Lots of perfection this weekend at the Hoot Owl Ridge MORE race - conditions, weather, track - all of it was just like you want it. Our crew had everything dialed as usual, so that allowed me to race this one. Doug Stone and I got to turn back the clock about 15 years and have an awesome battle for an hour and 45 minutes. It wasn’t until the last 20 minutes that I was able build a little gap and secure the overall win. It may have been 15 years since we’ve battled like that, but I felt like we picked up right where we left off. I’m still smiling. His words at the finish - “that right there was worth buying the bike for”. Copy that!!! My Sherco 250 SEF was the perfect weapon and only added to the fun factor. #oldguysrule #whywedoit #respect @taybonecutter721
Huge “thank you” to the Perry Mountain club and NEPG for pulling off an amazing event yesterday in Alabama. The hurricane caused a lot of extra work for -everyone involved and I was super impressed with how awesome the trail was, especially given the situation. To quote my buddy @checkpointoffroad “there may not be a better Enduro - anywhere - period.” Personally - I felt really good for the first time in 2 months. Being able to take 90% full breaths was nice. Riding soft dirt and primo traction was just as nice. Taking the +40 “A” win at a time when it really mattered, that mighta been the nicest. One more to go - thanks to everyone that makes the wheels turn. @kennykingpics
Doing my level best to turn my pipe the same color as my rims. This was one of the very few dusty spots at the Chicken Creek Okie Sprint this weekend. Saturday I rode good but did my typical take-a-while-to-get-going deal and came up .514 seconds shy of the overall win. Cleaned things up Sunday and won 7 of 10 tests, won the overall, and won the Pro class championship for the season. Feels good to start feeling the flow again. Did I mention that I won the moto test a few times over the weekend - 49 yrs old....on an Enduro bike....is that supposed to happen? Thanks to @okiesprint for putting together some super fun races and to all the legends that are behind me! @holeshotsbycara
P3 at the Indiana NEPG. I somehow managed to win a really nasty test #2 so I guess that’s a small victory. Not sure how fast the Sherco 250F will go, but it went that fast down a paved road section in test 1. Thanks again to everyone behind my program. #stillworkingonit @jcairl396
Someone told me “if you’re gonna be dumb, you gotta be tough”. While battling for test wins (and the overall) at the Space Grass Okie Sprint, I stepped off at speed and suffered some form of rib damage. I don’t know if they are bruised/detached/fractured/broken/separated/cracked or something else, but I do know that it hurts like a bitch and I’m on day 11 and still can’t lay down. I finished both days at the Sprint - spent the next week on the couch trying not to sneeze or cough - and then decided Saturday afternoon to go to the NEPG and see if I could do anything more than just leave the start and collect last place points. It was a suffer-fest, but I did what I could and finished 4th in +40 “A”, which maybe surprised even me. See the opening sentence. #anyonecanquit #finishwhatyoustarted #deathbeforednf @shanyphoto
P2 yesterday in Ohio at the Grassman NEPG. I felt like I rode pretty good most of the day, but it wasn’t good enough to get the win. The trails were tricky for me to feel “locked in” on - I couldn’t always get my tires exactly where I wanted them. Never a fan of dry and dusty but this one wasn’t too bad. Won 2 tests, was within 10 seconds in 2 others, but the race got away from me in the other 2. One dry race has me looking forward to wet soft dirt again.
I am super fortunate that we have THE best staff & helpers putting on the MORE series. Everyone worked their asses off putting this event together and I was lucky enough to be able to race this one. Conditions were mint - the track was super badass with damn near everything you could ask for - and I was able to finish 2nd overall on my Sherco 300 behind @noahclark32 . Knobby Creek never disappoints. Yeah - that’s a Coke in the last picture. #cokeandasmile #moreisbetter #mykindofdirt
9 days ago was the Pennsylvania NEPG. I struggled to get comfortable from the get go (not the first time this has been the case for me at this event). Thru the first half of the day, I held a small lead but that disappeared when the tests got rockier and I simply wasn’t fast enough. I was very fortunate to hang on to 2nd in the +40 “A” class (barely). It was 17 hours home, I prepped 2 race bikes Monday, and headed to Tuscumbia MO to set up the Off Road Cup track. We had an amazing race on Saturday with perfect conditions and unreal temperatures. I’m fortunate to have THE best people helping put our races on and they all worked their asses off so that I could leave for the Ohio NEPG as soon as the race ended. Sunday’s event was super good and I battled all day to take the class win by 13 seconds. Hell of a week and happy it’s come and gone. As always my Sherco 250 was magic and found traction when there didn’t seem to be any. Thanks to the legends who make it all work ! #liveeveryday #sleepisfortheweak #burnthecandleatbothends
The MORE race at Lead Farm was super bitchin’. Soft and rutty with lots of roots and lots of line choices. With the current situation of races getting cancelled or delayed, I decided I would race whenever and wherever I could this year. Plus Mom likes to watch me race and she doesn’t get to see me do that as much anymore. This weekend it worked out that I could line up so I took advantage of it. I spent half the Pro race in some sweet battles until I was able to break away at the midway point and get into second and stay there until the checkered flag. Big thanks to all the MORE crew for stepping in so I could race and to @jpratt340duster and @proudsis45 for banging out a quick pit stop. As always, the 300 Factory Sherco was amazing! #propodiumsarecool #lovegooddirt #stillhereforareason
Georgia NEPG was the way it’s supposed to be. Plenty of roots, lots of true single track, steamy temperatures, and perfect dirt. I felt like I got better as the day went along and my Sherco 250 was spot on perfect as usual. The final section was old school right and twisty - I was 27th overall in that section and averaged just 16 mph. 2 for 2 in A+40 class wins this year. #grizbeatmetho #singletrackrules #2smokelife
I normally do my very best to avoid going to rock races. For me, that time has came and went and I’ve become spoiled by riding in more predictable soil. But - like most, the recent lack of races has me looking for anywhere to race. So I went to a rock race this weekend - a 2 Day Okie Sprint at D Day Adventure Park. And I had fun. And I rode good. And I was competitive. And I was glad that I went. 3rd Overall Saturday and 2nd Overall Sunday - less than a minute from the lead each day. The 300 SEF Factory Sherco was the perfect weapon and my Dunlop AT81EX helped me find traction when there wasn’t any. #stillhere #olddontmeanslow #comfortablebeinguncomfortable
Promoter hat will be on once again for the final round of racing for MORE's 2020 season.
Wrapping up another year of the National Enduro series.
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