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Sutherlin and Martinez Top the Johnson Valley Championship!

| 3 November 2017 1:15 pm

AMA Kenda/ SRT National Hare & Hound Association Championship Series
Round 8: 100 MC’s Johnson Valley Championship

Courtesy of the National Hare & Hound Association
LUCERNE VALLEY, CA, OCT. 21-22, 2017

The 100’s Motorcycle Club hosted the 50th annual Johnson Valley Championship at the Johnson Valley OHV. It was a weekend jam-packed with racing and activities: Saturday saw the final round of the AMA Kenda/ SRT National Youth Hare and Hound Championship Series, a desert-racing museum, free food, and a live band, while Saturday saw well-earned championships earned by Gary Sutherlin, Kacy Martinez, Tyler Lynn, Rachel Stout and more!

Gary Sutherlin scored his first National Hare and Hound Championship title one full round early.

Gary Sutherlin scored his first National Hare and Hound Championship title one full round early.

The AMA Kenda/ SRT National Youth Hare and Hound Championship Series was brought to a close on Saturday, October 21, at the Johnson Valley OHV.

The AMA Kenda/ SRT National Youth Hare and Hound Championship Series was brought to a close on Saturday, October 21, at the Johnson Valley OHV.

The first race of the weekend saw Ryker Sperry take the win in the Pee Wee race. In a close battle in the points chase and on course with Brennen Watson, Sperry took the overall win and the number-one plate for the 50cc class. Sperry also caught the Fasst Co. Youth “hare,” Axel Pearson!

Ryker Sperry caught the hare on his way to the day’s overall Pee Wee victory and the NHHA class championship.

Ryker Sperry caught the hare on his way to the day’s overall Pee Wee victory and the NHHA class championship.

The second race of the day was for the Micro Mini, Junior Girls, and Girls classes. Getting the holeshot, catching the Fasst Co. hare, and locking in a solid lead for the entire race, Laci Olivas took the overall win.

Laci Olivas (NT527) dominated race two, taking both the Girls’ class win and the overall victory!

Laci Olivas (NT527) dominated race two, taking both the Girls’ class win and the overall victory!

Kassidy Laswell also wrapped up the championship for the Girls’ class!

Kassidy Laswell garnered the overall Girls’ class championship.

Kassidy Laswell garnered the overall Girls’ class championship.

Lane Forbes, Jett Lessing and Dustyn Davis held a steady race of their own in the Micro Mini class, resulting in a win for Jett Lessing. Forbes was runner-up, and Davis came in third.

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The last event of the day, the Big Wheel race, saw Mason Matthies score the overall win, while also taking the 2017 National Youth Hare and Hound Championship. There was no stopping the speedy Matthies after he caught up to the Fasst Co. Youth hare.

Mason Matthies’ solid ride earned him the overall race-three win, and the Big Wheel championship.

Mason Matthies’ solid ride earned him the overall race-three win, and the Big Wheel championship.

Meanwhile, Clayton Roberts and Bradley East were having a battle of their own for the second-place position. Roberts took second overall, behind Matthies. East came in third.

Ty Woolslayer earned the Junior Girls’ class National Championship. Awesome job, Ty!

Ty Woolslayer earned the Junior Girls’ class National Championship. Awesome job, Ty!

Karson Boyce walked away with the 2017 Junior Mini National Championship after taking second place for the day.

Karson Boyce walked away with the 2017 Junior Mini National Championship after taking second place for the day.

Jett Lessing was all smiles after officially claiming the 2017 Micro Mini 65cc National Championship.

Jett Lessing was all smiles after officially claiming the 2017 Micro Mini 65cc National Championship.

McKane Tolley not only raced his way to the podium for the day, he also claimed the 2017 Mini National Championship!

McKane Tolley not only raced his way to the podium for the day, he also claimed the 2017 Mini National Championship!

We are so proud of all of our Youth riders, and we thank you all for racing with us this season!

We are so proud of all of our Youth riders, and we thank you all for racing with us this season!

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Just rewards.

