2020 Jan - Dec MX
𝟚𝟘𝟚𝟘 ℂ𝕖𝕟𝕥𝕣𝕒𝕝 ℍ𝔹 ℂ𝕝𝕦𝕓 ℝ𝕠𝕦𝕟𝕕 𝟙
5 July 2020
The club had searched high and low to find a place to race as the weather had not been on their side. In the end a flat field was found that ended up being a good first round for all.
Vinny entered in the Intermediate class. We expected that he would probably be a fraction above that class, but figured that after 9 months of no riding he could do with an ego boost. As expected Vinny took the holeshot in a group of 40 riders and held the lead from start to end. Only one other rider was initially staying with him, but then dropped back a fraction.
For Race 2 we changed to the “Unders” class (250cc/150cc and under) being the top class for these bikes here. We were aiming for a top ten. Vinny came out in 8’th and then slowly climbed up spot by spot having good tussles with everyone he managed to pass. He finished in 5’th and we were happy with that.
In Race 2 Vinny had got bad arm pump. So for Race 3 he tried to help his arms to cope, but we knew the arm pump would be back. His start was poor (by our standards) and he looked lacklustre for the laps he raced. Vinny pulled off a couple of laps before the race finished complaining about the arm pump and motor not responding properly.
An OK day of racing. With some work on his arms and more time on the bike (plus sorting whatever was causing the lack of power in the 3’rd race) we will be able to slowly become better and hopefully fight for podiums here.
𝕋𝕒𝕦𝕡𝕠 𝕎𝕚𝕟𝕥𝕖𝕣 𝕊𝕖𝕣𝕚𝕖𝕤 ℝ𝕠𝕦𝕟𝕕 𝟙
𝟚𝟠 𝕁𝕦𝕟𝕖 𝟚𝟘𝟚𝟘
Vinny had not been racing since September last year. We had found a KTM 150sx race bike for him, but he had only been down on the beach twice with the new weapon.
We had in detail discussed what class he would enter at Taupo. But in the end we concluded that as he now will be a Senior rider for quite some years, let's start with MX3 and if the mojo is found we can then move up to MX2.
After 9 months of no MX and not really even thinking about it, it was hard to get back to the routine regarding sorting all out. We found that we made mistakes and realised that stuff we had taken for granted were not where they should be. But that will sort it self in the upcoming racing (we hope...)
The starting gates at Taupo now had a steel grill the bikes took off from. This provided masses of grip and Vinny had never used one before. In practice he tried to get a good start, but it became a bit of a lottery. But as he had no intention to be fighting for places in the riding he decided he would let the rest take off and then come out from the gate.
In Race 1 31 riders lined up, but as 6 of them were MX1/MX2 riders who wanted additional time on the track (and would not count in the points) MX3 had 26 riders racing.
Vinny came out in a group of riders who held back at the start. He would speed up now and then, but was just out there to get back in to racing without risking anything. As result he placed 15'th of the MX3 riders.
Sadly a Mini rider and a rider on the senior track both had a bad crash before Vinny's 2'nd race. With only one ambulance on site plus a helicopter needed, the racing stopped for 1 1/2 hours. This meant that everyone would get only 2 races.
In Race 2 Vinny again elected to come out in last. He also stopped on the track to help another rider who was stuck under the bike. As result he placed 14'th in this race.
Vinny was never riding to his full potential on the day, in fact it looked like he was only going at half speed.
The results were just a side issue for us. It was more about testing the 150sx and finding out if this is what Vinny still wants to do. The bike did run well and Vinny will race more was the answers!
𝕋𝕒𝕦𝕡𝕠 𝕎𝕚𝕟𝕥𝕖𝕣 𝕊𝕖𝕣𝕚𝕖𝕤 ℝ𝕠𝕦𝕟𝕕 𝟚
𝟚𝟞 𝕁𝕦𝕝𝕪 𝟚𝟘𝟚𝟘
In Round 1 Vinny had taken it easy and placed 17'th overall after stopping to help a rider that was stuck under his bike and allowing the others to start before he took off.
This round we had agreed that he would try to get inside top-ten in all three rides. He was also to learn how to start from the new steel grills that were now fitted to the start gates.
Again there was MX1 and MX2 riders in the mix who used the MX3 ride as an additional chance to get a ride in. Most of them were faster than the MX3 riders, so there would be only limited interference between them. And as they would not get any points in the races the MX3 riders would be left to have their own battles.
In Race 1 Vinny settled in to a good rythm and was enjoying the ride. We had done some changes to the bike and they seemed to work well. A group of four riders developed that Vinny would ride with for all three rides. He finished in 7'th in his class and we were happy with that!
In Race 2 We wanted to see if Vinny could push a little harder. He did just that and managed to keep the three other riders, that he had been fighting with in Race 1, behind him.. We were both surprised with his 3'rd placing!
Race 3 was more of the same. He tussled with the same riders, but his good result in Race 2 had given him confidence and he finished in a respectable 5'th place.
To our surprise 7'th, 3'rd and 5'th was enough to give Vinny 4'th overall on the day. We came looking for a 10'th or better but had not expected this! As an additional bonus Vinny had climbed to 3'rd overall after two rounds! Not bad from the first day of serious racing for Vinny. We are looking forward to Round 3 on 9'th of August!