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National Hare & Hound – Breaking News
Reno Nevada Race Cancelled
THR Kawasaki's David Pearson wins in Utah
We just got word that round 7 of the 2012 AMA National Hare and Hound series has been canceled due to land owner issues. This race was to be in Reno Nevada on June 24th. Here is the FB post from NHHA:
National Hare and Hound Association · It is with great regret to inform everyone that the Round 7 round that was to be held next month in Reno, NV has officially been CANCELED per the AMA! Please spread the word. We will send out a press release tomorrow. The two parties could not meet in the middle to make this work – club and private land owner. Thank you everyone and we are very sorry for any inconvenience! Enjoy your summer and we’ll see you in the fall! ~ NHHA
New Twist For Championship Chase
This is huge news in terms of the desert championship picture. Kurt Caselli has had his way with the series for well over a year now. His crash and injury at the first Utah round a couple of weeks ago changed all of that. He has two successive races with no points scored and has lost the points lead. It was expected that he would not be fully recovered for the Reno event. Word is that his prognosis is 2-3 months for his shoulder injury to recover.
This has left David Pearson to inherit the points lead. His win at the second Utah round last week was a big boost. In terms of points, David simply needed to ride smart for the remainder of the season and he would be the series champion. Other than Caselli, there is no to challenge for overall points. Race winner Jacob Argubright was injured in the early part of the season and is too far back to make an impact.
If David Pearson were to get a top finish at the upcoming (now cancelled) Reno round and Kurt were to again score little, or no points, the championship would have been nearly decided. With three scheduled rounds remaining, Pearson would have had more than one full race lead.
Now it looks like Caselli will get the whole summer to recover. He will have 3 fall races to attempt to make up a 22 point deficit. The difference between a first and second place finish is 5 points. If David can finish second at every event, he will still win the series. But he has a group of determined chasers that he is going to have to fend off – Agrubright, Morrow, Kamo and Burson. If a few more wild cards like TJ Hannifin show up, well that will just make the racing even better.
Maybe KTM needs to come up with another team rider who could take some valuable points away from David?
So the racing is back on, but we have to wait for September for the battle to resume. I want to give a shout out to some of the other new faces in the top ten. Skyler Howes and Axel Pearson are having a great battle for the 250 class championship. Axel is also injured, but look for his return by fall also. Utah’s Brady Elton is riding well also. As for TJ Hannifin, he was fast in Utah ten years ago! Too bad we don’t get to see more of him.