With the Flat Track Canada schedule starting soon, reigning FT National Champ Doug Lawrence of Mississauga, ON. is certainly ready for action. The 31-year-old did his AMA Pro tour pre-season testing in Georgia, raced for two nights at the March Daytona opener Short Track, and then headed west to the Circuit of the Americas for the next U.S. round earlier this month.
The C.O.T.A. round is especially important, since this is the track manufactured for the debut of Flat Track at the “Austin X Games” last year. “I struggled throughout Qualifying at COTA,” admits Lawrence, who hadn’t ridden his Town Moto Harley-Davidson XR750 750cc Twin since last September. “I really wasn’t that happy with my riding at the beginning of the program, and I was thinking that we should have tested with the twins in Savannah.”
“I had worked out hard over the winter, I feel really fit, but the confidence wasn’t there. But then the National anthem plays, and 30 years of racing experience comes into play. You don’t have a lot of time to worry during a Flat Track program!”