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| 14 June 2017 12:45 pm

AMA Kenda/SRT NHHA National Hare & Hound Association Championship Series
Round 6: Buzzards M.C.’s X-12 Virgin Ground Hare and Hound

Courtesy of the National Hare & Hound Association
PLYMOUTH, UT, JUNE 11, 2017

The AMA Kenda/ SRT National Hare & Hound Association’s Championship Series returned to the state of Utah for round six, hosted by X-12 and USRA and SIDRA. Rocky hillclimbs, steep canyons and wide-open, grassy fields made for a course that was full of all types of terrain.

The Zip-Ty starting line seemed almost peaceful – like the calm before the storm…

The Zip-Ty starting line seemed almost peaceful – like the calm before the storm…

Racing kicked off bright and early Saturday morning with the 50cc race. KTM-mounted Ryker Sperry took the early lead, ahead of Brennen Watson, Grady Ballow, Tanner Smith and Sean Taylor Freeman.

Over the course of the 30-minute, three-lap race, the order had shifted dramatically by the final lap. Both Sperry and Ballow suffered mishaps, which allowed Watson to advance, with Smith and Freeman in tow. Given the results, the points chase now gets even more interesting, as Sperry and Watson now sit tied heading into the summer break.

Tanner Smith (N575P) took second overall in the Pee Wee race, behind Brennen Watson and ahead of Sean Taylor Freeman.

Tanner Smith (N575P) took second overall in the Pee Wee race, behind Brennen Watson and ahead of Sean Taylor Freeman.

In the Girls (12-15) class, local talent mixed it up with the usual suspects, making for a solid day of competitive racing! However, for Kortney Kearsley, a lead from start to finish would display her impressive talent. Jaquel Bennet, who maintained second place from start to finish, kept her head down to hammer out laps in an effort to catch Kearsley. Meanwhile, class points leader Kassidy Laswell made it out of a battle with Alijah Delatore and Emily Taylor to take the third-place podium position.

Kassidy Laswell (N215G) continues to lead the Girls’ class points after a podium finish in Plymouth, Utah.

Kassidy Laswell (N215G) continues to lead the Girls’ class points after a podium finish in Plymouth, Utah.

What has become one of the most intense seasons of racing in the Big Wheel class continued without disappointment as the action played out Saturday morning.

Off the start, Mason Matthies, Hagen Boyce and Porter Black charged for the holeshot, but coming in from lap one, it was Davin Rhodes who led the group. He was ultimately passed by Matthies.

Mason Matthies (365) leads the field off the start, while Porter Black and Hagen Boyce turn up the heat.

Mason Matthies (365) leads the field off the start, while Porter Black and Hagen Boyce turn up the heat.

Meanwhile, Boyce and Black fought for the second and third overall positions and ultimately secured them. Rhodes retired on the second-to-last lap and tallied a DNF. Aaron Rhodes and Dawson Woods rounded out the top five in a tough class of competition.

A very happy group of podium finishers – and an adorable trophy girl!

A very happy group of podium finishers – and an adorable trophy girl!

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Considering round six is the last race before the summer break, racers were out to give it all they had in an effort to gain valuable points. Last week, JCR Honda rider and 2016 champion Ricky Brabec confirmed he would miss the event.

A flat yet dusty bomb run with a mid-point turn made for a uniquely challenging start.

A flat yet dusty bomb run with a mid-point turn made for a uniquely challenging start.

Off the start, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jacob Argubright appeared to have the holeshot wrapped up until Tuffy Pearson edged him out at the turn onto the course.

Tuffy Pearson rips through the first turn!

Tuffy Pearson rips through the first turn!

Over the next five miles, the top five settled into their places – until an unmarked turn sent both Jacob Argubright and Purvines DA8 Yamaha’s Nick Burson into a river. The course error, unfortunately, ended both of their days with mechanical issues.

As the race went on, Purvines DA8 Yamaha’s Axel Pearson held the lead on loop one, with Tuffy Pearson, Taylor Robert and Gary Sutherlin following behind.

