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,