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Longname – I’ll start off by asking you how you feeling after the crash?
Bles – Well I guess it’s been a day and a bit now. Today has been the best it’s felt, but still really dizzy. Just headaches still. It’s kind of weird; I mean concussions can go either way I guess. Right now I don’t think I’ve ever had one this bad to tell you the truth. My forehead is still swollen up. It’s just weird; I can’t quite shake this one off as good as I have in the past.
Longname – So is the concussion the only damage done in the crash?
Bles – Yeah, a good concussion. I have some bruises on my legs and chest a bit I think because I must have landed on the bike or the bike must have landed on me. I’m not too sure.
Longname – You don’t really remember much eh?
Bles – I don’t remember anything after I took off from that jump. It’s a weird feeling. I remember being in the hospital, but I don’t remember how I got to there.
Longname – Yeah I know the feeling, not fun. Is the plan to race this weekend or are you still just feeling it out.
Bles – Right now it’s to feel it out. I mean, if I feel like this on Thursday I will be no way able to race. I can’t even shake my head without getting a headache. So I just kind of have to wait it out. I’m going to try to ride a bicycle tomorrow just around the yard here, and then maybe go ride Tyler’s dirt bike when he goes riding Thursday. If I can do a lap, then maybe I’ll race. But the way things are looking right now I don’t think I’ll be able to race because my head is just not right. Not the way I wanted it to go, but it happens.
Longname – Definitely. I heard some people saying that the jump you crashed on wasn’t safe. What were your thoughts on it?
Bles – I didn’t think it was that bad. It was a self-inflicted error on my behalf I feel like. I over jumped the finish line. I tried to scrub it but I didn’t get the scrub because I got roosted off the face, so I just got disoriented and end up over jumping it then I locked up or tightened up going off the next jump, and for some reason I swerved to the left and landed on the side of the landing and I don’t know what happened obviously from then on. I do think the landing could have been a little wider and more of a rounded edge, not as much of a sharp edge landing. So maybe more of a wider and rounder landing would have been a little nicer, but you know I was the only one that really crashed off it and again it was my own fault, which is disturbing to say to myself, but it happens.
Longname – So moving past the crash, I want to ask you how you get hooked up with the team.
Bles – It kind of happened through snowcross. I decided to race it this winter for the first time. I never owned a sled and never rode one really. My buddy Justin had a spare one for sale so he hooked me up with a deal and we went racing. So I met them through that and got to know them. I knew Stew previously from racing. Obviously, with the rumors spreading around I asked him and he was eager to tell me that yeah there was something going on. I just kind of chatted him and told him to keep me in mind and smiled. It wasn’t longer than a month later he had called me and said that he did have room for me. I mean, I think it had something to do with being involved in snocross maybe being around him a bit more. They’re looking for a guy that was just on the crust of the top 10 and just being consistent. I kind of suited that spot they said. I’m very thankful for them picking me and that’s kind of how I think it all went
Longname – So it’s safe to say that you’re happy with the team and bike? I know Tyler is a good guy I’m sure he’s a good teammate.
Bles – Oh man so happy! I’ve been on a few teams throughout my career, not very many, but enough to know that I have it really well right now. I’ve never had such good equipment under me as well as teammates too, having Tyler (Medaglia) and Kyle (Chisholm) I’m learning more from just listening and riding among them. It’s helping me progress and I’m hoping I’ll be able to come back next year a little bit stronger.
Longname – Yeah I’ve heard it’s a pretty good team; it definitely helps when you’re racing and have a good team backing you up.
Bles – Yeah exactly! Any questions I have or any issues we all bring it up and talk about it together and we come up with a solution. That’s something that most teams don’t always get to do because they are tight on money or they don’t have the knowledge. But teams like Stew has we have the whole package to solve any situation that we need solving. So I think that’s what makes it such a strong team already in its first year.
