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Race: CRA 4 Hour
Rider: Paul Whibley
Team: JG Offroad, GEICO, Monster Energy Kawasaki
Bike: Kawasaki KX 450f
Result: 1st

damperOn an off weekend I competed in a CRA 4 hour race at the LL Raceway in PA.  Most riders raced as part of a team but I saw the event as a chance to get in an extra hour training on the bike so I rode it iron man.
I got a good start and led the way around the first lap.  Overnight rain had watered what would have been a dusty course to perfection although it was a little slick in some spots.  It was also pretty hot.  Temperatures in the 90s(35c) with high humidity.  The air seemed thick in the trees like it was something you could grasp.  Lucky my Smith goggles have got plenty of anti fog coating and worked great in the tough conditions.
After a lap Katherine gave me a pit board saying a lap time was 13 minutes. I was in for a long day and a lot of laps.  Katherine kept the motivation coming with times and distances to people to lap in front, giving me something to chase and focus on.
At the first fuel stop Katherine handed me the IMS dump can and the tank was replenished.  The short lap made it seem like I had been out there for hours, on the flip side I knew the track inside out.
Another hour and a half up and in for some more gas.  I had a good lead so there wasn't too much of a rush so I grabbed a bite of a sandwich and made some fine tuning adjustments on my Ohlins shock to better cope with the demands of the track.
I took the win after 4 hour racing.  I almost got dizzy after going around so many times but it was a good days training.

Thanks to my sponsors;
GEICO, Monster Energy Kawasaki, Moose Racing, Shoei, Smith, Sidi,  CTi, Pirelli, RG3, Moto SR, Ohlins USA, Leo Vince, ProMoto Billet/Fastway, IMS, Vortex Ignitions, G2, PG, Silkolene, EBC, Tsubaki, No Toil, WER, BRP, Motion Pro, Works Connection, Rekluse, CV4


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