Sooner Nationals and getting U.S. life sorted
By Sam Willoughby#91 on January 25, 2010
Well the Guthrie Sooner Nationals are now all over. It was a good fun weekend. The track was a lot bigger than Reno, with a nice long first straight to open up and a pro section down the second straight - which was really nice!
Alise, Jared, Mark (Alise's dad) and I all made the journey down from Minnesota.
Friday was our first practice on the track and things went pretty well. The track was quite bumpy, but other than that it was all good. It's always fun watching people go for the Pro section for the first time. A lot of people where having trouble with this burly section early on, but most of them got it together by race time on Saturday.
By the time semi's rolled around I was feeling ready to rock. I got a good warm up and was excited for the semi’s. I drew lane 7 in the semi so I knew I had to be right on my game if i was going to make it to the big show. Myself and Christian Bercerine (who was in lane 8) both got good starts and we moved straight across to be in lane 1 by the 2nd jump. I came out of the first turn in first and from there just tried to ride a clean lap to transfer in to the main.
I drew lane 2 in the final, right next to ABA’s National #1 pro in lane 1 (Stumpy). So i knew getting out and across to the inside was key to winning the race. I got out good but halfway down the ramp, Randy and I banged handle bars. Unfortunately, I had to follow them into turn 1, where I was quickly pushed back to 5th. Now I knew I had some work to do through the pro section. I managed to set up a sweet high~low on Big C and Arturs Madison in turn 2, which put me back in to 3rd place. I was chasing hard to catch Jared and Randy (who was out front), but couldn't catch them before the line. Randy 1st, Jared 2nd and me and my 2010 Flight bike in 3rd.
I was happy to be on the podium and have another coincident score.
Saturday night the “U.S. and foreigner crew” got together for dinner. Its always good times when we all get together for dinner. Unfortunately our normal Japanese star of the night was a NO SHOW ... Mr Masahiro Sampei. However we shared many stories between the Derosa’s, Nyhaugs, Posts, Fields and Carnes about the "Great One" from Japan.
As always when a BMX crew gets together it was loud and good times. I felt sorry for the couple who came to have a romantic dinner for two next to us. Until Big Ant, being the generous man he is, bought them a bottle of wine and apologized for the noise. However, fortunately, they where fun people and were all about having a laugh and chat.
Not to many hours later, the 6am burner wake up call on Sunday rolled around and before we knew it we were at the track to do it all again.
My teammates Alise, Tory and Ant Derosa also had an up and down weekend. Alise was looking really good both days but didn't get much luck with lanes and found herself getting lane 8, in what seemed like every race. She finished up with a 2nd and 3rd for the weekend.
So now for me - it's BUSY BUSY BUSY. Back to California to try and set up a place to live. Get a car, buy some insurance, etc etc etc. Pretty much get my life set up so I can be settle in and get some wins on the board.