After the election of the country’s first black president, I heard mixed opinions all around at this weekend’s FTR harescramble in Okeechobee, Fla. It’s old news by now, but American politics are forever changed, and I just hope that everyone can find it in their heart to support this change – a TRUE American believes in their president – and it could not have come at a better time, as far as the future of the world is concerned. Every so often, I stray from my non-biased journalistic approach to reporting, and I could not be more proud as an American fighting for equal rights. I’m optimistic for a victory in my lifetime, and that’s all I have to say about that. I welcome your comments, and now back to reality!

This weekend’s 11-mile course had a little something for everything – and even a top three finish for me! I picked up a sponsor in the form of a 05 CRF250X, and I rode it for the very first time Sunday morning during practice. The course was typical for Florida: a lot of palmettos, sugar sand whoops and tight woods, and this was definitely my kind of track. I figured those 40-mile mountain bike rides would come in handy, although I hadn’t been on a dirt bike since the last race in September. There were 7 of us in the Women A class, and once again, I lined up on the very outside for the start through the grassy field. The electric start sure came in handy and I was second off the line, along with the rest of the Super Senior B riders. (I really wish Women A had their own row!) I was banging bars with those guys for my photographer who was in the first corner getting the shot.

After the first few miles, I started getting frustrated with the white backgrounds. Sure, they were fast in the fields, but some of those guys were so slow in the woods – they must have been motocrossers because they would not move over on the single track! I was all over their back tire, on the rev limiter and yelling in the girliest high-pitched voice that I could, “Women!” or “Yellow! Yellow!” (Think they did it on purpose?) My arms were pumping up and I saw one yellow getting away from me. I started having trouble with the clutch and couldn’t hang onto it through the palmettos. Then, I stalled in a corner and before I could hit the button, another yellow snuck by me! I managed the first lap in fourth place and after the chicane, I pulled off to remove my under gloves; they were just too tight and I’d rather have the blisters at this point. The second I got back on track, everything was much better and I was back on the gas in no time. I picked up third place when another girl pulled off after the second lap and it stayed like that until the checkers. I did three laps in 1 hour and 47 minutes…To put that into perspective, the fastest AA guys did FOUR laps in 1 hour and 44 minutes!

J-RO on the Ben Jacob Designs KTM
J-RO on the Ben Jacob Designs KTM

Results are here – stay tuned for more pics!


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