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Race Report from the NHHA Youth Series Round One, Take One: Cole Timboe

| 3 February 2015 4:20 pm

NHHA National Hare and Hound Youth Series
Round 1: Desert MC H&H at Johnson Valley OHV

By Cole Timboe
Courtesy of Blais Racing Services
LUCERNE VALLEY, CA, JAN. 24, 2015

Race Report by Cole Timboe, Second Overall Pee Wee

Cole Timboe signs up to race the 2015 series opener in Lucerne Valley, California.

Cole Timboe signs up to race the 2015 series opener in Lucerne Valley, California.

Cole Timboe at speed at the opening round of the National Hare and Hound Youth Series.

Cole Timboe at speed at the opening round of the National Hare and Hound Youth Series.

We got to head up to the race on Friday. We got out there and did some test-riding with Braydon [Bland]. We went on a ride and I worked on the whoops, too. Chris [Blais] and my dad worked on my bike, I think on the forks and maybe the clutch.

After we rode, we hung out with Chris and Patty [Blais] in their trailer for a little while and then we got to go to dinner at my friend’s house. We also stayed the night at a friend’s house, and in the morning my dad and I headed back out to the desert. We got out there around 8 a.m. and my race wasn’t until 11 a.m., so I had lots of time to warm up and check out the start. My mom and brother came up with my papa, grammy and my great grandpa.

Pretty soon it was race time, and I headed over to the start. I was excited to race the desert again because I’ve just been doing a lot of moto. There were 17 riders on the start. A couple of my friends from the TransWorld Series came out for the first time to race the desert. It was fun to see them out there.

When the banner dropped, I didn’t get that great of a start – I think I was fourth off the line. My bike took, like, four kicks before it started. I was riding my new KTM SXS 2015 that my dad just bought me. The bike felt good.

After the start, a kid almost went down, and I passed him. Then, up at the rocks, another kid went down pretty hard, but he was okay. I passed him, and then I was in second.

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At, like, a mile before the finish line, the guy in first got stuck up on the big hill – I think he took a wrong turn and that was the Supermini course – and so I passed him and got in first. I had a really good lead coming into the pits on lap one.

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On the second lap, I had a medium lead; he [the former leader] started to catch me a little.

On the third lap, I almost went down, and the guy in second place got me and I was back in second. I started to feel a little more tired on that third lap. I haven’t ridden the desert in a while. At the end of the race, I came in second place.

Cole Timboe on his way to second overall in the Pee Wee division.

Cole Timboe on his way to second overall in the Pee Wee division.

For the next round, I want to work on sand sections and also rocks and riding more in the desert. I have missed the desert, and I am excited to be back and racing this series. Erek [Kudla] did a great job with the race and the course!

I’d like to thank Chris and Patty, Blais Racing, FMF, IMS, Fasst Co., VonZipper, Maxilube and TLD. Also, thank you, Dad, for the new bike and for taking me racing every weekend. Thanks to my mom and brother, grammy, papa and great grandpa for coming out to cheer for me!

[For more from this event, stay tuned for “Race Report from the NHHA Youth Series Round One, Take Two: Braydon Bland” to be posted soon on Today’s Cycle Coverage… Editor]

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