I found myself on the truck again between the Red Bud National and The upcoming Budd's Creek National. Definitely two of the nicest tracks on the circuit.
As it would have it, My hometown in Western Maryland was on the way to Budd's Creek in southern Maryland. We stopped for a few days, parked in my best friends front yard, and set up shop.
We did some bike work, cleaned the truck, went fishing, and had a pizza party at my Parents house..... Oh, and I went riding! This might sound like a normal occurrence to most people that read this, or even know me. But for the exception of test riding the race bikes in the pits, I have not swung my leg over a bike with full gear on since the day after Phoenix Supercross!
Right over the hill from my friends farm, within riding distance is a practice track owned by some up and coming Grom's.... After work on Tuesday evening I suited up, fired up our "spare" bike. And followed my friend on his mule through some Corn Fields to the track...
The day before it just so happened to rain 3 inches... there were a few mud spots and more than a few deep ruts.
I took a few laps to get accustomed to the bike, then started clicking off laps like it was my job... I felt good! I got down all the obstacles, shredded turns, kept good form ( trying to impress the Groms) I did a moto, then pulled in for some water and to BS with old friends.
I then felt ready again and went out for more fun. After a few laps, on the biggest jump on the track, a 60 foot double.... I decided to jump 70 feet and landed at the start of the biggest ruts on the track! I 50/50 grinded it till I high sided and flew onto my Back and Head.... Luckily the soft gooey dirt stopped me! I jumped up fast to find the bike in a rather comical position.... See attached Photo's.
I guess thats what they mean by keep the Rubber side down? I will try harder next time!