Livingston, CA (February 11, 2014) – 51FIFTY Energy Drink rider Jake Canada timed the gate for the 250 Main in San Diego perfectly. Racing into turn one, Jake was out front but held it wide open for a second too long, careening off the track and onto the stadium grass. Sliding back and forth searching for traction to get back on the track, his race from the back of the pack to 9th was on; maddening but impressive.
Coming into San Diego, the local rider from Sun City was full of confidence. After a great ride the week prior in Anaheim and a solid week of testing, Jake was looking for a career best at Qualcomm stadium. When the gate dropped for Heat #2, Jake put himself in a solid qualifying position. Focused on racing and learning new lines on the short, technical track, Jake would ride and eventually finish in 5th to, once again, earn a direct transfer to the Main.
With a few adjustments to his Honda CRF250R, Jake Canada began his pre-race routine of various stretches and flexibility drills with Charles Dao and, with a good sweat, headed down the tunnel to the starting gate for the 250 Main.
As he had a week prior, Jake gated perfectly and was in position to holeshot the Main. Squeezing every last bit of power into turn one, Canada simply carried too much momentum drifting off the track onto the slippery grass infield. As if riding on ice, Jake fought for traction, nearly going down, until fighting his way back on the track. For Jake, racing from the back of the pack instead of up front with the leaders was infuriating but for his fans it would be a great show as he passed riders lap after lap. With the ultra-short track and Main lasting only 12 minutes, Jake’s race to the front was limited but amazingly finished inside the Top 10 in 9th place.
“I had a solid Heat race, my conditioning is the best it’s been, and my lap times were are par with the top guys. I expected better of myself in the Main,” explained Jake Canada. “I blew the first turn after getting a good jump, rode hard to finish 9th but that doesn’t make going into the long break too enjoyable.”
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