The Hart and Huntington / InsureMyRide race team completes round 1 of the Monster Energy MX Nationals season opener last week at Conondale QLD.
With perfect weather conditions forecast at Conondale we were set for a great days racing. A terrific crowd made the day even better and the track was in mint condition as it showed the track crew had put ion some hours prepping it for the weekend. With not much engine testing time on the race bikes due to parts only arriving the week prior to last weekend’s race, both riders showed they had adapted to their race bike nicely for the series opener.
First off the rank was MX2 rider Lewis Woods with 2 x7 lap moto’s back to back. Moto 1 Lewis was mid pack coming out of the first turn, he then fought his way hard through the pack to finish the race in 10th place. Moto 2 start was almost the same as moto 1 with Lewis coming out of turn 1 again mid pack. Fighting his way through 10 or so riders, Lewis crossed the line in 8th place. With an hour or so break Lewis prepared for moto 3 which was a 14 lap moto (around 30 minutes). Again struggling with his start Lewis charged home in 10th place leaving him in equal 8th place overall on the day and in the championship. *During Moto 3 Lewis actually encountered a bee sting during his race. Monday he was unable to open his eye and was treated for a bee sting.
Showcasing in the MX1 class was Daniel McCoy. Again with little time on his race bike due to parts arriving that week of the first round, Dan looked smooth in practice with his custom fitted KYB fork on his Suzuki RMZ450. Moto 1 and 2 were again back to back with 10 laps in each moto. With a decent start in a packed MX1 class Dan charged his way to around 6th place before disaster struck, with his bike blowing up only 4 laps in leaving him with a DNF for moto 1. Moto 2 Dan was aboard his spare bike which was completely stock which hadn’t even been kicked over. With a mid pack start on a dead stock bike, Dan climbed his way to finish the race in 15th position. With an hour’s break before moto 3 this gave the mechanics enough time to swap suspension over. With a mid pack start again Dan sat just behind mid pack after the first turn. With moto 3 being a x16 lap race (approx 35 minutes) this would come down to endurance. Dan proved that his off season training had paid off with him finished up in 12th place in moto 3 and coming out of the first round in 15th place overall in the championship.
We would like to thanks all sponsors on board for the 2012 season, and extra thanks to Pro Circuit for supplying the team with exhaust system’s for 2012, Ringmaster Images for turning around our re-worked graphics kits so quickly, JTR for building our wheels (SM Pro Platinum rims with Talon hubs) on short notice, Exotic Graphix for pulling off some amazing looking custom helmet’s and EBT Performance for the quality work on Lewis Wood’s race bike.
The Hart and Huntington / InsureMyRide team heads to Coonabarabran, NSW next weekend on Saturday April 14th and Sunday April 15th for the second round of the 2012 Monster Energy MX Nationals.
You can now find BIZ at a mall near you or at least his image DC used on there new racks. Biz doing bar spin in the 4 Bar T.
Coury says the most important thing is to ensure full extension with your body so you have enough power to pull the bike back comfortably under your feet.
April 1st 2012 – Chandler, AZ
It has been said; “Success is preparation meeting opportunity.” That theory is well proven however it is subject to outside influence. In short course off road, it would be fairly accurate to say success is attributed with preparation, funding, and luck.
The 2012 Lucas Oil Off Road season opener has welcomed a large field of entries into the ranks of short course racing. Most are seasoned veterans with legitimate resumes. Many are accomplished racers and some have cut their teeth in the developing classes, and now there is a new generation rising through the ranks based on their merit and accomplishment. Not their pocket book. Everyone is attempting to carve out an edge.
Hart and Huntington Off Road Driver, Josh Merrell is now a key player in the PRO-4 division. For Round 1, Merrell would vigilantly overtake one position after another. Staying clear of spinouts and wrecking ball competitors Josh stayed focused and would pass rather than be passed for 20 laps. Smart driving and consistency earned him a top 5 finish and another well deserved accomplishment for the MAVTV Hart and Huntington Off Road Team.
