Mikey Martin Race Report - Knoxville Raceway
NEWS September 14, 2012
Courtesy of Mikey Martin:
This race report is from the Knoxville Half-Mile in Knoxville, Iowa at the famous Knoxville Raceway. It was originally scheduled as round 13 but due to the double-header at Springfield getting rained out it became round 11. The rescheduled date for Springfield will be September 15th for the Short Track and the 16th for the Mile. That is where I will be heading this weekend.
I did well here last year in the pro singles and had some confidence going in. I started the day out good in the practice session by qualifying fifth. We made a few changes on the bike but not much. I felt like I did some fast laps in qualifying and ended up seventh overall.
In my heat race I got a great start, I nailed my first hole-shot, I lead the first lap then I got passed by number 1 Jake Johnson, I hung with him for the majority of the race till I spun just a little coming out of turn two and let a rider get by me. Had I held the second place, that would have been my first Dash-For-Cash. I ended up third and that is a direct transfer to the main, it was my best heat race finish this year and my first Half-Mile main event on the Triumph.
In the main event I was on the second row in the third position, I got another great start I was running sixth for about three or four laps when there was a red flag thrown for a rider that fell. They lined us back up in the staggered restart. I was lined up where no one has rode or started all night so it was slick. I got a horrible start, I was in fourteenth for half the race, a few riders broke and I made a few passes and ended up eleventh. I was very happy about my performance, I was just upset about the restart.
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