I was excited for this weekend’s race because it was our team’s hometown event. The sixth round of the series was held at Parramatta Stadium in Parramatta, NSW. On top of that, we finally had some nice warm weather which kept me pumped for the weekend.
On race day, I was able to use the early practice session to my advantage to make some small changes to the bike that allowed me to be more comfortable on the track. At the end of timed qualifying I was second fastest behind Matt Moss.
This race was unique because we competed in a Manufacturer’s challenge. It consisted of three riders from each bike brand going head to head in a relay race. Our JDR Motorsports/Motorex/KTM consisted of me, Tye Simmonds and Mike Alessi. We had a poor start but rode a smart race to take a big come from behind win. It was great to get that win before heading into the final races.
Next up were the heat races. I had a decent start in my heat and made a few quick passes in the first few corners to move into the lead. I rode a smooth race once out front and took the win.
The final rounds consisted of four 5-lap races which they called the survival format. After each race the bottom five places got dropped so it was all about making sure you stayed out of trouble and just made it down to the final five riders.
My plan was to ride a consistent race and try to avoid any crashes so I would make it to the final five. There was a maximum of 25 points for this round and I knew I just needed to make it to the final to stay in the championship hunt. I ended up placing 8th in the first final, 4th in the second and 2nd in the third to make the transfer into the final showdown.
When the gate dropped for the main event, I stopped riding cautious and decided I wanted to go for the win. I was pushing hard when I crashed in the rhythm section and was landed on my Cody Mackie. The impact broke my front wheel and I was forced to DNF. I was credited with 5th overall in the final.
I was pretty disappointed with my placement because now I am five points behind in the championship standings heading to the final race in Brisbane. We still have one more round left and 75 points up for grabs so you can bet I will be giving it everything I have to try and win this championship at the final round.
I would like to thank my sponsors: JDR Motorsports/Motorex/KTM, MxRad, Shift, Pirelli, FMF, Scott, my trainer Brad Johnson, my chiropractor Steve Navaro, Ryno Organics, and Dirt ID.