RACE REPORT – Pure
Saturday Moto’s 3,3,1 Quarter 1 Semi 4 Final 4
I was’nt very keen on the track when I did practice on Friday night and I was’nt sure what to do with the 1st jump, During Saturday morning practice I got more comfortable and sent the 1st jump which was a lot quicker and safer than pumping through. Moto’s went ok, my gates were back to how they should be where I was snapping at the right time. My semi was very scary because I got an ok gate and I got shut down so I didn’t feel I could do the 1st jump. I went back to 7th and I thought to myself “I’m not going out in the semi” and sure enough I managed to get myself back to 4th place by the last straight and into the A final. I got a good gate in the final but I was in gate 7, I was in 2nd just before the 1st corner but still on the outside and came out of the berm in 4th and that is how I finished, I tried to get back to 3rd but couldn’t make it.
Sunday Motos 2/1/1 Quarter 1 Semi DNF B final 7th
Sunday was a better day to start with and my gates were popping. I was feeling quietly confident going into the semi and I was winning all the way to the last straight. Unfortunately I could feel Oliver about to overtake me and I wanted to win the semi so much I didn’t slow down enough to get through the last jump safely. The roller before it went wrong and I was almost over the bars before I hit the last jump which spat me over the bars properly. I was gutted not to make the final but I was in pain too, my back and head hurt. Mum convinced me to have a go at the B final and I did but it was too painful to pedal hard so I shut it down and finished 7th. Until the crash i was happy with my races and felt that I was getting back to realising my potential again. Especially on such a technically demanding track.,
I was excited to race at my new home track in Glasgow for rounds 7&8 of the national series! It’s just 5mins drive from my house!(thankfully, as after Kent national and Baku Azerbaijan for the world champs I was glad we didn’t don’t have another mammoth journey!!) Day 1/ Round 7/ Saturday It had rained all night and rained all day, a typical Glasgow summer day! I quite like racing in the rain because I’m used to it!
I started off with 3 comfortable 1st’s in my Motos. Onto a stacked semi-final & again took 1st place. I was a wee bit nervous before the main Afinal, with it being my new home track I sooo wanted to win! I got a great gate and led going into the first turn, kept it smooth & fast, my Pure bike & Maxxis Torch tyres kept me planted in the soaking weather! & I took the win at my home national !!!
Day 2/ Round 8/ Sunday
Weather a little drier until we got to the days finals!! Again I won all my Motos , my semi final so into the main Afinal… again I got a good gate but was pipped to the hole shot, I was in 2nd & gaining on 1st when I dropped a manual losing my speed & nearly coming off. Managed to hold on to 2nd place though so really pleased with another podium finish!
My best ever national weekend results.
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Having just got back from Baku the weekend before, it was a quick turnaround to get up to Glasgow on Friday!
Day 1 I felt good all day, despite the rain, getting firsts in every moto! Through to the quarters with another first and second in the semi. Bit of a bad gate in the final which meant I couldn’t get the win no matter how hard I tried to get through and finished with a third.
I reflected on my racing; the things I did well and those I could have improved on and would try to implement on the second day racing this brand new track.
Day 2 started well with two moto wins and second in the third heat. Feeling confident I went on to win both the quarter and semi finals. Unfortunately I wheel spun on the gate and but still managed to get a very close 2nd! Roll on Telford!
Saturday Motos: 2nd,2nd,1st Semi: 1st A final: 3rd Saturday was great apart from the weather. I was very please with how I rode! And I made some good moves in the corners!
Sunday Motos: 3rd,2nd,2nd Semi: 4th Final: 8th Sunday was good. I felt just as good as Saturday but unfortunately it rained just before the final meaning I couldn’t make the move in the first corner which I’d hoped to do and I ended up sliding out. However I’m pleased with my results and how I rode!
I had my last GCSE exam on the Friday morning, before making the long Friday afternoon trip up to Scotland.
Wasn’t able to get many practice laps in on Fridays and Saturdays practice sessions, in what was a very technical track. I was struggling to dial in the 3rdand 4thstraights, unable to find any flow or rhyme.
Saturday Moto’s 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Semi 5th, B Final 2nd.
Going through the moto’s on Saturday was very frustrating, I was unable to get a decent lap in, struggling to find a combination down the 3rdand 4thstraight that would work for me, but I did enough to get into the semi’s. In my semi I was in 3rdgoing into the 3rdstraight, but lost one place in the 3rdstraight and another place in the 4thstraight, leaving me in the dreaded 5thplace spot in the semi to go into the B final and finishing up with 2ndplace.
Sunday Moto’s 1st, 2nd, 2nd, Semi 4th, A Final 8th.
The results were better on Sunday, but I was still struggling to get to grips with the track, had my one and only good lap of the weekend in the 2ndmoto, lap felt nice and smooth, and this time I held onto 4thplace in the semi to make the A final, but finishing 8thsummed up my weekend.
A hugely frustrating weekend, it wasn’t pretty, never before have I struggled so much to dial a track in, only able to get one decent race lap in all weekend, did the best I could. Scotland done and dusted, won’t look back at this one fondly, let’s move on to Telford.