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This week my parents threw me a Blue Party.  It was a party to celebrate my new Thousand Oaks, Yamaha contract and all of my other sponsors for the 2015 race season.  We had so much fun and a ton of my friends and family came to the party.

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We had so much fun and a ton of my friends and family came to the party to celebrate.

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We had a blue cake and a blue chocolate fountain… it was really cool.

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Many of my friends were able to come over and we ran throughout the house, it was so much fun.

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My Dad and I also messed around a little.

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Huge THANK YOU to everyone that showed up for the party and to all of my 2015 sponsors!!!

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LETS GO RIDE!

 

In the last two weeks I have went to two races that were both ran by 2X Promotions.  The first race was a Loretta Lynn Area Qualifier and the second race was a Mammoth Qualifier. 2x3 The race two weeks ago (The Loretta Lynn Area Qualifier) was at Porterville.  I had never been to Porterville before and I was excited to race on a new track.  Practice day was great and I was able to learn the track and find some good lines.  Just after practice it started to rain, and rain, and rain.  Normally when it rains here we cancel races, but because this was a qualifier for Loretta Lynn it had to be ran the next day.  In the morning the track was completely soaked the starting line was under a huge puddle of water. 2x4 After several hours of working on the track racing started to begin just after lunch.  The track was still very muddy and many big bikes were getting stuck in the middle of the track and not able to complete the race.  They decided to have all little bikes race on a back supercross type track that didn’t get as wet.  It was really crazy because we all lined up side by side and had a flag start instead of a gate start. 2x1 The track was really tight and we were able to go fast and have some great racing.  It was totally different and really fun.  I was able to pull out the overall win in my 65 class.

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This last week the Mammoth qualifier was at Hangtown and it was an awesome event.  A ton of people showed up and all the classes had big gates and really good racing. 2x8 The track got really rough and it was super rocky.  The start was really important because if you had to pass someone you would get hit with huge rocks and it really hurt.  I had a couple bad starts and because of it I had huge bruises on both of my arms.  It was hard to pass on the track but much easier when I was able to get out front. 2x7

In my 65 class I was able to race for two overall 1st place finishes.

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In the 65 race I got a 3rd place finish and a 4th place finish which gave me a 4th overall.

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2x10 Lucas Oil was at the event and gave out products to all the winners.  They have been at all the 2X racing events and my Dad loves not only the oil but all the products they have. 2x5Now it is time to get ready for the next race.

This last week I raced at the California Classic Amateur National race at Glen Helen raceway.

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The event was ran by 2X Promotions and was a lot of fun.

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This event was run different than most races because it was a 3 race format.  instead of racing each class only two times, it was the best out of three races.   Glen Helen is famous for the “Talladega” first turn and the “Mt. St. Helen” hill.  (Picture of me on the starting line looking up the Talladega turn – picture thanks to MyLucasOil.com)

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When the races started I found that my mod bike was not running the way other bikes were on the track.  I decided to run my stock motor in all classes because that motor pulled more where I needed it to.  Because I had already raced the first race on the mod bike, I had to continue the other races in that class on that bike frame.  After each race my Dad had to switch the motor and suspension from my stock frame to my mod frame so I could race the correct bike frame in the correct class.  First my Dad had 6 races between my classes to make the switch and then after that race he only had 4 races to make the switch back.  My Dad worked so hard each day switching my bike back and forth so I could race.

My Dad had some help a few times he had to make the switch.  Ryan Cuhna let my Dad use his work area to make the switch, Pax engines and Nost suspension also gave my Dad a hand with the switch.

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On the second day I finished first in my race and I got to put my bike on the podium and get interviewed.  Because my Dad only had 4 races to make the switch he had to take my bike to get started and Wes Kain (the announcer that interviewed me) put me on the bike stand for the interview.

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…..and my Dad was back working on my bike again.

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I was able to finish every race on both my 65 and my 85 classes in the top 5.  I was under the tent after every race.  My 85 races were totally fun also….  my old bike didn’t get the best starts but on a hard passing track I was able to make moves, ride hard and finish consistently for 3rd.

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The last day of racing I was in first or second going into each of my 65 races.  Whoever finished each race in front would take the overall.  Although I rode as well as I could, I just missed the overall finishes I needed.   My bike was not running well and because we had to switch motors so quickly we didn’t have any time to actually work on the bike to see what was wrong.  When the races were over my Dad found that my power valvue was broken which meant that I was really down on power.  With the huge hills that they have at Glen Helen, I am thinking I am lucky I was able to finish each race where I did.

