Im currently racing the whole "Best in the Desert" series and the "Nevada 1000" is the longest race of the series. I prepped my bike as best as I could with help from my father. The bike was set up perfectly. Thursday was a 332mi race from Vegas to Ely. It was a really long day to say the least. I was really pacing myself and letting the most of my class go by me knowing we all had to go for 3 days straight and I figured that I would gradualy pass most of them when they tired out or broke down. I had 70 minutes to work on the WR at the end of the day. We changed a 739at in the rear, changed oil and cleaned the air filter. The bike was ready to go. At 5am impound opened and we were led on a police escort to the start of the second day near a prison. Friday was a 300mi day. The terrain began to ease up a little bit and the race became a really fast desert race. With a 15 counter sprocket I feel I still didn't have enough top end, I can remember pinning my bike for minutes. (my poor piston and rings). I finished the day I think in 5th or so. Again, we had 70 minutes to work on the bike. The third day was very interesting. It was flat and extremely fast. At about 175 miles into the third day I was cruising along a fast silty jeep road when I noticed a YZ426f disabled on the side of the trail. I asked the guy if he needed any help and the guy "Ty Davis" asked "do you have a tow rope???" By the way, Ty had led the entire race up until this point. I told him that I didn't have a tow rope but I would be glad to give him a push (my foot on the back of his pipe. He said "let's do it" I pushed him for about a mile but I got really tired. He told me to switch bikes with him. So.... there I was on Ty's 426 and he's pushing me on my WR!!!!!! I remember laughling the whole way to the pits... I steered the bike into the Yamaha pits and gave the bike to Russell Peason, they were soooo greatful for the help. I continued the race and after they replaced the stator in the bike Russell Pearson passed me with a huge thumbs up about 75 miles later. I finally finished the race in 27 hours and Franco Acerbis ran up to me and gave me a big hug (because I wear all Acerbis gear). I took alot of picutres with him and Ivan "Ironman" Stewart at the finish. I ended up with a 4th place!!! They gave me a great (cheap plastic) trophy. The winner (in the Ironman Expert class) was on a Bone stock CRF450!!! Then two XR650's and then me. I would've gotten sixth but both KTM's in my class broke down and never finished all three days. Fourty miles from the race my bike wouldn't go into fifth gear but I made it into town. (I'll have to look at that). Thanks for asking how I did guys!!!! You guys were definatly an inspiration. Quick notes after 1000 miles: My Alpinestars Tech 8's were magic, perfect in every way!! Guts racing seat foam made me comfortable through the whole race.. Fineline suspension did my forks, they were plush when I needed them and stiff when I needed them. Awsome.... My Hebo clutch is a pile!!! It went out at mile 150 on the second day. Im always working on it. Im done with it!!!! The Bridgstone 601 on the front is bullet proof!! and Slime really works, no flats... Im getting a tow rope and putting in my fanny pack just in case. See ya!!