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Race Report from NHHA Series Round 3, Take 2: Ben Meza

| 4 April 2015 8:37 am

NHHA National Hare and Hound Association Series
Round 3: Dirt Inc. Rabbit Creek 100

By Ben Meza
Photos by Mark Kariya and Michael Knight
Courtesy of Blais Racing Services
MURPHY, ID, MAR. 21-22, 2015

Race Report by Ben Meza, 250cc Pro
Murphy, Idaho, has always been one of my favorite places to race. I was really excited to go racing! I had been having some off luck since the end of 2014, and I was finally feeling like myself again.

We left to go to the race early Friday morning. My dad drove the whole way to Boise, Idaho – a total of 14 hours. We stayed the night in Boise and drove out to Murphy on Saturday morning to walk the bomb, do some jetting, and get all signed up. After a long day spent in the desert, I was confident in my setup, so we headed back to Boise to watch a little Supercross and get some rest.

Ben Meza (X557) shoots down the bomb run at the Dirt Inc. Rabbit Creek 100. Photo by Michael Knight

Ben Meza (X557) shoots down the bomb run at the Dirt Inc. Rabbit Creek 100. Photo by Michael Knight

Sunday morning came fast, and we headed out to Murphy once again. The start was the same bomb run we had used in 2012, so I felt confident in my line, having got the holeshot from the second row that year. As I made my way to the line, I was trying to clear my head and erase any negative thoughts. As I sat on the line, I said a quick prayer and got mentally prepared for the banner drop.

I was sitting directly right of the truck, next to my teammate Skyler [Howes]. We had opposing lines, so I knew we were both going to be fine.

As soon as the banner dropped, I kicked with a swift motion and erupted off the line. My Kenda Washougal 2 DC grabbed the dry dirt and flung my motorcycle down the bomb! I wasn’t in any dust, and cut slightly to the right, staying ahead of everyone on that side. Unfortunately, the left side was faster, and I got to the end of the bomb barely holding on to a top-25 position – not what I wanted, but good, decent.

I got into my usual groove, and thankfully I had my Fastway handguards as well as my Bullet Proof radiator guards on, ’cause the roost was gnarly! I made quick work of the first 10 riders ahead of me, and then finally got some clear air. I was riding well, and I knew at the pace I was running, I’d make my way to the top 15 in no time.

Ben Meza (X557) at speed at the third NHHA round. Photo by Mark Kariya

Ben Meza (X557) at speed at the third NHHA round. Photo by Mark Kariya

As I was flowing along, I started to notice the lack of ribbon… I panicked and dropped my speed drastically. I quickly flipped around to see if there was anyone around me. Not a soul – I was lost. I pinned it back in the opposite direction but was wary going around corners, not wanting to be a victim of a head-on collision. After what seemed an eternity, I saw the turn I had missed and hopped back on course. I felt like an idiot.

I was only a few minutes into the race and had lost precious time. I made a quick push past as many riders [as I could], but the dust was too much and it was just too sketchy. I backed down my pace considerably and started riding like a squid.

I had some great pits, thanks to Troy and Austin Guard, my dad, and Dean Crow, and Braydon and Boe Bland. I tried to ride smart and not do anything stupid, but it caused me to just ride like an idiot.

I had an amazing team behind me this weekend, as well as an amazing bike. I have all the tools I need to get on the top step of the podium; I just didn’t perform. It sucks that one stupid mistake can wreck my whole race. I still came away with a finish. It was, however, my worst result in two years – a 26th overall and an eighth in class.

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I want to thank all my sponsors for the support at every race; without them, I wouldn’t be able to do what I do. I want to give God thanks for keeping me safe and giving me the abilities I have. I’ll be ready for 29 Palms for the Big 6 GP, and look for me to be at many local District 37 races from now on.

Thanks for all the support!

[For more from this event, please see “Race Report from NHHA Series Round 3, Take 1: Skyler Howes,” and also stay tuned for another Race Report from this event to be posted soon on Today’s Cycle Coverage… Editor]

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