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Blais Racing Jackrabbits 2013 Press Release


JackRabbits MC



By: Ben Meza


I woke up early race morning and left my Apple Valley home to head out to Red Mountain for the first desert race of my season. I got out to the staging area around 8:00am. After I signed up, I went to go put on my gear and do any final adjustments to my KTM. It took a while to start the bike until I realized a cable was disconnected due to a tank swap out. I finally got the bike started with the help of HBMC club member, Steve Rawlinson, as well as my Dad.



Ben on his Blais Racing Services/ Fasstco KTM 200. Photos by Grumpy

I headed to the start to try and find a line. I had a horrible line choice but decided to make the best of it. When the banner dropped, I got a great start and was running in the top five, when I hit a rock in the dust and was catapulted off my bike. I got back up found my bike and continued on my way.

I kept my pace up and slowly started to pick people off and after the first loop, I had moved up to the top 15 overall. I had a fast pit and was back out on my second lap. The connector for the first and second loop was really fun and suited my riding style. I started picking more and more people off on the down hills, and next thing I knew, I was out of dust and back out on the main loop. I rode smart from that point on and finished 1st Place in my class and 11th Place Overall - my first race on the Expert row!

I was pretty pleased of my finish. I feel like all the hard work I put in over the off season is paying off and I can't wait for the rest of the 2013 season. Thanks to Blais Racing Services, ESR Suspension, Muscle Milk, TLD, Race Tech, KTM USA, Fasst Co, Dirt Tricks, BRP, my parents, and everyone that helps me out.

Blais Racing Services/ Fasstco Rider Brendan Crow would also be racing in the Expert Class for the first time this weekend. Brendan would finish up the day 5th place in the stacked 250 Expert Class and 22nd overall.
By: Brendan Crow
Leading into the Jackrabbits race, I knew my new 250 Expert Class was going to be very competitive, and that my first race in the expert class was going to be tough. I had made some major changes to the bike beforehand, and did not have any time to test them prior to running the bomb start. It made me pretty nervous! My main goals for the race were to get seat time on the bike and to get some experience riding the expert line before racing the National Hare and Hound in a few weeks. I arrived at the start line late and had to take a line from the way outside. Not a good start! Off the line my bike started first kick, and away I went. I got stuck in dust about halfway through the bomb, and had to fight through dust most of the first loop.
I had never done this race before, and man was it cold! My hands went numb on the first loop and once they finally warmed up, I started to get hand cramps. My goggles were completely covered in dust, and I couldn't wait to get a fresh pair. After pitting, I tried to pick up the pace a bit, and started to gain ground on the riders ahead of me. I passed many riders in the tighter rockier stuff, and was happy to be picking up speed toward the end. Overall, I am happy to have finished, although not placing as well as I wanted. I have a good idea on changes that I need to make, and plan to keep working on getting better every race.
Thanks to all our team sponsors for 2013: Fasst Company, KTM, ESR Suspension, Race Tech, Alpinestars, Kenda, Pro Moto Billet, Fastway, FMF, Rekluse, HBD MotoGrafx, Regina, TLD, BRP, Bullet Proof Designs, DirtTricks, Eline, IMS, No Toil, Muscle Milk, and Acerbis.
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