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I know I have been terrible as far as posting goes, and I am sorry for this. I have been busy and more important things have taken over writing. I can’t promise that I will continue to post frequently after today, but I do want to just post a little update on what I’ve been up to the past couple of weeks months.
College – Johns Hopkins Class of 2014
After much work on my application, essays, and recommendations, I was finally notified, at 7:02 PM on Dec. 15, 2009 via email, that I have been accepted into Johns Hopkins University as a member of the class of 2014.
I am happy to announce a new sponsors of my motocross racing efforts – Tek Graphics. Tek Graphics is a Brooklyn, Connecticut based motocross graphics company. Tek was started by New England amateur racer Ty Gagnon as a spin off of his father's Gagnon Sign business.
Ty is a great guy and is doing great work for many of New England's best riders. His graphics are of the highest quality and his designs are second to none. Ty has been involved in graphic and sign
making since he was a kid, and it definitely shows in the quality of his work. He also works very hard to provide top notch customer service. I have seen him hand deliver graphics to local races on more than one occasion.
My father recently had Tek add MikeMartinRacing.com, Racer X, and Racer X Virtual Trainer logos to the front of our box truck, and they look awesome. Ty did a great job of making the graphics fit in with the rest of our truck's design and it came out awesome.
Tek Graphics is already making graphics for a number of New England's top riders, so if you are not yet one of their customers, stop wasting time! Visit www.tekmx.com to order your graphics today.
The 2008 motocross season is over, and it was a huge learning experience for me.
2008 was my first year on big bikes, and it was a lot of fun. I took the spring season completely off from racing and almost entirely off from riding. This gave both my father and I a needed mental and financial break from motocross. In addition, it allowed to get in better shape, so I would be ready for the bigger bikes, and it gave my dad time to find me a bike. After a few weeks of searching, my dad and X-Pro put together a 2006 RMZ250f for me. Although it is a few years old, X-Pro completely went through the entire bike, getting in back into excellent shape. The suspension was sent to Factory Connection and it worked awesome all season long. It may not have been the newest bike on the track, but it definitely was sufficient for my needs, and allowed me to adjust to the full sized four-stroke motocross bikes.
NESC Fall Series
After spending the Spring Series getting my bike together, I finally began racing in the fall in the NESC Fall Series. I had to miss the first race at MX207 because of mechanical issues with our box truck, so this meant that my first race of the year would be at CCC in Central Village, CT. This race was humbling to say the least, I hadn't ridden in weeks, and it was my first time ever riding my new bike. After a few weeks of racing, however, I finally started to get the hang of the bigger bike. I even managed to win a race in the 125 Youth C class at Jolly Rogers. A few weeks into the season, and I had already earned enough points to move up to the 125 Youth B class. This class was a lot faster than the C, but it felt good to know that I had moved out of the Youth C class after years of racing that class on my underpowered (compared to the 250fs) KX100. My first few races were really tough in the newer class, but, eventually I got the hang of the new pace, and began to improve my results. My best finish of the year in the Youth B class was a 5th at Jolly Rogers.