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Meet the 2012 Blais Racing Riders

| 23 February 2012 2:25 pm

Blais Racing Services Off-Road Race Team

By Chris Blais
APPLE VALLEY, CA, FEB. 22, 2012

Blais Racing Services has expanded its team to five talented riders. Racing in the 2012 AMA/ Kenda National Hare and Hound Series, the District 37 Big 6 Grand Prix Series, and D37 Enduro, D37 Desert, USDR and some WORCS events, as well as some GNCC events, each rider brings something different to the table, each with his or her own diverse and dynamic individual style.

Shayla Fulfer

This 20-year-old rider from Meridian, Idaho, is the 2011 Women’s A/B National Hare & Hound Champion! In just her second season of racing in that series, she finished in the first-overall spot for the championship title. In 2012, Shayla will be defending her title spot once again in the National Hare & Hound Series, as well as racing various WORCS events, some GNCC events, and her local races; she also would like to participate in the ISDE Six Days event that will take place later this year in Germany. Shayla will be racing her KTM 350 this year.

Shayla Fulfer (N1L).

At round one of the 2012 National Hare & Hound Series, Shayla was excited for the new season and was eager to defend her title, but she suffered a big crash on loop one and had to call it a day. After some medical treatment and rest, she was healed up and ready to race by round two.

At that round, Shayla battled it out on the first loop with ISDE Women’s racer Nicole Bradford. Shayla took the early lead and held it going into the pits. Shayla was later passed in the technical, rocky hills and finished in second place for the day.

Kevin DeJongh

Hailing from Long Beach, California, Kevin DeJongh, 19, finished out the 2011 season in the fifth-place spot in the 250cc A class in the National Hare & Hound Series. Kevin will be competing aboard his KTM 250XC in the National Hare & Hounds, the Big 6 Grand Prix Series, and in both the District 37 Desert and Enduro Series, in the 250cc A class. Kevin finished the 2011 season in third place in the 250cc A division in both the D37 Desert & Enduro series.

Kevin DeJongh (N5).

Despite a bad start at round one of the National Hare & Hound Series, Kevin still finish in sixth place in the stacked 250cc A class.

At round two, Kevin finished in fifth place in the 250cc A class. Kevin was at home on the technical second loop and passed more than a dozen riders. The 250cc A class is one of the most competitive classes in 2012.

Brendan Crow

At age 19, this racer from Costa Mesa, California, is the 250cc C-class champion in the 2011 National Hare & Hound Series! For 2012, Brendan has moved up to the Intermediate 250cc B class and will try to earn the championship in that class on his KTM 250. Brendan will also be competing in some of the Big 6 Grand Prix races and some Endurocross events in 2012.

Brendan Crow (X192).

Brendan had to sit out round one of the National Hare & Hound Series after breaking his collarbone over the New Year’s holiday. After having surgery just two weeks prior, Brendan decided to sit out the first round so he could be ready for round two.

At that round, Brendan took the early lead and eventually the win in the 250cc B class, by more than 10 minutes! He was also the third-overall B rider to finish this race.

Ben Meza

This 16-year-old rider from Apple Valley, California, is the 200cc B-class champion in the 2011 National Hare & Hound Series! Ben had a great season in 2011 and will be defending his number-one plate with teammate Sam Bangert. Ben will race in the 2012 National Hare & Hound Series and the D37 Desert and Enduro series, and will also participate in some Endurocross events as well.

Ben Meza (N850).

At round one of the National Hare & Hound Series, Ben placed third in the 200cc B class, and repeated that performance at round two.

Sam Bangert

In 2011, Sam was racing an 85cc Mini and finished in first place in the D37 Enduro Series, finished second in the D37 Desert Series, and was the USDR Minis champ! For 2012, this 13-year-old from Hesperia, California, is now racing a KTM 200 in the 200cc B class and will be racing in the National Hare & Hound Series as well as D37 Desert, Enduro, USDR and other various events.

Sam Bangert (N671).

At round one of the National Hare & Hound Series, Sam came into the pits in a great position but had a small mechanical issue on loop two, causing him to tally a DNF for the day. This would have been Sam’s first two-loop race, but he would have to wait until round two for this great experience.

At round two, Sam finish in the fourth-overall spot in the 200cc B class, about 20 minutes behind his teammate Ben Meza. This was Sam’s first time completing a two-loop National Hare and Hound, and he did great!

Blais Racing Services

Blais Racing Services offers engine rebuilding and online parts for all your motorcycle, ATV and UTV needs. Owned and operated by Chris Blais, former Factory KTM Dakar Rally racer. We specialize in KTMs and Hondas but can work on anything.

“I do all of the engine work myself,” notes Blais.

For more information, go to www.BlaisRacingServices.com.

The 2012 Blais Racing Services Race Team.

Thanks to all of our Blais Racing Services Team Sponsors: KTM, Kenda, FMF, Bullet Proof Designs, Acerbis, Fluidyne Powersports, ESR Suspension, Race Tech, Dirttricks, Alpinestars, IMS, Troy Lee Designs, No Toil, Pro Moto Billet/ Fastway, BRP, Eline, Asterisk, Rekluse, Muscle Milk, Fasst Co., Scott Goggles, and ZLT.

Blais Recovery Fund Sponsorship

We are now accepting sponsorships for the Blais Recovery Fund. Each sponsorship is $100, with a total of 300 being sold. You will be e-mailed a receipt for your sponsorship.

All sponsors will be able to purchase items from the Blais Racing Services store for an additional 10 percent off.

One sponsor will be randomly chosen and have the opportunity to purchase Chris Blais’ 2005 KTM 660 Dakar Rally bike for just $1.

This bike (22) was Chris Blais’ 2005 Dakar Rally race bike.

“It was sent to me with number six on it for some reason. It was freshly rebuilt before [being sent] over to me and has about 2,000 training miles on it. Suspension is stock, but everything else is how I raced it in the 2005 Dakar Rally. I just did a tune-up and completely serviced the Rally bike. It is currently registered in the State of California, it has a green sticker, and we have the title in hand.”

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