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Race Report from USRA Desert Series, Round 2, Take 1: Braydon Bland

| 28 March 2015 11:34 am

USRA Utah Sportsman Racers Association Desert Series
Round 2:
Wizards MC Rhino Rally

By Braydon Bland
Photos by Randy Christiansen and Terrie Bland
Courtesy of Blais Racing Services
ST. GEORGE, UT, FEB. 28, 2015

Race Report by Braydon Bland, 125cc Amateur
The whole week before round two of USRA was getting very exciting for me, because the weather app on my phone said it was going to rain!

Friday, my family and I headed down to St. George for the race. We arrived at a decent time, went to sign-ups, and went to have dinner at my grandpa’s house.

Braydon Bland, on his way to first overall Amateur at the second USRA round.

Braydon Bland, on his way to first overall Amateur at the second USRA round.

Braydon Bland and Skyler Howes after the Rhino Rally.

Braydon Bland and Skyler Howes after the Rhino Rally.

Saturday morning, I woke up to wet dirt and the smell of rain. I tried not to get my hopes up, just in case it didn’t rain out by the race. We arrived at the pits, and it was a bit slimy. Skyler [Howes], Kadin [Guard] and I went to walk the start. This is always the sketchiest start, but I was feeling good with it. After watching the minis, I went back to the trailer and got dressed.

After waiting a while on the line for the race to start, the banner went up for the Experts. I watched Skyler get a killer start! I then moved up to my line and waited for the banner to go up for the Amateurs.

After they lifted up the banner, my nerves kicked in a lot worse, as always. The banner dropped, and my Blais Racing 150 fired right up! I didn’t get the best jump, but I was far enough in front of everybody that was going for the same line. I could see my buddy Hunter in the corner of my eye all the way until our lines met up. He managed to get the holeshot, and I was right on him. Before the end of the bomb, I had a faster line and snuck in front of him by the time we hit the trail. I was trying to gain as much time as I could and stay out front. This was very challenging, with the slippery and wet conditions in some of the washes and especially the slick rock.

For being on the second line with a big number of Experts in front of me, it made the corners in the washes choppy going in and choppy going out, so I had to be smart about my line choice. After pushing hard, trying to catch the Experts to reach my goal of top 20, I was getting really bad arm pump.

As the loop went on, I passed more and more Experts. I slowly made my way through the pits until I saw my dad pointing me in. Bundy Inc. and my sister gave me a super-fast pit, and I was out really quick.

As I left the pits, I could see Vince Barnes, who I rode with in Idaho City. I made my way around him, trying to reach my goal, as I hoped to reach the next rider ahead of me.

The whole second loop, I pushed and rode as good as I could until I came to the checkered flag to take first overall Amateur and, I think, 24th overall. I felt solid with my race and had minor mistakes with no crashes!

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I would like to thank all my sponsors for helping me get to where I am today and helping me out on everything: my mom and dad, Blais Racing Services, Rekluse Motorsports, Fasst Co., X Brand Goggles, Maxilube, Race Tech, FMF, Bullet Proof Designs, Alpinestars, Troy Lee Designs, A’ME, Kenda, and IMS.

[Stay tuned for more from this event to be posted soon on Today’s Cycle Coverage… Editor]

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