It's been another hectic stretch of travel for me. I recently went off on an 8-day long trip to Sturgis where I raced with American Flat Track aboard my Husqvarna FC450 and Super Hooligans on my KTM Duke 790. In my first attempt of the season with no preparation, I was able to make the highly contested AFT Singles Main Event, and score my first ever top 10 finish against the best 450cc flat track racers in the world. My goal was just to make the 16 rider main, so to finish as well as I did put me on cloud nine. To cap off the trip, I got a photo-finish 2nd place to Super Hooligan series rival Joe Kopp at the 7th round of the series. I was really upset about the finish actually, I felt I should have won that event. But redemption would soon come in Utah a week later.
I was actually supposed to drive to Salt Lake City with my Dad to leave the race rig between rounds, so we could just fly back and forth and save some driving. But after being so upset about the 2nd place finish, I wanted to bring the bike home to try to get some practice in before Nitro World Games. I knew ahead of time this event was going to be a supermoto style asphalt race, taking place on part of the Utah Motorsports Campus karting track. My Dad and I did some prep work, and I was able to go out to a local track I grew up racing Supermoto at in McMinville. I was able to cut about 60 laps. Having that seat time gave me some extra confidence going into Nitro World Games. Out of all the events this year, this was the single most important race for me to win in my eyes. Anything less would be a failure to me. I definitely put a lot of pressure on myself going into this one.