2007 Season Update #2

 

Drew Dickson

3145 Geary Blvd #441

San Francisco, CA 94118

drew@number88.com




SupermotoUSA Norcal Series Round #3 / AMA Mini Motard World Cup

May 18-20 - Infineon Raceway, Sonoma CA

The awesome facility at Infineon was host to SupermotoUSA Norcal round #3, as well as the AMA Mini Motard World Cup. There was a $2550 purse for Open Pro, and $1500 in the Premiere Mini Motard class, so a lot of fast people came out of the woodwork on CRF150Rs for a shot at the money. I won all 3 Mini Motard classes (Norcal Mini Motard, AMA World Cup Mini Motard Vet 30+, and AMA World Cup Premiere Mini Motard). Ricky Colindres stayed in front of me for almost the entire Premiere Mini Motard main event, but on the white flag, I got underneath him into turn 1, and managed to create a little gap and secure the win. I had a little bad luck in the 450 class, and stalled during a crash in the dirt section. I got it fired back up, but I was way behind and only managed to make it back up to 7th place. The Open Pro class went a little better though, and I came home with the last podium position.


AMA Pro Supermoto round #2 - June 3 - Raceway Park, Englishtown NJ

I was very excited for this round... I am originally from NJ and I raced motocross at Raceway Park growing up out there. The dirt section was really challenging, but I got it figured out in practice and managed to qualify for the main straight out of my heat race without having to do the LCQ. We were having light sprinkles all day, but everyone was still running slicks because the track stayed pretty dry. Right before the main event, it started to rain pretty heavy. I had spare wheels with rains on them, so I mounted them up. As I went to roll my bike out of the pits for the main event, I noticed my front wheel was binding up. This was no time for troubleshooting. I eventually figured out what was wrong, a missing spacer on my front rotor. By the time I got the rotor remounted with the spacer though, I was out of time. I got to the track entrance, but the race had just started. This was not the way I wanted to start the AMA season, a huge disappointment after driving all that way.


Kartsport Grand Prix - June 8-10 - Infineon Raceway, Sonoma CA

We had to leave NJ right after the AMA race in order to make it back home to California for the Kartsport Grand Prix. This is a huge karting event put on by Kartsport magazine. They invited SupermotoUSA to be part of the show and had an Open Supermoto class with a $4000 purse. The track was very similar to the track we used for SupermotoUSA round #3, but Brok's crew was able to make the dirt section a little more challenging since only the pros would be riding the course. I got a decent qualifying time and got 3rd in my heat race which qualified me for the main event. I rode solid in the main and finished 6th overall. This event was great for supermoto, because tons of people that would normally never have seen it got to experience it up close.


AMA Pro Supermoto round #3 - June 23 - Miller Motorsports Park, Tooele UT

Miller is definitely one of the best facilities we race at. It's got all the best amenities, and an awesome track. A favorite track for many of the competitors, this track has 2 big dirt sections and an awesome kart track that is used as the pavement section. This track tends to have one of the more challenging dirt sections on our circuit, and riders with MX/Supercross experience can really excel at this track. I raced here last year and felt pretty comfortable on the course the whole weekend. I got a great start in my heat race and was running 5th, but a few laps in I tangled with another rider in the dirt section and went down. I made my way back up to tenth, but only the top 9 transfer directly to the main, so I had to run the LCQ. I got the holeshot and led most of the LCQ, eventually coming in 2nd to Benny Carlson. I put in a solid ride in the main event. There was a lot of first lap close calls, and I ended up getting pushed pretty far back in the pack. I put my head down once things settled down though and pulled off a 14th place finish. That ties my best finish in the lites class from last season, so I was pretty happy with the result.


SupermotoUSA Summer Series Round #1 - July 6 - Stockton Motorplex, Stockton CA

Stockton Motorplex just re-opened after repaving the track, so everyone was pretty anxious to get out there for the first race on the new surface. It was pretty slick at first, but conditions improved as more and more rubber got laid down on the track. This was not part of our normal points paying series, so the classes were a little different than normal. I signed up for the Open money paying class, as well as Open Vet 30+ and mini-motard. I managed to continue my undefeated streak in the 150cc mini class, grabbing a win in Open Vet 30+ as well. In the Open Money class, I had a heated battle with Bobby Fong the entire main event fighting for 2nd place. There was a lot of side-by-side racing, and a few passes, but in the end I benefitted from a mistake of Fong's and took 2nd place. Two firsts and a second, not bad!