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Evans, Mumford Win at Action Sports GP Opener

| 27 April 2013 2:18 pm

Action Sports Grand Prix Series
Round 1: Action Sports Moto Park

Story and Photos by David L. Patton Jr.
ATHENS, OH, APR. 13, 2013

Sam Evans from St. Albans, West Virginia, sent a message to off-road racers in the Midwest when he captured wins in three classes at round one of the 2013 Action Sports Grand Prix Series, sponsored by Hatfield-McCoy Trails and Ohio Motorcycle.

Sam Evans (27) out front at the Action Sports Grand Prix Series opener in Athens, Ohio.

Sam Evans (27) out front at the Action Sports Grand Prix Series opener in Athens, Ohio.

Two years ago, Evans could not match the pace of riders such as National Enduro competitor Zach Klamfoth. Last year, Evans had flashes of brilliance, battling with Klamfoth and Josh Gaitten, but he still lacked the total package needed to ride hard for an hour at their pace. This season, Evans looks ready to step it up and contend for the win anywhere he races.

Rory Mead was the only rider able to challenge Evans throughout the day. Last season, Rory Mead earned third overall in the Grand National Cross Country Series, the toughest series for woods racers in the USA. Mead, riding in the Open class, is a world-class rider, and he handled the muddy conditions in the first session to reel in Evans for the overall win. But Evans learned from the race.

Rory Mead (3) blasts through the woods, mud and ruts.

Rory Mead (3) blasts through the woods, mud and ruts.

“After Mead passed me, he pulled away; then he must have wrecked, because I caught back up to him,” Evans recounted. “He wasn’t going as good after that and he only pulled me by a couple of seconds a lap.”

Sam Evans (27) chases after Mead in the morning session.

Sam Evans (27) chases after Mead in the morning session.

In the Open A class, Evans led from the start and was never challenged, as Mead had to work hard to climb to second and couldn’t get a good pace going.

“I fell a couple of times, just sliding out and falling over,” Mead said. “I was just trying to keep it on two wheels that race.”

Evans finished off the day with a wire-to-wire win in the 16-24 class.

“I am in the best shape of my life,” Evans said. “I have been training really hard, and it seems to have helped my speed everywhere.”

The Lightweight A class hit the course first when starter Kyle Wolfe dropped the green flag, and Jason Ross and Triston Landrum battled over the holeshot, with Sam Evans in hot pursuit. Open-class rider Rory Mead started after the Pro class got to the first turn. Landrum got through the first turn in the lead and paced the field into the first woods section.

“It was kind of weird getting the holeshot,” Landrum said, adding, “My bike doesn’t start that well.”

Triston Landrum leads the Lightweight A class.

Triston Landrum leads the Lightweight A class.

Landrum pulled away in the tight woods and had to look back to make sure he hadn’t gone off course.

“I thought I might have gotten lost, because there wasn’t anyone right behind me,” noted Landrum, who pushed hard on the Team Hardcore Racing/ Athens Sport Cycles/ Fly Racing-backed 150 KTM to lead the first lap. “It was kind of sketchy leading the Pro class on the first lap. The track was good, but there were a couple of bad mudholes.”

Evans had clawed his way into second by the end of the first lap, and he tried to reel in Landrum.

“Triston is one of my good friends, and I was happy that he was riding good and was out front,” Evans said.

Triston Landrum flies over a tabletop double at Action Sports Moto Park.

Triston Landrum flies over a tabletop double at Action Sports Moto Park.

On the second lap, Evans squared the big off-camber left-hand turn on the motocross section and used his 250’s power to slip past Landrum on the inside.

“About a lap after I passed Triston, Rory caught me, and he was going a lot faster than I was, so I pulled over and let him by,” Evans said. “Rory is a great mud rider.”

Rory Mead (3) hammers the track in the morning session.

Rory Mead (3) hammers the track in the morning session.

Mead hammered the Athens Sport Cycles/ RPM Racing/ Fly Racing-backed KTM 350 around the track like the course was dry, and he and Evans ran away from third-place rider Zach Klamfoth, who had gotten a middle-of-the-pack start on the Fly Racing/ Western Powersports/ JD Performance/ Fast AM Production-supported KTM. Klamfoth had to battle through arm pump and crashes to pass Landrum near the end of the race.

