Destry’s AMA H&H Race Story – Round 3
El Centro, California – March 6, 2011
When the banner dropped, my bike fired on the first kick and I was off and pinning it. I was just to the side of Kurt, but he was able to get there before me when we started to turn right after the bomb. At that point, I saw David was able to get right behind Kurt and that pushed me back another spot. Now I was in 3rd, riding in their dust, and as I started to slow down I saw Jacob go by. I pinned it off to the side, and then Jacob and I had a good battle going until I finally was able to get back into a solid third. The first loop was close to 60-miles, and it was really fast so it was going to be hard to pass. I was just outside of David’s dust and I saw he wasn’t far behind Kurt. Just before the alternate pit I made a few mistakes and wasn’t able to key off them anymore, but could still see their dust. I stopped for a quick splash and was then back in last gear. It was pretty uneventful for the next 30 or so miles, and then it was time to get another splash of gas in the main pits. Now we went into the dunes and I was actually having a really good time, but was bummed I didn’t have anyone to race with. Then finally on the back side of the dunes we got into some rocky sections, and I was able to see dust again. Unfortunately, I wasn’t really close enough to do much. Then there was this really cool rocky uphill that I just struggled on and went down right in front of someone filming (just my luck). I got up pretty quick and just pretty much tried to ride a good pace all the way to the finish. I felt good by the time I got the checkered flag, but just wasn’t able to close the gap.
Another solid podium finish which is nice, but I really need to be pulling off wins or at least seconds. I definitely could’ve been more aggressive today and I’ll have to work on that before the next H&H in two weeks (up in Idaho). My fitness and the bike are great so it’s just up to me to pin it!
1st Kurt Caselli
2nd David Pearson
3rd Destry Abbott
4th Jacob Argubright
5th Justin Morrow
6th David Kamo
Here’s Beau’s video from the race. http://www.promoto.tv/
Jonny did a great job this weekend with everything we had going on. It was pretty much wide open since the last week. Huge props to Jonny for everything he did this week.
I have next weekend off and then I’ll be up in Idaho for another H&H. The club always does a great job on promoting that race and it should be fun. Let’s hope for some rain or maybe snow!
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