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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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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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BUMPS:  Monday night my Mom twisted her ankle and is not supposed to walk on it for a couple of weeks.  When she fell, the first thing I did was run to the freezer and get the bag of frozen corn to help her feel better.  That is what my Mom always does when I get hurt and she was so happy I was there to help her.  My Dad, Sister and I have been trying to help around the house but it has been hard to make Mom sit down.  I hope Mom feels better soon!

THE BLUES:  Wednesday was a “blue” day.  Everyday at school we start with our names on Green and we can move up or down the color chart depending on classroom behavior.  Blue is the highest you can go and I have gotten blue twice this week already.  My Mom and Dad love when I do good in school and they were so excited I got Blue today.

BIKES:  Wednesday I practiced at Club Moto.  The track was a little hard to ride on because they brought in a lot of sand and it had not yet been worked in.  I love practice days because I get to race against bigger bikes and older boys.  Although most of them are much older (over 14 years old) and the bikes have bigger motors than mine, I work really hard to hold them off as long as I can and race them as they pass me…..I try not to let them have an easy pass on me.  I thought you might like to see a couple of videos of practice.  Even though the track was a little rough and I did fall down (7:00 of first video on my 50cc bike), you can get the idea of how practice goes.

Last weekend our race was cancelled because of the rain, but I hope we get to race this weekend.  Keep your fingers crossed.  🙂

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Many people often wonder what the difference is between SUPERCROSS and MOTOCROSS.  Even though they look the same, they have many differences and most dirt bike riders often choose one or the other when racing.

Motocross racing was developed first and it takes place in outdoor venues.  The track sizes vary, but many tend to be around one or two miles long.  The tracks most commonly include large hills, different size jumps, irregular right and left hand turns, and other obstacles that require gear changes.  Because of the large track layout, motocross races allow for larger class sizes and very high-speed riding.  Motocross tracks can usually be found in rural or country locations and it is sometimes difficult for spectators to see the entire track from one location.  Motocross tracks usually use the dirt on the ground and bring in additional dirt to build jumps, because of the high-speed and large class sizes motocross tracks usually get large breaking  bumps and become rutted up throughout the day.

Supercross is conducted on a specially constructed dirt race track usually within a stadium style facility.  The man-made tracks are created to duplicate similar racing conditions found in outdoor motocross racing in a smaller venue.  The length of the course is dependant on the size of the facility used.  Supercross tracks are usually easier for spectators to see the entire course, but the number of riders are usually limited because of the smaller track size.  Because the track is much smaller, you have less speed coming into the jumps.  The jumps are constructed with a sharp take off which will project you higher than the motocross track that projects you further.

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This last weekend I raced in Marysville at the MMX Track.  I love this track because it is a wide track that allows you to go really fast.  The track is very sandy with wide sweeping turns so you can keep your speed up through most of the track.  I love going fast!

Saturday was practice and I worked all day to find the fastest way around the track.  The last practice of the day I took a really hard fall.  As I was going over the long table top I landed sideways and went down so hard I broke my helmet.  Thanks to Dylan #123, he loaned me a helmet to be able to continue riding….. I guess first thing this week we will have to go buy a new helmet.

Sunday the races started and so did the rain.  The day started mild, but as we went through the races, the rain started coming down hard.  By the end of the day the track was really wet and a little tricky to ride.  I worked really hard and was able to finish up the weekend with a 1st place in all six races…..YA!!!  what a weekend.

I have attached a video, but it is not the best…..  It was really windy and it is hard to see the whole track.  I know a lot of you like to see what the different tracks look like, and this will give you an idea of the layout.  This is the 1st 50cc race.  They had two gates with the beginner kids leaving in the second gate.  towards the end of the video you will see me passing some of the riders from that class.

Last night I practiced at 408MX in San Jose.  I had not been there in a really long time, and it was really hot.  I had such a great practice, I was really feeling it!

Tonight I am practicing at Club Moto in Livermore and we are racing in Marysville this weekend.  I hope things go as good as they did last night.  Wish me luck!

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Below is a video of my first 65cc race at Chico Cycleland on 10-10-10.  In this race they had two gates, and  I was in the second gate.  I was able to get the hole- shot and stay in 1st throughout the race.  As you will see in the video I was able to catch up and pass riders from the first gate.   

October 10th was the CMC race at Chico Cycleland.  We went to Chico Friday night, practiced all day Saturday and raced Sunday.  The Chico race track is not like most tracks I race on.  At Chico it is much slower and tighter than I am used to, more like a supercross track than a motocross track.

The first three races of the day went great, (50cc age, 50cc open, and 65cc age)!  I started all three of these races in first or second and was able to finish all three in 1st place.

