American Flat Track Springfield TT
It all started last September when my new friend JD Beach (MotoAmerica road racer) said, "Want to come try some flat track?" It sounded like a good time to me so I said "Sure!"
Fast forward a few months and after a little persuasion from JD, I signed up to race the Springfield TT last weekend. I'd only ridden flat track six times since September but I figured why not? Might as well see what if I can do this.
Practice was cool. I was having a blast out there, learning something new every single lap. When I came off the track after the last practice, JD was standing there holding his phone out to me showing me I qualified fastest! Total surprise to me, since I was up against all the top dudes in flat track. TT racing is unique in flat track because it has a right turn and a jump, but both of those helped me as a moto guy. What I lost in the normal left hand sweepers that flat track is known for, I made up in the brake zone before and through the right hand hairpin.
I pulled a bonehead move in my heat race, lining up first as fastest qualifier but then jumping the light! I had to start dead last but worked my way through the heat race and semi qualifier, putting myself into the main. I got out to a great start in the main and was up to fifth before sliding out in turn one. I got up last but came back to tenth by the end.
Pretty bummed I fell down in the main, because I felt like I could have got on the podium, but I'm still happy with the way the race went for the experience I had coming in. Flat track is SO MUCH FUN. I can't wait to do my next one in Sturgis in August!
You can watch highlights of the Springfield race this Saturday at 5pm eastern on NBC Sports Network. Thanks for reading!