This last weekend was round 9 of the the WORCS series at Cahuilla Creek Mx in Anza, Ca. Coming into this weekend I was feeling very confident and I knew all I had to do was finish in front of my teammate Bobby Garrison in order to win the Championship a race early. Before the first moto on Saturday the heat really kicked in and the temperature was nearing triple digits, so hydration was going to be key. I got off to a decent start and was in 3rd going into the second turn where I got punted off the track by another rider. I was able to regain my composure pretty quickly and get back on the track in about 5th place. By the time we left the moto track and headed into the off road I had made a couple passes and was back into 3rd. I didn't realize how dusty the off road was going to be and I had to tone it down a little bit so I could see. It took me about two laps to get around the leader Timmy Weigand, but once I did, it was smooth sailing from there. Now that I had a clear track I could really focus on my own race and finding good lines. The track was really rough and the heat was intense, so it was important to be smooth and conserve energy. I stayed out front the rest of the race and took the win by about 20 second over Weigand.
Taking the win on Saturday was a huge weight off my shoulders because now all I had to do was finish in order to take the championship on Sunday. The race on Sunday turned out to be a pleasant surprise. In the hours leading up to the race it was really hot and everyone thought it was actually going to be worse than the day before. Even when I was sitting on the line I was sweating and just wanted to get going. I got off to a great start and was side by side with Weigand. But, I was able to take control of the lead by the second turn and really started to charge. About a minute or two into the first lap I started to feel water run down my chest, and I was worried that the hose on my Leatt Hydration system had broke. However, as it turned out, a huge thunderstorm had quickly rolled in and within another minute or two it was pouring on us. This was actually a nice gift from mother nature because not only could the track use the moisture, but it dropped the temperature about 15 degrees. I was having a blast out front; the rain made the dirt perfect and I felt like I was on a rail. A few laps later, with the rain still coming down, we had ourselves a mud race. I was smiling ear to ear the whole race. Not only was I having a ton of fun, but I knew I had the championship locked down. I was able to capture my 6th win of the season and secure the Championship with one round remaining. This was an amazing feeling and I can't thank all of my sponsors enough for supporting me.
Coming up, I still have the last WORCS race, but now I will be putting most of my focus on Endurocross and representing Team USA in Germany at the International Six Day Enduro (ISDE). I am currently sitting 3rd in the Endurocross series and I really want to get up there and challenge for some race wins. The next Endurocross is Sept. 15th in Ontario, Ca, and the day after that race everyone on Team USA, including myself, will be flying to Germany where we are going to give the Europeans a run for their money at the ISDE.
I would like to thank everyone who has supported me to my first championship,