Hart and Huntington Off Road Team Mate, Ryan Beat is also one of the rising stars of short course. His proven ability to drive cleanly and competitively in a variety of disciplines is undeniable. Round 1 marked his PRO-4 debut and the opportunity to race at the top level, which was decidedly cut short after two laps. Decided by an accomplished PRO-4 veteran struggling to get around a rookie driver; the #11 bright orange truck simply steered his truck far over into a line already occupied by Beat. Video reviews clearly show the deliberate contact in mid air, crossing from the far inside to the far outside and forcing the #46 Hart and Huntington Ebay Motors Pro-4 to slam into the wall and wiping out the front end. Mangled suspension, bent steering and destroyed front wheel drive was the end result forcing a DNF.
Saturday’s chaos has ended and the repairs are done. As the hours tick down towards Round 2, the Lucas Oil Off Road Pits are filled with piercing screams of metal cutting metal, clanks and bangs from hammers pounding steel, the buzz of welded fusion, and the cranking cries of power tools. That’s right, race prep in short course off road is better described as replace, repair and/or rebuild.
These necessary preparations are required to prepare for the next round of racing. Short Course Off Road is typically paired in 2 Rounds, one day after another. The agent of damage is the result of horse powered, gravity defying, contact and collusion from the course obstacles. But, it could very well be more accurately attributed to drivers performance. Just sometimes it is the other drivers performance who has forced the outcome. With this forward thinking we can plan ahead, prepare, train, setup defense, race with etiquette, and plan to win.
The Hart and Huntington Off Road Team arrived to Firebird Raceway earlier this week with a whole new look and attitude. The crew and drivers are fired up with totally new ambition and Premiere Motorsports Group is representing eBay Motors and MAVTV with a sharp looking red, white and black livery.
It has been an extensive undertaking to date to get the team to this point. For example the new ProLite program, which has required a full month of 18 hour days just to make it out to the season opener, is now race ready after turning the first laps this afternoon. Due to some last minute adjustments, Ryan Beat, driver of the #51 Premiere Motorsports Group / Black Rhino ProLite missed practice and the qualifying session in the new truck. However; he was allowed to make a few hot laps and it appears the truck will be tuned and ready for Saturday’s Round 1.
For Ryan, this weekend will mark a milestone in his professional racing career. Ryan Beat has been appointed as the fill-in driver for Carey Hart in the #46 PRO-4. This decision has revealed to be a solid strategy as Beat qualified the eBay Motors MAVTV Truck 2.5 seconds off the leader and 8th fastest in short course racing’s top division. Ryan has only turned 3 laps in today’s practice and than the qualifying session is the extent of his seat time in this vehicle. He is already proclaiming his confidence and ability to race competitively.
Josh Merrell ended 2011 on a high note and began his 2012 truck preparation with a brief track test at Lake Elsinore. Coming into this race weekend the confidence is thick. Unfortunately the #22 MAVTV / eBay Motors Hart and Huntington PRO-4 struggled to get around Firebird’s 5 turn track. Merrell muscled his truck around with determination and earned the 9th fastest qualifying time. A front braking issue has been addressed, Todd T. from Fox Shoxs came buy to further dial the truck setup and a new tire groove has been implemented on the General Tires. These changes should better Merrell’s ability to control the truck in and out of the corners and push Josh towards the podium.
Friday practice and qualifying sessions are now finished. Round 1 of the 2012 season is only one nights sleep away. One nights sleep is something that most people in the Lucas Oil Off Road paddock wish they had a few more of. For now the Hart and Huntington Off Road Drivers can sleep easy knowing they will start side by side during the PRO-4 Race.
Tune into Hart and Huntington Off Road YouTube page for regular updates throughout the weekend and you can also follow the live timing and scoring on www.LucasOilOffRoad.com
The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series from Firebird International Raceway would like to invite all kids to come and join in all the fun racing action! Children 5 and under are free and the first 1000 kids will receive free Hot Wheels toys! For more information go to lucasoiloffroad.com