I ended up overall            2nd – 3rd – 3rd – 4th place finishes.

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Jimmy from Fly Racing has been at each of the national races I have been at and have watched and cheered me on at every race.  Thank you for helping me look FLY and for the continued supports.

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Lucas Oil was there supporting all of us riders.   If you are not already using their products, you have to get some!  My Dad says it is awesome.  Go to http://www.mylucasoil.com

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2X promotions did an awesome job at the event!  I loved the medals we got for each win, they were so awesome and the trophies were also different.  Always cool adding different trophies to the collection.

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Thank you to all of my sponsors, friends and family that cheered me on from home and support me consistently.  And of course the 51 Fifty Energy Drinks were flowing…..

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Two weeks ago I left for a road trip that included a race weekend in Los Angeles and then off to Texas for two different Amateur National races. texas15 7 HOURS TO ANZA MX TRACK My parents and I drove to The Ranch MX track in Anza, Los Angeles two weeks ago.  We spend the weekend in LA and I raced a South Area Loretta qualifier race.  This race is one of four steps needed to qualify to race at the Loretta Lynn Nationals.  There wasn’t as many people there than I thought would be and the weather was really windy but I was able to qualify with four 1st place wins and was qualified to move on to the next step.

65 Stock 1st place – 65 Mod 1st place – 85 Stock 1st place – 85 Mod 1st place

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My Dad worked with my Mom during the weekend and showed her how to change air filters, oil, pack the gates at the starts etc. because after the race Mom and I were heading to Texas to race. When the race was over my Dad got my bikes ready for Texas and we packed up our truck and our friends trailer.

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My Dad left for home to go to work and Mom and I went with some friends to Texas.  We drove all night and had a little delay with a flat tire.  We were able to get the tire fixed and arrived at the track Monday night.

Texas5 22 HOURS TO OAK HILL RACEWAY INTERNATIONAL MOTOCROSS FINAL The track had really deep sand and was different from sand tracks I have been on before.  It got rough but it didn’t get rutts like I am used to.  The turns were really wide and flat but deep and rough.  I slide out in my first practice and couldn’t get my bike started so didn’t get to ride the track.  My other two practices went well and I was able to get the layout and the jumps pretty well. The next day we started racing and my Mom was my mechanic for the day.  My Dad taught my Mom how to pack my gate for me, but we didn’t know that Oak Hill doesn’t have a dirt start.  I raced two races with my Mom that day and I finished both races in the top five.

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Later that night we drove an hour away to pick up my Dad from the airport.  Although my Mom did good with me and my bikes, I was excited my Dad was there and he would be able to help me with the track and my bikes. Texas2 Throughout the week I struggled on different parts of the track and I had some problems with my bikes.  My 65 Mod bike was not running well and was actually slower than my stock bike and my 85 bike suspension would not work on the track at all.  I struggled to move to the front in my 85 classes and my 65 mod and open classes but I worked really hard and finished on the podium in my stock class and in the top 10 in all classes.  The weather was also very crazy….First it was really hot, then freezing cold, the wind was so strong at times, and then the rain came

65 10-11 Limited 4-3 finishes, 2nd overall                        65 10-11 Mod 5-8 finishes, 6th overall

7-11 Open 18-6 finishes, 10th overall                              85 7-11 Limited 7-5 finishes, 5th overall

2 HOURS TO FREESTONE SPRING CHAMPIONSHIP.  Freestone raceway was a completely different track and the race was ran totally different than any other race I had ever been in.  The first difference was qualifying practice.  During practice our laps were timed and gate picks for race day depended on how well you qualified.  It was a little difficult for people like me that have never been to the track before to go on the track and race as fast as you could without knowing anything about the jumps and condition.  During my practice I not only set fast time of all 65 bikes, but when I was trying to avoid another rider I crashed and got run over.

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To start each race they had a real 30 second board girl, they didn’t just us the gate guy like at most of my races.

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The rhythm section of the track was also a different than I was used to.  They call it the Texas Twelve Pack and it is a set of whoops with a turn half way through.

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During the week I rode really hard and had great lap times but I was unable to get the starts I needed.   We got my 85 suspension better at this track, but was unable to get my Mod bike running so I ran my stock bike in every class.  The back of the track had a section called the Freeway and it made it tough for me.  I would lose ground in that section and make up time on other parts of the track.  In the picture below you can see how deep some of the rutts were.

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In the morning the track was wet and muddy and in the afternoon it was super dry, rough and deep.  On the last day of racing it started to lightly rain later in the day so the track was rough but also tacky and wet.  I got a chance to race on several different track conditions throughout the week.

