Taylor Robert closed the 2017 AMA Hare and Hound Championship in Barstow, California with a win.
With Gary Sutherlin wrapping up the title at the previous race the tenth and final round of the series was one for bragging rights leading into the off season.
Always a classic on the series, the Barstow technical desert venue, hosted by the Checkers MC club, ensured a fun end to a long year.
The one-day event began Sunday morning. The pits were firing up at 6:00 am with bike prep and registration, while the NHHA Crew and Checkers MC prepared the for the banner drop.
Riders made their way to the Zip-Ty Racing start line for the banner drop at 9:30. A row made up of over 100 racers definitely contributed to a dust storm start!
Photo Credit: Mark Kariya
Pro: No catching Robert
FMF KTM Factory rider Taylor Robert was first to reach the end of the bomb, taking the holeshot and catching the Hare for a $300 award.
Holding his leading position, Robert led the field ahead just ahead of Purvines/DA8 Racing backed Gary Sutherlin and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory rider Jacob Argubright.
Argubright and Sutherlin came within seconds of each other into the pits off of the first loop, with Sutherlin currently in second.
Argubright was able to steal second place position during the second loop with Sutherlin in third and Kendall Norman in fourth and Purvines Racing backed Nick Burson in fifth.
FMF Pro 250: Lynn on winning form
The FMF Pro 250 podium saw another win from Chidester backed Tyler Lynn, with Zip-Ty Racing backed JP Alvarez in second and Ryan Karell in third.
A somewhat new face to the season, Alvarez was sure to give Lynn a battle along with Karell.
With such a rough and technical second loop for Alvarez, he pushed his way to the top and earned his second place position behind Lynn.
Women: Gallegos takes final win
The Women’s class saw a few definite earned positions, with a win from Britney Gallegos, Brandy Richards landed second and Stephanie Woolslayer in third.
Out on the course, Richards and Gallegos were swapping the first place position. Richards held the lead only up until coming across a challenge where Gallegos was able to pass her.
This back and forth battle continued the entire race until the checkered flag where Gallegos was able to pull off first and Richards coming in only 30 seconds back.
With the 2017 season now in the books, plans are already in place for 2018’s round one where the NHHA heads to Ridgecrest, California on January 27th.