AMA/ Kenda National Hare & Hound Championship Series
Round 6: Sugarloafers MC’s Cherry Creek National at the Little Sahara OHV Area
Rocky Mountain ATV/ MC World Off-Road Championship Series
Round 6: Racetown 395
Courtesy of THR Motorsports
JERICHO, UT, MAY 19, 2012
ADELANTO, CA, MAY 19-20, 2012
Robby Bell and David Pearson both enjoyed great weekends aboard their THR Motorsports/ Monster Energy/ Precision Concepts Kawasaki KX450Fs, with Pearson winning the sixth round of the AMA Racing/Kenda National Hare & Hound Championship Series and Bell tallying second overall at round six of the Rocky Mountain ATV/ MC World Off-Road Championship Series (WORCS).
Pearson’s win not only marked his first National triumph since the opening round of the 2011 series, but it catapulted him past Kurt Caselli and into the series points lead for the first time this season. (FMF/ KTM Factory Off-road Racing Team’s Caselli was forced to sit out the 52nd annual Cherry Creek National, hosted by the Sugarloafers Motorcycle Club, outside of Jericho, Utah, as he is still recuperating from injuries suffered two weeks ago at round five.)
After following round-five winner Jacob Argubright off the start, Pearson grabbed the lead less than a mile later and never relinquished it.
“I kind of wanted to pull away, but I kind of wanted to pace myself at the same time,” Pearson admitted. “It went good. I rode a good pace and led it from there to the finish.”
Pearson now leads Caselli by 12 points, 132-120, but he knows he could lose it just as quickly as Caselli did.
“I have a pretty good cushion now, but when Kurt gets healthy, it’s going to be hard to beat him at Lucerne; he’ll be riding good,” Pearson admitted. “I don’t know; we’ll see. All we can do is keep working hard and go down and try to win the [Tecate/ SCORE Baja] 500 –just keep riding and doing what we do.”
At the WORCS race at Racetown 395 in Adelanto, California, Bell rode in second place pretty much by himself all day in the Saturday moto. On Sunday, he diced with Saturday winner Taylor Robert until Robert dropped out. From there, Bell maintained another comfortable runner-up finish, behind Bobby Garrison, the day’s winner and overall victor.
That puts Bell sixth in points, just five down on fifth-placed Ryan Abbatoye. Robert remains the series leader by a comfortable margin.
Cherry Creek National at the Little Sahara OHV Area
Results: May 19, 2012 (Round 6)
OVERALL: 1. David Pearson (Kaw); 2. T.J. Hannifin (Kaw); 3. Jacob Argubright (Kaw); 4. Nick Thompson (KTM); 5. Nick Burson (Kaw).
Results: May 19-20, 2012 (Round 6)
OVERALL: 1. Taylor Robert; 2. Robby Bell (Kaw).
OVERALL: 1. Bobby Garrison; 2. Robby Bell (Kaw).
[For a racer’s-eye view of the NHHA event, please see “Race Report from the Cherry Creek National” by rider Jacob Argubright… Editor]