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Race Report from the Adelanto GP, Take One: Ben Meza

| 30 January 2015 6:38 pm

AMA District 37 Big 6 GP Series
Round 1: So Cal MC’s Return of the Adelanto Grand Prix at Mavericks Stadium

By Ben Meza
Photos by Mark Kariya
Courtesy of Blais Racing Services
ADELANTO, CA, JAN. 3-4, 2015

Race Report by Ben Meza, Pro 2
Racing the AMA District 37 Big 6 GP has always been something on my list of races to do. In 2015, I made the decision to chase the whole series. I would be contending the Pro 2 class.

Ben Meza soars over the tire jump at the D27 Big 6 GP season opener.

Ben Meza soars over the tire jump at the D27 Big 6 GP season opener.

Ben Meza navigates the wood pit at the Adelanto Grand Prix.

Ben Meza navigates the wood pit at the Adelanto Grand Prix.

The first round for the series would be the famous Adelanto Grand Prix. I was a little nervous going into the race. I haven’t raced since I lacerated my liver. I have a brand-new bike and the same great team. With no previous result in the series, I was going into round one very open-minded.

The Friday before race day, I raced the Unclassified race to check out the track. The track was pretty basic: really fast, with quite a few turns, no big jumps – a simple EnduroCross track, and the mud jump was rather easy. I wasn’t worried for race day at all.

As I lined up for my race, the only thing I could think of was getting a good start. Luckily, that is exactly what I did. I got a second-place start. [The rider in] first place made a mistake and I quickly hopped in the lead.

I was running up front for a while when I started feeling pain in my abdomen. Immediately, I thought about my liver. I knew at that moment that it wasn’t completely healed. I put my head down and just started trying to choose smooth lines. It seemed like slow-motion as the laps slowly ticked away. One by one they went until finally the white flag came out.

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I had gone from leading the Pro 2 class to barely holding on to a top-10. Although in pain, I feel I maintained a good and safe speed. I reached the finish line, getting valuable points towards the championship and learning a lot about my body and bike.

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I am now turning my focus towards round one of the AMA National Hare and Hound Championship Series, where I will be racing Pro 250. I can’t thank my team enough for the support this weekend, as well as my family, my girlfriend, and her family. Racing Pro in two series this year is going to be a new experience, but I know I can accomplish my goals with the help of all the people behind me. I have the best sponsors in the business helping me, and I couldn’t be more grateful!

[For more from this event, please stay tuned to Today’s Cycle Coverage… Editor]

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