Tyler Brown travels to Japan
So last week was a busy week for me. I started off my week normal, and then I got a phone call that changed the whole thing! Monday afternoon I get a call from John, the Avent TM. Here is how the conversations goes; â€œHey Tyler what are you doing this weekend?â€? â€œNo plans yet, why what’s up?â€? â€œWell, do you want to go to Japan this weekend?â€? That is where things changed big time! So it was confirmed Tuesday, I flew out Wednesday, made it in time for the Opening Ceremony Thursday, raced Friday and Saturday, and was back on a plan home Sunday! So it was a busy, filled up trip! Here is how my races and some other things went:
There was a good AA Class that showed up in Japan plus mix in some fast locals and it was a good day of racing! In my motos I finished 4th, 3rd, 1st. In the semi I was able to ride strong to finish 2nd and get a spot in the main. Everything worked out for all of the riders and it was a very good main. All of the AA’s and one of the fastest Japan riders lined up on the gate for a great main.
I had a little bad luck in the main and finished 7th for the day. After the race we had the award ceremony and got to hang out with the kids. It was really cool because they get so stoked on the smallest things like a bunch of stickers! After the race we headed back to the hotel for some food and some much needed sleep!
Saturday started off the worst way possible! We got woken up with â€œA typhoon is here, be ready to go to the track at 7:30.â€? No joke I look out the window, rain is coming hard, strong winds, and the waves in the ocean were going crazy! We show up to the track and the races are on so those who still race got all suited up in rain gear and got ready to race. The track was hard to ride but I still did ok, in motos I finished 4th, 1st, 1st. In the semi the rain started to come on strong again and the track was really hard to ride. Things got close at the line because I almost crashed but finished 4th and still made it! In the main event I was able to get a good start and was in 3rd into the first turn. Well, I only held that position for about another two straights when the mud finally got the best of me! I went up a lip and the next thing I know is my bike was out from under me and I was picking myself up out of the mud. I finished 8th for the day.
After the race we all went out and got some food, then headed to our hotel. A few of us went to check out downtown and see what Japan had to offer. I was so happy to be able to get to go over there and race my bike. It was a really cool experience, and I met a lot of great people! I hope I get to go back next year! I really want to thank all of the race organizers and all of the people that made this race possible! I am so thankful that I was able to go and race! Thank you to my sponsors; Avent Cycles, Bombshell Parts, Fly Racing, Maxxis, Action Bikes, Shimano, Monster, Tangent, S&M for all of your support!TylerDonny Robinson Race Report Kansas
The clinics at the Redline Cup track in Topeka, Kansas were scheduled for a Wednesday and Thursday and Mike Moeller and I were able to squeak them in even though rain threatened us for a few days before.
It rained again Thursday night and so practice on Friday was cancelled. Luckily I got a bit of riding in during the clinic so I wasn't worried. Bubba Harris, Kyle Bennett, Warwick Stevenson, Mike Moeller, Jason Rogers and myself were the AA's in attendance.
On Saturday I won the first main. The second main I clipped out on the first straight but came back to get second. Going into the third main Bubba and I were tied with 3 points so whomever finished better between us two would win. I was in second behind Kyle and Bubba was in third going into the last turn. Kyle slowed a bit and I ran into him and Bubba ran into me and we both went down. I was hurt a bit less than Bubba and I made my way to the finish line. Even with the crash I still ended up taking 1st for the day since I had beaten Bubba and none of the other riders had low enough points to beat me.
On Sunday I finished second in the first main and second in the second main (both behind Kyle). I was in third behind Kyle and Warwick going into the last turn in the last main and Warwick somehow fell in front of me. I went down with him. If I would have been able to stay in third behind those two I would have gotten second for the day but because of that crash I ended up with 3rd. There are 4 more races in the year for ABA and I'm sitting #3 in AA and #1 in Pro Cruiser.
Donny Robinson Race Report Tulare
The last national at this Tulare track was my 3rd AA race 4 years ago...and I broke my wrist and was out for 4 1/2 months. So needless to say I needed to come back to this track and make some good things happen. The top 4 in ABA points (Bubba Harris, Kyle Bennett, myself and Stumpy) were all in attendance looking for points including 10 other AA's.
Saturday seemed like it was to be a good day. I got out of qualifying no problem and went to the mains. Here's where the problems started. First main I hit the gate and spun my tire. I'm in dead last and come back to fourth by the third straight, I then proceed to bonk every jump and then I got taken over the turn. Second main I was battling with Bubba and Stumpy down the first straight and I go down while in between them. Third main I am winning into the first turn and I slide out. Three mains, three crashes (the last two hurt) and I ended up with a solid 8th place for the day. I knew this wasn't my day if I was crashing alone while leading a main.
Sunday I am very sore from Saturday’s festivities but I am ready to go. Once again I make it through motos no problem to the mains. First main I'm battling Kyle Bennett down to the finish but I almost fall and end up with the second. Second main I again get second behind Kyle. It's the third main and all I need to do is win and Kyle get two places behind me for me to take the win. I did win the third main start to finish but Kyle is right behind me so that means I have one less point than Kyle and have to settle for 2nd place for Sunday.
All in all a crazy weekend with so many autographs signed and well wishes from crowd...good times
DonnyTony Harvey takes Southern Australia Championship
It was a great weekend of racing. I headed to Mt Gambier for the South Australian state titles, not a bad turn out for Elite, with more quality than quantity. Who am I kidding, this was a 2 man race with me and Michael Fenwick (2004 world champion) going head to head, it was rematch time after my pore performance at my home track a few weeks back. South Australia's favorite son was looking fast but when it came to final time it was me who ended up as top qualifier with 5 perfect rounds.
The gate dropped in the main and Fenwick popped to the lead with me in chase, as we exited the 3rd turn and headed in to the back straight it was time to finish this. I pulled around the out side walked past Fenwick as we headed into the last few turns; this race was done HRV 1st, Fenwick 2nd...!
This was a fantastic result giving me the Number "1" spot in both Victoria and South Australia.
I would like to thank my sponsors; Avent Cylces, Bombshell Parts, Skin, Total BMX, Sun Ringle, Dirt Design, Profile, S&M, Tuff Neck, THE.
HRVScott Taylor wins Western Australia Championship
After a Shoulder injury at the start of the year, things are looking to get back on the rails with my recent State Championship Elite Men’s win.
The track was in awesome condition with a brand new starting hill and gate, a massive Pro Section and plenty of other fast technical sections.
Waking up Saturday morning I knew the weather was not going to be on our side. Perth is known for its wind, but this was taking things to a whole new level. Officials made the decision that Pro riders WILL be taking the pro section no matter what, even if we had to roll the not so roll-able jumps.
I didn't believe this at first as the wind was pointing diagonally across the 8,9 and 7 meter Pro section jumps. And well yes, we did have to jump!! I will be the first to say I wasn't that keen on jumping in the huge wind and that’s why for the first race I got left behind as I pulled on my brakes and watched the race leader pull away as he jumped. I had to settle for a 2nd in that one.
Well for the rest of the weekend I wasn’t going to have anymore of that, so I took my skirt off and went for it in every race after that. Which helped keep me out in front and win the next 6 races straight giving me the overall win from Cale McCulloch and brother Mark Taylor in third.
It was a great weekend and one of the biggest races in Perth for the year! Things are starting to feel good for 2006. Time to get focused on the 2006 season, I cant wait!
I would like to thank Avent Cycles, Bombshell Parts, Fly Racing, Freak Industries and Revolution Cycles.Scott