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100’s National Hare & Hound Race Report
100’s National Hare & Hound Race Report
Rayn Kudla and Michael Allen chat while riding down pit lane
Well the dust may have settled on the last round of the 2012 National Hare & Hound series, but the chatter over it will probably continue for some time.
Coming into the series finale THR Kawasaki rider David Pearson had an 8 point lead for the championship. His rival Kurt Caselli would need to win the race and get a little help from someone else to secure his second title. For David, finishing second overall would guarantee him the championship, regardless of where anyone else finished.
The 100’s club laid out a short but fast bomb run that quickly funneled into a long section of single track trail. The first twenty miles were a technical series of new and seldom used tracks that kept the riders on their toes.
As has been the scene much of the year, Kurt Caselli got a great start and went right to the lead. Pearson also started strong, but would find David Kamo battling with him for second place. After a few miles of back and forth racing Kamo was able to get the position. Pearson would follow along in third for the entire first loop.
Events would take a drastic turn as the riders came into the pits for their fuel stop before heading out on the second 40 mile loop. Caselli fueled and was off, still in the lead. Pearson and Kamo came to the pits in close order.
As Pearson’s THR team pitted him, he grabbed hold of his quick fill can and took off, continuing to fuel his bike as he rode down the remainder of the pit lane. He was attempting to gain an advantage that would allow him to get out of the pits ahead of Kamo.
The National Hare & Hound series have regulated pits lane speed of 15mph. There are also specific rules regarding fueling. Pearson’s action put him in violation of at least one specific rule, the requirement that fueling must take place over a fuel mat.
As the riders started the second loop, Pearson quickly made a pass on Kamo for second place. Kamo would lose the rear brake on his Honda shortly afterwards and would not be a factor in the battle for second.
Where the first half of the race featured a variety of terrain, most of the mileage on the second loop was much faster with long valley sections. All of which was uneventful for the front runners. Caselli cruised to another race win with David Pearson following in second. Kamo would finish fourth, losing third position to Jacob Argubright.
At the finish of the race, the club decided to penalize David Pearson for his actions in the pits. They applied a 5 minute time penalty to his finish. That would drop him out of contention for the series championship and hand the win to Caselli. Argubright and Kamo round out the race podium in second and third position.
As a racer, it is tough for me to editorialize on the actions of other racers. Heck I make stupid moves of my own occasionally. But this was a real bone head move on Pearson’s part. David and I are buddies and I hate to see such a thing happen, yet this was so blatant, that there was no possible way that it would not result in a penalty. He really should have been disqualified. Had he just let the race unfold, it appears that he would have secured second position anyway and that would have given him his second national championship.
So it is a shame that it unfolded this way. It creates a bad situation for everyone involved. As for the impact on the results, I stand with the club in their actions. It is just too bad that they had to be put in that position to begin with.
Chilly’s Race Report – I did not have the best of days at the 100’s. I was dead last off the line, the 350exc did not start on the first try. At 50 hours of ride time it is way past due for its break in valve adjustment. But once going, I was able to make a number of passes in the first few miles, choosing good lines where I could get around handfuls of riders at once.
The first twenty miles were a blast with lots of entertaining course. I grabbed a fresh set of goggles at the first pass by the pits because I had been in so much dust. The remainder of the first 40 mile loop was fun but a little faster. I was hoping for the real action to begin on the second loop. This week I went with a little softer suspension and tire set up, expecting lots of technical terrain.
As it turned out, the majority of the mileage of the second loop was much faster than I expected, with multiple long valley sections. Both me and the 350 just don’t excel once we are into 5th gear and higher speeds. On top on that, my set up was just too soft to push hard. I kept hoping it would turn difficult, but it actually just got faster as the final loop wore on. Realizing that, I just went into cruise mode, looking to get it over with. I had no other riders close to me, so there was not much motivation to push harder.
I came across the finish line 27th overall, just an average finish for me. I decided to race the Vet class this week, just for fun, I probably finished 3rd or 4th in class. No problems with the 2013 KTM 350exc, other than the fact that it is due for some serious maintenance Don’t ask me how I got 50 hours on it so quickly, I can’t imagine. It will be off for a valve adjustment and suspension service next.