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Old 12-05-2014, 11:57 AM   #1
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See CarbonJames make his PRO Class Debut!

Just throwing it out there that our very own CarbonJames will be venturing into the TORCS harescramble series Pro Class this Sunday 12/7 at noon. The series is racing out in Bastrop at Goertz Ranch this weekend. Flyer below. Feel free to come out and race, spectate or ride out and cheer him on. (If I recall correctly, this is the same course I blew out my knee and camping area is immediately adjacent to property entrance if you'd like to ride out). I plan on driving out Sunday morning to do just that.... Leaving from NW Houston around 8:30am or so if anyone wants to tag along. Best of luck this weekend James! See you Sunday hombre! Brawwwp!!!!!!!
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Old 12-05-2014, 02:00 PM   #2
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Old 12-05-2014, 04:14 PM   #4
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Thanks fellas, I was just about to make my own post for the last round this weekend.

I just picked up a 2013 KTM 350SXF this week, been working all week on tweaking and added a few new parts to help make it more comfortable for me to ride, I'm sure as I set out tomorrow on the first ride I'll find some adjustments that I'll need to make. I will have the 250sx as a back up bike just in case but I'm quite anxious to try out the 350 4 stroke in the woods.

I wrapped up the 450A championship at the last round (My very first championship of any kind in a serious racing series) against some really fast, and strong competitors that have been riding and racing dirt bikes off road for many years beyond my experience. I must complete this Saturdays last race before moving classes or I will forfeit my current points/championship to 2nd place and that isn't going to happen, iI feel like I earned this "title" if you will and I want to see through till the end. This to me is a great accomplishment in life (especially at the age of 42) and I'm really excited about it to say the least.

I've worked hard, and put in a lot of blood, sweat and tears (all in the literal form) working with my trainer a few times throughout the year, and just general riding with friends, competitors, faster guys etc, pushing my limits, I've entered and competed in over 30 separate race events this year alone. Some races I've done well enough to podium, some wins, some seconds and some I just didn't do well at and a few that I had a DNF at.

It's been a long, hard, expensive road this year, a huge learning curve for me and I should practice what I preach when I tell others to move themselves up into the next highest, faster, more experienced level of competition, therefore, I will make my own move into the AA/Pro class of off road racing this Sunday.

I expect the first year in this new class to be a learning curve, I will stumble, fall, bleed and ask myself "why am I doing this to myself" but I will see it through, do my best, hope for the best and use it as a tool. These Pro guys are no joke, they seem to share nothing with competitors, you can't follow one in practice, he will pull over, stop and let you go by so that you don't see what's going on, while I know some of the secrets, I will keep them just that, a secret. There seems to be some unspoken rules, some hints, tips, and general smarts about racing that most don't know, I am learning, and I am fortunate enough to have a couple of local "ex" pro racers that are helping me out as time permits so I appreciate their time and effort in working with me.

A special thanks to Dbuck and Cliff Rock for pushing me into coming out to "ride" and race with them in an off road series 3 long, yet short years ago.

I recall when they started speaking to me about it, I always told Cliff I would come out and "ride" with him but, he said "we aren't riding, we're racing"! The rest of that is a basic history lesson. I wanted to be as fast as Dbuck, he was quick and hard to keep in sight after a few hundred yards but I kept at it, and worked my way up and past his skill level (at the time) I wish he had not suffered his injury, he and I may still be racing together today.

I would love to see some of you show up, see what it is that we actually do, and show support, not just for me but for all of the racers, kids to senior riders on the double decade, vintage bikes.

I will post an update on Monday or Tuesday as to how my debut goes.
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LOL one of the first things I learned was, the Pro guys don't wear cameras while racing!

I'll have it with me though, if I remember, I'll strap it on somewhere.

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For those that missed it, ya'll missed out. Man, those TORC races sure to bring out the toy haulers...campers, trucks, and dirtbikes and racers everywhere.

While it wasn't James' most memorable race, he managed to finish the race not in last place. I did manage to see James wash the front end out at a pretty quick clip that cost him at least 3 or 4 positions about 2/3 of the way through the race (not sure of all the passers were in his class though). It wasn't his best start either, but all things considered (new bike, new class, new level of nervousness, etc.) he did a fine job! I know for certain he'll be a mid to top of the class contender in the series next year. Not gonna lie though, the top rider in that pro class has got some talent (515 # plates I think)....even putting on a couple of shows for the spectators hanging at the "ez/hard" sections of the course. I got some video, but trying to get it off the camera is proving to be above my IT competence. lol

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Thanks so much Dbuck for showing up Sunday morning, it was good to see you out there and thanks cheering my slow, crossed up on. Unfortunately, that low side did cost me the race, I didn't realize the other two riders were so close to me, they passed me on the ground and I did get 10/10 place, either way, it was a great race, an awesome course and most importantly, I popped my cherry in my first pro race and had a great time with no pressure at all, nothing to lose, nothing to gain.

After all, I am the 2014 TORCS 450 A champion, and I drove away from Goertz Ranch a proud racer, I had some awesome competition this year, guys who have rode dirt there whole lives, I only have a few years under my belt, nothing to be ashamed of at all.
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Congrats on the championship, I'm still planning on racing the series next year. I'm real excited to get out there and compete.
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Congrats on the championship, I'm still planning on racing the series next year. I'm real excited to get out there and compete.
We sure hope to see you and more guys come out, if not to race to at least see the action and check out a different world of motorcycling, you can always show up, pay $10 and ride practice with us, just to get a feel for a real race course.
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