After a couple of months lay off with a wrist and hand injury, Knighter.net Honda’s David Knight returned to race action at the big X-Games final in downtown LA on Sunday. After collecting a bronze in Brazil in his only other X-Games outing earlier in the season, David was mainly looking to get back to racing, have fun and get a solid result. David and mechanic Nick arrived on Tuesday to do some training and testing during the week, unfortunately the bike was stuck in customs and wasn’t released until Friday afternoon, too late to do any training but they at least got a couple of hours at the famous Glen Helen raceway on Saturday morning just to make sure all was well.
Sunday race day at the X-Games was very intense, with practice, qualifying, semi final and final all taking place straight after one another. It didn’t give much time between runs to change set up but straight away David was on the gas on the very supercross style track. Being less than a second off pole position was a great start. Finishing third in the semi final where 5 go straight through to the main, ensured David would get a good gate pick which was crucial for the tight and flowing track. In the final, he made another good start, rounding turn 1 in 3rd position and quickly settling into a good solid pace for the tough 12 laps. Battling with a few guys, he made a couple of small errors on the slick track to drop to sixth at the finish but was happy with how he rode and can now work hard for the remainder of the season.
I’ve really enjoyed X-Games this weekend, it was my first race back after injury and I felt pretty good in practice and my qualifying was really good as normal. I’m happy enough with 6th place in the final, I knew I couldn’t push that extra few percent for the 12 lap race as my fitness is not where it needs to be for endurocross as its completely different from anything else. My bike being stuck in customs all week didn’t help as I was going to train hard and get the bike dialled back in for endurocross during the week. I had to guess gearing and suspension settings for the race which hurt us a little. The track was also very different to normal as it was very supercross like with many jumps, which is something that favours the guys with motocross backgrounds, but I really enjoyed it and it was good fun, that’s the thing I like with it, the tracks are never the same with endurocross. Now I can build back up to where I was at the start of the season, we have lots of races left and I’m ready to get going.
I’d like to say thank you to my sponsors, and also to JCR Honda and Pablo at Del Amo Motorsports for the help they gave me during the week.
Photos: Garth Milan