Sunday, August 30, 2009

First AMA race

D had his first AMA race today. AMA is the organized races put on my the American Motorcyclist Assoc. The races he raced last year and will race next weekend are called OUTLAW races. They are for fun, if you place in the first few (depends) positions you win a trophy. But today he rode with the big boys. Now as you can see, I took this picture when I got to the track. He has earned his name of Mr. Clean. Somehow, and I don't know how he doesn't get as dirty as the others. Now sure he has been known to be told to wipe his neck, he gets a dirty neck but other than that he stays fairly clean ...for the sport. Here is his helmet after practice and here is his friend's...Now Z here can get dirty and will get dirty and sometimes.. smells like a football player.. I don't know if he just went out and rolled in the mud or what happened but this was before any race. This is D between races hanging with his boys. There were 23 races and then they go twice.. so it goes 1.2.3.....23 and then 1.2.3.....23 again.. It made for a long day. Luckily D raced in race 3 so we got done fairly early. There were over 400 racers. The last outlaw race we went to there were only 23 racers total. D had 33 racers in his class. This is dirty man Z
This is E... he just moved up to the 250 class. He used to race 85cc.. He went to Loretta Lynn's race at the beginning of August. That is one of the big races where all the good racers go to compete.
Oh and Mr. C. he didn't race but he sure did help out at the starting line. He just got his bike a few months ago and is not comfortable enough to race.
I grabbed a picture of their dirty boots, which really aren't that dirty for as muddy as it was today.
Here is D in his first race. He dumped his bike back in the woods and broke his clutch lever. His dad/mechanic bought a new one and fixed it before the second race. He caught me taking pics of him. Some reason he always knows when I am trying to catch him. See C knows and won't look at me.
Okay, so he didn't finish the first race but did finish the second so that took him down on the overall rank. He placed 31 of 33. We'll take it considering it was his first AMA race and he was a bit nervous. Actually I thought he would be more nervous than he was but he made it, no detour to the hospital, no mad fits about not finishing he had a really good time and is ready for next weekend.
This is the first race..see all the kids? Well, they aren't all kids, some are in their 20's and 30's but they all look like kids to me. If you look at the back of 757 you can see D in the background. He had fun, I had fun, I got some sun, walked about 5 miles or so and took over 1000 pictures so it was a good day.

1 comment:

TCKK said...

Glad you all had a good time!!1