I was nervous for the first race on my 450. I had only limited practice on the bike. Saturday morning the track was in good shape. I went out on practice and started with a site lap. As I turned it up lap after lap I
felt good on my bike. By lap 4 I was comfortable enough to hit every jump.
Back in the pits we made some adjustments to my Elka Stage 5’s but overall the setup was feeling good. I went to Production B staging feeling confident in my Daytona Motorsports bike. And a bit nervous. The gates dropped and as it turns out there are some fast guys in this class! 10 to be exact. I was about 4th to the first turn. There was a pile up in the first turn but I managed to sneak by. I charged ahead with Seth Coburn in my
sights. I would catch him then he would pull away. It went like this the whole race. I was never able to pass him. Arm pump and sore back started to set in on lap 4, the front pack had some separation and I went unchallenged to the finish. I placed 4th.
The next moto was School Boy Sr. I was again about 4th into the first corner. After about half a lap the arm pump set in hard. I could hardly hold on to the bike and fell back to last (5th). The next 2 motos went much the same but the wind was making the Pro Taper jump a bit sketchy (a large table top).Overall first day (round 3) I was 4th overall in Production B and 4th in School Boy Senior. With some time to recover over night I focused on overcoming the arm pump. We also made some adjustments to the bike.
Moto one went well on Sunday. I had some good battles with the other riders. The wind however was worse on day two. The arm pump felt a bit better today but still affected me. In spite of my troubles I had a good ride and enjoyed the race. Moto one of School Boy Sr was ok but not spectacular. Arm pump was starting so set in hard again so I slowed down to save my arms for the last Production B race, as that is the one I want to concentrate on. I finished 5th in School Boy Sr. In the pits I worked on relieving my arm pump.
In my down time between rounds I’m working on my arm pump and core strength. Also I am making some drastic changes on my bike setup. I plan on being much more prepared for next round and hope to be a formidable opponent. Follow my Facebook page Hunter Friesen #88 Check out the great pics of the weekend at pittraffic.com
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