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At the track we did have a little drama…..  A few months ago my Dad ordered me a new Stock SXS pipe for my 65.  When we got the pipe in we called our dealer because although the pipe was stamped KTM SXS and was exactly like the other pipe it was plated.  The dealer said that it was the only replacement pipe available.  When we got to the race we asked an AMA official to look at the pipe and asked if it was legal.  The AMA official told us that it was in fact legal.  During my first stock race a different AMA official told me that the pipe was illegal and that I would be disqualified from the race.  After several conversation and confirmation from the first official that he did in fact tell us we could use the pipe…… The pipe is the same as the original pipe and although it has the exact same performance as the original pipe, it is platted and not allowed in the stock class.  The head AMA official had to disqualify us from the race but would not hold it against me because we did ask an official and was told it was OK.  I was allowed to race in the second race but would not be scored for that class for that event.

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65 10-11 Stock   DQ                                               65 10-11 Mod 4-4 finishes, 4th overall

7-11 Open 2-5 finishes, 4th overall                           85 9-11 Limited 12-6 finishes, 8th overall

After two weeks in Texas I had so much fun learning new tracks and meeting new people.  Now that I have moved up into the older class and I am a young rider in my classes it is awesome to get to ride with older kids and push myself to get faster.  I did come home with 11 trophies for my two weeks of racing.

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29 HOURS HOME texas14  I have to thank Mike and Argyll MX for letting us borrow his trailer.  We needed small trailer to use to get our bikes to LA and back and Mike allowed us to use his trailer and keep it for the two weeks we were gone. Texas1 I have to thank Ryan and Americore Mechanical for the help and support to get to the race.  Without you I wouldn’t have been able to have the chance to even go to Texas. texas18 Thank you to Myron and 2x Promotions not only did you watch my races, cheer me on, you went out of your way to help with so many different things and it is really appreciated. texas13 Thank you to Carlos and 51 Fifty Energy Drinks for the support you give me every day, allowing me to #livethemadness. 1 Thank you to Tony and Americore SMX Scooters.  You watched and supported all of my races, let us wash our bikes, and helped us get our bikes home safely.  It is always cool to hang out with you at the races. texas17 Thank you to Nost Suspension.  While I was in Texas racing my 85cc bike suspension was out of control and Pete re-built the suspension and got my bike handling on the really rough tracks. Factory KTM and Factory Yamaha teams both helped me out.  My Yamaha wouldn’t shift at Oak Hill and the factory Yamaha team rebuilt it and had it all ready to go at Freestone.  We found that one of my KTM’s had a cracked frame and the factory team ordered a new frame and the next day they switched my entire bike over to the new frame…..my bike looks so sad in this picture. texas20   Jimmy and FLY Racing Gear has been very supportive, including during my time in Texas.  Jimmy watched my races, cheered me on and even worked with me and gave me some pointers. fly The Gonsalves family helped and shared the experience with us throughout our crazy adventure. texas19   My friends and family that cheered me on from home and continued to check in and support me:  My Sisters Elyssa and Hailey, Grandma and Grandpa, Terry Bostard, Vaccarello Family, Cisneros Family, Palmer Family, Ornellas Family, Wetzel Family, Gary,  Hogge Family ……I know I am missing a ton of people, thank you to you all!

A week ago I raced at the AMP GFI race at Oatfield.  This week they some really fast 85 racers show up and I decided to race one 65 class and two 85 classes.

I had my new FLY helmet which is really awesome.  Thank you to everyone at FLY Racing for supporting me!

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In the first 65 race I was going into the second turn and my seat flew off of my bike.  I had to ride the entire race standing up because every time I sat down the bar hurt my legs and my butt.  It was really hard to ride the track and go fast without a seat but I was still able to finish in first place.  The second race of my 65 class my seat stayed on and I finished in first place with an overall 1st place finish.

In the 85 class I moved from Novice to Intermediate and I raced some really fast people.  In the first 85 intermediate race I got a really bad start out of the gate but I was able to chase down the leaders and I finished in first place.  It was really cool to win my first intermediate race.  In the second race I finished in second with an overall 2nd place finish.

In the 85 open class in the first race I was in third place and I fell on the last lap.  By the time I got my bike up and going again I finished the race in seventh place.  I won the second open race which gave me an overall 4th place finish.

Our friend Gary down the street came out to watch me ride.  It was really nice of him to come and watch and support me and he even cleaned the bikes every time I got off the track.  Thank you for the help and support!

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I rode hard all day and had a lot of fun…..and on the way home I was really tired!

