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Race Report from the Big 6 Grand Prix Series Round Two, Take Two: Ben Meza

| 28 February 2015 11:51 am

Big 6 Grand Prix Series
Round 2: Honolulu Hills Raceway

By Ben Meza
Photos by Justin Lundin and Mark Kariya
Courtesy of Blais Racing Services
TAFT, CA, JAN. 31-FEB. 1, 2015

Race Report by Ben Meza, Pro 2
2015 is going to be my first year chasing the whole Big 6 GP Series. After a rather mediocre ride at round one [of the] NHHA [Championship Series], I was looking forward to redeeming myself.

I had never raced in Taft before, so I asked around to kind of get a feel for what it would be like. I was really excited to get to race my Blais Racing-built KTM 250 again.

Ben Meza at the Big 6 Grand Prix in Taft, California. Photo by Justin Lundin

Ben Meza at the Big 6 Grand Prix in Taft, California. Photo by Justin Lundin

Nerves set in when I went to the start line. I knew I was well prepared, but I also knew the second we took off, there was no telling what was going to happen. We sat on the start line for what seemed forever, waiting for the race to start. Finally it was go time. I said a quick prayer and told all my buddies “good luck.”

It was go time!

This grand prix had a “moto-style” start, which meant our motors were running. I got a terrible jump off the line, but I tried my best to sneak up into the main pack.

The first part of the course went through the moto track (filled with booters!). It was a little sketchy to hit the jumps with so many people close to me. I had confidence in them, so I went for it. Everything went fine, and I was a few spots back going into the off-road section. Thankfully, I had my Troy Lee Designs chest protector on, as well as my Fastway Flak hand guards; the roost was killer!

Ben Meza tears it up. Photo by Mark Kariya

Ben Meza tears it up. Photo by Mark Kariya

I got through the first loop clean, trying to match the pace of the leaders. They were cooking! I knew it would be a long race, so I tried to just settle into a fast pace that I knew I could keep.

The motocross section was where I was losing the majority of my time. The front-runners were throwing down in all the corners, while I was more hesitant. Regardless, I kept pushing!

After my fourth lap, I worked my way into the pit. I got a quick splash of gas from my dad and Dean Crow. Then I was off again!

I pushed even harder after the pit, making up a position. I couldn’t match the pace of the leaders, but I kept my laps consistent.

An hour and a half later, I got the white flag. By that point, I was just about done. I focused really hard and was able to keep my charge going. By the last lap, the off-road section was trashed – square edges everywhere! I was skating the outside lines, avoiding the roughness. Eventually I came into the finish with an eighth place in Pro 2.

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I know I gave it my all out there, so I’m happy with the result, but I really want to work on constant progression at each round before the end of the year. Big 6 races are completely different than the Hare and Hounds, but I’m confident that with the group I have behind me this year, we will be able get some good results!

I can’t thank all the people behind me enough: Blais Racing Services, Fasst Co., Troy Lee Designs, Race Tech, ESR Suspension, Leatt, KTM USA, Dirt Tricks, Bullet Proof Designs, Maxi Lube, IMS, BRP, A’ME, Alpinestars, Rekluse, Kenda, Pro Moto Billet, Scott Goggles, DVS, No-Toil, Samco, Hot Rods, Vertex, FMF, RmorFx, Asterisk, C5ive Productions, the Lord, my club HBMC, my parents, and my girlfriend for her endless support of what I do.

[For more from this event, please see “Race Report from the Big 6 Grand Prix Series Round Two, Take One: Brendan Crow”… Editor]

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