As we now enter the Summer months and continue our journey through this 2012 season, I could not be happier with my team, crew and sponsors.
This past weekend, we set up shop in Adelanto, California at Racetown 395 for the next stop on the WORCS circuit. It was a hot weekend with a few difficulties but we pulled through with yet another win. Again, we thank you for your support and hope you enjoy our latest race report!
Ivan Ramirez rode awesome all weekend. In a pre-race meeting, team owner Mike Hurlbert reminded Ramirez of our friendly rival from Canada, Cory Graffunder who had closed up to within 1 point in the championship last round. Hurlbert had asked Ivan what strategy would he suggest for the weekend and Ivan remarked, "I will win." Right from the start, Ivan's FMF/RPM/KTM Racing Team Maxxis KTM 450 was dialed in during practice. "We made a few adjustments added fuel and new Maxxis Tires and that was about it for the entire weekend." Remarked Hurlbert. Ivan did the rest of the work winning the Saturday 450 A qualifier and the Sunday Pro 2 final. He now heads to Baja where he will test for the upcoming 500.
Travis Coy finished 12th in Pro 2. "We had a issue with the brakes and had to make a long pit stop to re-bleed them. Remarked Hurlbert. Travis rides his brakes hard and it was a hot day. We had planned on taking it a little bit easier early on in the race but Travis was running up front and wanted to try and push the competition. Travis holds 4th in Pro 2 points and is looking forward to the next round in Utah where there is going to be lots of rocks and single trail that really suits his riding style.
Kacy Martinez jumped out front with the holeshot in the Women's Pro event. Unfortunately a mechanical issue left her about a mile out on the course. Martinez was able to be towed in and the crew had the bike running; ready to finish the race. But the rules call for disqualification for outside assistance if you get towed in, so there was really not much we could have done about it, as Kacy would have never been able to push back the distance before the finish of the race. We humbly accept the penalty and will come back to round 7 with our chins up.
Josh Strang is getting closer and closer to to running up front, taking 7th in Saturday's Pro Moto 1, and 9th in Sunday's Moto 2, leaving Racetown with a solid 9th place overall. "We have a lot of training, testing and work to do," remarked Hurlbert. "Josh is almost 100% and we are going to work at everything it takes to get Josh running up front in the future. Josh is a super good guy and all of us on the team want to help him get back to winning."