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

| 17 May 2015 8:46 am

NHHA National Hare and Hound Association Series
Round 4: Vikings Virgin Voyage at Johnson Valley OHV

By Brendan Crow
Photos by Mark Kariya
Courtesy of Blais Racing Services
LUCERNE VALLEY, CA, APR. 25-26, 2015

Brendan Crow at speed at round four of the National Hare and Hound Association Series.

Brendan Crow at speed at round four of the National Hare and Hound Association Series.

Race Report by Brendan Crow, Open A
I was confident heading into round four of the NHHA National Series, mainly due to my recent success in the local AMA District 37 races, and I would be riding my brand-new bike. I spent a few hours setting up the bike and was really happy with the way everything felt. My ESR-tuned Race Tech suspension felt amazingly smooth, my new Kendas were gripping fantastic, and my Blais Racing motor was very strong. I rode a few laps on the mini course while running sweep on Saturday, and made a few more adjustments before relaxing and having a good dinner. I relaxed in the crazy wind and headed to bed early.

I woke up early to have breakfast, then headed to the start to practice the bomb. I was able to find a line I wanted quickly, and headed back to the van for my final preparations before race time.

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I had a good jump off the start but had to funnel behind David Kamo, who ended up jumping on the same trail. I spent about 15 seconds getting absolutely drilled by his roost and finally decided to peel off to the side and take a different line. This line was slower than I wanted, but I made it to the end of the bomb without any issues.

The first loop was tight and didn’t have a lot of passing room, so I was patient and rode my pace while taking any chances I had to to get around people. I was having a really fun time on the new bike and felt that I was able to ride loose and effortlessly. I wasn’t making any crazy mistakes, and finally started to feel confident in the rocks. My speed wasn’t quite where it needs to be, but I am happy that the new bike is a step in the right direction.

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The first part of the second loop, I had a really good battle with Cody Patten, and I was able to edge him out before we hit the crazy powder across the lakebed. From there, I was able to pull away, and I rode by myself for the rest of the loop. I was still having a great time and was getting ready to finish the last loop on a good note.

Brendan Crow on his way to a third-place finish in the Open A class at the Vikings Virgin Voyage event.

Brendan Crow on his way to a third-place finish in the Open A class at the Vikings Virgin Voyage event.

I went out on the third loop ready, but I started to have a bit of fitness problems. My side cramped up in the first few miles. Then, once I was able to get that to go away, my hips cramped in the technical rock sections. Then my back started cramping towards the end of the loop. I pushed through to finish 20th overall and third Open A.

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Although I didn’t get the finish I was hoping for, I am excited to push forward and can see good things to come. I am really happy with my bike setup, and I will be working on a few things and gaining more fitness once I get out of school for the summer.

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Thanks to everyone that helps keep my race program going: Blais Racing, Fasst Co., Costa Rica Unlimited, FMF, Kenda, Race Tech, ESR, Dirt Tricks, 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 Four, Take One: Skyler Howes”… Editor]

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