Destry’s Endurocross Race Report (Ontario, Ca.)

Race Day:

After our two practice sessions it was time for our hot lap that would determine our gate pick. I felt I had a good lap, and posted the 7th fastest time.

Heat 1:

Of course all the heats are stacked, but I knew Taddy and my teammate Justin Soule were going to be the toughest along with 3 or 4 other guys that I could think of. I had a good jump, and was right behind Taddy after the first corner Then right before the matrix section Justin put a good pass on me to take over second. The next two laps I just wanted to stay close to Justin and see if I could pull off a top 2 and make it into the main. Unfortunately I messed up in the big rock pile, and my swingarm hit the last rock really hard and derailed the chain. By the time I got it back on I knew I had no chance. I passed quite a few guys again, but was far from making it in!
 

Semi 1:

In the semi they only take the winner and of course this wasn’t going to be easy! Luckily I had another great start and was able to grab the holeshot! I had a little gap early and all I tried to do was just hit my lines and ride smart. It was a great race for me and I felt really confident after pulling off the win. I was happy to know I was back in the main event!

Main Event:

I had a pretty good spot on the gate and was feeling like I could do really well! I had a pretty good jump, but got pinched off by Geoff and had to back off into the first corner, which put me in around 5th. Then going into the first corner I was trying to go wide, and that’s when someone messed up in the log section and I couldn’t go anywhere. By the time we got going again I was in last! When you’re racing with this many great riders you really can’t make mistakes and that’s basically how my main event went! It seemed like everything I was trying wasn’t working and I kept crashing or making dumb mistakes! I made it up to 8th at one point, but the more mistakes I kept making just made it harder for me. I was really bummed and finished a very disappointing 10th.

Overall Summary:

Going into the main event I felt I was riding pretty well, so when things went south for me it was hard for me to be happy with that. My bike set-up was really good and the bike was perfect. I don’t get to race too many of the Endurocross races so when I get the chance I really want to do well! I think my next Endurocross race will be the finale in Vegas!

Main Event Results

1st Taddy Blazusiak

2nd Colton Haaker

3rd Cody Webb

4th Kyle Redmond

5th Geoff Aaron

6th Justin Soule

7th Gary Sutherlin

8th Mike Brown

9th Keith Sweeten

10th Destry Abbott

11th Rory Sullivan

Other Notes:

Beau put this together from the Endurocross this last weekend! Great job Beau! https://vimeo.com/29361375

This is also something the GoPro HD put together from X Games! I thought it turned out really well! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0h275k87xVE&hd=1

I’ve only raced 2 of the 4 Endurocross races, but moved up to 10th in points.

Kawasaki’s employee / fan section was really cool! They blocked out a lot of seats and before the race had a little bbq by the race semi.

A few months ago Taylor Robert and I spent a couple days shooting for the new video Moto 3. It comes out November 1st.  Here’s a clip of it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwc9S9v5v8Y

 

photos from Kelsey Abbott, Joe McKimmey, and Megan Blackburn. Thanks!

 

This weekend I’ll be over at Glen Helen for the third to last WORCS race of the year!

 

Best Wishes,

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