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from ... Rhys Carter

Hey everyone.  I haven't done this in a long time and finally I get to do one which I am super excited about.

Valley Champs
MX2 Practice and Qualifying: Was joined as one and we only got 5 laps to do both. The track was slippery and hard to get used to and with my nervs fairly high it was hard. I put in the 3rd fastest lap time which I was pumped on and wasn't expecting my speed to be there from the get go.

Moto 1: My nerves were going crazy being my first race in 10 months. When the gate dropped I just dropped the clutch and been on a concrete start it wasn't the smartest idea and just spun and went nowhere which put me at the back of the pack. I come through pretty good moving into 4th place halfway through the moto. Last lap, a lapper went down in front of me and I hit his bike making me crash,  putting me back in 5th place for the moto.

Moto 2: With first moto nerves out of the way I got the best start I have had in years and pulled a holeshot which I was pumped on and had Darryll King right behind me for most of the moto. With 3 laps to go I overshot a turn and DK slipped up the inside of me and I finished up 2nd with Damien King in 3rd.

Moto 3: Another perfect start, I got another holeshot and couldn't believe it. For the first few laps I pulled away from the pack and was feeling good but as DK does, he charged to me and once again I made a mistake and he got past.  I tried to push with him and get him back making a couple more mistakes and allowing Damien past which put me in 3rd for the moto.

Overall: I finished up 3rd overall for the day and with having only 3 weeks on the bike I thought that was pretty good. Knowing my speed was slightly there and my fitness wasn't too bad I was feeling a bit more confident going into the first round of NZ Nationals a week later.

MX National's Round 1 at Timaru

Practice/Qualifying:  The track was prep'd and was in good condition and when we went out it was good and i was feeling good on the bike. The track had long ruts and made things hard to get a fast lap in and I only managed to put in 9th fastest lap which wasn't the best.

Moto1: I got a shocking start and was sitting well mid pack and had alot of passing to do before the end of the 20min+2lap moto. I started working my way throught the pack making some good passes and I felt strong on the bike which was good. My lap times were staying consistent and I wasn't making any mistakes and closing in on riders all the time. I finally worked my way into 6th place with a couple laps to go and finished the race out in 6th.

Moto 2: I got another shocking start and was sitting well in the mid pack again and had a lot of passing to do. I got through a good pack a riders in the first few laps and then got caught onto the back of a group that had some fast riders including Nick Saunders, Damien King, Brad Groombridge, Jesse Wiki, Jayden Jessup and Cam Dillon who was at the front of that pack of riders. I made some good passes and found some good lines that allowed me to through most of the pack in front of me coming up a little bit short with Cam pulling a gap on me while I was pushing through the pack. I ended up finishing that moto in 7th.

Moto 3: Going into the last moto and not having much time on the bike before Nationals my body was starting to get a little tired and had barely any energy for last moto which I kind of expected to happen. I got the best start I had all day and was sitting in 4th and exactly where I wanted to be for a good overall for the day. The first few laps I made a meal of it I couldnt get anything right. I made so many mistakes and just got flusted with where I was sitting. I chilled out a bit and a couple of riders got past me which I wasn't too worried about as I knew I could get them at end of the moto if I kept my composure. On lap 5 it happened, I lost focus and the front washed out putting me over-the-bars and as I was on the ground I could just see places going past me. I got back up in 16th and with everyone been the same speed I could only manage to getback to 14th for the moto.

Overall: 6th. I was pretty happy with how the first round went for me and was lucky to end up 6th as I mucked up the last moto. With Round 2 this weekend coming I just want to have another consistent round a get good points before the break.

I would like to thank Team Suzuki for taking myself down south and making things alot easier for myself. Also Kieran Leigh for spinning spanners for me.

Thank you
Rhys Carter

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