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Race Report from the D37 Hilltoppers MC Grand Prix, Take Three: Ben Meza

| 14 May 2015 1:26 pm

AMA/District 37 Big 6 Grand Prix Series
Round 4: Hilltoppers Motorcycle Club Grand Prix at 29 Palms Motorsports

By Ben Meza
Photo by Mark Kariya
Courtesy of Blais Racing Services
TWENTYNINE PALMS, CA, MAR. 28-29, 2015

Race Report by Ben Meza, 250cc Pro
The first GP I ever raced was the D37 29 Palms GP. It’s the closest to being like a desert race, so I always feel really comfortable there.

I headed out to the race at, like, 4 in the morning on Saturday and arrived at Twentynine Palms a little after 6 a.m. I got myself all signed up and then started to get ready for [the] Unclassified [race].

Ben Meza (212) navigates a turn at round four of the AMA/ District 37 Big 6 Grand Prix Series.

Ben Meza (212) navigates a turn at round four of the AMA/ District 37 Big 6 Grand Prix Series.

Unclassified went well. The course was practically the same as in years past, so I felt pretty good about it.

After Unclassified, I geared down and just relaxed until it was time for the 2:30 p.m. West Coast GP race. I had all of my pit supplies ready. so there was nothing I had to worry about except riding.

At 2 p.m., I headed over to the start line. There was some confusion about which line the 250cc Pros started on, so that messed up my gate pick on the front line. I tried to not let it bother me and just focus on the task at hand.

As I sat there, waiting for that little red light to turn green, my brain wasn’t wandering; it was like that little light was the key to my survival. Then, as soon as the light switched off, I kicked with all my might! Before I knew what was happening, my bike was being propelled forward. I was unprepared and started sliding to the right. I sat up and got under control, still making the first turn in the top 10.

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I made a couple quick passes on the first lap, hanging with the majority of the group. The course was clapped out on the first lap. I knew I was in for a long moto. I just settled into my groove and kept the quick pace. I couldn’t match the speed of the top five, but I wasn’t far off the pace in the desert section. They would just gap me in the moto section.

I rode a clean race, never going down and just keeping it smart. I finished 10th overall and fifth-place Pro 2!

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I’d like to thank the Lord for watching over me, as well as all of my sponsors for the endless support: Blais Racing, Fasst Co., Troy Lee Designs, Race Tech, ESR Suspension, Leatt, KTM USA, Dirt Tricks, Bullet Proof Designs, Maxilube, IMS, BRP, A’ME, Alpinestars, Rekluse, Kenda, Pro Moto Billet, Scott Goggles, DVS, No-Toil, Samco, Hot Rods, Vertex, FMF, RmorFX, Asterisk, C5ive Productions, and of course my parents for the endless support!

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Note from Blais Racing: We’d like to wish our rider Ben a speedy and pain-free recovery. Ben crashed hard Monday morning at Glen Helen Raceway’s Industry Day. He broke his nose and his leg. He will have to have surgery next week on his tib/fib. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. We love you, Benny!
– All of your friends at Blais Racing!

[For more from this event, please see “Race Report from the D37 Hilltoppers MC Grand Prix, Take One: Brendan Crow” and “Race Report from the D37 Hilltoppers MC Grand Prix, Take Two: Patty Blais” … Editor]

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