The rain just keeps following us around for the FIM World GP Tour. It has rained at every round that we have visited since Michael stepped in to fill the opening left in our MX1 slot caused by Ivo Steinberg's untimely ankle injury. The extent of this injury has left a void that needs to be filled for the rest of the 2012 season. Michael has made the commitment to step in and fill this void, which in turn allows the team to full fill it's requirements to all our sponsors. Based on this commitment Michael will take up residence in Lommel, Belgium until October when the season finishes.
The race in Sweden this past weekend was a really challenging endeavor caused by some really turbulent weather. To say the track was challenging would really be an understatement, as the rains made an already fast and technical track into something that resembled a war zone. Michael's day started off not so good when a rider fell right in front of him right after the start of the 1st moto. This resulted in a pit stop for fresh goggles and a new pair of gloves. With new vision and the ability to hold on to the motorcycle, it was back on the track to do the job at hand. His finish was not what he had hoped for, but he charged right to the end. The second moto started off a lot better with a mid pack start and looking good for a few laps until he lost the front end and went down causing a rock to become lodged in his rear brake. Into the pits to repair this problem and back out he went. For a few more laps he was having to over correct a motorcycle that would not track straight. Another trip into the pits and it was confirmed that the moose in the front tire had broke, which is like having a front tire that has a flat on about 1/3 of the diameter. The tire technician declared it unsafe to continue and it was back to the rig. Michael was not happy with not finishing the moto, but it was the right call to prevent an injury. His effort and desire to compete is just getting stronger as the weeks go by. Thanks Michael, as this makes all the work that you and the team do during the week worth it. This track was not kind to a lot of competitors that didn't finish the motos due to mechanicals or injury. The most notable of the riders was Antonio Cairoli who lost 50 points due to a mechanical in moto1 and getting stuck in the deep mud during the 2nd moto. The end result was he went from a huge lead in the series to a few point deficit in second in the standings.
Tisco Racing's amateur team took a weekend off for prior family commitments (we need to remember that these guys are young men and not machines). They will all be back on their bikes tearing the tracks up before we know it. Reece should be released to ride after their family vacation, whereas Drake came out and rode last week and did not look at all like he had been off with injury for a long time. In a short while these guys will join Dylan and Jack in a fully whole and healthy Team Tisco.
This next weekend is an off weekend at the GPs and Michael and Selina will use it to get settled into their new home in Belgium. So be sure to join us back here next week for all the latest information from around and internal at TiscoRacing.com. Please tell all your friends to join into the fun, games and prizes instore for our members. Don't forget to mention that the cost of all this fun is "FREE".