Archive for November, 2010

BROKEN

Posted: November 18, 2010 in Dirt Bike, motocross, Pictures, Uncategorized
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A dirt bike frame is made of “Chromoly” tubing.  (Chromoly is like steel on steroids.  It contains Chromium and molybdenum a splash of carbon and mostly iron).  A dirt bike frame is the main component of a dirt bike that the wheels and engine and other components are fitted on.  The frame design for a dirt bike consists of triangles holding the main support of the bike.  The triangle shape is used for extra strength and support.  The dirt bike suspension (front forks and rear spring) also absorb the impact when I jump.  My bikes are made with extra stong metal, we have the best suspension, and is constructed to withstand impact.  My Dad and Grandpa have added extra support pieces to ensure that my bikes are as safe as possible for me. 

Although the bikes are made with the best metal and designed with jumping in mind, this one did not make it.  I wonder if the builder knows how much I ride these bikes and how far I jump?  I am so lucky it did not break as I was in the air, I would have had an extra hard landing!    😦

My Dad had some advice for me…..maybe I should not jump 70 foot triples.

I had some advice for Dad….buy some extra bike frames!

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I had no school on Thursday and Friday which gave me a four-day weekend.  HAPPY VERTERANS DAY!

Thursday I went practicing in San Jose at 408MX.  The track was really good and some of my friends were there and we all had a really good time racing each other.

Friday my Mom took me bowling.  It was sooo much fun!  My Dad and I were watching TV last week and a bowling commercial came on and I told my Dad we should go bowling soon.  My Dad told my Mom and she took me.  We had so much fund…..and I won.  When we came home we collared pictures and watched a movie.

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Saturday we went racing in Turlock at Oatfield Raceway.  I love this track, but it was a little tough for me this time.  I picked up some speed, but I had a hard time keeping it on two wheels.  The track had a ton of ruts and breaking bumps and my bikes were all over the place.  In one race I got a bad start and was in last…..I raced through traffic and made it into first…..I crashed hard and by the time I got going again I was in last…..I raced back to first again….I crashed again and finished in last.  I made the day really hard for myself, because I kept falling and had to keep chasing everyone down.  I raced 50 open and finished with a 2nd, 65 age I finished 2nd and 65 open I finished 5th.  I rode really good, but did not have the best luck.  It was a really fun day!

Sunday I helped my Dad clean the bikes and run some errands around town.  We had a fun boys day.

Now it is back to school.  😦

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  • WHY DID THE CHICKEN CROSS THE MOTOCROSS TRACK?
  • TO GET TO THE ROOST !
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  • (ROOST:  Dirt thrown in the air from the force of a spinning rear tire)

 

I came across a few dirt bike sayings I thought you might like.  Although I had a lot of fun making this video, I am not a very good actor……I think I will stick to riding.  The video shows my take on my top 20 favorite motocross sayings. 

  1. Does this bike make my butt look big?
  2. I know there is money in motocross….that’s because my parents put it there
  3. I’m a winner…..and winners get to do what they want
  4. I get the hole shot and then I fight my way to the back of the pack
  5. I’m the magic man…..now you see me…..now you don’t
  6. Winner – Winner – Chicken Dinner
  7. When all else fails….gas it
  8. Chicks dig scars
  9. Blood in your stool means you should check your suspension
  10. When the gate drops the talking stops
  11. All grown up and still playing in the dirt
  12. I never loose….I only run out of laps, time, or gas
  13. I ride, I fall, I heal, No problem
  14. Winning isn’t easy, I just make it look that way
  15. When life throws you a curve, lean in, pick your line, and gas it
  16. I don’t crash, I stop with style
  17. I was going really fast until I fell
  18. I’m so great, I impress myself
  19. I race to have fun….but loosing is no fun
  20. Hardcore Racing!

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HERE COMES THE BRIDE

Posted: November 9, 2010 in Family Info, Uncategorized
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Friday November 5th my big sister, Elyssa, got married.  Elyssa got married to Nick who is a really nice guy and always plays video games and ball with me.  I held the rings for them and everything was really nice, I even wore a tie.  My sister Hailey was the maid of honor and the wedding had  a purple theme.  We went to Nick’s parents house after the ceremony to have a toast before dinner, and I was able to play with his little dog – Mickey.  The reception was at Scott’s Seafood in Walnut Creek and everything was very fancy.  Although dinner was good, I couldn’t wait for cake time.  Congrats to Elyssa and Nick Bugnatto……Love you guys!

Don’t we all look great! 

Now you can see what I see…..We just got a helmet camera that records when I am going around the track.  This will help us to review things on the track and help me go faster.  This is also a really good way for you to see what it is like to ride on the track like I do.  This is the first video we did just to try out the helmet cam and see what you think. 

This is my 65 practice at Hollister Hills, you can get an idea of how fast I ride, how far I jump, and even a small crash.

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I know that my family and friends are sometimes scared when I race my dirt bike (especially Grandma.)  Many people wonder what kind of safety equipment I wear since I know I will be falling. 

I looked on-line and found the top 5 most dangerous extreme sports….don’t look Grandma.

  1. Ultimate Fighting
  2. Base Jumping
  3. Bull Riding
  4. Motocross Riding
  5. Cave Diving

Even before we knew that motocross was number 4 on the list my Mom and Dad always spend the most money on my safety equipment.  They always buy me the best and as soon as something is worn a little they replace it to make sure that I am always 100% protected.

