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Lanyon Bowdler Support Underdog Racing Team

My name is Danny Blair.  This blog doesn’t relate to law in any way so please bear with me!

I had my first KX60 on my 7th birthday – it was a right old banger but I quickly got hooked and when I was 8 I had a KX65.  In 2004 I joined North Midlands MX and that’s when the “race bug” kicked in. 

In 2005 I joined Warley Wasps schoolboy MX club, still on my KX65 and in my first race with them I came 34th.  Throughout the season I worked my way through the pack and came 7th in the winter series and 2nd in the club championships. 

In 2006 I stayed with Warley Wasps and came 1st in the summer, winter series and club championships.  Dad also got a trophy for best maintained bike (ha ha!).  In 2006 I also took part in the BSMA finals and came 6th, qualified for the Wulfsport Supercross at Cardiff’s Millennium stadium and entered the Weston Beach race and finished 6th.  This was a proud moment for me as this meant my name was on Sky Sports TV.

In 2007 I started to train with Rikki Priest MX Coach Academy thanks to the kind sponsorship of Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors. This involved me training in the UK, Belgium, Holland, France and Ireland and having the odd race in Ireland.  I moved up on to a KX 85 sw and then onto a Suzuki 85 bw and raced in 2007 and 2008 in the British Masters.    During this time I raced at different tracks with ACU/Orpa/BSMA.   I also took part in the Red Bull Youth Elite Cup and finished most of the meetings in the top twenty.

After a break at the end of 2008/beginning of 2009 due to an injury I got training at Tony Moto Parc.  At the age of 14 I moved up to a Suzuki 250f and took 6 months off from racing as I had to fully recover from my injuries.  This was such a boring time!  During my first full season after returning to motox, I came 3rd overall in the schoolboy class in Cheshire North West MX club.

This year I joined the AMCA - Newport club, riding a KTM 250f.   As I had not been a member of the AMCA before I was asked to start in the senior group but after coming first in my first three meetings I was moved up into the experts group.    I had my first MX2 youth expert race win in April 2011 and came first in the second round of the MX2 youth championship and whilst I qualified first in the second round, had to pull out of the championships because of bike problems.

In July I was approached to join a new motox team for 2012 – The Underdog Racing Team.  Kirk Owen is managing the team, which includes an international rider and has obtained the support of a number of sponsors.  These are exciting times and I am looking forward to 2012 and competing in the British Masters series and also am hoping to qualify for the AMCA championships.

Lanyon Bowdler has continued to support me throughout, and I am very thankful to them for this. 

Danny Blair