The 2009 Portuguese ISDE is still over two months away, yet already Team USA has had to make some adjustments to compensate for injuries. Nathan Woods and Jimmy Jarrett have both been scratched from the team. It is really unfortunate. Woods had a great ride in Greece last year in his first trip to the Six Days. Jarrett has been one of the strongest supporters of the US effort for a number of years now, and always puts in a solid ride.
Timmy Weigand (JCR Honda) and Damon Huffman (Monster Energy Kawasaki) have been named as the replacements to the Trophy Team. Fortunately the replacements have just enough time to get their equipment prepped and included in the AMA container to be shipped to the race. Last week I visited Johnny Campbell Racing in San Clemente to check out the Honda CRF250R that they are prepping for Timmy and pick up a few parts for my ISDE bike. Timmy checks in to tell us a little about what he has been up to:
The last few weeks have been pretty wide open for me. Since I was a late add to the team, my team (Johnny Campbell Racing) and I have had our hands full trying to meet all the deadlines for ISDE, planning fund raisers and getting bikes built for the ISDE. Man there is a lot of work that goes into just getting to the race, I can’t imagine what the race is going to be like. Other than trying to get all the ISDE stuff organized, I have been training and riding a bunch.
I just got back a few weeks ago from the Mammoth Motocross. In my eyes Mammoth is the best race of the year. Where else can you race where the weather is in the 80s, there is snow on the mountains, endless mountain bike trails, tons of streams and lakes to fish and breathtaking views? Not to mention the promoters of the race do an awesome job every year. If you can only make one race a year, this is for sure the one! It’s a great place to bring the family and enjoy some racing. This year up there was good for me. On the Vet weekend I got second on Saturday and won on Sunday. That was a good warm up for the pro weekend where I won Friday and got second on Sat and Sun. The whole two weeks were awesome with lots of great racing and family time.
The WORCS series has been pretty good for me this year. I have been really consistent all year and sit in fourth in the points. I am heading to Washington this weekend where I am going to race a Honda CRF250R. The Washington rounds are tight and in the trees so I thought a 250F would be better. It will also be great practice for ISDE since I am riding the E1 (250F) class. We have four rounds left in the series and I hope to get my first win before the season is over.
I have my work cut out to prepare for ISDE. I haven’t really been doing too much preparation for ISDE other than getting everything organized to go. After these next two rounds of the WORCS series I will start my preparation. I have a lot to learn still but I have the best guy teaching me. I live near Kurt Caselli so we will be doing practice days similar to the ISDE. We will trail ride, do a few tests, and then work on our bikes. Whatever his plan is, I will be doing. He has been so close to winning the overall so he obviously knows what he is doing. I will be working hard to make sure I am prepared as best I can to give our team and country the best shot at winning. I am really excited to be a part of such a great team and to have the opportunity to represent the USA.