Lima AMA Flat Track: Martin iReport
2011 AMA Flat Track
Hey everyone, this last weekend (June,25 2011) we were in Lima, Ohio for the AMA Flat Track race. I trained a little harder prior to this race because this track really takes a lot out of you. There is not any track that I get to ride like Lima.
We got to Lima early and spent a lot of time looking at the track. In the first practice I felt good and didn’t change much as far as the bike setup. I was second fastest in the free practice and qualified sixth overall and was happy to qualify that good on what I feel is my toughest track.
I was in the second heat race, so I watched the first heat of Pro Singles to see what the track prep did to the track. When my heat race was up, I got a good launch off the start and ran third for a few laps then hit a hole and went a little wide and fell back to fifth. There wasn’t enough time left to gain positions, and finished fifth. That meant 2nd row in the main and that’s not a good place to be on a lime stone track. We made some changes to the gearing and suspension before the main event.
In the main event I got a great start and was running in sixth coming out of turn four but almost ran into the fence and a few riders got by me. I found myself in eleventh, not a good place to be. The roost from the bikes in front of me had me grabbing for a tear off in every straightaway. I pushed hard but the track was going away and there wasn’t much opportunity for passing. I had to settle for tenth place, my worst finish of the season.
That was my third time on a lime stone track and practice makes perfect. I will be looking to try to find and ride tracks like this throughout the year.
Our next AMA Flat Track race will be Hagerstown, MD. Please come by and grab an autograph sheet and say hi.
Mikey Martin 91Y
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