Round two was a little more difficult. 

I started the second 50cc open race in first place and my front tire slid out in one of the turns.  Because of the slop of the turn, I had a hard time getting my bike back up.  Once I got it up I was in 5th place and really far behind the leader.  I rode the last three laps as fast as I could and was able to finish in 2nd place.

The second race in the 50cc age class started even worse.  Because I broke the radiator on my bike when I fell in the previous race, I had to switch bikes for the next race.  The second bike was set up a little different and when the gate dropped the bike went out of control.  I tried to stay on the gas and ride out of it, but the bike was cutting from side to side and I just bumped another rider and I went down.  By the time I got the bike up and got it re-started, I was very far in last place.  With a six lap race, I rode as hard as I could and by lap 4 I was in 1st place.  I was able to go from last to 1st and finish up with a win.

The last race of the day was 65cc age, and I started this race out with a hole shot.  I was in the lead and can you believe I slid out in a different turn.  Because I can’t reach the ground on my 65 I had to wait for someone to help me start my bike and of course I was at the farthest turn.  My Hailey, Mom, Dad and our friend Jerry ran the whole track to get me up as fast as they could.  I was up and running again, but now I was in last place.  I road really hard and pulled out a 1st place.  I couldn’t believe I was able to catch everyone and win.  I knew I wasn’t going to give up, but it was really cool to be able to still come in 1st.

I thought you would like to see a video of me racing. 

This was a CMC race at the Hollister MX track September 2010.  Things did not start out very well.  I was lined up in a rutt that shot me to the side and I started the race in almost last place.  I was able to battle back and before long I took the lead and walked away with a win.

The Dodge Amateur Nationals was this past week.  What a great experience!

This was our first week long event and we had a ton of fun and learned a lot.  We signed up to race 5 classes with a three moto series which is a total of 15 races over the week.  The pro’s raced during the day and it was really cool to be sitting on the line to race and watching the pro riders rip by.  The only thing we did not plan on was the weather……End of September/beginning of October and over 100 degrees-What?  Racing all of the classes every day for five days with the heat was a lot, but it was so much fun.

We started the night before parking on the street to get in line for a camping spot for the week.  While parking on the side of the road, Dad scratched the side of the trailer on the tree branches.  The next morning we got up at 4am and got in line to enter the race.  While parking the trailer we got a dent in the truck.  Then needing to cool down and get out of the heat the generator stopped working…no A/C !!!!  While changing tires we lost a spacer.  NOT A GOOD START TO OUR WEEK.  Thanks to our friends and MAC Industries for bringing us a generator to use, the A/C was back up and running.  And a thanks to the Hogges for bringing a new spacer for the tires, the bikes were ready to go.  We were now back on track and ready to start racing….

Raced at Hollister MX this weekend, it was the third round of the CMC Series.  What a weekend! 

I practiced all day Saturday and picked up a lot of speed from the last time I raced at Hollister.  After practice I played with my friends off  the track.  We road bicycles, played XBOX, went on hikes, and watched movies. 

On Sunday, things started off a little rough….but finished up well. 

In the first 65cc race.  I got a great hole shot and was moving away fast.  By the end of the first lap I had a pretty large lead until….. the axle bolt came loose and the chain came off the bike.  With no quick fix, in a few seconds I went from first to last.  In the second moto everything went great and I finished 1st.  Because some of the other kids also had problems, I was able to pull out a 2nd place over all.

The 50cc class I had a hard time on my first two starts.  My bike hooked some bad rutts and although I started mid pack, I was able to work through and come out 1st.  All four of the 50cc races I finished 1st.

September 12th was the second round of the CMC Series at Club Moto in Livermore. 

Despite many obsticles, the race went very well.  The track was different than it had been before and because of a knee injury I was unable to practice during the week.  During the scheduled practice before the race I had one of my 50cc and one of my 65cc  motors go down.  Now racing on back up motors, I had to make sure that I worked hard to limit any mistakes during the race. 

50cc 7-8 and 50cc Open:  Once the gate dropped, everything seemed to fall into place.  Having slower motors, I did not get the hole shots.  I worked hard to keep everyone close and before the first lap was over I took over the lead and stayed out front all the way to the checkered flag.  I raced 4 50cc races and was consistant in all four races.

65cc 7-9:  I got the hole shot and jumped out to a quick lead.  Going up the back hill my front tire slide out and I went down.  I am not tall enought to hold the bike up myself, but eventually I had someone hold the bike for me.  I was in 4th place when I start the bike and got back going.  Each lap I made a pass and before the checkered flag fell, I was in 1st place for the win.  The second race I got the hole shot and stayed out front for the win.