Big Thanks To Novik Gloves
A few weeks ago I got an incredible opportunity to be one of the amateur rider's for the 2012 Novik Glove product photo and video shoot with Vurb Moto. I am very blessed to have Novik Gloves as a sponsor for the 2011 season. They are a colorado based company specializing in motocross gloves and they have come out with some very comfortable and cool gloves. Just wait until you see the 2012 line up from Novik Gloves. Big thanks to Bryan from Novik for the opportunity and of course all the glory goes to God for putting the right people in my path. Be sure to check out the photo's page to see one of the shots of me riding from the photo shoot, it will be the first photo that comes up.
The main goal for the Loretta Lynn Amateur Regional Championship this past weekend in Lakewood, CO was to qualify in at least one class for the largest amateur race in the world. We made it in with a 5th place overall in the College Boy class. This race was by far the best I have ever ridden at a big event like this and had such medicore results. My starts were my biggest weakness for the weekend. I had one top 5 start and I finished in 2nd place in that moto. In my other races over the weekend I started outside the top 25 and was able to pass into the top 8 in a 4 lap races. It was a good confidence builder knowing that we can come through the pack like that but frustrating at the same time because I know that I belong at the front of these races. But this was just another opportunity to learn and to grow! I'm going to make sure that my starts are my biggest strong point for the first week in August at Loretta Lynn's ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN. Its a great feeling to see all of the hard work starting to pay off on race day. All the glory goes to God, I would not be where I am out without all of his guidence! I am so blessed to have the family that I do and all of the people that believe in me! Thank you everyone
What an incredible race! Big shout out to Sweney Cycle Park, the track for the entire weekend was by far the best roughest track I have ever ridden in Colorado. Practice day on Sunday went really well and the rougher that the track got, the better I was starting to feel on the new bikes and suspension. My best lap time during practice was a 1:51 and the top pro's best practice time was a 1:45. So I was a little off of the pace that I wanted to be at but I was very confident and excited for race day. Overall the races on Monday couldnt have gone any better. I had solid and consistent top three starts in all 5 of my races and I felt really strong on the bike. I took four 1st place finishes and one 2nd place finish. So in my three classes on the day we ended with 1st in 450B, 1st in CollegeBoy, and 2nd in Open Am. The highlight of the weekend though was setting the fastest lap time of the entire event in our second 450 B moto. Tanner Wineland and I got out front early and really started to push each other, what a race! Unfortunatly, Tanner crashed really hard but was ok. I set a 1:42 lap time while battling with Tanner! First of all, all the glory goes to God! I would not be where I am right now without him in my life. Then I need to thank G-Force Powersports, my entire family, all my friends, and a special thank you to Chad Faulkner #17! I am so blessed to be given this opportunity and I am going to give it everything that I have. We have two weeks left of training and preperation to get ready for the Lakewood Loretta Lynn Regional.
First of all I just have to thank my entire family, friends, and sponsors! I am so grateful for this opportunity! The new suspension and bikes are incredible, this has been a huge missing piece in the puzzle for me. I could not believe how hard I was able to charge sections. I cant wait to start actually testing and trusting! Overall the first race on the new bikes and new suspension went great! Practice on friday was rained out but they got the track in perfect condition for saturday racing. I just had 450 B stock on saturday. On both my moto's I got taken out though on the starts, so I had to come from last. I felt like I rode really well but they only gave us 4 laps and lap time were around 1:20's! Such a short race! I was able to get 10th overall which means I passed about 10-15 kids. Then sat night the skies opened up and it didn't let up all night or sunday during the day. Crazy mud race! It was a blast! I ended up 3rd and 1st overall! I will have to send you a picture, it looked like that Daytona supercross where the track was just under water. They had to make this really slow section where you could yell out your number to them so they could score it! It felt great to get a win at our first race on the new set up and I just can't wait for this season of racing! Next thing for me now is to just keep training, get my practice bike suspension sent off and get ready for regional's!
We had a safe trip all the way to Iowa. Most of the trip it was raining really hard, but when we arrived in Iowa Thursday night it was beautiful outside. We woke up this morning to extreme weather! Rain and wind! Practice was just canceled for the day but racing will still go on for the weekend. We are praying that the weather will get better for the weekend of racing! Keep checking in for updates, photos, and race results.
Big Changes for 2011
We have made a big and exciting switch for the 2011 season. I have signed with G-Force Powersports out of Denver, CO. I am really excited about my move to G-Force and also to Yamaha! G-Force is helping us get on good and reliable bikes for the racing season. Our race bike suspension is at JGR MX right now and should be back and set to go for our next big race in Iowa the middle of May. I have had a few weeks of testing now under my belt on the new 2011 YZ450. I am really impressed with the bike; it is very good in all areas and very predictable. I can’t thank my entire family and G-Force powersports enough for this incredible opportunity! Check back soon for more updates as well as photos and videos on the new bikes!
Update From Texas
We are all moved in for the 2011 Spring National at Freestone Mx in Wortham, Texas! We arrived at the track yesterday to find no line, we couldnt believe it! The staff was extremely friendly and the owner of the track helped us get parked and situated for the week. This morning regrestration opened and again no line, so far everything has been great for this event. Most of the Nationals we attend the move in and signing up proccess is a mess. Tomorrow is practice day, for the first time at an Amateur National they are going to have practice mean something. We all will have transponders on our bikes and our gate pick for the first race of each class will be deterimed off best lap times! For the rest of today I will be doing some final bike prep, then track walk with Andrew Short, and riders meeting tonight at 6. For this week of racing, you can check out www.freestonemx.com for live timing and scoring as well as other cool features to keep up to date. I will also post a new update as much as I can. Specail thanks to everyone for making this National opportunity possible. I owe everything to God, then I would not be here with out my incredible family epspecially my Dad, and thanks to all of my sponsors!
First Race in Texas
This weekend was my first race back since the Branson Nationals in October of 2010, it sure felt good to be back at the races! This was an Area Loretta Lynn qualifier for the South Central Region at 3 Palms MX Park in Conroe, Texas. Overall the race went very well for us; we were able to qualify in all of my classes for the South Central Regional that will be held in June, at Thunder Valley MX Track, Lakewood Colorado. There was some pretty tough competition at this race so it was a good judge for pace. We feel like we know exactly the areas that we need to improve on for the upcoming races. Special thanks to my Dad and coach Jon Johnson for making all of this possible! We will be moving into the Freestone Spring Championship race a week from today! Check back for more updates.
Texas Trip Under Way
We practiced today at 3 palms mx park. I felt really smooth and solid on the bike especially for just driving for 18 hours! The track facility was really cool. There were several different tracks, a pretty big lake with jet skis, and we rode under the lights today. This weekend will be my first Loretta Lynn area qualifier so its a pretty important race. The goal will be to place in the top 8 overall in my 3 classes. Starts are going to be really important this weekend because the track is pretty easy and fast! Not too much to separate the riders out. I am thanking God everyday for everything, my incredible family for all of their support, and my sponsors. Check back for more updates from Texas, ONLY
Chris Johnson is preparing for his first big races of the 2011 season! He is heading to Texas the end of February. The first race he will compete in is a Loretta Lynn Area Qualifier at Three Palms MX. In March, he will compete in the Freestone Spring National and the GNC Motocross Final at Oak Hill Raceway. These races are two of seven big Amateur Nationals. Chris is planning on doing very well at all three events!
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.