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This past year I have had several injuries at really bad times.  Missed Mammoth, went into Loretta’s injured and went into Dodge injured.  With all my injuries I was still able to say I had a very successful racing year and I am very thankful to everyone that has helped me and supported me!

3rd Place 65 Age at Loretta Lynn Nationals in Tennessee

2nd Place 65 Stock at Dodge Nationals and 2nd Place 65 Mod at Dodge Nationals

10 – 1st Place finishes, 5 – 2nd Place finishes and 4 3rd Place finishes throughout the 2013 race season

Some recent happenings:

As you know for the last year I have been wearing Fly Racing Gear.  I recently got a package from Fly Racing and my new gear looks so sick.  I love bright colors and this gear is perfect.  I know what you are thinking……I look So FLY!       Thank you Fly Racing for supporting me.

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Red and Black          – and –           Blue and White

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Terry Bostard with the Bostard MX School has been helping me get my groove back from my injuries.  Terry has worked with me to get me back into shape and keep me smooth on the track.  For more information or to contact Terry call 707-372-9270 or email him at bostardmxschool@gmail.com

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I have been doing a lot of practicing.  I was able to practice with some of the Supercross pros and after practice I took a picture with my fellow 51 Fifty Energy Drink teammate Jake Canada.  For more information go to http://www.51fiftyenergydrink.com

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During one of my practices I had fun jumping over my Dad.

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I got back on my 85 again.  My Dad got the suspension fixed and the bike handles a lot better than it did last time I rode it.  It has been really fun to get back on that bike and have a chance to ride both the 65 and 85.

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Time for another successful year of motocross!

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A lot has happened this week!  First I am still trying to get better from being sick.  Over the last week some days I feel OK and then the next day I feel sick again…fingers crossed that this week gets better.

RACE

On Saturday I went to Argyll MX to race.  Because of Super Bowl Sunday, no other races were going on, and everyone showed up for the Saturday CMC race.  The race went well and I had fun battling with my friends on the track and hanging out off the track.  My starts were a little off in the beginning of the day but I kept improving each race and by the end of the day I got the starts I wanted.  The track got really rough towards the end of the day, but my Dad made some changes to my suspension and he made my bike easier to handle.  I finished with a 2nd place finish in 65 Open and a 1st place finish in 65 Intermediate.

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Todd Lyle got pictures of everyone that was at the race.  Make sure you check out his website at see some great pictures – http://www.toddlylephotography.com

MOTOVISION GOGGLES TV COMMERCIAL

During the race on Saturday Motovision Goggles was filming a TV Commercial that will be shown on SPEED and Fuel TV and they asked me to be a part of it.

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It was really cool to have the chance to film for TV again, and I was excited to help tell people about Motovision.  The goggles not only look really cool but they have special scratch resistant lenses and they have a recording camera built-in.  Instead of wearing a camera on top of your helmet, the Motovision Goggles have a camera that also has a noise suppressed microphone which cuts out the wind noise.  Make sure you look for the commercial coming out soon and go to http://www.motovisiongoggles.com to get your high impact HD goggles.

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PRACTICE

Sunday I left early in the morning to go to MMX to practice and my Dad did more testing on my bikes.  We got to the track so early that it was all foggy and when I rode my goggles were dripping with water.  The sun came out and I was able to ride on both tracks each hour and get a lot of practice in.  My Dad made changes to my bike and we worked on different things to help me in the races.  After practice we headed home to watch the Super Bowl.

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GEAR AND PARTS

This week I also got two surprises in the mail.  The guys at 51 Fifty Energy Drinks hooked me up with some really awesome companies that wanted to help me with my racing.

MIKA METALS hooked me up with some handlebars, sprockets and chains.  Mika Metals sells handlebars engineered to flex and built to last.  They also sell lightweight chains and aluminum sprockets.

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I got a box filled with lots of spare parts to keep me going throughout the year.  When you are looking for new handlebars, chains, or sprockets check out http://www.mikametals.com

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FLY RACING also hooked me up with some really sick gear, gloves and helmet.  Fly Racing offers a wide range of competition clothing, gloves, helmets, tools and more.  The Fly Racing company provides equipment for many different sports like snow, water, BMX, street, casual and moto.

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I am very thankful that the people at FLY RACING also wanted to help me with their cool products.  I can’t wait to rock everything from head to toe…..I know I will look so FLY like always! 🙂   Make sure you check out the awesome designs, colors, and products that Fly Racing has at http://www.flyracing.com 

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Thank you http://www.51fiftyenergydrink.com

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