“Focus” on Ben Gloddy
Weekend Recap of NJ Mini GP:
I had a pretty good day on Saturday. I was struggling inside, not really feeling comfortable on the F2 and Stock 100 bikes and just couldn’t get my head right. During morning practice I was working on getting used to the bikes again because I had not ridden them in a couple months. In the second practice, I was starting to feel a little better and getting back up to pace. On the F1 bike, I was able to get settled in during practices, but just could not get in the zone on the F2 or Stock 100 bikes.
In qualifying, I started feeling a little better on all of the bikes and was on the pole for the F1 Class. For Stock 100, I qualified second and in the F2 Class, I qualified third. As a late entry, I entered the Pro-X Class and qualified third.
Once the races began, I was feeling better and my head was starting to get in the game.
F1 Class: I checked out off the starting line and finished in 1st Place with a pretty big gap back to the second place rider.
Stock 100 Class: I settled in and was able to finish in 2nd place after an exciting battle back and forth with Spencer Humphreys during the last couple laps.
F2 Class: I was able to get the hole-shot, but was quickly drafted by the second place rider. From there the third place rider ran up the inside of me going into turn two, putting me down to third place. I held my position unable to get back into second place, the first and second place riders checked out half way through the race and I finished in 3rd Place.
Pro-X Class (run with F2 bike): With the exception of a few details, this race was pretty much a replay of the F2 Class and I again finished in 3rd Place.
On Sunday, I woke up feeling much better and fresh. I was on fire and felt like a whole new person. The conditions were perfect and my teammate, Colin Brogan and I, went out and crushed the Stock 100 Class for the Four Hour Endurance Race. On my second to last session out, I was battling really hard trying to maintain or gain on the two lap lead we had on the second place team. The battle got pretty intense and coming out of turn two and the second place team rider made a mistake and went down trying to get through the lapped traffic. He was not injured and got back up to finish out his session.
Overall, I had a good weekend finishing with two 1st Place finishes, a 2nd Place finish and two 3rd Place finishes.
This weekend I will be at New York Safety Track with Penguin Racing School. I am excited to learn a new track. I have been told by many it is a fun track with a lot of elevations and some cool wheelie bumps! I can’t wait to tell you all about it!
I also wanted to share with you that I am going to start working on video recaps of my racing and training! I realize I need to start facing my fear of speaking in front of audiences and cameras and this is how I am going to work on getting over that hurdle. If you have any questions that you would like me to answer about myself, racing, tracks, traveling, etc., please email them to me. I am going to start putting some ideas together for video or maybe even live feed discussions. I look forward to your questions and feedback.
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