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KTM’s Taylor Robert led home the field of riders at round six of the AMA National Hare & Hound Championship to win in Utah.

The AMA KENDA SRT National Hare & Hound series returned to the state of Utah for round six hosted by X12 and USRA and SIDRA. Rocky hill climbs, steep canyons and wide-open grassy fields made for a course that was a jack of all trades.

Considering round six plays as the last race before Summer break, riders were out to give it all they had in effort to gain valuable points. In the build up to the event JCR Honda rider, and 2016 champion Ricky Brabec confirmed he would miss the event. 

Off the start, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Jacob Argubright looked to have the holeshot wrapped up until Tuffy Pearson edged him out at the turn onto the course. Over the next 5-miles, the top 5 settled into their place, 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 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. 

 

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

Finishing within the top 10 overall, the FMF Pro 250 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 20-seconds over Daemon Woolslayer, Nick Tolman, Braydon Bland and Clayton Gerstner. 

Over the second loop, Karell lost his lead as 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, while Karell and Woolslayer finished top five. 

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 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 DNF, allowing Britney Gallegos to advance. Richards keyed off of Gallegos in second, while Martinez-Coy fought to close the 3-minute gap. 

Over the next two loops, the runnings stood consistently until Gallegos ultimately raced to the checkered flag with the win. Richards claimed second in her first ever NHHA event, while Martinez-Coy finished nearly 6-minutes behind. 

Kacy Martinez-Coy maintains the points lead over Britney Gallegos and Stephanie Woolslayer heading into round 7.

 

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Racing kicked off bright and early Saturday morning with the 50cc race. KTM mounted Ryker Sperry who took an early lead ahead of Brennen Watson, Grady Ballow, Tanner Smith and Sean Taylor Freeman. Over the course of the 30-minute, 3-lap race, the ranks shifted dramatically by the final lap. Both Sperry and Ballow suffered from a mishap that allowed Watson to advance with Smith and Freeman in tow to the finish line. Given the results, the points chase gets even MORE interesting as both Sperry and Watson now sit TIED heading into summer break. 

In the Girls 12-15 class, local talent changed up the usual ranks, making for a solid day of competitive racing! But for Kortney Kearsley, a lead from start to finish would prove her impressive talent. Jaquel Bennet, who maintained 2nd 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. 

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 before ultimately being passed by Matthies. Meanwhile, Boyce and Black fought for the third overall position and ultimately secured them as Rhodes DNF'd on the second to last lap. Aaron Rhodes and Dawson Woods would round out the top five in a tough class of competition. 

 

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