For the 2013 Season the AMA and NHHA has stepped up and created the AMA National Youth hare and Hound series!!!
I'm lucky enough to be a part of it and am the Director of the local rounds as the Northern Rounds already host their own Youth Races!
Here's a write up of Round 2 that just passed... If you've got kids who are between the ages of 4 and 15 GET THEM OUT HERE TO RACE!!!
UTAH GOES HOME VICTORIOUS!
Rnd 2 of the AMA NATIONAL YOUTH HARE AND HOUND SERIES
February 9th 2013 - Hosted by 4 ACES MC/GXE
Complete Results Click Here
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Photos by Mark Kariya
Round 2 of the Kenda/Flexx Bars/D37 backed AMA National Youth Hare and Hound Series would see some great battling and a huge shake up in the standings! A 30% increase in ridership since the inaugural round last month and a convoy of Utahans pulling into the pits the racing would prove to be top notch amongst the youngsters. The start would be much more important this round with much dustier conditions then the rain soaked course from 2 weeks prior.
The first race of the day would start out with new comer Trenton Thoneson taking the early lead after he got the first kick start, stopped to make sure it was okay to go since no one else had started yet and then blasted off across the desert aboard his KTM 50. Round 1 winner Cole Timboe would not let him get away, battling back and forth for the entire race. When the riders came into the lava rock section before the finish Timboe squeaked around Thoneson just to get passed back into the white flag. Timboe would take the advantage of the rocks again making the pass but this time holding a 4 second lead into the checkered flag. The 5 year old KTM racer would maintain and stretch his point lead with Thoneson second and Logan Ferguson finishing 3rd.
The Girls / 65cc Micro race started with another Taylor Olivas holeshot but this time she was able to hold onto the lead for the first 2 full laps. Caitlyn Kurtz was looking to take the win for two races in a row and was stalking Olivas around the course. The two would trade tumbles almost every lap around the course that consisted of much more sand and single track then the first round. Caitlyn would eventually get around Taylor and make it stick and was looking to hold on to first over all. A battle was brewing in the 65cc Micro class between Round 1 winner Cody Clover, Aiden Ferguson and Mason Klein. While the 3 would start mid pack they would stick together and work their way through the field getting past early leader Cory Adkins.
On the final lap Caitlyn would take a final spill letting both Cody and Aiden by just before the end of the 38 minute race. Cody would top the podium once again earning himself another win in the Micro class and another set of Kenda Tires. Aiden would finish 2nd overall, 2nd Micro with Caitlyn rounding out the podium and taking another Girls victory. Taylor would hold on for 2nd, keeping herself in the hunt for the title and with plans to head north to Utah and follow the series. Mason Klein would hold on for 3rd in Micro and Amber Hoffman would finish 3rd Girls.
The pace definitely picked up for the final race of the day, adding 3 miles to the course and a much tougher final hill before the finish. 22 lighting fast mini racers fired up their engines at the drop of the banner and raced off into the desert. Utah's Kolton Christensen would get out to the early lead with 2 more hometown friends, Braydon Bland and Benjamin Knight stuck on him like glue. The top 5 riders were so close you could throw a blanket over them. Both Bland and Knight would eventually work their way bast Christensen and the three would stay just seconds apart the entire race.
The Battle for 4th would heat up between local Checkers MC racer Jarrett Megla and another Utahan Rebecca Stout when Megla's exhaust pipe would fall off after a crash in the boulder section. Stout would go for the pass but ended up "side-hilling" it and never being able to get around. On the final lap Megla would pull into the pits letting Stout by but Megla was able to get back around Stout before the finish. The finial finish would have 4 Utah racers in the top 5 with James Thomas taking a hard earned win in the 85cc Junior class.
- March 23rd Murphy, ID - April 13th Lucerne Valley, CA - April 27th Lucerne Valley CA - May 4th Jericho, UT - May 18th Jericho, UT
S MINI: 1. Braydon Bland (KTM); 2. Benjamin Knight (KTM); 3. Kolton Christensen (KTM); 4. Jarett Megla (KTM); 5. Rebecca Stout (KTM);
85CC: 1. James Thomas (YAM); 2. Mason Matthies (KAW); 3. Clayton Roberts (YAM); 4. Chase Guyse (KAW); 5. Donnie Heaston (KTM);
GIRLS: 1. Caitlyn Kurtz (KTM); 2. Taylor Olivas (VOR); 3. Amber Hoffman (YAM); 4. Nichole Calabrese (HON); 5. Catey Boyengg (YAM);
65CC: 1. Cody Glover (KAW); 2. Aidan Ferguson (KTM); 3. Mason Klein (KTM); 4. Cory Adkins (KTM); 5. Jesse Knapp (KTM);
50CC: 1. Cole Timboe (KTM); 2. Trenton Thonesen (KTM); 3. Logan Ferguson (HON); 4. Kaylee Marlow (KTM); 5. Talen Mather (YAM);