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Race: OMA Round 7, Festus Missouri
Rider: Paul Whibley
Team: JG Offroad, GEICO, Monster Energy Kawasaki
Bike: Kawasaki 450f
Result: 1st


Round 7 of the OMA's was held at a new venue just south of St. Louis.  With no significant rain in the lead up to the race, the conditions were dry and dusty.
Getting a good start would be important for this race and my Kawasaki delivered the goods again, driving me around turn one in first position taking the hole shot bonus.  Making the most of the dusty conditions I quickly opened up a lead on lap one.
I was thankful for the protection of my Works Connection bash plate and case guards as there were plenty of jagged rocks on some sections of the track.
I settled into a comfortable pace controlling the race out front.  A constant stream of lapped traffic made it difficult to get into a good rhythm.  Just before the fuel stop my team mate Scott Watkins caught up and the race was on.  I came in for gas and Scott went one more lap and doing so took the lead and ran with it.  With some one to chase and renewed motivation to recapture the lead I increased my pace catching Scott mid lap.  I made my move on one of the faster fire roads slotting back into the lead.  With Scott stopping for gas at the end of that lap I quickly opened my buffer over second place, maintaining that lead right through to the chequers.

Thanks to my following sponsors:
GEICO, Monster Energy Kawasaki, Moose Racing, Shoei, Sidi, Smith, CTi, Pirelli, RG3 Suspension, Moto SR, Ohlins, Leo Vince, Pro Moto Billet/Fastway, IMS, Enduro Engineering, Vortex Ignitions, G2, PG Graphics, Renthal, Silkolene, EBC Brakes, Tsubaki Chains, No Toil, WER, BRP, Rekluse, CV4, Works Connection, Motion Pro


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