Zach Klamfoth (524) overcame a midpack start to claim second in the Lightweight A race.

Zach Klamfoth (524) overcame a midpack start to claim second in the Lightweight A race.

“I had arm pump really bad, and I couldn’t get any traction in the rear; the back end slid out and I crashed,” said a frustrated Klamfoth after the race.

Landrum took fourth, ahead of Jason Ross and Cycra/ ASC-backed Chris McGomery.

Rory Mead (right) passes Jason Ross (left) in Lightweight A action.

Rory Mead (right) passes Jason Ross (left) in Lightweight A action.

Jason Ross (left) and Chris McGomery (right) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the Lightweight A class.

Jason Ross (left) and Chris McGomery (right) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the Lightweight A class.

Rory Mead’s KTM after the morning session.

Rory Mead’s KTM after the morning session.

Rory Mead ate a lot of mud in the morning.

Rory Mead ate a lot of mud in the morning.

Later, in the Open A class, Mead again let the field get off the line first, and then he took off.

“This race is preparation for me,” he explained. “This way, I can work on passing.”

The course had dried out, and with the big mudhole section taken out, the pace picked up considerably. Evans got another great start on the Team Hardcore Racing/ Appalachian Off-Road MC/ Fly Racing-backed KTM, and he blasted around the course ahead of Klamfoth.

“I got the holeshot, with Zach right on me,” Evans reported.

Sam Evans (27) leads the Open A-class start.

Sam Evans (27) leads the Open A-class start.

Klamfoth’s challenge didn’t last, as the Wheelsports/ Rekluse/ Enduro Engineering rider again had problems.

“Same as last race – I couldn’t do anything because of arm pump,” Klamfoth said. “It cripples you.”

Evans quickly took advantage of Klamfoth’s issues.

“I was able to pull away from Zach and saw that Mead was back in the pack,” Evans said. “I knew I needed a 20-second lead or so by the time Rory got into second, because he would be coming hard. This time I hoped to hook up with him and learn from him.”

Mead had charged into the top five by the second lap, and shortly after that he slipped past Klamfoth for second. The crowd was watching to see if Mead could charge to the front again, but Evans kept the throttle pinned for the last four laps and maintained his lead.

“That race went pretty well,” Evans said afterward. “I got a lead and was able to keep it to the end. The track was pretty rough towards the end.”

Kyle Wolfe waves the checkers for Sam Evans’ win in the Open A class.

Kyle Wolfe waves the checkers for Sam Evans’ win in the Open A class.

Mead claimed second overall on a day when he couldn’t put it all together in the afternoon.

“I just struggled – not sure why; felt like I forgot how to ride,” Mead admitted. “The course was better and I still crashed a couple of times.”

Rory Mead (3), second overall in the Open A contest.

Rory Mead (3), second overall in the Open A contest.

Klamfoth had to hold off a hard-charging Colin Thomas for third. Thomas caught Klamfoth with two laps to go, and the Fox/ FMF/ Fast Am Productions-backed Kawasaki rider steadily closed in. Thomas finally got close enough and tried to pass over the tabletop double right before the finish, but Klamfoth held on.

Zach Klamfoth took third in Open A action.

Zach Klamfoth took third in Open A action.

“This is only my second race back since I broke my back last year,” Thomas said. “It felt good to get to race with Zach and the guys again.”

Joseph Cunningham (4) avoided the deepest ruts to win the 50cc (7-8) class.

Joseph Cunningham (4) avoided the deepest ruts to win the 50cc (7-8) class.

Denny Swartz gave Maico its last National Motocross win back in the ’70s, when he was their top factory rider, and he showed the same smooth style on this day in the Over 50 class. Swartz got a great start on the Big 4 Motorsports-backed Yamaha.

Denny Swartz (54) – still smooth, still fast.

Denny Swartz (54) – still smooth, still fast.

“The track was great, my bike worked well, and I was really comfortable today,” Swartz said.

Swartz’s smooth ride ended Jeff Miller’s 14-race winning streak in the class. In June of 2011, Miller took the win in the Over 50 class. He had to miss the next race and Swartz took that win, but the duo battled in out in August and Miller came out on top.

