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Metrakit supplied 50 - 72cc bikes - capable of 140km speeds
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What Lee had to say when they came back
Tanner was focused to go and have fun - no expectations other than to meet new kids and experience racing in another country - what we didn't realize that the Spanish are "nuts" about racing - this venue was world class and over whelming - this was the show!!!! - I saw him start to think and ponder and then settle in as only Tanner does - for any of you that know Tanner he is very focused - he says little and does allot of listening - in the Metrakit garage he was coached by the Brazilians and the Americans - both of which had been to the track before - he listened - and went out in the time trials with a commitment to get his lap times down - his times consistently dropped to the point that on his last lap in the race on Sunday he ran a 2:14 - this was only seconds off the lead -
Tanner saw allot of accidents and also found himself in the gravel on one occasion - his buddies were shook up - he was quiet and focused - he studied and asked questions - and was committed to braking late and getting on the gas early - (Jay-Angus and Phil would be proud) Feedback from the garage was brilliant - the mechanics were very focused on how the bike was set up - I must admit he felt like a "rock star" - 3 mechanics pouring over the bike asking him questions and doing their best to set the bike up just right for him - this was amazing and was a true testament to Metrakit and their commitment to the international contingent of racers that came from all over the world to race and compete.
Race day - sunny and 20 degrees - the smell of Repsol race fuel in the air - bikes all revving at 15,000 rpm to get the temp up to race - tires in the warmers!!!! (serious) - grid set - umbrella girls and all - the rest is history - tanner showed up and road the race of his life - his words "dad- I was only getting warmed up when I saw the checkered flag"
12th place - a parade of international flags - and Spanish paella feast - brand new international race friends now talking via msn - and memories that will never leave - all developed at the GP track in Valencia