The casket of the Italian rider arrived in Italy this Tuesday morning to a crowd of fans that received the flight with sustained applause. The funeral proceedings will be held this Thursday in his hometown of Coriano, Italy. Read the details here.
After the events that transpired at Calistoga, the race for the Championship became very tight , with only 8 points separating the three leaders. The only thing to do was to go to Pomona with a positive attitude. This was not a type of track in which I have been dominant in the past, but have done reasonably well on this kind of surface. Qualifying did not go well for me. I felt OK, but just did not have the times I wanted.
I was in the 3rd Heat with Kenny Coolbeth, Johnny Lewis, Brad Baker and Willie McCoy among several other good riders. I got the hole shot and Baker and I were dicing it up left and right. Baker started to get ahead of me a bit until he crashed. That caused a red flag and a restart. I got the jump on the restart and then started to dice it up with Kenny. He was coming up along side of me and then I would lead it for a straight away and then he would come back. I ended up winning the Heat but since there was a red flag in it, I did not get a time and was therefore third pick for position in the Dash and the Main Event.
We made a small gearing change for the Dash for Cash. I came off 4th, passed Matt Weidman and we started dicing it up. I was able to get ahead of him, ending 3rd in the Dash. Jake Johnson had checked out, riding really well.
For the Main Event we did not make any changes. I got a decent start but went too high for the first lap and a lot of riders went by me, pushing me back to 7th or 8th. Luke Gough went down, bringing out a red flag and a restart. I got a decent jump and went low, getting by a few people and was up to 5th. I was following Henry Wiles but he went down coming off turn 2. I just barely missed hitting him. We restarted with 5 laps to go, which was in my favor. I got a good jump and went to the bottom. I was mixing it up with Chris Carr, Robbie Pearson and Lewis. On the last lap I was on the bubble for finishing 2nd in the Combined Championship points. I got by Pearson and Carr on the last lap and was able to finish in 5th place. This was good enough for 2nd place in the Championship.
Jake Johnson won the race and the Championship in first class fashion. He rode a great race and, if I could not win it, I was glad that he did. He has been a long-time friend since we were little kids in the Amateur classes.
For me, it was a great year, winning 5 GNC races. In addition to coming in 2nd in the Combined GNC Championship, I won the GNC Twins Championship, plus both the Singles and the Twins Championships in the Steve Nace All Star Series. And let’s not forget the ICE Championship earlier in the year.
We had a lot of success on the Twins this year. Brent Armbruster did a great job with the bikes, always immaculately prepared, and much of my success was due to him. Steve Beattie was also of great help to our program, not only with his Suspension systems but with his friendship and counsel.
We now know our weak points and know what we need to work on for next year. I am already excited about 2012 and feel that if Daytona Bike Week were next week, I would be as excited, and more ready than ever. I am not looking forward to the down time in the off season…I want to get out there and compete.
I want to thank all of my Sponsors and Supporters, but especially to Rogers Lake Racing, Blue Springs Harley Davidson and Screamin’ Eagle for my Twins, to Montgomery Cycle Center for my Singles, as well as to Saddlemen, Lucas Oil, Digger Helm and Gene Cummings. Thank you for all your help in making my career possible.
I look forward to seeing everyone in Daytona 2012. Have a great winter and Happy Holidays to all.
