The AMA Motocross National Series moved halfway across the country, to picturesque Millville, Minnesota, for round nine of the 2007 campaign. With a week off for the riders and team crew leading up to this event, the atmosphere was charged and the stage was set for a great weekend of racing action.Last year at Millville we endured some treacherous conditions as the rain fell steady and hard on Sunday afternoon. It looked like this year would be equally bad after rainstorms pounded the tracks with several inches of rain on both Friday and Saturday. But as the sun rose on Sunday morning, it brought with it blue skies and ideal track conditions.Ricky Renner
Practice: After posting the 12th fastest lap time in Saturday's qualification practice, Ricky rode to 27th quickest in Sunday's practices session which determines gate pick for the motos. He had a tangle with Josh Grant early in the first practice session which cut his track time short.Moto One: Ricky had a mid-pack start in the first moto and was sitting 27th at the end of the first lap. On lap two he crashed which put back to dead last and a pretty large deficit. He rode out the race and finished 33rd in the moto.Moto Two: Ricky was sitting a little bit better off the start in the second moto but this time didn't even make it through lap one before hitting the ground hard. He hit his head in the crash and suffered a minor concussion.Summary:
Ricky is doing fine, just a little banged up after his dismal weekend. His moto tally of 33/38 earned him 39th overall on the day.Ryan Clark
Practice: I felt great on the bike from the time I hit the track on Saturday morning. Millville has long been one of my favorite nationals and it showed when the lap charts came in. I was 7th quickest on Saturday and 12th fastest in Sunday's practice sessions. I was feeling good and ready to put in some solid results.Moto One: I am not a fan of right-hand first corners, especially one as high speed as Millville. Perhaps this is why I was a little apprehensive in the first corner. I was around 20th out of the first bend, but had moved up to 17th by the end of lap one. On the second lap I made a big mistake in the whoops and ran off the track, losing three positions as a result. I again began moving up and was in 16th on the final lap. There was a pack of four riders within two seconds at the finish, but I could not move through and settled for 16th in the moto.Moto Two: I had a pretty bad start in the second moto, but there were several hard crashes all around me which caused a red-flag signifying they would restart the race. My second start was quite a bit better, again inside the top 20. Within a few laps I was up to 12th and had closed in on Michael Byrne. I went outside in the corner before the finish line and lost my front end in the deep dirt. Upon remounting, I was all the way back to 17th. Within a few laps I was already back up in the top 15 and charging hard. As the laps wore on I slipped by Kyle Lewis for 11th and set my sights on Michael Byrne once again. I thought I had the pass made on a steep downhill but Byrne cut over hard and took away my line away. I kept the pressure on and two corners later Byrne went down hard, handing me 10th position in the moto.Summary: My 16/10 moto scores were good enough to award me 10th place overall on the weekend. I was very pleased with my second moto, I just wish I could have moved through the pack as quickly in the first go around.Other Notes
I have to give a lot of credit for my recent improvements to Mike Battista from MB1 Suspension. After a day of testing at Milestone MX in Riverside, CA last Wednesday, my bike was handling awesome and was very confidence inspiring. Thanks to Mike, Steve, Marty and Melissa from MB1 for all of their hard work.Thanks also go out to Doug and the whole crew at Dubach Racing Exhaust for coming up with some great new settings to try this weekend as well.Jed Mingo, our transport driver, had an eventful drive to Millville. He hit a deer in the semi causing some damage to the front passenger-side corner of the truck and damaging the grill. Unfortunately, the deer faired far worse.With another off weekend in the schedule, we will have a little more time to work on our settings and finish out the year strong. Things for me will start to get interesting now, as my wife Cassandra is 36 weeks pregnant. I am hoping the big day comes after the final race at Glen Helen, but I will be ready whenever it does.Jiri Dostal was scheduled to come back for Millville, but we opted to push it back to Steel City just to give him some more time in Texas training with Ivan Tedesco and getting back his speed and confidence. Jiri will be back at Steel City and ready to put his Team Solitaire/Kingdom/FLY Racing Honda up in the front of the pack.Thank you to everyone for your continued support. See you at the races!All the best,Ryan ClarkTeam Solitaire/Kingdom/FLY Racing Honda is an independently owned and operated professional Supercross and Motocross race team based in Phoenix, AZ. Our 2007 marketing partners include: FLY Racing, Kingdom Clothing, American Honda, Dragon Optical, WPS, Dubach Racing Exhaust, RideNow.com, MB1 Suspension, HoyFox.com, Michelin, Vortex, Team Hawg Racing, ASV, GoFast Sports, Coachseiji.com, Polisport Plastics, Enjoy Mfg., Ride Engineering, Boyesen, Pivot Works, Ready Filter, Sano Systems, Pro Honda Oils & Chemicals, RK Chain, Excel, Group D, DC Auto Wraps, Champion Tool Storage, Motion Pro, OGIO, Ron Davis Radiators, Crank Works, Hot Rods, CP Pistons, Barnett, Sidi Boots, QTM/Brembo, Pro Grip, Hammerhead, USA Sport, Cytosport, Cometic, Flyin' Kolors, IMS and Lakai.