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Soboba Casino in California Hosts Motorcycle Grand Prix
The 2008 Soboba Grand Prix took place under warm, calm conditions on the Soboba Indian reservation located in San Jacinto, California.
Jeremy Templeman, Irene Templeman and Carlos Fernandez
Jeremy Templeman tired and dirty after the race
Being a relative newcomer to the world of off road motorcycle racing, K&N Engineering’s Jeremy Templeman was somewhat unsure of what to expect coming into the 2008 Soboba Grand Prix. “As I was filling out my registration form I noticed that there weren’t any categories dividing skill level,” Templeman said. “My hopes for a good finish quickly went out the window.”
Jeremy Templeman heads out for another lap at Soboba
Jeremy Templeman on the straightaway
Templeman was able to ride his Kawasaki KX125 to a 16th place finish in the Lites 250 Four-Strike/125 Two-Stroke class, a finish that he was personally pleased with. “I was surprised to hear about the result, I thought I had finished dead last. I had to be told later through a co-worker about my finish.”
Templeman was competing against both amateurs and professionals, something that he had not previously done in his last race, the Lake Elsinore Grand Prix, in which he took 4th place in the Two-Stroke 125 beginners division.
Track conditions in San Jacinto were hot and dry, causing silt and sand to be a problem. Race officials poured water on the track to create obstacles as well as give the racers a break from the dust caused by riding over the silt. “This being my second Grand Prix, I didn’t know what to expect as the Lake Elsinore Grand Prix felt more like a motocross race. The course was rough, challenging, and littered with dangerous kickers.”
Templeman was able to keep his pace despite being lapped by the first and second place finishers. “The leader who lapped me was former pro Larry Roeseler,” he said. “Roeseler could be described as the Malcolm Smith of the 1980’s and 1990’s. So I didn’t feel too bad being lapped by racers of that caliber.”
Templeman's next race will be the Adelanto Grand Prix on the 23rd and 24th of February.
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