Longname – It sounds like you guys have a good relationship, which is great because I’ve heard of teammates not working well together and not wanting to give any advice to help each other because they are super competitive
Bles – There’s a bit of that too, obviously we’re here to race and do the best that we can. For me I’m in a different situation than both those riders, I get along with them really well. I give them feedback on what I see on the track, it might not be as relevant as their feedback towards me. But we definitely help each other and look to benefit each other, not hold each other down. We all want each other to succeed. That’s another reason why the vibe at the team is so good.
Longname – We saw this year in Supercross team tactics kind of come into play; do you guys ever talk about that?
Bles – Yeah I do a bit of that for myself and for them as well. I know where to position myself in the good spots when I get good starts. I struggled to hang on to those positions so I know when Tyler or Kyle come up on me I don’t give them too much grief. You know I’ll give him the inside or the good line on the outside. I won’t hold them up as much as other riders that I’m trying to race again. Yeah, so we definitely help each other out. It shows off the track under the rig because we all have a good time.
Longname – now that Tyler is just a handful of points away from being in the top three overall. Would you get aggressive and maybe kind of push people out of the way to help out?
Bles – I definitely would help Tyler to the best of my ability, but I wouldn’t go as far as pushing anyone off the track or taking anyone out. If I get a great start I’ll do my best to hold off the riders, you know, to make sure he gets his advantage. Other than that I wouldn’t do any more than that because it’s racing and you can create a name for yourself doing something like that.
Longname – So what has been your overall thoughts on your season so far? Have you been meeting your expectations?
Bles – Kind of yeah. I mean I’m very pleased with where I’m at. I wanted this year to build and grow and get back to where I was in the past. I want to fight for top tens and I’m on the crest of that, some top 10s and some of them not. I’m right on the bubble of where I should be but I and my team want me in the top 10 and that’s where I want to go. It’s been tough for me; there are some great riders this year. I’ve been doing as good as I thought but I know I can do better. You know, I wanted to get 10th overall this season and I was in good points for that until this weekend, so I’m a little bit upset about it, but at the same time it’s racing and everybody has their own issues and mine was this weekend I guess.
Longname – If you’re able to ride this weekend I think top 10 is within reach, but it’s going to come down to this weekend if you’re able to ride or not. But safety is always the big concern so rather miss one race then mess things up for the future.
Bles – Yeah exactly my head is more important than one race or a tenth overall. I’m only 25 I want to be able to use my brain for the next 25 years (laughs).
Longname – So what’s the plan heading into the offseason? Going to do a little bit more snow biking this winter?
Bles – Yeah I mean right now the team and I are talking about it. Nothing really signed yet. We’re making a deal right now that I’ll be continuing with the team Huber Motorsports for the winter and it will be with snow bikes. I’ll be around them hanging out. The plan is to go and race the Canadian snow bike championship and maybe if everything goes well we’ll do some U.S stuff as well. So just kind of dabble into the snow bike industry for a bit. Hopefully be able to understand and learn that and get a name for me as well as the team. This coming year my goal and my team’s goal is to be entered into the X Games in 2018. I want to see where I stack up against the boys like Brock Hoyer, Cody Matechuk and Colton Haaker who got the medals this year. To get an opportunity, that’s what we want. It would be cool to see team Huber Motorsports be on the box at X Games. That would be amazing!
Longname – So I’ll end off with asking you if you have any good goon stories that come to mind. Some guys see them just at their local tracks going kind of Ronnie Mac style.
Bles – (laughs) I mean there’s one probably every weekend I’m sure of it. The best ones are the ones that come in the lifted trucks, with the fox jerseys, a bunch of stickers on the back of the truck, they come off with the whole lit kit with all the new Fox gear and there plastic cut on their bike like the freestyle guys, then you see them doing no footers. But I honestly can’t think of any stories off the top of my mind. The best is when the local fast guys that hold the fast lap times, then we show up and they try to battle with us, hold their line and try to block us, it’s like, “man you’re making a fool out of yourself.” I don’t want to mention names but it’s usually the local kids at the track that do that (laughs).
Longname – haha I know what you’re saying. Thanks for taking the time to talk to me. Hopefully, your head gets better and you’ll be racing this weekend but if not we’ll see you later. Take care!