Last two weekends been racing for the first time w/o my good bud and closest competitor Mark Anderson. I must admit it's been different not see ol #33 behind the gate with me, but in a sense I feel like he's still there and I talk to him before the gate drops. The AZOTMX gang joined the AMX gang at Octillo for some fun in the sun. Track was in great shape and we practiced on Sat, camped and moto'd Sun. Good thing as I have only been there a couple of times and there are some tricky doubles I needed to do. Turned out they were pretty easy to do after all and you could really fly outa death pit. Had a good day and went wire to wire in the Master class being pushed by Howard Dendy all day. Sluggo (that's what he signs up as! LOL) is an ol bud of mine who is getting back into racing and it's good to see him again. As we came off the track and shook hands he commented he never been roosted so hard and his bloodied lip confirmed this. In the AMX 40 Int class had a 2-1 day for the O/A and had some good battles. Yesterday we joined the COP gang at Canyon for another great day for racing. The morning had a nip in the air as it got "down to" 50deg!!! Brrrrrrr Yesterday was one of those days with high expectations and things going wrong... LOL My first OT Moto I did not even have my goggles on or my bike started when the dropped the freaken GATE!!! Here I am frantically waving as did others on the left but Zach (track owner) did not see me and turned the card sideways!! In fact by then I panicked, flooded the bike and the second gate started too!! Sure did make for some interesting passing theough as I worked my way through the field but could only muster a 3rd. 2nd moto with my bike started I redeemed myself with a wire to wire win, as I did in the 30+ Int 1st moto. But during that 3rd moto my bike started making some funny noises, clunk (last week the final lap it was stuck in 4th gear, I thought it might have caught a rock or mud?). I did not feel safe riding it but managed to finish the moto. Rode my buddy Jimco's bike for my 4th and final moto and spun on the gate and basically got smoked for a 4th, Surprisingly I took home some brass (ok it's cheap plastic) with a 2nd O/A. After the races I let my friends hear the noises, it sounds like the clutch is rubbing the cover, I just hope that's all it is.. After my Reddi Services job had a layoff and now I'm outa work it couldn't have happened at a worst time!! Whew that took longer then I thought I gotta go tear my bike apart!!!!!