Racing in 2016
AMA National Dirttrack Series in the Pro Singles class.
They say you never get over your first love. Unfortunatly for Rhonda, in Dan's case, this means flattrack motorcycle racing.
2014 / 2015 saw Dan racing his #63M bike all over the west.
From Castle Rock WA to Pamona CA to Caldwell ID to Daytona FL.
2016 looks to be another year of travel.
You can watch Dan race (most races anyway) HERE. This week 8/4 thru 8/11 Kansas & South Dakota.
I went "back to my roots", Flatrack Motorcycle Racing. Racing mainly at Castle Rock Raceway in Castle Rock Washingtion where I won the Pro and Pro-am Championships, never finishing worse than 6th.
Also got my AMA Pro single National licence again. AMA National at Castle rock is where I made my 1st National AMA main event. I Finished 15th. PLENTY of room for improvement.
Next I went to Santa Rosa California for my 1st Race on "The Mile". We fought engine issues all day long and failed to qualify for the main event. The weekend wasn't all bad though, on saturday night before the mile I made the main in the pro class on the shorttrack at Santa Rosa. I was the only Northwest rider to make the main.
Next up was the Flattrack finals at Pomona CA at the L.A.county Fairplex. Just 3 days prior we had to rebuild the engine which was a good move.
In practice I felt good getting the feel of the track. They call it a half mile but it feels like a mile track. The straights are very long. I qualified in the 21st position out of 35 riders.
In the heat race I had a bad start and was in 12th. I put my head down and charged to 8th place were I finished just missing the direct transfer to the main. Next up was the Semi were I had a front row start. I left the line right with the front group. We had a very heated battle for the top 4 spots. Top 4 transfer to the big show. I rode as hard as I could but came up short finishing 5th. It was a good weekend and I learned a lot.
The Last big race of the season was the Idaho Indoor Flattrack Nationals. Set for November 29th and 30th. We had several very fast riders Including the 2013 AMA Pro Singles Champion Wyatt Magwire.
On Friday night my bike was really hooked up. I took 1st in my heat which put me in the dash for cash. In the Dash I took the holeshot and never looked back.
In the main Event once again I took the holeshot and led the 20 lap Pro main wire to wire.
Saturday was the big added purse night so I wanted to be on top of my game. It started off well again were I took 2nd in my heat only missing 1st by inches. That put me in the dash for cash again.
In the dash it was a crazy start with 2 crashes in the 1st lap that caused a full restart. On the restart I took the lead and never looked back, winning the dash for the second night in a row.
In the main I had a bad start and was in 5th or 6th when I got taken out and took a handle bar to the chest there was a red flag and I had to restart in 8th place. I pushed as hard as I could and came away with a 4th place finish.