Bit of a tough start to the season with a sixth place finish at the first Rnd of the Mid East Series. I got a good jump off the line from an average gate pick on the outside. I ran deep into the turn and nearly took the holeshot but had to settle into second for a mile until I could push through to the front. Once in the lead I tried to go early as there was a large entry for this event and I knew lappers were going to be tough. I opened up a gap on Josh Strang and Ricky Russell who were running 2nd and 3rd. I mile or so from the end of the lap I think I had maybe 10 or 15 seconds lead, and my rear brake went out. I almost crashed twice not being able to stop for turns and ploughed into the woods. I decided to back it down and pull into the pits when I could, to assess the problem. I pulled over and let Josh and Ricky by, then Takashi and Bollinger came by too with Matt Nix and Callan May right behind me when I pulled off the track. Darrell Raines lent a hand and helped fix the problem but by the time I re-joined the race I was a long way back.
I decided to keep riding and complete the race, to get some good bike time before the upcoming GNCC in Florida in a week.
1st: Josh Strang
2nd: Ricky Russell
3rd: Takashi Koikeda
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