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HELMET:  A helmet should fit snuggly and be lightweight, but be rated properly.  The helmet is one item that I replace often.  Whenever I take a hard fall, or several small falls, my parents replace my helmet.  This is the one item that is hard to know if it is still protecting you.  A helmet could show no sign of damage and have been compromised because of an impact and not working.  It is better to be safe than sorry, so always replace the helmet after an impact.

NECK COLLAR:  Several different neck collars are available and it is important to find something that works with your body.  I us an EVS neck brace that is soft around my neck but supports my helmet and shoulders.  The neck collar should work with your helmet and chest protector…these three items are the most important to protect against head, neck and back injuries.

CHEST PROTECTOR:  My chest protector has changed since I started riding.  When I first started riding I wore the standard plastic protector that covers your chest and rib cage.  These protectors do help against impact, but they have side and arm straps that can be very dangerous.  In one of my races I got together with another bike and the strap from my chest protector was caught on the other bike and I was drug down the track.  When that happened we looked into other alternatives and found that “bull riding vests” protect the body much better without straps.  These vests are very hard and wrap the entire upper body also protecting your sides, which the others do not do.

KNEE PADS:  Knee pads are very important.  When I first started riding I had little knee pads that only protected my knee cap and every time I fell on them they would slide up my knee.  Just recently my knees have been bothering me and I was getting a lot of bruises on the side of my leg.  We just invested in some really tough pads that also brace the side of my knee.   Having anything on is helpful and does take some of the initial impact away from your knee, but it is important that they are protect also against side impact.  My current knee pads have a bar on each side of my knee and they go up high on my thigh and into my boot for almost a full leg protection.  Since I have started using these knee pads, I have not had any more bruises on my legs.

BOOTS:  It is important to have good fitting motocross boots.  I know some parents buy kids shoes a little big because they grow so fast.  It is important to have your motocross boots fit correctly.  A boot that is too big won’t provide enough ankle support and it will be hard for the rider to use the shifter and rear brake levers.  Right now I am wearing Oneal Monster boots, but I will be getting new boots soon.

RIDING SOCKS:  When you wear riding boots and knee pads, your legs and feet would be really sore without the proper socks.  I wear two kinds of socks together to protect my feet and legs.  I have long socks that go high on my leg just over the top of my knee.  I then put on a second sock that has no feet that goes from my calve to my upper thigh.

RIDING PANTS:  Most dirt bike riders wear “in the boot” riding pants, however I like the “over the boot” pants.  This is just a personal choice and both pants work the same.  Riding pants a sturdy and tear resistant and come with hip pads that cushion the hip bones during a crash.  Because these pants are thick, in most cases they protect the rider against the mud, dirt, and weather.

JERSEY:  Motocross Jerseys are also worn with protection in mind.  Most jerseys have padded elbows that allow additional protection.  The jersey helps protect against small scratches and scrapes and is a great base for all of the protection equipment we put on top.

ELBOW PADS:  Elbow pads can be worn under a jersey or on top of the jersey…I wear mine on top.  Elbow pads are not very big and do move around when you crash.  The idea of the elbow pad is to protect the elbow against the initial impact of a fall.  I often get scratches on my arm and elbow when I crash, but the initial impact is absorbed with the pad and it is made to move as I do to help prevent serious injury.

GLOVES:  Gloves protect your hands and help when trying to hold on to the bike.  It is important to pick gloves that don’t have excess room in the finger tips and are comfortable.  

GOGGLES:  When you choose goggles, you must have your helmet with you.  Goggles fit differently with the helmet and it is important to have a comfortable fit that protects you.  The goggles should fit snuggly leaving no gaps for dirt or rocks to slip through.  I have a little bit of a hard time with that because I have a little nose that usually allows a little bit of dirt to sneak through.  Along with goggles, I have to also say Tear Offs.  When I am racing other bikes often throw dirt in my face, I put tear off’s on my lenses to easily remove the dirt.

 

Safety gear is not cheap, but very important.  When you are riding fast and racing against other people, falls and crashes are going to happen and my parents do their best to protect me.  After this crash below, I got up and finished the race….thanks to my safety gear!

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The seventh rounds of the 2010 CMC Transcal finished up this weekend with a two-day race.  What a weekend! 

Saturday we raced in the rain…  It was cold, cloudy and windy with small showers throughout the day.  Towards the end of the day the clouds broke, but the rain kept coming and while I was racing the track had a huge rainbow over it.  I raced three classes (6 races) and finished 1st in each race.

Sunday the weather was completely different, what a difference a day makes.  The morning started out with so much fog, I couldn’t see the track from the parking lot.  By the time races started the sun was out and we finished out the day hot.  On Sunday I decided to race four classes (8 races) because I also wanted to race the 65cc Open class.  I was able to finish out the day without any crashes and ended with all four 1st place finishes.

Since this was the last race of the series we also received our series awards.  Out of all the 49 classes that were run by people from the age of 4 to 50+, I was the only person to win 3 Championships.  I received 3 end of the series trophies, 3 new pairs of goggles, a Fox shirt, a mechanics apron, tie downs, a lanyard, and….a New BMX Bike!  I was so excited, I can’t wait to get my new BMX Bike in the mail. 🙂

So I finished up the weekend with 10 1st place trophies some goodies, a new bike, and Trick-or-Treating.  I have to admit the trick-or-treating was not as long as I usually go…..I was too tired.

I want to thank my Dad for all the work he does on my bikes every day and everything he does for me at each race.  My Dad gives me bikes that are always working at their best to help me win races.  I would also like to thank my Mom and Sister for being at every race and helping me with all my gear and tips throughout the races.  Also a big thanks to Grandma & Grandpa for being my biggest cheerleaders.   

Now all I need is some sponsors!  🙂

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