Another Outstanding Race Weekend for Slednecks Riders Josh Galster and Misti Hurst August 5, 2008 Lexington, Ohio- Slednecks Riders and California Superbike School Coaches, Josh Galster and Misti Hurst enjoyed another weekend of outstanding AMA...
Another Outstanding Race Weekend for Slednecks Riders Josh Galster and Misti Hurst
August 5, 2008 Lexington, Ohio- Slednecks Riders and California Superbike School Coaches, Josh Galster and Misti Hurst enjoyed another weekend of outstanding AMA racing at Mid Ohio Raceway, finishing with a 19th and 23rd place respectively aboard their 2007 Kawasaki ZX6's.
For Galster, this was his 6th straight top 20 finish in 600 Supersport this season, putting him in 17th place overall in the points standings and at the top of the charts for the Rookie of the Year award.
Galster qualified in 26th position with a time of 1:31.1 and then hammered out 16 laps during the race, all consistently in the low 1:30's to finish 19th.
After a "non-ideal" start, Galster hung with a pack of slightly faster riders before a few mistakes on his part created a gap between them. After the half way mark, he began gaining on the rider in front of him but wasn't able to get close enough to attempt a pass before the end of the race.
"I wasn't riding under perfect conditions as we definitely had a few issues this weekend," commented Galster "but we were able to get them sorted for the most part. I spent quite a bit of time on the phone with Eric Dorn from EDR performance trying to find solutions, and we were at the track till late on Saturday night wrenching, but all in all, it was a good weekend."
Hurst qualified for both Formula Extreme and Supersport with a best time of 1:34.2 but opted out of Saturday's Formula Extreme race after the 3 red flags in the Superbike race had her questioning the conditions of the track, and her spare bike was put out of commission by teammate Galster who needed to borrow a few critical parts.
"Josh needed some parts off the spare," explained Hurst "and I wanted to focus on the Supersport race so I opted out of FX. It was a good decision on my part."
After an excellent start in Sunday afternoon's Supersport race, Hurst trailed a pack of faster riders, including her teammate, for a few laps before dropping back a bit and settling into her own rhythm and bringing her times down to 1:33.4. She was passed by one rider and rode the remainder of the race alone to finish 23rdposition. This puts her in 33rd place in the overall points standing.
"I was hoping to have someone to really race against, but it was fun regardless. I worked on staying nice and relaxed and on some of the techniques Keith Code was helping me with over the weekend." Said Hurst after the race. "I'm extremely happy with a 23rd place finish and want to thank my fiancee John Parker who worked tirelessly all weekend, all of our team sponsors and all of our fans.
Josh and Misti remained in Lexington after the races and are currently coaching with the California Superbike School at Mid Ohio Raceway for the next few days before heading to Thunderbolt raceway in New Jersey for more coaching and then straight to Virginia International Raceway for the next round of AMA Supersport racing.