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Race Report from USRA Round 10 and NHHA Round 9

| 4 October 2014 1:12 pm

USRA Utah Sportsman Racing Association
Round 10: Sage Riders Chimney Rock Enduro
GREEN RIVER, UT, SEPT. 20, 2014

AMA NHHA National Hare and Hound Association Championship Series
Round 9: Mason Valley Dirt Squirts
YERINGTON, NV, SEPT. 21, 2014

By Braydon Bland
Photos by Mark Kariya and Terrie Bland
Courtesy of Blais Racing Services

Race Report by Braydon Bland, Supermini, 1st Overall
The week prior to the race weekend had a little twist in it: I had to prepare for two races that were very far apart from each other. The whole week, my dad and I prepped all my bikes for the long weekend.

Braydon Bland (1J) on the pipe at the USRA race in Green River, Utah.

Braydon Bland (1J) on the pipe at the USRA race in Green River, Utah.

Friday night, my family and I headed down to race one in Green River, Utah. We arrived at our hotel and got some sleep. The next morning, we got up early, went out to the race site and scoped out the start. Afterward, I went back, put my gear on and went back to the line. The riders’ meeting started, and once it ended, we warmed up are bikes, and then the banner went up!

The banner dropped after the long minute, and my Blais Racing Supermini motor got the jump and pulled everybody’s bikes to the end of the start. My bike would then pull out of my hands and head straight for the trail.

First loop around was a little sketchy, with the course being wide open, with rain ruts everywhere! I arrived at the first check. It was in a wet, tacky wash that only lasted for a half a mile. Then I followed the course out of the wash and it went right back to dust. It was then wide open back to the pits, with jumps and whoops to catch air on.

As I went loop through loop, my laps got faster and faster. I ended my race feeling solid and in first place overall – and ready to go for the next race!

I rushed back to my trailer to get undressed. We hustled out of the race site and headed to the next race, which was 12 hours away! It was a very long drive. As we arrived late, we got settled up in our hotel and got some rest.

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The next morning was the most exciting one. I got ready and had a solid line picked out and perfectly set up, thanks to the help of my teammate Harry [Lyles]. I was then ready to go, and waited for the race to start.

Braydon Bland (center) pulls the holeshot on his Blais Racing KTM 105 SX Supermini!

Braydon Bland (center) pulls the holeshot on his Blais Racing KTM 105 SX Supermini!

Braydon Bland, on his way to his second overall class victory of the weekend.

Braydon Bland, on his way to his second overall class victory of the weekend.

The banner dropped, and my Blais Racing Supermini motor got the jump for the second time! I kept it pinned all the way to the end of the start and around the corner and through my solid line.

I put as much time as I could on the other riders, but I ended up lying on the ground after I swapped out in some really big whoops. Once I got back up and on my bike, Jarrett Megla passed me right as I fired up my bike. I had to adjust the first little bit, with my bars being out of line with my wheel. I pushed on and stayed in Jarrett’s dust the whole loop. Coming into the pits on the last lap, he pitted, thinking he would not have enough gas. I was then in front of him, and I pushed all the way to the finish to get the overall win!

Right after the Mini race, I hopped on my big bike and lined up for the big-bike race. The banner dropped, and I did not get a good start. I pushed and passed multiple people all the way until I came upon an injured rider. I noticed that it was my teammate Skyler [Howes]. I stopped to help with whatever was needed. After we watched the bikes go by, it was safe to go backward on the course, and Skyler safely made it back to the pits. Skyler’s buddy Jamen, Brendan [Crow] and myself all managed to get his bike out and back to the pits.

All in all, I had an exceptional weekend, and I’m stoked with my results! I can’t thank my sponsors enough: Blais Racing Services, X Brand Goggles, Fasst Co., Rekluse Motorsports, Rad Manufacturing, TLD, and everybody else for the help. A special thanks to Nick Thompson for helping me prepare for this weekend. Also, I am wishing a speedy recovery to my teammate Skyler.

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