The beach was not quiet and neither was the race track at Awakaponga for the first day of the 2010 Summercross. However day two for the seniors brought sunshine of the liquid kind. Heaps of drizzle made for a sloppy track that would cut into enough ruts and holes to make life pretty difficult.
The first corner was mostly about survival but I managed to do well in it all day, always exiting in the top three or four. The rest of that first race wasn’t so easy though after dropping the bike in one sloppy mess and struggling with slippery grips to finish in sixth place. From then on I ran a chop stick on the throttle which definitely helped avoid the arm pump in case of muddy gloves!
Race two was cool, powering my Botany Honda into second behind Damien King and catching to put pressure on. He surprised me though by picking it up a notch and doubling all the way through the new set of massive rollers that Mason Phillips had just installed, a trick that I didn’t think possible in the wet conditions which saw him pull away to take the win.
Short lived lead
Not too happy with that we were in the same position for the final race but this time I put in the effort and made a pass for the lead then attempted to pull away. Sadly it was short lived as I went down in the last place I was expecting, going over the bars big time after hitting a soft spot in the sawdust. I was just going too fast to be on that line without knowing it and was very fortunate to be able to get back on the bike, twisted as it may have been. Damien also had a crash after that but wasn’t so fortunate and we wish him a quick recovery.
Brad Groombridge had the race sewn up- or so he thought until a charging Jonothan Martelli pipped him at the post, a great effort to cement his third overall placing while I got second to Groombridge in the final results. You just never know where you will end up in this class!