Just rewards.

The NHHA was celebrating desert-racing legends throughout the weekend, so Ty Davis was asked to be the hare for the Big Bike event. The bet was $100 to catch the hare – and $100 to take his tail! However, the pesky hare was too tough to be caught over the course of loop one, but it was Gary Sutherlin who would cross him first.

Ty Davis was the hare for the Big Bike event. Ears and all.

Ty Davis was the hare for the Big Bike event. Ears and all.

Some 104 miles of grueling desert terrain made sure that riders such as Purvines/ DA8-backed Gary Sutherlin earned their championship title!

About two miles out from the 100’s MC camp, the Big Bikes lined up on the bomb run for the last race of the weekend. When the banner dropped, Sutherlin, Purvines Racing-backed Nick Burson and Axel Pearson began their battle for the lead.

Coming into the pits off of the first loop, Sutherlin was in the lead. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jacob Argubright came through mere seconds in front of Burson. FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Taylor Robert raced into the pits in fourth, ahead of Axel Pearson, Sage Vincent and Precision Concepts rider Justin Morgan.

Over the course of the second loop, the running order changed, as Argubright found himself out of contention after a crash in a rock section sent him to the ground. This allowed Robert to advance, with hopes of catching the leader, Sutherlin.

Meanwhile, making his way up from a troubled start, Factory Beta’s Joe Wasson sped through the field in his first race back since round two. An impressive performance from Wasson placed him within the top 10 overall by loop three. JCR Honda Factory Racing’s Ricky Brabec encountered mechanical difficulties with his bike, and he was forced to end his race early, along with Argubright.

Coming through the pits the nest time, Sutherlin maintained his lead, but now with Robert behind him in second. With Sutherlin and Robert being so close on the racecourse, fans and both teams were anxious about the outcome in the points, with the championship title playing a major role!

Coming off of the third loop, Sutherlin came in first overall, earning the 2017 National Hare and Hound Championship title! Robert was second and Burson was third.

Wrapping up the championship one full round early, this officially marked Sutherlin’s first National Hare and Hound Championship title after successfully overcoming many challenging seasons.

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In a steady race for the Women’s class, Brandy Richards held the first-place position for the entire race, with FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Kacy Martinez never too far behind. Britney Gallegos maintained her third-place spot, giving the other two women some healthy competition out on the course.

Brandy Richards (198) led the Women racers from the bomb run to the finish line for the overall win.

Brandy Richards (198) led the Women racers from the bomb run to the finish line for the overall win.

The podium saw Richards on the top step, flanked by second-place finisher Martinez and Gallegos in third.

Kacy Martinez also took home the 2017 Women’s National Hare and Hound Championship title. This being Martinez’s first year chasing this series, she will be taking with her some close friendships and many lessons that she has learned while racing Hare and Hounds. She hopes to join us for 2018.

Kacy Martinez garnered the Women’s National Championship in her first season participating in the series.

Kacy Martinez garnered the Women’s National Championship in her first season participating in the series.

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The FMF Pro 250cc podium saw Chidester Transport Racing’s Tyler Lynn on the top step for taking first in class! He also scored the Pro 250cc championship.

Tyler Lynn on his way to winning the Pro 250cc class.

Tyler Lynn on his way to winning the Pro 250cc class.

Chance Fullerton took over the leading position off of the first loop until he was unable to complete the remainder of his race due to mechanical difficulties. Nick Tolman and first-time desert racer Cole Conatser battled it out for 2nd place position but Conatser won the battle and came in 2nd behind Tyler Lynn, with Tolman in 3rd.

Tyler Lynn celebrates his 2017 FMF Pro 250cc championship alongside AMA off-road racing manager Erek Kudla.

Tyler Lynn celebrates his 2017 FMF Pro 250cc championship alongside AMA off-road racing manager Erek Kudla.

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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 when the NHHA heads to Barstow, California, on Sunday, November 12, 2017.

For more information, check out www.nationalhareandhound.com or look us up on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nationalhareandhound.

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