After coming through the pits and heading out to loop two, FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Taylor Robert swiftly took the lead, with Purvines DA8 Yamaha’s Gary Sutherlin making the move into second.

A challenging loop three greeted the racers with rocky terrain and steep uphills and descents. Ultimately, it was Taylor Robert who would take the checkered flag first, followed by Gary Sutherlin and then Tuffy Pearson, who has been on the rise since returning from his racing hiatus just a couple of months ago.

Taylor Robert overcame the day’s obstacles to take the overall win.

Taylor Robert overcame the day’s obstacles to take the overall win.

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The excitement of the Women’s class continued, as new contenders showed up to challenge the front-runners. Women’s Motocross talent Brandy Richards entered her first-ever National Hare and Hound, while past National Hare and Hound Women’s Champion Maggie Pearson returned to contest her first round in two years!

Coming in from loop one, Maggie Pearson led the entire Women’s field, coming in 25th overall. Unfortunately, a mechanical issue would cause her to tally a DNF, which allowed Britney Gallegos to advance. Richards keyed off of Gallegos in second, while Kacy Martinez-Coy fought to close the three-minute gap.

Over the next two loops, the order remained consistent until Gallegos ultimately raced to the checkered flag for the win. Richards claimed second in her first-ever NHHA event, while Martinez-Coy finished nearly six minutes behind.

KTM-mounted Britney Gallegos (N459L) charged to a first-place finish.

KTM-mounted Britney Gallegos (N459L) charged to a first-place finish.

Martinez-Coy maintains the Women’s points lead, over Britney Gallegos and Stephanie Woolslayer (who finished fourth), heading into round seven.

Britney Gallegos topped the overall Women’s podium, joined by runner-up Brandy Richards and third-place finisher Kacy Martinez-Coy.

Britney Gallegos topped the overall Women’s podium, joined by runner-up Brandy Richards and third-place finisher Kacy Martinez-Coy.

2017 0611 UT NHHA Rd6 PHOTO J FMF Pro 250 LogoFinishing within the top 10 overall, the FMF Pro 250cc class had an exciting race-long battle of their own!

Off the start, current points leader Tyler Lynn joined both Argubright and Burson in the river off the start, forcing him to DNF. Coming in from loop one, Ryan Karell led the competition by 20 seconds over Daemon Woolslayer, Nick Tolman, Braydon Bland and Clayton Gerstner.

Over the course of the second loop, Karell lost his lead when Tolman made the pass to get up front.

Tolman maintained his pace in the lead, while Karell, Gerstner, Woolslayer and Bland all battled on the final loop for their podium spot. Ultimately, Tolman earned himself the class win, ahead of Gerstner and Bland, at the checkered flag. Karell and Woolslayer finished out the top five.

The FMF Pro 250 podium was comprised of (from left to right) runner-up Clayton Gerstner, winner Nick Tolman and third-place finisher Braydon Bland.

The FMF Pro 250 podium was comprised of (from left to right) runner-up Clayton Gerstner, winner Nick Tolman and third-place finisher Braydon Bland.

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If you want to prove yourself as a real off-road racer, then you need to get out here with the best of the best! Be sure your bike is ready and on the Zip-Ty start line for round seven, when the NHHA heads to Panaca, Nevada, on Saturday, August 12, 2017. One Kick, One Champion – Will you be there?

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Virgin Ground Hare and Hound
Plymouth, Utah
Results: June 11, 2017 (Round 6)

OVERALL: 1. Taylor Robert (KTM); 2. Gary Sutherlin (Yam); 3. Tuffy Pearson (KTM); 4. Axel Pearson (Yam); 5. Justin Morgan (Hon); 6. Nick Tolman (KTM); 7. Clayton Gerstner (KTM); 8. Cory Pincock (KTM); 9. Braydon Bland (KTM); 10. Ryan Smith (Yam).

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