Levi De keyrel Round 9 Race Report
Texplex Round 9 ( 10-23-2021 )
The weekend started off with the 3 hour drive to Texplex Park on Friday for
practice. We were able to get 3 good rounds in and I had a blast. We
washed my Progressive Powersports Honda Talon 1000 R all up and put
on a fresh set of Maxxis SC-1 tires for race day. It is awesome have Dave
at the track to help and for rider support for Maxxis Tires. Great to have
Maxxis and Double E Racing supporting the series and being at the events.
Saturday Morning started off with a fully prepped and full water track for
practice. Brian and his crew had done an amazing job of getting the track
ready. Thank You to Brian, Blake and the Lindamood crew for all their hard
work on the track prep.
After practice it was time for the riders meeting with Brian and Tex. If you
have not heard one of Tex ( Octane Media ) Riders Meetings please look it
up on social media. He kills it all day long and with his riders meetings.
Brian brought up for everyone to be wearing their fire suits and gloves all
time when on track. Including practice. Thank You to Axcel Sports and Bell
Helmets for keeping me protected this entire season. Grateful for them.
My first race up was Race 2 The 1000 LTD 12+ class. They had me lined
up in position 1 all the way left. I got a great jump and was forced to take
the outside option in turn one. It worked out and I came out in 4th. I made a
quick pass into 3rd and started to push. 1st and 2nd we already starting to
pull away and I drove as hard as I could but had nothing for them. They
had more pace than me. I finished the race in 3rd.
My next race was race 6 1000 STK 12+. Again I was lined up all the way to
the left in slot 1. We were the third drop as the Women's Experts and
Women's Amateurs dropped before us. They held us for a really long time.
The Experts were almost coming around before we dropped. I got the
holeshot and was out front. I pushed as hard as I could trying to drop my
lap time and improve for my next LTD race. I had clear track most of the
race as I only caught a couple of the girls in the amateur class. I was a fun
race and I was able to really work on hitting my marks and try to improve
my lap times. I was able to find 2 seconds on the track in that race.
After that race we would have a couple more races and then a lunch break
before I would be up again. So I decided to take advantage of the Electric
SXS David from Progressive had dropped off as a pit vehicle. We eat some
MR. JIM’s Pizza and we're ready to get back to racing.
The start of the second LTD was a mess. One drive jumped the start. Then
the flagger threw the flag. I got a terrible start as some went on the flag
some went when the driver jumped etc. I was in about 6th and just started
passing. I knew I needed to get to the front quickly if I was going to win. I
was up to 3rd by the end of the first lap. Worked my way into second and
was pushing the chance down first. I came into a corn and got hit hard in
the back and pushed wide. This put me back into third. That is where I
finished for the race and for the overall in the 1000 LTD 12+ class for the
( Photo Credit Harlen Foley)
The last race of the day for me was the 1000 STK 12+ class. We were
again the third drop but the starter did not hold us as long. I got a great
jump and was in full attack mode to try and catch the women's class
competitors in front of me. I was able to keep second behind me and pass
all the amateur womens class before the checkers flag. It was such a fun
day and a great track. Can't wait to do it all over again in two weeks. I
ended up going 3-3 in the LTD class and 1-1 in the STK class.
Thank You to my Sponsors for making it possible: GOD, Progressive
Powersports, Jsportsxs, PPEI, FOX, Double E Racing, Maxxis Tires,
Method Wheels, Bell Racing, Tagger Designs, Axcel Sport, SSI
Decals, HMF, PCI Radio's, Sparco, Motive Engineering
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