I know, I know…my column is late this week, but guys we did it! San Diego was the sixth round of the first west coast swing and that means this next week I will be getting ready to watch a new 250 field race on the east coast from the comfort of my couch.
It won’t be all rest and relaxation for us while the series heads east…in fact, we usually take a week to recharge the batteries and then we get back into prep mode, which ends up being similar to a second chance at the pre-season. The break is an opportunity to get the stuff you didn’t quite get done in December done, as well as reflect on your mistakes or short comings that reared their head through the first six rounds and adjust accordingly whether that be equipment or personnel changes.
With our mechanics and staff doing such a great job for us, I think we will just do some testing and make some alterations to the semi during the break and that should be good to ride this thing home into Vegas.
But I am getting ahead of myself, we still had a job to do this past weekend in San Diego and that is putting “3 for 3” in the main event which has been a goal of ours since the gate dropped six weeks ago (we came close).
San Diego is simultaneously my favorite and least favorite race of the year, the stadium and downtown settings are beautiful, but the walk/ride from the pits to the track is awful! And like I touched on after Houston, it can make little issues challenging in between sessions or races.
Luckily for us we had no issues during the day program, but we did however have some struggles with Ryan Breece’s bike in the main ending his night early. And although we were disappointed in Breece having a mechanical that cost him in a race he was as high as 13th in; but having Bradley Lionnet make the first main of his career was definitely one of a highlights of the year thus far.
If you didn’t see it on FS1, it was a last lap, last corner pass that put Bradley in the main and the most impressive part was not that he made it into the main, but that he rode himself in after a bad start.
It was nice having both guys in the 250 main and while AJ Catanzaro didn’t make the 450 main, he did put forth what was probably his best effort of 2018 so far and we hope he carries that east to Arlington and beyond.
With the series heading east, I will still check in time to time with a column updating on our testing or team changes, as well as a little couch racing action as I watch the series as a fan for awhile.
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