Jessica Foster Race Report - Edmonton Nationals
July 25, 2008
Submitted by: Jessica Foster
I was really looking forward to the Edmonton National given it was in my own Province and I would be well rested and comfortable. The track would also be new to everyone riding it, so no one really had an advantage. I would also have a lot of friends and family present.
I knew that Chick would be the primary builder therefore I started jumping much more then I regularly would prior to the event. In this aspect I am actually having fun and feeling more comfortable than ever. I believe it’s due to the KXF250 in combination to my SSS Suspension. I have certainly not gained anymore guts over the last year, confidence maybe, but I’ll give that to my great set-up. So right away I’d like to thank Kawasaki for making such a great bike and Joe Skidd for accommodating it to me.
SATURDAY AMATURE DAY
After looking at the track I had a pretty big smile on my face and knots in my stomach, knowing that in a few hours I would be jumping stuff that I’d never thought I would, nor wanted to. I really wanted a podium spot, so I went in jump happy. Practice went alright. I got a great feel for the track, but still didn’t jump anything yet. We had to wait until the afternoon to race the Intermediate class so I got a lot of time to watch. After the day was done I still wasn’t jumping the one double in the back that shot you pretty high. Heidi then gave me some tips for the next morning and convinced me it was just scary because of the gap but shot you very nicely. I went to bed, knowing that I needed to hit this big scary jump.
SUNDAY RACE DAY
It was super nice out and HOT. I knew that I’d need to conserve my energy and stay out of the sun as I’m a ginger kid and susceptible to heat stroke, and migraines in those conditions, and that I’m getting old. HAHA! During practice I was able to jump the double that I had dreamt about all night. It was way easier than I thought, but gave me a big advantage as only 4 girls were doing all the jumps. This would really separate the class.
I had about a 6th place start but kept close to the leaders. It took me about two laps to catch up to Jolene in third then we were playing cat and mouse. I felt great and was gaining some time. We were pulling a significant lead on the girls behind us, but still pushing each other. At the halfway point my bike felt like it was slipping out. I tried to adjust my clutch but it felt like it didn’t do anything. I was still trying to catch Joe but my back end was going everywhere. It took tell I went completely sideways off the infield double that intimidated me I notice my rear tire had gone flat. At this point I knew I had a comfortable lead on 5th so limped my way to the finish. It was pretty embarrassing riding around that slow, but managed to finish the race in 4th.
I knew to get the podium I really wanted I needed to finish third. I had a so-so start and got held up bad off the bat. All the girls were riding great but I couldn’t jump stuff I had been because of the traffic ahead of me. The competition was riding a very wide track and making it very hard to pass. I sure had to work hard. Probably a bit too hard. I started riding too aggressively and went down on two separate occasions. Every time I went by my boyfriend/mechanic Rob and he was saying 7th or 6th position I got more upset. I finally got into 5th, and at that point was completely exhausted. I tried to get back into my rhythm but was coming short on a couple of the doubles and really scaring myself. My hands and legs could hardly hang on. I felt like I was racing a death race. I could tell the girls ahead were fading too, as Danaye and Jolene were so close it made me want to cry. By the finish I ended up 5th. The second tip over had taken so much out of me and broke my heart. I tried my best and really wanted to get that bike on the podium for everyone that’s helped me out this summer. I really did try my best and put everything I could into those two moto’s. Thanks so much everyone for all of your support and I’m sorry I wasn’t on that podium to show how much I appreciate it.
Ross 1-1 Cooke 2-2 Van Vugt 3-3 Giroux 5-4 Foster 4-5 Killough 6-6
In two weeks I will be traveling to San Del Lee to race our last event of the season. I hope that everything goes well and I can keep my 5th place standing in points.
I would like to let everyone know that I have gotten into UBC’s West Kootenay Teacher Education Program for this fall located in Castlegar, BC. I will be moving west mid-August with my boyfriend Robert for the year long program to hopefully become an Elementary school teacher by the end. Thanks so much to Bow Cycle for employing me for this great year and supporting me with my decision to further my Education.
THANKS SO MUCH TO: JEFF SMITH from DIRECT CASH ATM, TODD STARCHUK, REEGAN JONES, RON NEWMAN, RACHEL CEREKWICKI from BOW CYCLE MOTORS, BRUCE MARCIA from CANADIAN KAWASAKI MOTORS, GREG from AMSOIL, JOE SKIDD from SSS SUSPESION, DEREK from TROY LEE DESIGNS, JSR from OAKLEY, JEFF from OGIO, STEVE from SOSA, TODD SCHUMLICK from PERFORM-X TRAINING, DC SHOES, HINSON, VP FUELS, MOM AND DAD, ROBERT SALEWICH, LUCAS FOSTER, ALANNA MASON, RYAN PICKFORD.