After the race Saturday Andrea and I drove home so we could hang with Rosco. It was about 1:45 back to Sheboygan. I watched Penn State take a solid Big 10 victory then went to bed.
Sunday morning was a bit painful after racing behind the 8-ball for a full hour Saturday. By afternoon I was ready to let 'er rip one more time.
My start wasn't quite as good as day 1, but I was OK with that as I approached the race with a different strategy. I filtered in around 15 -18th wheel around the first corner. Midway through the first lap I was behind Tilford, but he was already opening gaps and not riding as strong as the rest of our group. I passed him on the run and then decided to chase down Molly Cameron. Within a half lap I caught and passed him and our group was formed.
I was feeling really good, and was riding steady and smooth. By midway in the race it was more or less Wisconsin weekend of racing as Marko, Jesse, and I were battling it out. A Swiss rider was latched on the back of our group, but I think he was at his limit. I was still feeling good and with 4 to go went to the front and started pushing the pace. Dropped the Swiss rider, but then went down in a corner. I think Marko and Jesse both rode over me and my bike. The Swiss rider caught me as I was getting up and Marko and Jesse has 5 seconds. I was able to catch back on with 1 to go. I went by Jesse, but Marko was motivated by the stars and striped dangling like a carrot 10 seconds ahead. We caught Johnson with one corner left, but it was pretty tough to pass at the end.
Maybe had I not crashed we would have caught TJ earlier and I would have been a little more fresh for the final lap. Nonetheless I am happy to score another top 10.
After the race I was baffled at my perceived effort compared to the day before, but pretty much the same result? Fast start and lots of suffering = slow start and no suffering???
Thanks to Madcross for putting on a great race, all the superfans, and all my sponsors who help me get to the races weekend after weekend.