Normally, a lack of practice time would leave me feeling a bit apprehensive prior to a 100-mile race, but Hondas excel at making you feel comfortable right from the get-go. The CRF450RX is no different. While lap 1 was a zero visibility, dust-clouded cluster, where survival was the name of the game, by lap 2, I was able to start thinking about the bike. The fact that I rode the first 6 miles of the race, including hitting the iconic water double jump, without thinking about the CRF450RX is a good thing—a very good thing. The bike just worked, and work it did. Over the next few hours, I put the CRF450RX and myself through hell and by the end, I’d suffered through multiple flat tires, a few crashes, and a pair of bleeding hands, but more importantly, I earned a Mushman 100 finisher’s pin.