“Yeah, I remember that,” said Swartz.

Denny Swartz (54) leads Jeff Miller (667) into a tight woods section.

Denny Swartz (54) leads Jeff Miller (667) into a tight woods section.

Thirteen races later, Miller finally had to settle for second place. Jeff works on Saturdays, and he had to rush to the track to make the start, and his bike took a few kicks to light off as the class ran away on the start.

“I wasn’t really ready on the start and kind of messed that up,” confessed Miller, who quickly caught up to the rest of the riders. However, the tight woods section that promoter Drew Wolfe and his sons Kyle and Ryan added for the race made it tough for Miller to pass.

“I didn’t care for the new section,” Miller said. “I don’t like riding in tight woods.”

Nevertheless, Miller pushed his Pro-Tune Suspension/ JM Cycles/ MX Graphics-backed Yamaha YZ250 into second near the end of the race. However, Swartz was laying down solid laps out front, and Miller ran out of time after a last-lap mishap.

“A lapped rider decided he wanted the line I was in, and he came over and knocked me into a mudhole,” Miller said. “Today wasn’t my day. I just got beat. If I had to lose, Denny is a great rider to lose to.”

Jeff Miller (667), covered in mud after being knocked down on the last lap by a lapped rider.

Jeff Miller (667), covered in mud after being knocked down on the last lap by a lapped rider.

Blaceton Moore (99B) deals with ruts on his 50 on his way to third place in the 50cc (7-8) class.

Blaceton Moore (99B) deals with ruts on his 50 on his way to third place in the 50cc (7-8) class.

As the ATV riders prepared to take the course, Treadway Honda-Suzuki-Polaris-backed Seth Mumford said that because of work commitments, he had only ridden one lap so far in 2013.

“Fitness, the heat – everything will be a challenge today,” he said.

Mumford’s lack of practice didn’t show, as he rocketed off the line and into the first turn. He wasn’t holding back, as he launched high over the tabletop double to lead the first lap.

Prior to this race, the very busy Seth Mumford had only put in one lap so far this season…

Prior to this race, the very busy Seth Mumford had only put in one lap so far this season…

“I really didn’t know how to hit it,” he admitted, “and since it is better to overjump it than to not clear it, I went for it!”

Mumford landed hard but held on to lead the lap.

“I jumped way too far,” he said.

Mumford never backed off and laid down fast lap after fast lap.’

“My arms got a little tired, but I surprised myself,” Mumford said. “I didn’t think I would last that long. The track got rough towards the end.”

Mumford hammered his Honda to the end for an impressive victory, two minutes and 18 seconds in front of runner-up Eric Cotterill

… no practice, no problem: Seth Mumford took the ATV Pro victory anyway!

… no practice, no problem: Seth Mumford took the ATV Pro victory anyway!

The next event at Actions Sports will be round one of the 2013 AMA Vintage Motocross and Hare Scrambles National Championship Series on May 4 and 5. Call 740/594-MOTO (6686) or go to actionsportsracing.com for more information.

Action Sports Moto Park
Athens, Ohio
Results: April 13, 2013 (Round 1)

50 OIL-INJECTED (4-8): 1. Reiston Richards (KTM); 2. Mason Idleman (KTM).

50 (4-6): 1. Carl Frank II (KTM); 2. Dakota Cunningham (KTM).

50 (7-8): 1. Joseph Cunningham (KTM); 2. Wyatt Morris (KTM); 3. Blaceton Moore (KTM); 4. Carter Fouts (KTM); 5. Xavier Mohney (KTM).

65 (7-11): 1. Chase Ingalls (Kaw); 2. Joseph Cunningham (KTM).

85 NOV (7-15): 1. Samuel Parsons (Yam); 2. Bryce Richards (Yam); 3. Ben Morse (KTM).

85 (7-11): 1. Stevie Osborne (KTM).

85 (12-15): 1. Ryan Richards (Yam); 2. Garrett Loterbaugh (Hon); 3. Samuel Welch (Kaw); 4. John Regan (Suz).

SUPERMINI (12-16): 1. Jeadon Walraven (Kaw); 2. Tyler Martin (Kaw); 3. Gaven Burt (Hon).

