This past weekend my good friend and sponsor, Chad Faulkner and I took a little road trip to Nebraska for a motocross race on what we had heard was a great track! I think that the track had a cool layout but the conditions were terrible, we have never raced a track that was this dry and dusty. The first big event of race day was the track workers rolling the water truck! So no water all day, 105+ degree heat, and 20+ mph winds make for a long day! Despite it all, Chad and I had a blast! The track was so bad that is was pretty challenging and as long as you pulled the holeshot it was super fun! Between the two of us we won every pro moto for the day. I took the win in 450 A and Open A, and Chad swept the all vet A classes and took 2nd in 450A. First of all; all the glory goes to God he is doing amazing things in my life right now. Also a big shout out to Chad Faulkner for helping me out so much and for being a great friend. Thank you to G-Force Powersports, JGR, Rocket Concepts, cjmx schools, one ind, tag, sunline, novik gloves, 100 percent, braking, ODI Grips, FMF, Hinson, Leatt
We are officially on our way home from our two week racing and training trip to Texas. What a great trip, awesome opportunity, and huge blessing this trip has been. The picture to the left was taken during a practice session last week at 3 Palms Mx Park. 3 Palms was the track we practiced at while staying in the Lake Conroe, Thousand Trails Campground. My girlfriend Brittany was able to fly into Houston while we were staying at the campground and what a blessing it was to have her on this trip as such a big support system. The week of training and resting at Lake Conroe was great! We headed up to the Freestone Mx Track on Friday afternoon for a full weekend of racing the South Central Loretta Lynn Regional Qualifier. My racing day on Saturday did not go very well. I was playing huge head games and I mentally beat myself up, it took me a long time to recover! By Saturday night my Mom, Dad, and Brittany had me out of my tail spin and proud of where I am at with my racing. What a difference an attitude adjustment made! I knocked almost 14 seconds off my lap times from Saturday to Sunday. This weekend was also very demanding physically! I was in 4 classes and it was a 3 moto format so I raced 4 times Saturday and 8 times on Sunday with most of my races being back to back in the extreme Texas heat! I really feel that we left on a positive note and I am very motivated to put in the work that is going to be required to compete at the next level. I ended the weekend not qualifying for Lorettas in any of my classes. But we still have one more shot at the North Central Regional in Illinois a few weeks away. Most likely if you are reading this you have helped me in my racing career and I cannot thank you enough for helping me chase my dream! Special thanks this weekend to my Mom, Dad, and Brittany! They all three helped me so much this trip and stuck it out in the heat! All of the glory goes to God for all of the opportunities that I have had!
We made it down to Texas and everything is going great! We raced at the Freestone Mx track in Wortham, Texas today and overall everything went really well. This is the same track that I am racing next weekend for the Loretta Lynn Regional Qualifier so we wanted to get some more time on the track. I ended up with a 9th and 13th overall today in the 250 and 450 Pro classes. I am pretty happy with the way the I rode and am very grateful to finally be feeling healthy and good on the bike. I know exactly what I need to work on this week in order to be ready for next weekend's race. We are on our way to a thousand trails campground right now to stay for the week. The campground is at lake conroe and is about 30 mins away from a really good practice track. Of course all of the glory goes to God, and I cant thank my entire family enough for all of the support over the years! Racing at the level we are at right now is so much fun and I couldn't be here without everyone! So thank you guys! Also a big thank you to the G-Force powersports crew, my bikes and everything are running so well! Be sure to check for new photos and videos.
Sorry that it has taken me so long to get this update posted everyone! Over the weekend of May 5th I raced a South Central Loretta Lynn area qualifier in Lakewood, CO. Overall the weekend went really well and I qualified in all 4 of my classes for the Regional race in Texas the first weekend in June. The crash I had at the Sterling race took more of a toll on my body than we originally thought! I was unable to train or ride the week prior to this race due to soreness and my stomach area not feeling well. For the Lakewood race every moto I was having sharp stomach pains and I was unable to finish my races really strong like I am used to! Luckily my starts were really good this weekend so I was able to hold on for qualifying positions. The Monday after the race I went to the Drs. I found out that I had some swollen and bruised internal organs and the Dr. suggested rest and lots of it! My next race will be the amateur days race at the pro national in Texas the last weekend in May! Starting next week I will work my way back to my training and riding schedule to be ready for our Texas trip. The amateur day race is on the same track as our Loretta Lynn Regional qualifier the following weekend. I will post updates and photos as much as I can while were in Texas.
This past weekend I raced a district 25 race in Sterling, Colorado. Overall we struggled all weekend with bikes and riding, but we are healthy and we know exactly what we need to work on to move forward! We practiced the track all day on Saturday and overall I felt really good on the track. This track was really fast, technical, and sandy. I got help from Tim from JGR on bike set up for this style of a track and it helped a lot, so big shout out to Tim for all the help this weekend! My last practice of the day went really well and I felt ready and confident for Sunday. Sunday morning's practice was going great until my final lap of practice on my 250 I had a pretty bad crash. Thank God I was not injured just bruised and sore and all that was wrong the bike were bent bars! It was time to reset and get ready for racing, 450 A was second race of the day so I didn't have much time. My first race of the day was going really well, the new bike changes and start practice really payed off with a top 5 start! But by the end of the 1st lap my motor on my 450 stopped. I was forced to DNF my first moto. Thankfully I was able to race the 2 stroke the rest of the day! Throughout the day I had a lot of ups and downs with good/bad starts and getting tangled with other riders. My last race of the day went really well though and it was a great way to end the rough day of racing. I was in about 20th on the 1st lap and I passed up to 7th by the end of the race. I had to really work for it on the 2 stroke against all the 450s. I am very grateful to be healthy after this weekend and I am looking forward to our next race this coming weekend at Thunder Valley Mx in Lakewood, CO for a Loretta Lynn Qualifier. Of course all of the glory goes to God and a big thank you to all of my family and friends that made the trip out!
