Mikey Martin: Race Report - Sacramento Mile
NEWS August 9, 2012
Photo by Dave Hoenig
Here is my race report from Cal Expo in Sacramento, CA. I was going into this race feeling confident in front of my hometown crowd as I only live 35 miles away. Last year as a Pro Singles rider, I did a “clean sweep” meaning, I set the fastest qualifying time, won the fastest heat, and won the main event. I wanted this to be the day that I make my first main event on the Triumph.
The temperature was up to 98 degrees on Saturday and the grand stands were packed full of spectators I had friends, family and neighbors there rooting me on.
In the first qualifying session, I qualified fourth and in the second qualifying session I qualified fourth which meant I qualified fourth overall and earned a front row start for the heat race.
There was a long intermission so we set up an autograph signing. I was a little shocked with Frank Gillespie a former Triumph Icon came over and asked for my autograph. He mentioned to me that I was his new hero and traded a picture of him for my autograph.
Near the end of the opening ceremony two Marine Helicopters did a “fly by” over the track, I was thrilled when the pilots showed up to meet and take pictures with the Bonneville Performance Team.
In the heat race I was on front row in a really stacked heat. I got a good start was in second about half the race. I was battling with Steve Bonsey and Brian Smith. I lost third position when Henry Wiles passed me on the last lap. I ended up in the fourth position this meant a direct transfer to the main event.
My bike was working well. We made some changes to the suspension setup for the main and put on a new tire.
In the main event, I started on the second row. I got a good start and was in seventh until the halfway point. I kept spinning up coming out of turn 2 and Jeffery Carver got past me coming out. The white flag came out and I was in eighth up until this point when I slipped off the grove in turn 3 and let another rider get by me. I finished the race 9th position, which was my first top 10 this year. I was extremely happy for our team.
Mikey Martin 91 / Bonneville Performance – Factory Triumph Racing
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