125/200 B: 1. Adam Chapman (KTM); 2. Devan Byer (KTM); 3. Alex Ankrom (KTM).

LIGHTWEIGHT NOV: 1. Isaiah Andrews (Yam); 2. Andrew Fraley (Yam); 3. Jaedon Walraven (Kaw); 4. Dave Datri (Suz); 5. Andrew Martin (Hon).

LIGHTWEIGHT A: 1. Sam Evans (KTM); 2. Zach Klamfoth (KTM); 3. Triston Landrum (KTM); 4. Jason Ross (Yam); 5. Chris McGomery (KTM).

250 B: 1. Jordan Strickland (Hsq); 2. Scott Cunningham (Suz); 3. Jake Walters (KTM); 4. Shade Huntley (Yam); 5. Taylor Russell (Kaw).

OPEN: 1. Rory Mead (KTM); 2. Jake Walters (KTM); 3. Zach Walton (Kaw); 4. Keith Gwinn (Yam); 5. Chas Patton (Yam).

OPEN A: 1. Sam Evans (KTM); 2. Rory Mead (KTM); 3. Zach Klamfoth (KTM); 4. Colin Thomas (Kaw); 5. Chris McGomery (KTM).

4-STROKE LIGHT B/C: 1. Jordan Strickland (Hsq); 2. Taylor Russell (Kaw); 3. Zach Swyers (Suz); 4. Austin Evans (KTM).

HEAVYWEIGHT NOV: 1. Bobby Christman (Yam); 2. A.J. White (KTM); 3. T.J. Brooks (KTM); 4. Seth Hite (KTM); 5. Kevin Rickard (KTM).

4-STROKE HEAVYWEIGHT B: 1. Chad Ingalls (Suz); 2. Isaac Parsons (Yam); 3. Jonathan Mullins (Yam); 4. James Moore (KTM).

WOMEN 125+: 1. Whitney Martin (KTM).

SCHOOLBOY 1: 1. Nick Story (KTM); 2. Tyler Martin (Kaw); 3. Adrian Strawn (Hon).

SCHOOLBOY 2: 1. Devan Byer (KTM); 2. Austin Evans (Yam); 3. Kyle Slagh (KTM).

16-24: 1. Sam Evans (KTM); 2. Dalton Vecchiarelli (KTM); 3. Clint Wagner (Kaw); 4. Andrew Fraley (Yam); 5. Robert Fife (Kaw).

25+: 1. Shade Huntley (Yam); 2. Zach Walton (Kaw); 3. Anthony Kaercher (Hon); 4. Derrek Cremeans (Yam); 5. Brent Cochran (Hon).

40+: 1. Keith Gwinn (Yam); 2. Steve Thaxton (KTM); 3. Scott Strickland (Kaw); 4. Mark Cales (KTM); 5. Trevor Welch (Hon).

50+: 1. Denny Swartz (Yam); 2. Jeff Miller (Yam); 3. Brad Burt (KTM); 4. Brent Windland (Suz); 5. Andy Chapman (Yam).

GOLDEN MASTERS (58+): 1. Rick Oxley (KTM); 2. Jeff Peterson (Yam).

VINTAGE: 1. Mark Kaho (Yam).

DECADE: 1. Mike Freas; 2. Bill Collins (Suz); 3. Todd Price (Hon); 4. Anthony Kaercher (Hon).

ATV PRO: 1. Seth Mumford (Hon); 2. Eric Cotterill (Yam); 3. Chris O’Neal (Yam).

ATV YOUTH PRODUCTION: 1. Connor Conkel (Hon).

ATV B: 1. Colton Longstreth (Yam); 2. C.J. Snyder (Hon).

ATV C: 1. Brandon Thompson (Yam); 2. Tyler Miller (Yam); 3. Jeff Norris (Hon); 4. Jordan Fizer (Yam); 5. Thomas Spencer (Hon).

ATV 30+: 1. Chris Maxwell (Hon); 2. J.B. Blair (Kaw).

ATV VET (40+): 1. Rick Baker (Hon); 2. Mike Charlton (Yam); 3. Tim Lutz (Yam).

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