AMA Flat Track
Our schedule takes us to Minnesota, which is for some a new track. AMA did some work with the track and removed some sand from the top layers trying to provide a great track, which is exactly what they did.
The faciltities at this mile were more then first class. Gearing was basically going to be a guess with never being at this track. Using our past two nationals we were able to get it close for the 1st round of practice. We made a slight gearing change for the first and second round of qualifying.
After qualifying was finished we ended up 21st overall. During the break between qualifying and heats we got a chance to check out some of the facilities and its easy to say everyone would be impressed with the resturants and casino.
The sun was starting to set and the heat races were starting. I was pole for the second row of the heat number three and was hoping for a good start. I had some troubles getting off of turn 4 through the holes and couldn’t stay in touch with the front group.
The top four transfer and we ended up with a sixth. With the sun affecting riders they decided to hold off on the dash and semis for rider safety.
Starting on pole from the second row with top-six transfer I was really excited to try for a good result and possibly make our first twins main event.
I struggled a bit in the beginning of the semi and lost a couple spots. Back in 10th place I finally starting making some ground and figuring out how to ride the track better.
Made a few passes and got into eigth place and started running down seventh. Got around Ion Stear for seventh going onto the last lap but ended up losing out at the line to finish eighth.
Unfortunetly didn’t make the main but made some impressive lap times with the third fastest lap of the semi. So I had something to be happy about and be excited for the next round at another new track for me, Knoxville, Iowa. Special thanks to Dick and my parents for all the help in minnesota!
-Jesse Janisch #45
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