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2010 Funky Chicken Results, UPDATE
Brian G-Bro (not to be confused with G-man)
Garrahan, Woods & Powell
Here is a quick peak at the motorcycle race results for the 2010 Funky Chicken yesterday in Elkton Oregon.
11. David Kamo
No big surprise that Brian won, he is still putting up some strong race results, same with Ryan Powell.
I haven’t found any pics yet, but I saw Kamo’s facebook post this morning and it seems that he isn’t a real fan of trees. Imagine that, a desert racer who doesn’t get along with trees.
Brian sent us his race report:
It’s time for the funky!! The Funky Chicken West National Hare Scramble round five of the series. Having won the previous four rounds there is definitely a big target on my head. With this venue being one of the best all year and, a three thousand dollar purse up for grabs, some heavy hitters showed up for some racing.
I traveled up to Oregon with the Bonita family in their motor-home. Patrick was in tow in the Boxy. Justin and I were trash talking all the way there calling each other out. “You ain’t got nothing kid, five more years” I say. “No chance old man” replies Justin. Back and forth for eight hours. We showed up Saturday to cheer on my students from my riding classes. All of my kids did awesome, they swept the podium in the 85 ten-twelve division, and it was fun to watch all the kids enjoy such a good course. Check out pictures on facebook “G-Bro’s-U.”
Our course starts out on a mile and a half grass track, down a huge hill into the trees with ferns, roots, and ruts everywhere. With a little bit of rain on Saturday my Dunlop Geo Max 51 rear and 742 front were almost going to be working to good but the traction and conditions were spot on!! With the grass track sections and little bits of road, it opened up enough for some passing making for some good racing. They also have a 100mph hill with a big road cut jump at the top of it. You could hit it fourth tapped out. Woooshka!!!
Sunday rolled around and the fog was thick. It is perfect because it holds the moisture in overnight. Some fast racers showed up to get their hands on the purse. Nathan Woods, Kevin Rookstool, Jonathan Davis, David Kamo, Ryan Powell, Jordan Brandt, Patrick Garrahan, Ricky Russell, Justin Bonita, to name a few. These guys can all win. I was definitely feeling the pressure; my nerves were bundled up. Let’s get the party started!!!
I got a good spot on the line, like fifth to the inside. With the green flag in the air it was just about time to fire them off. The flag waving, bikes firing, smoke billowing, we are off! Finally a good start, thanks to the long straight I was able to get in there and out-break almost everyone. I came out of the first corner third. A local Oregon guy was first and woods second. The Oregon guy was hugging the inside on the grass track so I went for the Wattsy line around the outside, Woods saw me making a move and also pulled out from behind him. I let Nathan have the line and the two of us started to pull away, we worked together. Nathan was a joy to race with we both had great race commodity and respect for each other and it worked to our advantage. On the first lap you always over shoot stuff, your arms get tight, you are not sure where the course goes, so Woods and I worked together. If one of us would overshoot the corner we would pull out to let the other have the line. This way we are not tangling bars and also we know we could take the sweeping outside and not get cut off. Carry momentum what a concept. Also when my arms got tight I would let him by to follow him so I could get loose and he would do the same. This helps us both not get held up if one of us is going slow with arm pump. We would swap back and forth waving each other on.
By the end of the first lap Woods and I had already pulled more than thirty seconds ahead. We went back and forth for the first few laps. I made a few passes on the grass track, one in particular was coming up 100mph hill, I pulled up next to Woods, Berg and I hit the road cut side by side fourth gear tapped. I passed him up the hill after the jump but had so much speed coming down the hill I could not hold the inside. Woods had it back! This whole time Woods and I are yelling, “ohhhh ahhhh ohhhh” as I was going down the hill hot, and “Wooooh” as we are making the passes. It was definitely fun throwing roost on each other.
Racing is racing but I still want to win. I do not get paid to race; I just do it for the love of racing. No one runs wheel barrels full of rocks up hills, or does sprints with rocks but me for fun, and Bonita “Training in progress” for the kid “sucker fish”. Woods was running a good pace but I knew I would be strong for three hours, and to the checkered flag. I pulled a little NASCAR trick in the race. My pit strategy for the race was five laps, and we had to pit twice so I double pitted. I pitted on the second and third lap while Woods pitted the second and fourth lap. We were running the same pace so if I double pitted and caught back up to him, he would be forced to pit the last lap and I could go right on by. If I did not catch back up, I could catch him in the pits when he had to stop on the last lap for gas no matter what. Well I double pitted and caught back up before the pits so the plan worked well. Then I made a pass on him and pulled about ten seconds before he had to stop for gas as I kept on motoring by. I ended up taking the win by a little over two minutes with Woods a strong second, local Nor Cal racer Ryan Powell rounded off the podium. Rookstool and Davis rounded out the top five. My brother Patrick placed seventh; something he was not happy with. Especially since he actually rode once the week before the race. Bonita did not have a strong ride either, he finished tenth. There was a lot of talent in the race making it a tuff competition.
Well that’s five for five plus the ISDE qualifier win in Idaho. I do not know what to do anymore but try to win.
Special Thanks to; Craigermotorsports, WR1 Suspension, Yamaha corp, Yamaha Monterey Salinas, Dunlop, FMF, Arai, Sprocket Specialist, Motion Pro, IMS, No Toil, Wiesco, Scott USA, Acerbics, Maxima, Works Connection, BRP DP brakes, Steahly, Racer Decal, Epic, LRC, Gbrothersracing.com, Alpinestar.