|Rnd 1 – Jan 27/28 – Red Mountain, CA
Rnd 2 – Feb 24 (Sat Only)- Ocotillo, CA
Rnd 3 – Mar 10/11 – Kalgary, Texas
Rnd 4 – Apr 21 (Sat Only) – Jericho, UT
|Rnd 5 – May 5 (Sat Only- Jericho, UT
Rnd 6 – Aug 25 – Panaca, NV
Rnd 7- Oct 27/28 – Ridgecrest, CA
TAYLOR ROBERT AND BRANDY RICHARDS TOP SUGARLOAFERS NATIONAL HARE & HOUND
Photo: Mark Kariya//Story: Meg Argubright
MINI– All remaining youth classes were to compete together in Race 2, along a 20-mile course for just over an hour. In the Mini class, Rylan Hendricksen led the top 5 racers Karson Boyce, Cole Caldwell, Jake Oberhansley and Chase Bryan; building a gap of nearly a minute and a half coming into the pits. Both Hendricksen and Boyce remained as the front runners to the finish, but Oberhansley wasted no time on loop two to make the pass on Caldwell for the final podium position.
MICRO MINI– A stacked group of 65cc racers lines up to compete in the Micro Mini class, but it was ultimately Jett Lessing who would return to the top step of the podium. Hailing from southern California, Brennen Watson chased Lessing aboard his KTM, having built a gap of 1:24 over third place rider Ryker Sperry.
JUNIOR MINI- Leading from start to finish, Jack Williford raced his Yamaha as fast as he could to claim his second victory of the season. Meanwhile, Racer Honnold followed in his brothers footsteps, by putting in a consistent ride to earn 2nd place over Arizona’s Ruffin Dodson.
GIRLS– A great turnout of ladies in the Girls 12-15 year old class posed a challenge for class leader Ty Woolslayer, who won the previous round just two weeks earlier. Husqvarna-mounted Kortney Kearsley would give Woolslayer a run for her money, jumping in to the lead early on. Coming into the pits by over two minutes ahead of Woolslayer and Sage Riders MC’s Jaquel Bennett, Kearsley continued her dominance, building an even bigger lead by the time the three settled at the finish line.
PRO 250– Racing aboard his #92 KTM, Joshua Knight put forth an impressive performance on his home turf, leading the class from start to finish. Sugarloafers MC rider Daemon Woolslayer also capitalized on his skill and knowledge of the terrain as he chased Knight in second place ahead of class points leader Chance Fullerton.
PRO- Although it rained throughout the week leading up to the event, it wasn’t enough to keep the dust down, and the start would play a huge role for the riders looking to lead the pack. At the drop of the banner, Ryan Smith quickly lit his SRT-backed Husqvarna, getting the jump ahead of Kendall Norman, Nick Burson, Nick Tolman, Jacob Argubright and and the freight train of experts that would follow. As the riders came through the last turn of the chicane, Burson charged to pass through the Performance Diesel holeshot flags first. But it wasn’t long before Kendall Norman charged through the dust to take the overall lead. Coming from a poor start, round four winner Taylor Robert was a man on a mission looking to regain his usual lead spot.
At the end of the first 42-miles, Norman built himself a lead by 1:15 ahead of Robert, Burson, Smith, Pro 250’s Joshua Knight, Jacob Argubright, Daemon Woolslayer and more as the top 10 started to roll through. Over the next 43-miles, Robert not only made the pass for the lead after a mistake from Norman, but then went on to gap the competition by nearly 3:30. An ecstatic Robert came through the checkered flag with yet another win, with Burson and Norman rounding out the podium.
We would like to thank ALL of our riders for their patience during the unforeseen delay prior to the start of the big bike race. Safety is of the utmost importance, and taken very seriously within our organization. Huge thank you to all who volunteered, your selflessness did not go unnoticed!
Stay tuned for series 2018 update