LORETTA LYNN’S MX RACE–DESTRY’S REPORT
Hurricane Mills, Tn.
Loretta Lynn’s MX Race:
After the race I went and checked out the lap times and saw I had one of the fastest times, but I need to get a better start next time. At least I still have a good shot for a good overall finish with two more motos left in this class.
My next moto was the 30+ class at 2:30. It was a lot warmer, but the track was looking really good as it was drying out. I was feeling pretty good about this race since I know my bike was working really well. I picked a bad spoon again, and this time I was going to get the 26th gate pick. However I did have a better start, and was around 15th after the first corner. Some of the 450’s were pulling me down the straight away, but I was able to get them back in the corners. Just before the end of the first lap, I was trying to get myself into the top ten. I was trying to go under another rider, when my rear end hit a slick spot and I slid out. I got up and going as quick as I could. After the first lap I was in 28th place and still had a lot of work ahead of me. I kept my head down and was passing a lot of people, but in some of the sections it was really one lined. By the half-way point I made it up to 12th, but I knew the guys up front were going really fast. I was just hoping for a good finish and then I would see what happend from there. Going into the last lap, I was 10th but I was still making up time on some of the guys in front of me. By the time I hit the finish, I was able to get into 8th. They have some really fast guys in this class like Kevin Walker, Mike Katin, John Grewe, and Chris Young to just name a few. This was another moto I really wasn’t to happy about. I just haven’t rode that well at all. I’ve been riding really tight and not riding like I should. It’s pretty frustrating, since I put in a lot of work getting ready for this and I just haven’t been putting it together. Hopefully things will go better in tomorrow’s moto.
My next race was at 4:00 (30+). This time I was going to get the second gate pick. I was still a little sore from this morning, but I was able to get the bike fixed (thanks to FMF) and ready to go. I decided to start back on the inside, and hope for the best. It’s really the only spot I’ve got a decent start at. About five minutes before we were getting ready to race it started to rain. This is basically how my whole weekend has gone. Actually it didn’t really bother me that much, but I know I’m not a mud specialist. When the gate fell, I had a great start and was about 5th or 6th leaving the first turn. After the first lap, I was able to get by Chris Young and a couple of other guys to get into fourth. I followed John Grewe for most of the first part of the race. I was doing everything I could to make a pass, but he would pull me down the straight-a-ways. I finally got around him, with a few laps to go, on a rhythm section that he wasn’t able to do that lap. The course was getting really slick, but the rain seemed to stop. I was making time up on Mike Katin, who was running second, with Kevin Walker in the lead. On the last lap John Actually passed me back, but a few corners later I pushed my way back into third. I finished three seconds back from Mike who finished 2nd, but he won the 30+ championship (and the 25+). Kevin rode a great race and was about 10 seconds ahead of me. It was nice to finish on a good note and get back on the podium.
Kawasaki had the best set-up there! They had a couple of semis and a few of their race trailers there. They also had a mechanical bull riding set-up for the kids and adults to see how long they could stay on it for.
Every day and night there was some huge event going on. One of the nights Kawasaki had a huge pasta dinner that brought around 400 people. The dinner was free and it was a really cool thing for them to do.
This event brought out a lot of the top riders to hang out and sign autographs. Stewart, Tedesco, Carmichael, McGrath, Pastrana, Bentley, were just some of the names that showed up.
The guys over at Thor (Andy) brought me the new 2006 gear to wear. It’s by far some of the best gear I’ve worn before. Everyone from Thor was a huge help and they’re really great people to ride for!
On Thursday night, RC had a basketball tournament that I was looking forward to trying to play. As some of you might know I play B-ball all the time and it was going to be fun to beat up on the mx guys:) But on Wednesday after I hit the ground, I was to sore to even think about playing.
I need to really thank all the people who were cheering me on during the races. It was really cool to have so many spectators rooting me on.
I had my KX500 championship bike on display at the Kawasaki semi. It was nice to have a lot of the people telling me how cool it was. I actually talked to a lot of off-road racers during the week, which was a lot of fun.
On Thursday, Tedesco and Stewart went out during the intermission and rode the new 2006 250F and 450F. I can’t wait to be on one of those 450’s:)
The kids had a lot of fun! They did just about everything they could during the week. They really enjoyed hanging out with the mx guys and girls. Next time I come back I’m going to bring our motorhome and camp out. Kelsey said she also wants to try and qualify now.
Quote from Pat Riley, ‘You have no choice about how you lose, but you do have a choice about how you come back and prepare to win again.’