The International Grand Prix in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec was the second stop for the CSRA National Series. The event took place at the cities snow dump site so there is no shortage of snow and allowed for a large track to be built. This event seems to get bigger and bigger every year as spectators line the massive snow hills to watch the races.
Clear skies and a brisk -16*C was the forecast for Saturday’s Pro Open races. Jamie had an exciting battle in Moto 1 finishing 5th. In Moto 2 he finished 6th placing him in the backrow for the final. Snow dust played a visibility factor on the first lap of the final. Nearing the end of the race, the cold temperatures froze Jamie’s hands and he had a near get off finishing 10th.
The temperatures dropped drastically over night going to -25*C, -35*C with the wind-chill, with snow and wind for Sundays racing.
Jamie decided to jump on his 2012 race sled to try something different as his 2 sleds are set up differently. He strapped on a large set or Powermadd handguard flares to block some of the cold and keep his hands warm.
Jamie placed 5th and 6th in the Motos, again starting in the backrow for the final, which wasn’t too much of a disadvantage on the outside.
He got a good start and was able to stick down on the inside of turn 1 and get up to 6th. He had a great run going but made a couple mistakes and another near get off on the rough track and fell back to 10th.
“The jump into the Pro class this year is a lot bigger than I had thought, all the riders are fast and I need to step my game up to finish closer to the top.” Jamie said after the tough weekend. “I’m going to take these next two weeks to practice and work on some areas before the next race.”
The next scheduled CSRA Event is National Round #3 at the Lindsay Fairgrounds in Lindsay, Ontario February 2-3.
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