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Blais Racing/ Fasst Co's Ben Meza locks up 200A Championship!



Blais Racing/ Fasst Co's Ben Meza locks up 200A Championship!

Press Release
May 7th, 2013
Contact: Chris Blais
Blais Racing Services
Ben Meza on his Blais Racing Services/ Fasstco, Rekluse, FMF, ESR KTM 200
My race weekend started bright and early Friday morning. At 4:30am we left my Southern
California house and headed to Round 6 of the National Hare and Hound series in 
Jericho, Utah.
On the drive up, the whole Blais Racing/ Fasst Company team stopped by Fasst Company
headquarters in Washington, Utah for a tour of the new building and some lunch. 
We finally got to the staging area at approximately 4:00pm and unloaded all of our
gear. After getting everything out, Brendan and I went over to check out the start.
This start line was definitely one of the sketchiest starts I had ever ridden. There
were random holes and washes everywhere! I found a line and decided it would be 
best to just take it easy on the start, "better safe than sorry".
My bike was acting a little funny so I rode back to the KTM pits and did a little
jetting alteration with the help of Chris Blais and Anthony DiBasilio. After getting
the jetting dialed in, I decided to go for a trail ride with Brendan, Sammy, and
Austin Keys just to make sure we had everything squared away.
We did some fun riding, hitting some jumps in the dunes as well as some burm shots.
I noticed my bike was leaking a little oil so brought it back to pits to check up
on it. It appeared I had cracked the side cover so with a little JB Weld I was ready
to go for my race the next day.
I ate a hardy pasta dinner and went to sleep for the night. I woke up around 8am
and wasn't really worried yet about getting ready for the 12 O'clock start. Eventually
11am came around and I headed to the line. We had a little riders meeting, and then
we warmed up the bikes and were ready to go! I stared the banner down for the long
minute then, "boom!" It dropped. I got a great jump off the line and was off! Then
the big bikes blew by me! I remembered my line and tried to find it through the 
dust. I hoped on it and charged as hard as I could! I made a ton of quick passes
and at the end of the start straight made a quick pass on Brendan.
The first loop was extremely dusty! I was having such a good time through all the
sand whoops and berms though! Brendan and I had been doing a lot of Sand training
the past month and it definitely showed! I had put on a Kenda Millville 2 before
the race and set it for sand, this was quite honestly the perfect tire for the 
terrain! I was blitzing through the sand as if I was on a 450! I reached the pit
and by this time I was on cloud 9! The race was soo much fun! I had a quick pit
and I was off!
I charged into the second loop and thank God for my Fastway Flak Shields! Those 
things saved my hands from the trees multiple times! When you start trying to charge
through trees bark starts flying! I was loving the smooth flow of the loop and came
into the pits in what seemed to be no time at all! I got an interesting pit that
consisted of fueling as well as an attempted No Toil air filter swap. It took a
little longer than usual, but then I was out! I went out to a third loop still 
feeling fresh! I was trying to stay smooth and flow through the trees. This loop
was amazing! The trails were perfect! I cruised through the fun loop and made it
to the finish feeling really good! I ended up taking yet another 200A win and 21st
Overall! I'm happy with the Overall finish and will seek to improve on it in two
weeks when we come back.
With taking this win I wrapped up the 200A championship! I know this wouldn't have
been possible if it wasn't for all my supporters, first and foremost My Parents,
God for keeping me safe and healthy, then all my sponsors: Blais Racing, Fasst 
Company, ESR Suspension, Race Tech, KTM, Troy Lee Designs, Kenda, Fastway, BRP, 
Bullet Proof Designs, Samco, Dirt Tricks, Regina, Scott Goggles, Alpinestars, Muscle
Milk, Scotts Stabilizers, HBD Motografx, HBMC, and just everybody that believes 
in my goals! Thank you all so much!
The next few weeks I plan on racing a 2013 KTM 125 SX as opposed to my more powerful
200, just to get more comfortable on it leading up to the Idaho City ISDE Qualifier.
I'm going to steer my focus on qualifying for ISDE now that I've wrapped up the 
NHHA Championship.
Round 6 of the NHHA series in Utah is only the second trip out of state, and it 
immediately followed Round 5 one week prior. This gave me a very short time to prepare
for the trek. Ben, Don, and I headed out to the race on Friday but made a stop by
the new Fasstco shop on our way out. It was awesome to see the new place and talk
with everyone there. Afterwards we headed out to the race site. The rest of our 
Friday involved preparing and relaxing before racing Saturday. As night fell we 
found out that the start would not be until noon on Saturday, this gave us a ton
of time Saturday morning to sit and wait.
The bomb was really tough; it was covered in grass and hard to read. I had a relatively
good start, but quickly became stuck in dust. I moved to the side of the line I 
wanted to take, and hit an unexpected lip that sent me flying through the air! This
may have been one of the scariest moments I have ever had on any start, as I was
flying through the air much higher than expected praying that I wouldn't land on
anything that would send me to the ground. Luckily I landed without any issues, 
but had to funnel into the dust. I rode through the dust most of the first and second
loop trying to keep positions. The main highlight was a extremely fun section of
sand that weaved through the Utah landscape. My teammate Ben and I had decided 
to use the Kenda Millville tires in anticipation for the soft terrain, and man was
that a good choice! The tire was shooting me through the corners and I had a giant
smile the whole time. I was afraid that all the dust would clog my No Toil filter
and cause a loss in power, but I never had any issues.
The third loop was much tighter, and went up into the trees. At 6'4" trees have 
never been my friend. I wanted to stay smooth and keep moving forward, and try to
minimize bashing through the trees as much as I could. I rode consistently and maintained
my pace, and allowed myself to enjoy darting in and out of the forest like terrain
instead of fighting against it. I came into the finish 4th 250A (tying my best class
finish, time for a podium!) and 25th OA. I felt great about my race, and feel much
more room for improvement with the help of all my sponsors: Blais Racing, Fasstco,
No Toil, FMF, Kenda, Dirt Tricks, Race Tech, ESR, BRP, TLD, IMS, Xbrand goggles,
Acerbis, Alpinestars, Fastway, Bulletproof Designs, Rekluse, HBD MotoGrafx, Samco,
Eline. Thanks!
We want to wish our rider Sam Bangert, a speedy recovery from his broken collar 
bone and scaphoid (bone in hand) which happened at Round 6 in Utah.  Sam is a trooper!
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, Samco 
Sport, Muscle Milk, Acerbis, & Bike Week Radio.
Blais Racing Services offers engine rebuilding and online parts for all your Motorcycle,
ATV, & UTV needs.  Owned and operated by Chris Blais, former Factory KTM Dakar Rally
Racer. We specialize in KTM/ Honda, but can work on anything. I do all of the engine
work myself. [



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