1:21:00
    2 325C Frank Gamperl Yamaha Deerfield Beach, FL 47 5 2 1:22:17
    3 18C Vernon Hackett 223505 KTM Port St Lucie, FL 45 4 2 1:24:05
    4 117C Troy Stainbrook KTM Odessa, FL 43 3 2 1:27:04
    5 196C Mark Zaremskas 505078 KTM Eustis, FL 41 2 2 1:27:39
    6 46C Troy Lashon 822142 KTM Jupiter, FL 40 0 2 1:35:39
    7 15C Kevin Vaughan KTM North Port, FL 39 0 2 1:36:47
    8 42C Brenton Teixeira KTM Key West, FL 38 0 2 1:44:33
    9 26C Robert Ryan 941623 Yamaha Lake Mary, FL 37 0 1 0:44:16
    10 1C Ouri Kahn Yamaha Weston, FL 36 0 1 0:46:24
    11 753C Erik Barr Honda , FL 35 0 1 0:47:54
    12 25C Harold Fletcher Yamaha Ft Lauderdale, FL 34 0 1 0:54:18
    DNF 2C Paul Michel Roque KTM Fort Lauderdale, FL 0 0 0 0:00:00
    DNF 369C Dan Thaler KTM Deerfield Beach, FL 0 0 0 0:00:00
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  17. nobrakes

    nobrakes Long timer

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    Great job, TBone, and little TBonette! :clap:clap
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  18. Tbone

    Tbone off-ramp slayer

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    Thanks. These back-to-back races are tough on us old guys..:D

    here is a photo how your suppose to take those sand whoops..:huh

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  19. gun 4 hire

    gun 4 hire FTR SSR #90b

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    It was a pleasure to meet you and your daughter Haley at the Razorback. It's only the second Race I have ever attended and the first in which i was able to ride the course and see what it's like (via the Saturday "FUN RUN"). What a damn tough course that was ! Hats off to all who survived.

    Great report. Look forward to more in the future.

    Steve
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  20. Tbone

    Tbone off-ramp slayer

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    Thanks for the photo's Steve! Now get a bike and come out and join us:deal
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