2017 NMA Off-Road Series Rd#1 FROSTBITE GP

To start off the 2017 season the weather didn't cooperate so a schedule change was necessary and Frostbite GP was slated for round #1.  Not only was the weather not cooperative, I ended up catching the flu leading up to round #1 and had to battle through this race with a fever, cough, running nose, you name it.  My body was not up to the challenge but my heart was.

This race was an afternoon race held after the short course race.  Dead engine start, which I had never done before.  I decided to kick-start the bike since my electric start has been questionable.  I managed to get a decent start, well the first couple hundreds yards anyways. Trying to avoid an accident I ended up stalling my bike and could not bump start the bike (rekluse) quickly.  So after getting the bike re-started I was buried in the pack and quickly realized a lot of bumping and grinding amongst others. 

Throughout the race I battled my hand guard which came loose after going down in a corner and the sickness.  The track included an endurocross section that I have zero experience with.  I sent it though and managed to navigate through the section each lap.  I did not make a pit stop this race as I had enough fuel to finish the race.

Overall the conditions were considered a little wet but no dust and no rain!  Lots of whoops the entire race gave me a terrible gut ache afterwards.  My bike's suspension was a bit harsh for this track but I gave it my best and finished.  With the sickness I honestly felt on the verge of death after this race and was really wondering what I have gotten myself into and if I had what it takes to compete.

That night I really considered heading home and calling it quits in the condition I was.  Results were not great as well so that didn't help.  This was a double header weekend with round #1 on Saturday and round #2 on Sunday, so my decision was to sleep the night and see how I felt in the morning and would decide then if I would race round #2 the following day.

NMA Off-Road Series Rd #1 Frostbite GP

Odessa, Wa.

Open B Class

4th Place

  Filmed: Brent Buhtz Edited: Brent Buhtz

Create New Tag
Show More Comment(s) / Leave a Comment