Day Two: The Stress is Over
Itâ€™s funny, but for the most part, the stress of our first Australian Junior Motocross Championship is over.
Today was another day of finalising everything and making sure we were good to go when the actual riding starts tomorrow.
We started the day early, heading out to the track at 9 am, well before we were due to sign on at 12 pm or before track walk commenced at 11.30am.
Being our first, the racing results are not significant, it is more about the experience and learning the ropes and at the end of the day my number one concern for the past few weeks have just been getting everything organised, so we are ready to head out on track.
By this morning we still had one final thing to do, that was actually stressing me out quite a bit. We had still not drilled the holes to fit the tag to seal shut the moto as required this year.
With some friends from SA arriving at the track who were signing on at 9 am (sign on this year was done in time slots by the last name and worked a treat) who also had not drilled out their nuts, we decided to head back with them and have a crack.
In the end, it turned out to be a pretty simple job, well for myself anyway, as I held the bike still while Peter Rossi from Paint Tech SA
drilled out the holes. Within a few minutes and around ten 1.5mm drill bits, he had 11 or 12 bikes ready for tagging, and a huge weight lifted off my shoulders.
With the bikes now set, we headed back to the Coastal Park Motocross club to sign in. The first thing to check off the list was to check to see if we had been randomly selected to have the bike physically checked over as this year all bikes were self-scrutineered, with random bikes being checked.
We were lucky enough not to get the call-up, so it was a quick trip into the clubrooms where we were greeted by a lovely young lady who had us signed in and on our way in just a couple of minutes.
With a little rain starting to fall, it was an excellent chance to work out what was coming back to the house and what was staying at the track, before heading out to walk the track.
There is nothing quite like walking a track with your child, especially when they are seven and are quite happy to tell you precisely what jumps they think the will clear and how the older fast boys will be scrubbing this jump, and whipping that jump, railing the inside rut on this corner or holding it wide around the berm on the next turn.
The track is self still looks fantastic, it was a little hard to walk as it has been ripped deep and soaked, to help get some moisture in. But we managed to get around and check out the entire layout.
It is a neat layout, with a good mixture of sweeping and tight corners, some good elevation change, and some cool looking jumps and drop-offs. I am actually a little jealous, looks like a fun track to ride.
With track walk over, we measured out some Yamalube 2R two stroke oil ready to head into town and fill up the jerry cans.
With the bikes sorted, sign-on complete we are all set to start the number one reason we have made this journey, to go ride and race. The preparation is undoubtedly a lot more stressful than the riding, the hard part is over, and it is time for Jayden to join the other 250 odd riders out on track enjoying what the enjoy most, riding a dirt bike.
Jayden is out on track 4th tomorrow on the 50, then again in the 8th session of the day on the Yamaha YZ65, with a single 10-minute practice session on both bikes. In all, each class will have a single ten-minute practice session to kick the week-long event off tomorrow.
The fun starts now.