Muddy Saturday Practice at Mt. Morris
It rained rather profusely Friday night in Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania, and that left the track a muddy mess come Saturday practice, but with the sun occasionally shining and the track drying out, it looks like tomorrow’s race may not be a mudder. Weather.com doesn’t show showers for tomorrow in its forecast, although it does say there’s a 20-percent chance of rain. It said the same thing for today, and it didn’t rain.
Practice was still a bit of a sloppy affair, though. California riders in particular seemed to struggle a bit today, while Kevin Windham and David Vuillemin both looked particularly fast and smooth, and Ricky Carmichael looked fast – how often does he look smooth anyway?
In the 125cc class, contenders Grant Langston and Eric Sorby both had incidents of sorts. Langston crashed in practice when he caught his footpegs in a rut, hurting his already-tender left wrist. He thought he may have broken it, but he had it X-rayed at the Asterisk Mobile Medical Center and they could find no fractures, so KTM’s Ron Heben said he’ll likely be racing tomorrow after downing some anti-inflamatories. Sorby looked quick in the first practice but didn’t practice in the second session after he had undisclosed bike problems.
Also, Brian Gray (338) looked comfortable in practice on Branden Jesseman’s factory machine, as his second-moto seventh last week earned him a one-off ride this weekend.
With the possibility of a dry race tomorrow, but temperatures on the cool side (about 65 degrees), it looks like all the ingredients of epic outdoor motocross may be in place for tomorrow’s High Point Raceway MX National.