We made the decision to get off the 60’s and focus on the 80’s starting with the Dodge Nationals.
As for Dodge, Max has picked up his pace and was running in the top 5 of his 85 age class. But on Saturday during his third moto of the supermini he crashed during the uphill whoop section. He swapped out and broke his arm. (not the same one from Mammoth) When we took him to the doctor yesterday, I had asked him to check his knee since it was hurting him before racing Dodge. We found out that he had broken the bottom of his knee cap. I have know idea when that had happened. He is one tough kid!
Unfortunately, Max will be out 6-8 weeks healing up. The good news is that he will be able to hunt and fish with his dad and brother.
I will keep you updated when we get healed and back on the bike.
Thank you for all of your support. We appreciate it very much.
We have had a very crazy month! Loretta’s turned out to be a difficult race for Max, with only a few days of practice after breaking his arm. He was not as strong as he wanted to be. On his first race he had to pull off and take a break because he could not hold on. He did improve over the week with better results in each of his motos, but he still wasn’t at the pace where he left off at Mammoth. Although it was difficult, Max had an eye opener on what it takes to stay at the top of his game. He has a new dedication to being prepared for every National. His final results at Loretta’s were a 10th in the 65 (7-11) and a 17th in the 65 stock.
During Loretta’s, we were questioning whether to go to the FIM Jr. World Championships because Max was still recovering from his broken arm. Despite this disadvantage, Max was determined to go and give it his all. He started out with the fastest lap time in his qualified timed practice and ended up with the 2nd gate pick for the main event. His first moto didn’t’ turn out the way he wanted it to. Max crashed three times and couldn’t get his bike started. He ended up with a 27th in the first moto. The second moto was better with only one crash and he ended up with a 6th. His overall place was 11th out of 42 riders.
Team USA won and took the gold. It was a great experience to race in Europe. The boys were treated like pros! They had a team USA autograph signing which was awesome and a lot of fun. The whole experience was absolutely amazing, from opening ceremonies to the evening team celebration. Our team captains were very helpful, knowledgeable, and encouraging.
We enjoyed ourselves very much with the Czech people and did some sight seeing. Pisek was a wonderful quaint town and the hospitality was wonderful. Prague was a fun city to explore and learn about their culture. All in all we had a great time and we hope to go back and ride for team USA again.
Max is now getting ready to race Top Gun at Washougal, during Labor day weekend. At the end of September he will be racing at the Dodge Nationals. He has been having fun at home with his brother and sisters, riding horses, mountain biking and riding his motorcycle.
Thank you all for your support,
As most of you know, Max broke his arm at Mammoth on Wednesday. That’s the bad news! The good news is that it looks like we should be able to race at Loretta’s and Prague.
On our way home we took Max to the famous sports doctor. Dr. Ting, in Fremont, California. He made sure that his elbow and wrist were not injured and that it was just his bone. Therefore, all that has to heal is his radius. We will be sending Dr. Ting x-rays every week and he will monitor his progress.
As for the first day of racing, Max got off to a rocky start. He had some minor crashes and got a 3rd and 4th in his qualifying divisions. But when it came to the finals, Max turned it up and won both classes. The 85 class he did great and ended up with an 8th!
The second day of racing started out great and he won both of his 65 divisions and got a 5th in the 85 division. When it came to the first 65 final, Max was battling for the lead with Ty Masterpool and they crashed. Max knew instantly that he broke his arm.
Max knows its going to be tough going to Loretta’s with no practice but he wants to try and give it his all!
We hope to see you all at Loretta’s and that Dr. Ting gives us his blessing to race!
Thank you for all of the support. We appreciate it!