Mark Anderson Memorial Race

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  • G-Man

Posted March 18, 2002 - 05:52 PM


Another gorgeous 68deg. day greeted the AZOTMX gang at Canyon Raceway for the first of two Mark Anderson Memorial races. Maggie Kritcher had some really cool shirts made up with "In memory of #33" on front and a great Mark A jump shot provided by Cheryl Culbreath on the back. This is the same pic on his web page. Mark A

Josh Butcher had some really cool stickers done, with proceeds from the shirts going to his family and the sticker fund going to Marks daughter Mandy. After practice ended we did a slow parade lap with his good friend JT riding Mark's bike. I must admit it was eerie to see #33 alongside me once again and I was hoping that I had finally awoken from this bad nightmare.

We were instructed to pull up in front of the grandstand and who ever wanted to speak, could. This is the 3rd time I've done this and it hasn't gotten any easier. I thanked everyone for being there as well as my fellow OTer's, it was great to see everyone lined up in there blue jerseys, and I am very proud to be one of them. Cheryl was next and she did really well, until breaking down in the end.

On to the racing; Local fast guy Doug "Airtime" Goodman decided to show up and give me fit's which he always does, as well as Canyon local Lenny Suppes and Howard "Sluggo" Dendy on his brand new 02YZ250. He'd been leaving messages on my phone during the week, basically saying my party is over! LOL.

Gate dropped in the combined Masters/Expert/Amateur moto and I pulled a nice holeshot down the 5th gear start, funneling down into the tight 180-tree turn. I'm thinking "how cool is this, Mark's Memorial Race and here I am in the lead!" I must admit to having a little extra determination to not give it up as I could hear Sluggo yelling at me! The screaming two-strokes were pushing me hard and I was anticipating a red bike to come flying by me anytime. Didn't have to wait long and Doug tried tripling past me but didn't have enough of a drive and cased it hard, so I was able to keep him at bay, for now. These shenanigans went on for four more hairball laps, and I managed to pull off the win. Whew, that was a doozy! There were some interesting moments as we approached some lappers, I don't want to land on anyone, but I know if I shutoff for an instant Doug is going to fly by me.

Second OT moto and Lenny pulled a sweet 3rd gear holeshot and I settled into second, but not for long. This time Doug successfully tripled past me and started attacking Lenny. I had a bird's eye view of this and thought with Doug's aggressive riding, that the two might tangle and I could get them both.
Goodman launched off 'Suicide Hill' barely avoiding Suppes rear wheel, in the corner. Going up the next hill Doug grabs another big handful, which shot him into the outside of the turn. Gases it again doing his best speedway impression, and I'm thinking, "damn I missed an opportunity and Doug sure does want this win!" Now we are going down the 5th gear downhill and he's pegged again going into the slippery corner on the outside bar to bar with Suppes, and passed for the lead! Whew, if I want this win, I'm going to have to give 110%! Made my move into second and gave everything I had to stay glued to Doug's rock spraying rear wheel. As we were jamming down the 4th gear start sweeper, Doug drifted just a little wide and I knew I'd better "do it now!" Grabbed a handful and stuck the big ol 426 on the inside, he tried to get it back but I shut the door. Now all I had to do was keep this madman behind me for ¾'s of a lap, this is no easy feat, trust me on this one. He tried one last ditch effort, but overshot the turn and I hung on for the win. As we rolled off the track, I turned around and shook hands with Doug just like Mark and I always did. That was for you Brother and I know he was smiling down on me.

This race story is already long winded, so I will be brief now. In my Vet Int moto's I worked my ass off against 10 aggressive riders and managed a 2-3 for 3rd OA. Doug won the last moto, but I got him three out of four, so all in all it was a good day.

The next Mark A Memorial race is this Sat at SpeedWorld, hope to see my fellow Zonies there!

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  • RacerX

Posted March 19, 2002 - 05:11 PM


Good ride G, going to try to make it out Sat to Speedworld to watch and remember.

FYI, guess what - I broke my left thumb snow skiing at Mt Hood on Friday. Well at least it was on my left hand, the same side as my bad wrist. Guess I'll just wait until the fall, I mean autumn, to ride again now...

  • G-Man

Posted March 19, 2002 - 06:16 PM


OMG Paul,
I can't believe you broke your thumb skiing, damn you can't get a break errr I mean ahhhhhh nevermind. Seriously though hope your doing ok.

Look at the bright side, now you can tell the Mrs that m/c's aren't that bad after all...

Hope to see you Saturday.


  • F-Pilot

Posted March 19, 2002 - 06:52 PM


I'm glad I came, was a nice tribute to Mark. I didn't know that his bike was there till we did the parade lap and when I saw it pass me, I was kinda uneasy till you explained what was going on.
Congrats on your win!

You went Skiing with a barely healed broken wrist????? Will this need surgery too?

I am slowly getting the "baby F" dialed in. I hope to do better than last place next Sat.
See you all there!

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  • Maicoman

Posted March 20, 2002 - 06:42 AM


Excellent tribute to Mark !
Big thanks to everyone involved and Canyon Off- Road Park.

New bike and a new knee; last place in that fast crowd ain't a bad thing :)

Racer X
You must be kidding ? Time to put your ass in a bubble bag.

BTW, Denny's foot was broken due to the wind assisted landing on Homicide. We will know today if it's going to be pins, screws, or a cast.


  • RacerX

Posted March 20, 2002 - 11:48 AM


My wife was skiing Friday also, I tried to convince her that riding M/C's isn't the only dangerous sport but she didn't buy into it.

No surgery on the thumb required, it's just a small fracture on the inside of the large bone at the base of the thumb. My ortho doc gave me a removable splint to wear for a month. He wants me to be able to continue to work the wrist, so I can take the splint off while I'm not moving around to keep the wrist loose. It's nice not having to bag the splint for showers also.

Sorry to hear about Denny's foot, let us know what the doc says and if we can help out with anything (homework, etc.)...

  • armourbl

Posted March 20, 2002 - 12:29 PM


I didn't know Mark, but I was riding in the GP that day the accident happened...

I didn't know about the Memorial Race. I didn't plan on racing this weekend, but I'm going to try to make to Speedworld on Saturday G-Man.

Maybe I can give F-Pilot a run for his money, even though we'll be in different classes cuz of age differences..


  • G-Man

Posted March 20, 2002 - 05:49 PM


Cool hope to see you guys out there!


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