One Last Ride

on Wednesday, 04 January 2012 20:13

 Well with the weather here on the East Coast getting colder and flurries starting to linger on the forecast our riding season has come to a close, a bunch of us suited up and headed to Steve Daling's Birch Hill practice track in Pictou County for the last ride of the season.

 Steve has a set up that most riders would do just about anything to get their hands on. When you walk out of his house you have a short walk through a line of trees leading to an amazing riding facility with elevation changes, big jumps, and wide open straits; a rider really couldn’t ask for anything better to have in their back yard. We got there around noon and unfortunately I only got about 15 minuets of riding in before the bearing in my rear wheel blew to pieces ending my day of riding and my rear hubs life ha-ha. As disappointing as this was everyone that was their riding offered up their bikes for me to do a few laps on.

 I got a chance to ride a 2011 CRF450 and 2011 RMZ450. Although all of the bikes today are comparable and equally competitive having a chance to ride them back to back really allowed me to notice the differences and advantages to each model. The Suzuki had snap your neck power as they usually do and the suspension was almost perfect for my riding style. The Honda had tons of power as well but didn’t hit as hard which allowed you to really push it in the turns and made it easy to ride, The bike felt really nimble and easy to flick around in the corners but in the whoops and fast straits the suspension could of used a bit of tweaking. All in all it was a good day of riding other then my rear wheel blowing to pieces, can’t wait to get on the bike again.

 This past weekend was our Atlantic Regions awards banquet at the Delta Moncton. We left Halifax in order to get to Moncton around 10am for the AGM meeting to discuss the regions concerns, rules, etc.. After the meeting a few of us decided to hit up the outdoor go-kart track to put in some laps and kill off the afternoon before the banquet started. The racing on the track was aggressive but also fairly clean despite a few spin outs in our 15min. main. Davey Fraser’s younger brother Mitchell turned the fastest lap of the day finishing two tenths off the lap record. It was an awesome time and after our practice, two heats, and main we were all cold and ready to get the party started back at the hotel.

banquet_pics When we got to the banquet hall all of the riders were pumped to see 1st, 2nd & 3rd award plates for podium winners sponsored by Estabrooks Bracing Solutions. The awards presentations went by pretty quickly with TJ Martin receiving the Kermaxx Performance of the season award curtsy of Dave Kermack and Kermaxx Performance Accessories.

 The Wide Open Racing tables had no shortage of hardware on them showing that their hard work and dedication paid off! Logan Gallant took home a 3rd and 2nd in the Spring Series followed by two 3rd’s in the Fall Series. Chelsey Hall picked up a 3rd place in the Spring Series then improved in the Fall Series taking home 2nd overall in the Ladies Class. Fall Series Ladies Class winners also received a set of colored sprocket bolts curtsy of Kermaxx Performance Accessories. Johnny Gallant took home a 2nd overall in the Spring Series.

 Due to my injuries this spring I was knocked out of podium contention but was completely shocked when I was awarded the Scott Lockhart award for displaying sportsmanship and dedication to the sport of motocross, it was a huge honor and thanks again to everyone. After the awards were over the real party got going, a bunch of us partied in the hotel before hitting up The Old Cosmo which was just down the street and allowed anyone with a banquet ticket or valid CMRC license free cover into the club. Everyone had a great time and the party didn’t stop till about 3:00am which defiantly made the drive home the next day a long one. Once again I want to congratulate my entire team on a job well done and I am looking forward to working with you again next season.

 Special thanks to my sponsors; Estabrooks Bracing Solutions, CTi2, Ossur, Kermaxx Performance Accessories, Printwerx.ca, Pro Wheels Racing Components, IMX Magazine, MD Distributions, Forma MX Boots, Deft Family MX Gloves, Pro-Tech Suspension, Pro Cycle, Motovan.com, Fox Eye Wear, CVO

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