So this weekend was to be final race of the 2013 season at Barmouth Beach race.
The track on the beach looked amazing again and I couldn’t wait to race and hopefully finish on a better note than I did at the last British.
The format was to be 5 20 min races over the weekend.. There was some good riders there again as usual to enjoy the racing on the beach.
Race 1: After just two laps practice no one was really familiar with the track so I knew the hole shot would be really important so I could get away on my own and get dialled in. I held it wide open round the first turn and came out in the lead. I felt really good on the bike and started to learn the lines of the track and pull a big lead winning the race by 25+ seconds
Race 2: I didn’t manage to pull another hole shot out of the bag and I was buried in 7th place with a lot of good riders ahead. I took my time to settle but again I felt really good and after 3 laps I started to pick them off finally moving into the lead after 10 mins. I managed to pull a lead and win by another nice margin.
Race 3: I gated 2nd and stayed there for a few laps behind the leader as I didn’t want to make any mistakes early on. After 5 mins I decided to make a move and get into the lead and bring it home for 3 out of 3 on the first day.
Race 4: There was a lot of heavy rain over night but it didn’t affect the track. The forecast was Storms all day, and unfortunately there was one right when we was on the line about to set off. Start again was crucial for vision. I gated 3rd but immediately on the second turn I moved into the lead. I put a few solid laps in and got myself a comfy lead which was perfect as I had problems with the goggles. I was far enough in the lead to maintain the advantage and bring it home.
Race 5: Going in to the last race I really wanted to go 5 for 5 so I focussed on getting another good start. This time I was second round the first turn but pulled an identical move on the second corner to take the lead. After putting 3 fast laps in at the start I could cruise it home for an easy win.
Dash for cash: this race was a different set up, it was 2 laps winner takes all! The start was also different as you had to run to bike which was running with someone holding it. I made a really good sprint to my bike and got away in the lead. I was away with the race until my first mistake of the weekend! I went into a corner a bit too fast and my front end tucked causing me to crash and loose the race.
Overall the weekend went really well.. Wilden MX did a very good job I’m so happy to end on a high after the disappointment at Farleigh.
Most things are already in place for 2014 for me so I’m looking forward to knuckling down over the winter to come out swinging in 2014.
Again a massive thank you to every single person who has helped me this year.. You know who you are !