Martin: Calistoga Report
NEWS August 4, 2010
Hey everyone this last weekend was a Pro Singles national race in Calistoga California. It was about 2 hours away from my house, so it was considered a home track for me, but I haven’t ridden it before. We got to the track pretty early; unloaded then started working on the bike, changing gearing and suspension after looking at the track and talking with my dad and my teammate Mike LaBelle. They changed the practice around a little, the twins went out first, so I was the 4th practice group. My first practice I was getting used to the track and feeling the bike, seeing if we need to make adjustments. The first practice felt good. We only made a few changes to the bike. I liked the track because blue groves are my favorite type of track. We went out for the second practice, and I put in some fast laps but I just couldn’t get it in the top 5. I knew I had one more qualifying practice left so my dad made some changes to the bike to see if it would help. When I went out for the last qualifying practice, I made a few mistakes and I couldn’t get a fast lap in. I qualified 7th, It wasn’t the best spot, but it was on the front row for my heat. There was a long intermission after practice, and it was open paddock, so all the spectators can came to meet us and we can sign autographs. It felt like hours before I heard the horn for the first heat race. I was the first heat race; we all walked our bikes up to the line and got ready. We were sitting on the line and the light went green, we all take off, I am in about 5th and stay in 5th for 3 laps but I was being passed in the straightaway. I fell back a place coming out of turn 4 on the last lap. I ended up with 6th, I was happy to go straight to the main. I started 2nd row on the outside in the main. That’s a good place to start because you can get a great start and go around other riders on the outside. We changed the gearing so it would be faster on the straights and I felt that I was ready for the main. We walked up to the line as the announcer was introducing the riders. We got ready, light went green; I came off the line in about 11th. I started moving my way up, I was really fast into turn one, I made a few passes, about the 6th lap someone went down and there was a red flag. We restarted a staggered start. We get ready and we’re off, I held it wide open around the outside, I found myself in 4th coming out of turn 2, I got passed down the straight away. I was in 5th and then the red light came out so there was another restart. We did another staggered restart. I came off the line in about 6th. I just couldn’t gain anything because I would lose time on the straights. I got passed coming out of 4 the next to last lap. I was pushing so hard, but I ended up 7th. I was happy for doing so well on the “C’’ bike and moving up to the top five in overall points. The A” and B” bikes were on the way to Hagerstown, MD for the next round, please stop by the pits and say hi.
I would like to thank all the fans for coming to the pits to talk and introduce themselves.
Mikey Martin 91y