Welcome to Woz Up! It’s another week on the road after an action packed weekend at Doublin Gap for one of the final Loretta Lynn regional qualifiers before the big dance at Loretta’s in late July/early August. It was cool to come back to Doublin Gap and check out the riders getting in that one last chance to qualify for the most prestigious amateur motocross event in the world. The track proved to be hard pack as always with a rough and rutted course ahead for them. The track handled the youth crowd very well as there were no do-or-die jumps and all classes ran the entire track, which is commonplace at Loretta Lynn’s.
The racing however proved to be exciting in all classes especially local Delaware native Coty Schock who was impressive at the gap. Coty suffered from bad starts all week long but his come-thru-the-pack rides each moto proved that if he had those starts, he would have a real good chance at sweeping all of his motos. From back of the pack to middle of the field, Coty made moves on his Diamond Motorsports/Pro Action ride through to gain him enough to be in qualifying position for all 3 classes he entered. (At Loretta’s, the limit to qualify for the national is 2 classes.)
I ran a helmet cam on Coty during one of his comeback rides through the field in the final Mini Sr. (12-14) Modified moto. It sure has got some attention around the web as not only did Coty come all the way through to finish 3rd (he did not win the moto), but a surprising twist at the end sure made the race even more interesting. Check it out below:
I also ran a helmet cam on New Jersey native Mike Pettit during the 1st moto of the weekend in Schoolboy 1. This was the first dropped gate on the weekend and you can see the track is still fresh after some morning practicing. Check it out below:
Also, I took over 1200+ stills from Doublin Gap and they are all up and categorized on my SmugMug page. If you don’t feel like going through thousands of images, CLICK HERE to view the best from the weekend.
This week, we (along with my brother, Tyler, and my dad) have been on the road since Monday night. On Tuesday morning, we made a stop at Joe Gibbs Racing outside Charlotte, North Carolina to get some video of their facilities for an upcoming Alli Sports video. The tour through the MX and NASCAR shops were very cool, much thanks for David Evans of JGR for being the tour guide! It was cool to see the vast differences from the motocross shop to the monstrous NASCAR facility. And with JGRMX pretty much near the forefront in race team development and look on the pro motocross scene, it’s still bottom of the barrel compared to NASCAR. The team, however, is moving into a newer, much larger facility down the road in about a month or so. So the team is expanding and growing, which is great to see especially in motocross.
After a couple of hours at JGR, we jetted over to Justin Barcia’s compound for the rest of the week. We’ve been down there hanging with Justin and his family and other family friends just enjoying some off the track time together. And also, to get Tyler riding and training with Justin for the next week or more to get him where he needs to be at the nationals. I was able to get some video of Justin throwing down a couple of motos on his insane track. Justin is one of the most entertaining riders in the world to watch so it was a treat to see him at his home track doing what he does. Video to come sometime next week!
That’s pretty much all that is going on as of late. I’ve been busy working on future videos and getting ready for the next 2 months of straight work at the pro nationals/Loretta’s/etc. Thanks for reading along and catch ya at the fences!