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National Hare & Hound Round 5 Preview – Utah
NHHA Round 5 Sage Riders MC, Jericho Utah
Come join us at Round 5 of the AMA/Kenda National Hare and Hound Championship Series at its home away from home in Utah.
As it has done for the last six years, the series heads north to the Little Sahara Sand Dunes OHV recreation area for the first of two USRA hosted events. This round, hosted by the Sage Riders MC, will be a turning point for many of the classes in this year’s championship. With four pro riders virtually one win away from leading the battle for the 2011 championship, it is anyone’s race as Round 5 and is sure to turn some heads.
After his not-so-easy victory in Idaho at Round 4, FMF/KTM’s Kurt Caselli now has control of the points lead and hopes to add to his points margin come the end of the race in Utah. Purvines Racing Honda rider, David Pearson, has slipped out of the lead after a near race-ending crash in Idaho, but his perseverance and drive to win the 2011 championship gave him enough motivation to get up and keep going. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Destry Abbott is still at home in third, as the only rider to finish on the podium at every round here in 2011, and he too is hoping to come out on top come the checkered flag in Utah. Only eight points out of the third place spot is Off Road Support’s, Jacob Argubright, who wants to improve on his best-to-date national finish of second overall in Idaho at Round 4.
Kurt Caselli leading Destry Abbott at NHHA Round 4. Photo by Mark Kariya.
With nearly 90 miles of racecourse, and a whole month’s worth of snow in the Little Sahara OHV Area, there is no telling what will happen as the series comes to its midway point. It’s not all about the top four riders here in Utah, however, as a whole slew of local riders will test their bikes and bodies to finish inside the Top 10. Expect to see the local talent of Jared Bouy, Shawn Strong, and Ryan Tedrow to run with the front pack as we invade their hometown territory for Round 5 this weekend. More local talent, 60+ class racer Dale Parriott, is excited to be close to home for the first USRA event of the 2011 AMA/Kenda National Hare and Hound Series. Dale currently leads the 60+ class and along with his grandson Bryson, they have both traveled to all of the NHHA events for the past 2 seasons. There is no doubt that he and Bryson will do well in their respective classes.
In the Vet Pro Class, the battle is still heated between both Purvines Racing’s David Fry and Dan Capparelli. Both riders have traded wins all season, and Utah brings new ground to both as they attempt to win the Vet Pro Championship. On the woman’s side of the racing action, a similar 1-2 matchup has taken place between both Blais Racing’s Shayla Fulfer and Off Road Support’s Sarah Kritsch. With two wins each coming into Round 5, Utah will be a true turning point in the series for the Woman’s Pro Class.
Shayla Fulfer and Sara Kritsch on the podium. Photo by Mark Kariya.
After missing in action in Idaho, the ATV’s will have their shot at another NHHA win here at Round 5. Andy Lagzdins has taken over the points lead and is physically in first heading into Round 5 over the 2010 champion, Kyle Penner. Returning to Utah for the first time in nearly three years, the AMA/Kenda National Hare and Hound series will allow quads to race in the Utah Forest, a welcomed sight after the long flat strait-a-ways of Round 3 at El Centro. In a switch of the format for the ATV class, all ATV’s will be running two loops, as they fight to negotiate the first loop twice totaling 90 miles.
The local Utah Motorcycle industry has stepped up to support the NHHA at Round 5, and Cole from Fasst Co. will be demoing his Flexx Handlebars all weekend. Rumor has it that his shop will be open for an NHHA open house through the weekend as he shows off the production line and the quality that goes into each and every set of handlebars. In honor of the first local stop of the tour for Fasst Co, Cole will be handing out three sets of Flexx Bars to the Holeshot winners on the “B”, “C”, and “ATV” rows here at Round 5. At a $350 value each, that is over $1000 worth of Holeshot awards alone! Add to that the regular NHHA contingency program, which features over 80 contingency certificates to be handed out at sign-ups, and virtually everyone who enters Round 5 will be a winner before the banner even drops.
The Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Race Gas Rider Reward program is still up and running, and just for entering to race, every rider will receive a $10rockymountainatvmc.com gift certificate. Kenda Kash will be up for grabs as well, as the first four bikes to cross the finish line running Kenda Tires, front and rear, will receive $50 and the first ATV running (4) Kenda tires will also take home $50 Kenda Kash.
With over $5000 worth of cash and prizes to be handed out at Round 5 in Utah, the winning feeling is in the air as all of the classes are expected to fill up for the 2011 running of the Sage Riders event. Before the banner drops, however, here is what you need to know:
· It’s been cold and snowy in Utah for the last couple weeks, so expect temperatures to be in the low 40s.
· Sign-ups are open Friday from 3:00-6:00 PM and Saturday from 6:30-10:30 AM
· There is NO FRIDAY BOMB PRACTICE, only Saturday from 10:00-11:00 AM.
· RACE IS ON SATURDAY.
· Pro Rider Ride-A-Long for Pee Wee Kids followed by Autograph Signing at signups 6:00-7:00 PM Friday night.
· This is a 2-Loop race with each of the loops approx 45 miles. Both will feature alternate gas pits at about 30 miles into each loop – Directions will be provided at sign-ups.
· Park Rangers will conduct the Tech Inspection PRIOR to the race.All racers MUST have a copy of their registration/ proof of ownership IN HAND for Tech Inspection.
· Mandatory Riders Meeting ON THE START LINE @ 11:15.
· Banner Drops for Bikes @ 11:30 for Quads/UTV’s at @ 12:30
· 2-wheel drive vehicles WILL EASILY MAKE IT TO THE PITS, regardless of all the rain.
Join Kurt Caselli and the rest of the NHHA Pros as the AMA/Kenda National Hare and Hound Championship Series makes its fifth stop of the year with the Sage Riders MC on Saturday April 9th, 2011. The banner drops at 11:30, will you be on the line?