The 2018 race season is in the bag. The team finished another great year of racing. Here is what Logan and Nik had to say about the final weeks of the season.
From the southern California training trip that we took two weeks ago we had a mini break to regroup and prepare for the finals for the pro GRT national in Mammoth Lakes California. But first we have to stop at the outdoor demo in North star California it was a great event collaborating with retailers and consumers to demo all of our KHS products. The definite highlight there was the KHS 6555+ E-Bike coming out this year. They have really done an excellent job on this model and hope that everyone can get out on the KHS 6555+ and have some fun.
From there we headed down to Mammoth Lakes and met up with teammate Nick Nestoroff hot off of his world champs race in Switzerland. The conditions were quite brutal up there with gust wins of 35 miles an hour and lows of 32° we definitely had some chilling weather with fall and winter approaching quickly.
We only had a short three days of practice for the final GRT national. Nik and myself qualifying in the top six positions. Nick qualifying fourth and I qualified sixth. With the championship title up for grabs I was doing my best to manage my points to try and get the title and secure a top three finish. Unfortunately with some mental struggles and dealing with 10,000 feet elevation I ended up seventh overall on the day. And securing myself 2nd place overall pro GRT national series.
Coming into the final round of the national series, Logan and I felt very strong for the season finale. We were sitting second and third overall with hopes of staying in that top three or perhaps move up a spot. Brand new track layout in Mammoth for this race. The top was super steep with some tight rocky sections that were very technical. Which then flowed into the bottom which was more wide open with some fast berms and jumps. So all around the track was really good and suited my riding style very well. My KHS rode great all week and after getting the suspension set up during practice it was time for the qualifying race. I had a decent run, was just trying to see how my lines felt during a fast full race run. Ended up 3rd in qualifying and was super happy about that. From there it was all about getting rested up and getting the bike ready for finals. Finals day came around and it was super windy in the morning, which is never a good thing. That cleared out mid morning and turned out to be a perfect day to go racing. I gave everything I could In my race run which put me in 4th place. I was really excited about that because it secured my 3rd place overall in the GRT National Series. With Logan finishing 2nd overall in the series it was a great year for KHS.