NHHA Round 1
Round 1 of the NHHA series is always held in Lucerne Valley and put on by the club DMC. This round is always a little nerve wracking because this is where the road to the championship starts. You can't win the championship here but you sure can lose it. It's the statement everyone makes but is ultimately true. I felt really comfortable on my new 2016 beta 480 and was ready for the start. The banner twitched and my bike fired immediately. Problem was the banner only twitched and didn't drop. I had to kill my bike and when I did the banner dropped. I was left sitting on the line trying to start my bike. I got it fired but was well behind the competition. I kind of just pinned it down the start through the bushes and passing people. When we finally got over the first hill and on some normal trails I was probably about 13th or 14th. I made some quick passes and then we hit the first valley crossing. I felt super comfortable and just held it pinned passing 4 or 5 guys moving me up to 2nd overall. I was really comfortable with the pace and pushed all the way up to the leader Ricky Brabec. I finally made the move on him and was in the lead!! From here our loop got technical. It was very hard but a lot of loose rock. I found myself really struggling in the loose stuff. With fear of hitting the ground and losing a lot of positions I backed it down. I lost two spots and sat in 3rd. Came into the pits got goggles and water and set out to try and make a charge back to the front. Well I had taken it too easy in the rocks and lost sight of the leaders. I could see there dust but couldn't close the gap. I ended the 2nd Loop 3rd overall. All in all it was a good day and a good start to the series!! Looking forward to the next round already!!
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