After getting the above picture I ran back to my bike and checked the time of arrival at the finish line at New Century BMW Motorcycles. If nothing went wrong and the traffic gods were shining down upon me, I would arrive at the finish with 6 minutes to spare. Shoot, that's all kinds of time! The traffic sucked but, this is California and there is no law regarding that lane sharing/splitting stuff and I had no extra paint on my bike when I rolled into the finish line at 1456 hours. I had the clock stopped and 15 minutes to get my paperwork submitted. My friend Bob Marks was also riding in this rally and it was his first. He showed up one minute late and lost half his points! He had ridden a good rally also so that sucked for him.
I completed my paperwork and went and turned it in and talked with Ellen the Rally Master for a few minutes. I knew I could not be in the top 5 so I was not concerned with getting audited for a top finishing position. I went and found Bob and we went inside the BMW dealership to look around. We come out a few minutes later and they were calling out some names for the audit but I did not hear all of them and again I was sure I was not one of the top riders. Bob and I were just standing around talking when I hear a rally volunteer yelling, "Matt from Kernville!" Well, my name is Matt but I am not from Kernville so I just stood there looking around for the Matt from Kernville. Nobody was coming up to him so I asked him if he was looking for rider #32. He said he was. Well, that would be me. He told me to report to the scorers table with all of my rally bonus stuff.
To shorten this up a bit, I placed second with 5966 points. Brian Casey took first with 6374 points and Erik Lipps took third with 5797 points. Now, remember me being lazy and not riding the Lions Trail over to the Tehachapi Loop? It was worth 422 points. Mr. Casey beat me by 408 points!
I had a blast riding this rally! Ellen and crew did a great job putting it all together for all the riders to enjoy. Thank you to New Century BMW Motorcycles for hosting the 2012 Park & Ride. You guys have a very nice shop!
Alright, I need to get back to work on the 2012 Discover Kern County 200 rally. If you just finished reading this and it sounds like fun you can go to www.discoverkerncounty200.com and register for a fun 8 hour rally on November 10th.