Blake Kramer: 3rd-place Finisher In 2013 In The Pro Class Of The AMA ATV Hare Scrambles National Championship Series
December 06, 2013
Blake Kramer, 24, is a Schuylkill Haven, Pa., resident who in 2013 finished third in the Pro class of the AMA ATV Hare Scrambles National Championship Series.
“The 2013 race season went well for me,” Kramer says.”It’s always a learning and growing experience for myself. I had some strong finishes and some not so strong finishes -- that’s just how racing is some of the time.
“I have a great sponsorship team behind me which helped me have another successful season,” he says. They include “my girlfriend, Chris Borich, Mark Kramer, Waynesburg Yamaha, Yamaha Motor Company, HMF, G4 Graphics, Greg’s ATV, MSR, XC Bob, Rath, Maxxis, Hiper, JB Racing, Fox Shocks, Scott, Works Connection, Precision, Acerbis, Power Seal, Mystik Lubricants and Pro Taper.”
The AMA ATV Hare Scrambles National Championship Series is a very competitive series. Kramer says Jarrod McClure and Randy Hamilton were his biggest competition.
“They are both great riders and we all had fun battling it out during the season,” Kramer says.
He also recounts a funny moment during the season:
“As I rolled my bike out of the trailer at the Rausch Creek round, a young kid came running over to me and yelled ‘Hey! You’re the guy on the plaque!’ It caught me by surprise and made me laugh. Seeing young kids so into the sport is what it’s all about. They are the next generation of riders and it’s great to see such enthusiasm about the sport.
Despite the fun he has at the races, Kramer admits that sometimes he has to deal with his own errors.
“I use every race as a chance to ride at the best of my ability and learn from the mistakes I make,” he says. “Heartbreak isn’t something that happens for me. You ride your best and whatever happens, happens.
“Keeping a positive attitude is key for me,” he says. “I don’t sweat the little things.”
Kramer started racing 14 years ago.
“My first race was at the Flying Dutchman in Pine Grove, Pa., in 2000,” he says. “I was 10 years old and riding a Honda TRX90. I planned on going to the race just to have some fun and ride. What I didn’t plan on was getting hooked.
“That first race made me realize racing isn’t as simple as loading up a bike and driving to the track,” he says. “You need to put everything you have into racing if you want to be successful. You have to be dedicated. You train, you ride and you win.
“I like racing the AMA/ATVA series because of the people,” Kramer adds. “I’ve made great friends and have good competition at every race. It’s always a good time.
“My plans for 2014 include continuing to develop my racing program and expand my sponsorship to include a greater diversity of support,” he says.
He also says he doesn’t have much free time away from quads, but when he does “I like to spend time with my girlfriend and her horses. We are both passionate about what we do and it’s important to me to support her the same way she supports me.”
What may surprise some people, he says, is that he enjoys hunting on occasion.
His advice for new racers?
“Stick to it and don’t give up,” he says. “It’s a lot of hard work but it’s also a lot of fun. Keep a positive mindset and you will be successful.”
Kramer concludes by saying: “I just want to take the time to thank everyone again for their support this past season. Great sponsorships are what keep me and my racing program running strong. I can’t express my gratitude enough.”