This years “Day in the Dirt” was the 17th year running and was held at Glen Helen Raceway. This year’s race was my first “Day in the Dirt” race and I raced 250cc N. and the granddaddy monster of all, the “Coup De Grace”.
Coming down to the last lap, I suffered some traffic and a sudden unexpected crash.
Sunday’s race one started at the crack of 9:30am and with the weather dark and gloomy with a rainstorm on the horizon. With only one practice lap prior to master the terrain, the 250cc race was right around the corner. At the staggered start of eight lines went from 450cc up front to 250cc in back. Unfortunately, I was moved to the back due to an error in the starting order. At the drop of the green flag, everybody was pinned and hungry for the win but I wanted it more. Sliding into the first corner, which was a wide bank corner was a big pile up. After going around the pile up, I was off and wide open attacking the brutal, rocky and rutted terrain. After battling on the rough track, things started to boil down to the last few laps. The track started to get even more chewed up and with rain starting to fall. It soon became muddy and slippery, but hitting those sand berms wide open never gets old in any weather. Coming down to the last lap, I suffered some traffic and a sudden unexpected crash. Wasn’t the happiest with my finishing order but shows what I need to improve on next time and grab next year’s podium.
Switching out rain beaten goggles and hydrating with HDX to replace lost fluids after each lap, kept me charging the rest of the race.
The big monster of all was next up was the last race of the day, the “Coup De Grace” (A coup de grâce (French for "blow of mercy") is a death blow to end the suffering of a severely wounded person or animal.) The Coup De Grace is a non-stop race for two hours of the harsh terrain. The race includes all the classes in one race with all levels and all bikes. The race started at a 20 paces from your bike and a run to your bike and 124 people that spanned the length of the start of the course for the start. The start was out of control with all racers starting to veer into one corner and included a variety of crashes.
A brutal hour and thirty minutes into the race and I was forced to pit for gas. Switching out rain beaten goggles and hydrating with HDX to replace lost fluids after each lap, kept me charging the rest of the race. With only an hour left of the race, I knew I had to ride smart and charge the rest. About 45 minutes left of the race, the rain began to fall and the sky got darker. The rain started to pour down as pools of water formed on the track and the asphalt was getting slippery as ice.
After suffering a few crashes, there was only one thing left to do so I charged the rest of the race and finished a respectable 39th out of 124.
This was my first year at “The Day in the Dirt” and I had an amazing time. Looking forward to next year and couldn’t have done it without the hydration support of HDX!
Duran Morley #131 // @Duran_Morley