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  1. MTGraves, do I know you?? You sound a lot like my buddy - almost identical and very wise advice. This is a great thread!!
  2. Just read your post, almost an exact duplicate of my first hare scramble this year. Same bike, same start, no crash just a stall and watch my whole class ride by due to my courtesy. I've ridden lots as a kid but all trail, not racing. I do race cars so I can relate to the competitive spirit. I ended up finishing the race 6th in class, 16 riders, 2:28 straight. I did 5 tuck and rolls through the race though. I was in traction for three days afterwards and a multitude of colours all over my body. Absolutely agree with many responses here, I can relate. Nervous, check, not mentally prepared to go slow, check. Adrenaline, check. Endurance race not speed, check. Knee braces, check. The first thing I did was take some advice from a veteran rider/friend and sell my '03 WR450F and switched to a '08 YZ250F. The starts are going to suck because the e-start was amazing - I loved that bike. But 45-50 pounds is a huge difference in an endurance race. My new bike is sooo much more nimble and forgiving, more point and shoot. I don't like the lighter flywheel in the slow technical stuff though, much easier to stall. But overall I can ride the same with far less effort. I'm getting ready for my next race and the mental part is biggest part I think, just like in my car racing, you can't win in the first corner, pace yourself and lower your expectations.