This past saturday at round one of the 2014-2015 FTR Harescramble series Jake Alsup took home the Junior B win by over five minutes. The real battle was happening behind him as Beau Smith, Anthony Depietto, and Jack Langford battled for the number two spot. Beau, Anthony, and Jack are not only competitors but good buddies off the track. The three are all a part of the Palm Beach Track and Trail Riders club and Beau and Jack even attend the same school. While battling with your buddies is fun, it also turns out to be very competitive. Nobody likes to lose but losing to your friend makes it even worse. Jack held second place until the last lap when he admitted to hitting a wall and suffering from a leg cramp. Anthony was right behind Jack until about midway when he started to fade, Beau was the benefactor in all this as he held his pace and was able to take home second place. Let’s hear from the riders.
Beau Smith, Junior B 2nd Place
FLDB: How’d your weekend go Beau?
BS: Pretty good overall practice went really good, I was still braking in my motor so I was taking it really easy checking out lines and stuff. When the time came to go to the line it was extremely hot, hottest race I’ve ever raced in. On the start I missed my kicker so I was really far back in the pack for about a lap then most of the people in my class dropped like flies. This race really tested your physical ability and endurance and the work that I put in finally paid off when I got a second place. I was pretty happy with my finish but i know i could have rode a little better, but that’s all in my head.
FLDB: For awhile it was Jack, Anthony, and then yourself running 2-3-4. You guys were all pushing each other, how was that riding with your friends?
BS: It’s always fun having that competition with your friends, it makes the race even more fun. I am super excited to race them in the upcoming season.
FLDB: You guys all looked good but then the heat really set in. Anthony told me that he was exhausted and Jack start dot cramp up. You kept going strong and ended up in second place. You must have done your work over summer.
BS: Yeah I’ve been doing a lot of road cycling and watching what I eat. I am starting to get more serious about racing.
FLDB: That is good to hear and it seems like it paid off. You mentioned the heat being a huge factor. The hottest it got on Saturday was 117 degrees with the heat index. When you get into the triple digits it starts to become very dangerous for the riders. Do you think FTR should look into starting the season a month or two later to avoid the heat?
BS: I think it would be more enjoyable for the guys who are out there to just ride and have fun. In a way it’s fun for me because it tests who’s been training and who’s been lazy. A lot of people think they can sit on the couch all week and expect to come out and run for almost two hours but that is not the case. In the heat you can tell who wants it more.
FLDB: That is very true. Who would you like to thank?
BS: I’d like to thank my parents for everything they do for me. Without them none of this would be possible and I would be nowhere without them. I have to give a big shootout to the Rash family, they have taught me a lot about motocross and help me out in any way possible. Palmetto Motorsports, Smith Optics, MSR. Stoked Entertainment, and Floridadirtbike.net thank you as well.
FLDB: Thank you for your time and good luck to you for the rest of the season.
BS: Thank you.
Anthony DePietto, 3rd Place Junior B
FLDB: How did your race go Anthony?
AD: I did a lot better than I originally thought. The heat was a real problem after the first lap for me, after that I just tried to keep it on two wheels and finish. I ended up third, a lot better than i thought I thought I was going to do. Now I know what I need to work on and put in some hard training for the next rounds.
FLDB: For a while it was Jack, yourself, and Beau running 2-3-4. How was it being up front with your buds?
AD: It was definitely fun! After a couple laps we began to space out from each other and it became a race against myself.
FLDB: I bet that keeps you pushing when you see your friend trying to get around you.
AD: For sure, nobody wants to get beat by their friend.
FLDB: I noticed you weren’t running some type of hydration system, what was the deal with that?
AD: I normally don’t run a camelback, I haven’t in a while. It definitely cost me this race, I regret not wearing one. I’m definitely going to use it at the warmer races now.
FLDB: So you have a top 3 under your belt now. What is the goal for the rest of the year?
AD: My goal is to stay healthy and keep getting solid finishes all year. I haven’t had a nice consistent season in a long time.
FLDB: Well Anthony who would you like to thank?
AD: Obviously I want to thank my mom and dad for everything they do for me to race another year. I also want to thank Beau and Jack for the competition, I couldn’t ask for better competitors.
FLDB: Thank you for your time!
Jack Langford, 8th Place Junior B
FLDB: How was your weekend Jack?
JL: My weekend was good, my race was not so good however. I overheated and was unable to finish my last two laps.
FLDB: You were riding great, you started to get a little gap on Anthony and Beau and you looked strong. That heat was insane however, you pulled off with a leg cramp correct?
JL: Yeah my cramps were really bad and they would not go away. I wasn’t fit enough for the heat to be honest but it was a good thing because now I know I have the speed to be up front I just need to do some more cardio to better my stamina so this doesn’t happen again.
FLDB: How was it riding with Anthony and Beau?
JL: It’s always fun to battle with them because we are all good riders and we ride together all the time.
FLDB: I have to ask this one question. The rider who won Junior B, Jake, he put a solid gap on you guys. Now last year you all seemed to beat him pretty regularly but he seemed super fast and smooth. Why do you think he did so good.
JL: He must have put in his work over summer, you can’t just get that fast overnight.
FLDB: Definitely, who would you like to thank Jack?
JL: I would like to thank my parents for always having my bike ready, driving me to the races and just giving me the opportunity to race. I have to thank FTR as well for all the hard work they do in order for us to have the opportunity to race.
FLDB: Thank you for your time.