GoPro footage at the brutal Lake Havasu track onboard with Blayne Thompson at the final AMA District 37/FMF Big6 Grand Prix Series race of 2018.
Blayne Thompson takes us for a ride around the notoriously tough Lake Havasu race track in Arizona during the final WCGP race of 2018. The Chaparral Motorsports, Precision Concepts, Kawasaki Team Green rider was caught out off the start when Zach Bell’s downed his Husky in the first corner. Thompson picked up around 11th, eventually catching third placed Trevor Stewart. The two pitted on different laps and the Precision Concepts pit crew did a great job getting him out in third position.
A few laps later, Thompson fell in the swampy waters on the edge of the lake with the bike on its handlebars, causing havoc with the controls. With throttle issues, Blayne pushed on back past Stewart and back onto the podium. Thompson’s third place meant third overall in the FMF Big 6 Series having also wrapped up the Heavyweight AA championship on his KX450 with a top-ten finish on Saturday.
“I was feeling really good coming into the weekend thinking I could get a podium or a win out here.” Said Thompson after the Havasu race weekend. “We ended up coming out with a third, so I’m not going to complain about that. I felt like I was riding better than that third, but I had a couple issues and went down, so I can’t complain about anything.
“I was caught sleeping a little bit [off the start], but came into the corner halfway decent. Then, Zach [Bell] crashed in front of me so I ended up hitting his bike. I tried to pick off people every lap and stay on two wheels.
“Coming into the straightaway next to the lake, the mud was getting really deep. I swapped out and the bike shot me off and I landed on my head. That slowed me down for a good twenty seconds. I had to get the bike off of me, turn it around and get going again.
“Then, Dalton [Shirey] was pushing me into Trevor [Stewart] big time. When I saw Dalton coming and I had to go because that was third place in the championship right there. If he got around me he would have got third.
“But I wasn’t going to let that happen so I sent it that last lap and ended up getting Trevor for third.”
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