These past few month’s have been super busy for me at Garrahan Off-Road Training. With lots of racing and GOT events. At GOT we ride all sorts of events, with me riding the National Hare Scrambles, Justin Bonita racing Endurocross, Brandon Roberts racing the Worc’s, and even squeezing a little moto in with the Oliveira family.
The six hour at Hollister was an event that I have had my eye on for a while. This year with the schedule it worked out to where I could field a good three man team. Consisting of myself my brother Patrick and up and coming star Brandon Roberts. I also fielded a second team with Justin Bonita and the Oliveira kids. This race had a relax atmosphere with it not being a points race. Patrick and I rode my Dungey bike and Brandon rode his KTK250exc. We won with a comfortable lead but having a few problems through out the day.
Wanting to do some different racing this year and students wanting help at the moto tracks I was able to do some moto. I did the Mammoth qualifier at Oat field. AMP the promoter puts on a first rate event. I ended going 1-1 in the vet pro class to qualify for mammoth. I also did a local series called battle of the bay going 3-3 in the 450 pro class. After these couple solid rides I felt I was back to where I was before my shoulder injury. I was defiantly going to the Funky to win.
Funky Chicken is one of the best venues you will ever go to the ETRA really puts on a first rate event. Having won this National the last three years and the way I have been riding I was really pumped to back up my win at Shasta with a win at the Funky. It was not to be this year that was for sure, found myself on my head twice in the first three miles. Knowing that my starts are never good. I always walk the start to pick out some passing spots. Well I found this one spot leaving the grass track big down hill with a big wide turn at the bottom. I walked the line, and knew I would be able to pass four to five people with this one line. I pictured it in my mind like I always do, had dreams about it, and just really focused on this line. I got my usual mid pack start as we approach my line I was running about fifth everything was going as planed. I carried more speed down the hill. Everyone tucked it to the inside. I let it drift and carried some momentum around the outside. I was pulling back into the main line behind my brother Patrick already picturing where I was going to pass him then BOOM on my head. I lost the front tire and crashed hard. I got up slow but still ready to race. I had to shake it out a little, and stop and straighten my front end out. I caught back up to the pack and followed for a little bit until I felt my head was on straight again. Just when I felt good again I went for a pass. Same thing driving into the race we drive along the track. I saw a spot that looked good for passing. Well I went for the line and there was something in the grass. I went over the bars super hard sixty foot super man with Dungey chasing me to the ground. This time instead of running to the bike I knew it was game over. GOT racer Justin Bonita fought hard for a podium 3rd, and my brother Patrick got a solid 5th. End result ended up being a fractured radial head in the elbow for me.
GOT has had a busy summer with Justin Bonita trying out the Sacramento Endurocross. He made the night show but not the main event good showing anyhow. Brandon Roberts has been busy with the Worc’s series leading the 250B class in points. Central Utah earning !st place. “Utah brought another challenging off road course in my path. The track consisted of technical creek crossings, tight single track, and a few straight a ways. I started out in 2nd put a quick pass into the lead. I focused on staying safe for the rest of the race and sunk into a solid pace. At the finish line I was first a I couldn’t have had any more fun doing so”. Pala CA. “ I got a top three start and worked my way into the lead by the end of the first lap. I held this lead all the way to the last lap. I had a minute lead going onto the last lap and somehow some local found the pace to overtake me on the last lap. I was pretty upset but gained points in the championship.
At Garrahan Off-Road Training we do more than just racing. I am doing lessons almost everyday. I do private lessons, group lessons and I am starting to get into promoting events. GOT runs some really unique events at the GP track at Hollister Hills. I rent the facility and run an open practice the first day, and a training camp the following day on the track. The track gets super rough and gets really deep lines which makes for some good training.
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