Logan attorney “JB” John Blair competed in Athens, Ohio, last Saturday during the first round of the Action Sports Promotions Grand Prix and took second place.
The 38-year-old ATV racer, who competes for Blair Law Racing in the ATV C 30-plus class, battled other racers in the very competitive and grueling off road series.
The Grand Prix consists of multiple variations of terrain including a motorcross track, wooded areas with mud pits to flat wide open terrain down to monstrous 200-foot hillclimbs.
The racers battled their way through these obstacles to try to get the fastest lap times in as many laps as possible for more than an hour.
“I really felt good about this race and the conditions for the race were perfect,” Blair told The Logan Banner. “The temperature was great and there was a lot of mud left over from rain from the night before making the course a bit tricky. But that is what makes it fun. And getting a second-place finish in the first round of the Grand Prix season is a great way to start.”
Blair races on a Kawasaki KFX 450R, that he bought locally from Keefers Kawasaki and Suzuki at Cherry Tree in Logan.
Blair gets help from his corporate sponsors, Oneal MX Racing, Lucas Oil, Pro Armor, Steel MX Optics, Leatt Performance Braces, Factory Effex and Slick Products.
Blair also competed with the best off-road racers in the world on April 6.
The “ATV Esquire” competed in Morganton, N.C., at the FMF Steele Creek, GNCC— Round 3 of the 13-stop Amsoil Grand National Cross Country Series. This was Blair’s first GNCC race of the season.
More than 1,500 racers competed, as the event includes four-wheeled ATV racing on Saturday and dirt bikes on Sunday. Classes range from riders as young as six and as old as the 50-plus divisions.
“Racers from all over the world competed at this race,” said GNCC Trail Boss Jeff Russell. “The NBC Sports Network TV crew was there, the sponsors were there and the press was there. There was a lot of competition and pressure.”
The racers started together in a field before rushing onto the GNCC course featuring mud, rocks and hills. Spectators watched the action from a variety of points throughout the course.
Blair got off to a rocky start due to technical problems and had to start about 10 minutes late. However, when he got going, he made up some time and finished 15th out of 22 racers in his ATV C 35-plus class.
“My goal is to finish these labor intensive races, not necessarily to win them,” Blair said. “After having faced many injuries in my life, I ride to honor individuals with disabilities who cannot get out and race or even ride just for fun. Also, as part of my goal in racing is to spread awareness for rider safety and the importance of preparing your ATV or bike and also wearing the proper safety equipment. My sponsors have really embraced what I am trying to accomplish and I really would like to thank Leatt Braces, who offer head, neck and back braces that really work to protect a rider in a serious crash.”
The attorney racer plans on racing a limited schedule of GNCC races this year but confirmed he does plan on racing in all the Action Sports Promotions Grand Prix series races this season in Athens, Ohio, as well as racing in the Fast Traxx Moto Grand Prix series events also in Athens. The first round of the Fast Traxx Grand Prix Series begins on Sunday, April 28.
Blair is the owner and an attorney of Blair Law Offices, PLLC, with offices in downtown Logan and in Van.
For training and practice, Blair likes to ride in the hills near his home in Monaville with his 8-year-old son, Brandon Blair, who will also be racing his Honda CRF 50 this year at some races with his dad.
Blair’s wife, Pamala Blair, helps prepare him for the races and also works in the pits while he races.
The Blair family likes to make racing and riding a family experience.
Blair has been riding motorcycles and ATVs since he was only 3 years old.
When he was a bit younger, he competed in the AMA National Hillclimb events around the area on a Yamaha YZ 125 motorcycle.
His best finish was first place. He also took fifth place overall in the West Virginia State Hillclimb championships.