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Race Report from NHHA Series Round Two, Take Two: Brendan Crow

| 6 March 2015 2:17 pm

NHHA National Hare and Hound Association Championship Series
Round 2: Checkers MC H&H at the Stottard Valley OHV

By Brendan Crow
Photos by Mark Kariya
Courtesy of Blais Racing Services
BARSTOW, CA, FEB. 21-22, 2015

Race Report by Brendan Crow, Third Place Open A
I was much more relaxed leading into the second round of the NHHA Series. I had spent the weeks between the two events working on fitness, and I was happy with the progress I had made. Knowing what the Barstow riding area is like, it piqued my curiosity about the Checkers’ decision to hold a National there. I prepared myself for rocks. I made a few bike changes in anticipation, and I feel it was worthwhile changes for the conditions we faced. The race wasn’t scheduled to start until 11 a.m. Sunday, so I knew I had plenty of time to make more changes, if necessary, and leisurely headed out midday Saturday.

Brendan Crow (N1) at the second round of the NHHA Championship Series.

Brendan Crow (N1) at the second round of the NHHA Championship Series.

That afternoon consisted of final bike adjustments, and [I then spent] a calm evening with the Blais team.

Sunday morning, I ran the bomb until I felt that I had selected a good line and headed back to camp to have breakfast and finish the last bit of preparation. The start time neared, and I was ready for a rocky 80 miles.

I had a great jump off the start and rode the majority of the mile-long bomb in clear air. The end was really dusty, and lots of racers scattered in all sorts of directions. We immediately raced into single-track, which kept the competition much closer. I was surprised at how fun the course was; the tight trails and lower speeds were a welcomed change. I did feel slow in the rocks but rode a comfortable pace and relied on remaining consistent throughout the whole race.

Riders made mistakes all over, and I ventured into the pits only having one minor mistake. A quick pit sent me out for a lonely second loop.

The majority of the second loop I spent by myself, and I was able to feel all the rain and brisk air from the stormy weather as the course followed many of the Barstow ridgelines. The finish came and I was happy to have made it with no issues, but I wasn’t entirely satisfied.

After 80 rocky miles, Brendan Crow (N1) came in third in the Open A class.

After 80 rocky miles, Brendan Crow (N1) came in third in the Open A class.

Overall, I am a little disappointed in my finish, because I feel I am capable of riding with more speed, but I rode a consistent race and came away with another podium in the Open A class. I will get stronger as the series goes on and am continuing to work towards getting another championship.

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Thanks to all of my sponsors who keep me going: Blais Racing, Fasst Co., FMF, Kenda, Race Tech, ESR, DirtTricks, Motorex, Fastway, A’ME, TLD, Bullet Proof Designs, Maxilube, Samco, IMS, RmorFx, BRP, Alpinestars, X Brand Goggles, Acerbis, and Rekluse.

[For more from this event, please see “Race Report from NHHA Series Round Two, Take One: Skyler Howes”… Editor]

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