This past weekend was my first Loretta Lynn Area Qualifier of the 2012 racing season and also my first out of state pro race. Overall everything went very well! We traveled to Iowa last Thursday in order to arrive in Winterset, IA Thursday night so we could be settled in for Fridays practice. It turned out that Fridays practice was canceled due to rain! This gave me extra time to just get the bikes all ready for racing. The track turned out great for racing come Saturday morning. I got 4 laps of practice on the track and it was time to go racing. Saturday I raced in 250 A and 450 A. To our excitement the A classes had the biggest gates of the event with 20-25 riders. I qualified with a 6th in the 450 class but ended up with an 11th on the 250 due to a second moto crash. I got tangled with another rider and it wasn't a hard fall but enough to knock me out of qualifying. You have to finish in the top 8 to qualify for regional s. I was ready to get back to racing on Sunday and I was feeling much more confident with the track. Sunday morning practice was the best I have rode in a long time and by far the best I have rode the new 250 2 stroke. (this was also my first race ever on a 2 stroke bike) Sunday I raced Open Pro and 2 stroke. My racing all day went really well and I ended with a 3rd in the Open Pro and 1st in the 2 stroke. About an hour before my last race of the day it started to rain hard! So my last race of the event on the 2 stroke was a mud race! I had way too much fun. I started in 3rd and by the end of the 1st lap had passed into 1st. Great way to end the weekend. I know exactly what I need to work on to improve from here and I am looking forward to carrying this momentum into Sterling next weekend! First of all all the glory goes to GOD! Then I cannot thank my family enough for everything they do. My Mom, Dad, and Girlfriend all came with me on this trip and they all helped me so much! Could not be doing this without all of my sponsors TYT MX, Rocket Concepts, G-force powersports, JGR MX, ONE Ind, 100 percent, Novik Gloves, Tag, Sunline, Braking, ODI Grips, Go Pro, FMF, Leatt,
I am finally back to 100 percent and since my last post I competed in my first ever professional event. It was a Berthoud Hare Scramble. These races are a little different format that a typical motocross race. The biggest difference is that these races are two hours long! Also a much longer course, this one being about a 11 min lap time. I was nervous going into the race with my conditioning just coming off an injury, but to my surprise I felt great throughout the entire race! The experience of the entire day will be one that I will never forget much like my first ever race. I was excited and nervous at the same time. The start of the race is also different from a typical motocross race. We don't start behind any gates but instead off the side of the bike looking at a man with a flag behind us, once he waves that flag you swing your leg over and take off. I started to make a wrong turn off the start just to find out that what I thought was the course was roped off! Needless to say, I got a really bad start when it was all said and done. By the end of the first 11 min lap I had taken over the lead! It was a good feeling coming around that first lap all by myself to see my friends and family cheering me on! That was motivation right there to keep the lead for the rest of the 2 hours! During my first pit stop for fuel I lost the lead to another pro rider! He pulled a 10 second gap on me while I was still in the pits, the race was on! I pushed hard the next few laps and caught up to his rear tire when he took his pit stop. I pulled away and never looked back, taking 1st place in my class and 1st place overall of the entire event! I cannot thank everyone enough that has helped me get to this level. Having God as such a big part of my life is something that I can never overlook, HE is the reason I am the person I am and why I won that race so ALL of the glory goes to him. This is just a step in the right direction for me and I know that I still have a lot of hard work ahead of me to achieve my goals in mx racing. I am planning on doing a few more races of this style this winter to help train for 2012, my first full season as a PRO.
Hey everyone sorry for the delay in the updates! Many of you saw the DNF's in the last moto of Loretta’s, I am ok! I ended up having a crash in my 2nd moto of 450B mod, it was a fluke thing, and I hit a tree. I fractured several ribs and fractured a few bones in my shoulder which ended my Loretta’s week early! I just saw the Dr Today and I still have about 3 weeks left of recovery time and then I will be back to training and riding! Overall the two week racing trip went really well. My best overall finish was in the college boy class at Ponca City with a 3rd place! The plan right now is to get all healed up and hopefully race brush the first weekend of October. Make sure to check the photo's page for National's photos
Overall everything is going really well here in ponca city! Other than the fact that it is 110 degrees outside! But my first 4 races of the week have gone really well. I have only finished outside the top ten in one race, the biggest improvement for me has been my starts this year! I have been in the front pack every moto except for one race. Tomorrow will start 2nd moto's and the goal is to just keep doing what were doing, to stay consistant, and to b
Just got done with practice today here in Ponca City, OK. Overall I had a really good day and my lap times are in the top 5 in all my classes so Im feeling ready for racing! The first races start tomorrow morning at 8am and my first race of the week is CollegeBoy #27 on the race order. I will race twice tomorrow late in the afternoon. Move in yesterday went pretty well, we were the 597th race rig to enter the park this year! We still got a pretty good spot behind the start line which is nice because we dont have to push the race bikes very far to and from the track, they dont allow pit riding here. After everyone got moved in yesterday we had a tech inspection where they just check over your bikes to make sure they are safe, then we had a riders meeting. After riders meeting was church service hosted by Kevin Cozzad from Mxers For Jesus. What a blessing it is to get to spend time with them over the next two weeks of racing! Check back soon for more updates and pictures.
Chris Johnson is a rising star in the sport of motocross. He is working very hard to be one of the small yet exclusive riders to make the transition from the amateur ranks to the full stardom of the professional circuit.