“SPRING A DING DING”;
Recap, Revision, and Review for 2021.
From the Road to Mammoth event (taking place in February 2020) through that of the Winter Olympics in November, Benjamin Garib exalted nothing but extraordinary talent aboard his Yamaha motorcycle. Even at the “SPRING A DING DING” championship, after trekking east on horseback, Garib and crew would venture through all different types of terrain before staking their claim to the Underground MX Facility. They were on the hunt for nationalized recognition, yearning to test their skillset amongst the best riders in the world. And they most certainly found it, when rolling through the gates; realizing the roster was filled with upper-echelon talent, smack dab in the heart of the Texas prairie. Knowing that he had numerous pieces of weaponry, his ammunition had been stockpiled for quite some time now; and the unleashing of bullets, arrows, and dirt pellets, would force many in the field to immediately flounder. Pushing a pace that few could replicate, his efforts in qualification would almost warrant a stand-still by those around him; aiming for the top of the leaderboard, and simply nothing else. Shortly thereafter, in the hours to follow, he would line up for the Supermini 2 (13-16) class; knowing good and well, this could be one of his toughest trials to date. He would begin the escapade in third, believing that his stamina and raw sprint speed would hold him able to execute the task at hand. Jousting with riders like Daxton Bennick, the pair of KTM’s were seemingly less than a second from one another for quite some time. Although the newcomer to the Supermini class was a bit young for the division, the number 241 carried a plethora of speed; and would make his way around Garib near the halfway point. However, rather than be discouraged, Garib would up the pace in his own right; doing what was necessary, to put his machine ahead and once and for all. Solidifying the third-place ride, his bronze medal placement on the results sheet would be rather noteworthy. He would come alive though, in the depths of the Supermini 1 (12-15) class; where a pair of Kawasaki riders, along with Evan Ferry, would quickly strike and force him to escalate. Paying no attention to the accolades of the crowd around him, Garib would press on; focusing on only that of the final flag waving from the scoring booth. He and Evan Ferry would quarrel over the podium position for quite some time; and although the number seventy-five would get the better at this point in time, Garib would look to settle the score in the following outlet. Hitting his marks when blasting off the starting line, had him sending a ripple of fear throughout the pack; including the race winners of the first moto. And although DiFrancesco was making a run for the checkered out front, Garib was doing all in his power to keep Towers away. Riding with a bit of defensive tactic, his exclamation would be over numerous double jumps; over-jumping at times, just to compress the chassis and throttle out immediately upon descending from the summit. Crafting a performance for the ages, his third place in this moto would situate him into third overall; doing what was necessary, to secure a bronze medal to his resume. The aforementioned podium result, wouldn’t be of rare occurrence though; as he continued to graph staggering finishes, through the events that followed. Now, on the brink of 2021, Garib understands what it takes to secure applaud-worthy finishes, at events like the “SPRING A DING DING” championship. He’s accustomed to the front of the field and shows no sign of slowing-down anytime soon.