For some strange reason, during Saturday practice, I felt off. The bike and I didn't seem to get a long good. I was no where near my old pace, and I didn't have confidence in the front end.
I got a new front tire after lunch, and while with each session my times improved, I wasn't feeling that great. I don't know what it was, but I just wanted to get this weekend over with!
When Sunday morning rolled around, I did morning practice, and I could tell immediately, that my confidence was not there. The bike felt strange to me, and I couldn't get any faster. I had a great start on my race, but by T4, I was getting buzzed pretty fast. I saw some 500-twins guys catch up and pass me in mid race, which further screwed with my head. At this point, I really just wanted to finish the race crash-free. I didn't expect to come in last, but I guess it happens sometimes. Just didn't want to finish the season this way. The good news is my constancy paid off.
I was able to finish 6-race weekend this year for my Expert license in '09.
Here are the final point standings in '08 for 650P
Pos Name AFM# Hometown Points
1 RAFF, DAVID 873 SALIDA, CA 306
2 FLOREA, ALEX 49 SAN JOSE, CA 268
3 ERKMAN, ALLEN 808 LOS GATOS, CA 244
4 SILVA, ANDREW 736 GILROY, CA 117
5 WALLIS, DAVID 532 FREEDOM, CA 112
6 ELROD, MARK B. 926 SAN CARLOS, CA 109
7 BARKER, JAMES 868 SAN FRANCISCO, CA 90
8 CHAN, STANLEY 750 SAN JOSE, CA 73
9 WILLIAMS, RICK 123 CONCORD, CA 72
10 DAVIS, BRIAN 863 SAN JOSE, CA 65
11 HENNING, ARI 980 SANTA CRUZ, CA 50
12 STRAUCH, JAMES 206 SACRAMENTO, CA 48
13 GONZALEZ, ROGER 688 OAKLAND, CA 47
14 DORSEY, THOMAS B. 36 REDWOOD CITY, CA 42
15 CARPENTER, JOE 424 SAN JOSE, CA 35
16 CRAMER, RICK 219 SANTA BARBARA, CA 20
17 BERNTSEN, JOHN 146 CAMPBELL, CA 9
18 RHETT, JO 553 SAN FRANCISCO, CA 4