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AMA Flat Track: Calistoga Race Report

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It was finally time for a well needed Grand National on the west coast. My parents and I traveled from our place in Washington down to the beautiful wine country of Calistoga California.

I was extra pumped for this race not only because it was close to home but also because it would be my second opportunity to ride an XR 750 in the GNC Expert Twins class.

Right off the bat things started off great as I set the second fastest time in my normal Pro Singles class. The Twins class went well also as I gave myself a front row starting position for the heat race.

I made the Pro Singles main with ease as I ran away with almost a straight away lead. In the Twins class, I passed two Grand National riders on the outside including three time Grand National champion Kenney Coolbeth to get a direct transfer to the main event.

Rolling out for the Pro Singles main event I knew what I needed to do. I had to get a big win to stay in the championship points chase. That’s exactly what I did, getting a close win over the championship points leader Jeffery Carver Jr.

I backed my win up with a solid run in the GNC Twins class. I rode inside the top 5 for a good portion of the race but eventually fell back as the race went on. I ended up 10th which was a good accomplishment since it was only my second time racing a 750.

I am now only 20 points back in the Pro Singles championship and I am more than determined to keep picking away points until I am back in the series lead where I deserve to be.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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