Jammin’ Jared Mees – # 9
2011 Twins Series Partners:
Rogers Lake Racing, Blue Springs H-D, Screamin’ Eagle, Lucas Oil, National Cycle, Twisted Beverage CompanyTM, Saddlemen, Digger Helm 57, M.E.H. Corp, Rod Lake, Goodwin Racing, Rockysonline .com, Arai Helmets, Speed Strength Leathers, KK Motorcycle Supply, A&A Racing, Steve & Cindy Vizzo, Battley Cycles, MRT Racing, Kelly’s, MTA, JE Pistons, Cometic Gaskets, VP Racing Fuels,Tsubaki, Motion Pro, TCX Boots, Troy Lee Designs, K&N Filters, Millennium Technologies, Vortex, Craig Pickett, Goodridge, Works Connection, Rekluse Clutches, Gene & Gail Cummings, Eddie Mulder, NGK, Z Gallerie, Dick Winters, Oakley, WestCoast Hot Shoes, Jupiter Wheels, Supertrapp, ARC Levers, Moto Tassinari, EBC, Mikuni, Web Cam, Ancra, J&M Racing Frames, Pro Plates, Kold Kutter, Turn 1 Distributing, Crank Works Crank Shafts, EZ-up, Suburban H-D, Twenty Six Suspension, Flash, G2, Penske Racing, Chicken Hawk, Ferrea Valves, J2 Motorsports, Royal Publishing Co., Applied Diamond Coatings, M&Z Anodizing, Brent Armbruster, CV4, Bristol Core, Universal Coatings, Hammer Head , Hot Rods, TSS Graphics, Dyno Jet, DVS Shoes, Xtremely Fit, Aerodyne, Boyesen, Wrex .ca, Fluidyne, Helix, Gunk, Kicker.
CRAWFORDSVILLE, IN (October 24, 2011) – FMF Makita Suzuki’s Josh Strang continues to put in heroic rides despite a recent spate of bad luck. At the latest round of the 2011 Grand National Cross Country Series in Crawfordsville, IN, Strang suffered a broken footpeg but still raced his FMF Makita Suzuki RM-Z450 to a hard-fought fourth place. After Sunday’s Ironman GNCC, Strang remains in second place in the overall championship points.
Unfortunately for the reigning GNCC Champion, Strang broke a footpeg on the opening lap of the race. As a result, he had to return to the pits for repairs. Despite this, the FMF Makita Suzuki rider charged hard and worked his way from the back of the pack to finish up in fourth place.
“When it rains it pours,” admitted Strang. “There must have been something I hit that sheared off the bolt. It was just a freak thing. The FMF Makita Suzuki RM-Z450 worked great and I was riding good, but I’m just having this terrible luck the past few races. It’s been a difficult second half of the series, for sure.”
With two races remaining, Strang is more determined than ever to get the wins at the next two rounds. Both races will take place at the same upcoming event, which was rescheduled due to weather.
“It’s technically still not over,” said Strang, who’s still in contention for the title. “I wish I could have caught third place there at the end, that would have helped. But we’ll just have to work real hard and get ready for those last two races and see what happens.”
The 2011 FMF Makita Suzuki team’s next event is in Hurricane Mills, TN, the weekend of Nov. 4-6, for the rescheduled Loretta Lynn’s GNCC. Follow team updates on SuzukiScoopFans on facebook and SuzukiScoop on twitter.
Ironman GNCC XC1 Class Results:
1. Charles Mullins
2. Thaddeus Duvall
3. Paul Whibley
4. Josh Strang
5. Jimmy Jarrett
6. Russell Bobbitt
7. Scott Watkins
8. Cory Buttrick
9. Eric Bailey
Like last year, the 8 Hours of Doha, last round of the Qtel FIM Endurance World Championship, will crown the 2011 World Champion. Scheduled on Saturday 12 November in Qatar, this final round will decide who will get the title between the two contenders, the Suzuki Endurance Racing Team and the BMW Motorrad France 99. As the Team SRC Kawasaki is not entering the race (they only participated in the Bol d’Or and the 24 Hours of Le Mans), the battle also promises to be intense for the third spot on the podium. Read more here.
This is a photo of the podium celebration from the 1991 WERA Pro Formula USA race at Willow Springs Raceway. This photo turned out to be basically unusable. I was trying to find an angle where you could see the riders on the podium and the big crowd on hand for the ceremonies. The problem was the podium was in deep shadow while the onlookers were in bright sunlight presenting a nearly impossible exposure challenge. A fill flash may have helped balance the light, but when I got into position and saw the lighting I probably should have just focused on either the podium or the fans, but not both together. Today with digital and Photoshop I might have been able to make this shot work.