The following is an industry press release...
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. – Round 2 of the AMA National Hare & Hound Series took place on Sunday in Alamogordo, New Mexico where FMF KTM Factory Racing Team’s Kacy Martinez finished 2nd place after an intense three-hour battle with KTM-mounted rider Britney Gallegos.
With a slightly different start procedure than usual, Martinez lined up in row three for the Women 86cc-Open A Class start, alongside other A-level classes. Martinez powered her KTM 250 XC-F to a decent start as she tucked inside to pass a few riders through the first turn.
Martinez settled into the 2nd place position on loop one, which consisted of 46 miles of terrain. At the end of the first loop, Martinez made a move to take over the lead from Gallegos as the two battled it out through the 36-mile second loop. Gallegos passed Martinez back and the two riders came through the end of loop two with a 12-second difference between them.
Loop three was a repeat of the second loop, as riders continued on the 36-mile trail. Martinez upped the pace on the final loop as she caught and passed Gallegos for the lead position. However, Gallegos reclaimed the lead with about five miles to go until the finish, as the two KTM-mounted riders came through the finish only seconds apart to claim the top two steps of the podium.
Martinez: “Of course I’m not completely satisfied with finishing 2nd but I definitely learned a lot racing through the hard-packed conditions and fast course layout, which is something I don’t have as much experience with. All-in-all I’m pretty happy and looking forward to the next round!”
FMF KTM Factory Racing Team’s Taylor Robert and Ivan Ramirez were not able to compete in Round 2. Ramirez is sitting out due to an unknown illness that drains his energy levels and Robert is recovering from surgery following an injury sustained during a racing event last Sunday, Feb. 5.
Women’s Class Results
1. Britney Gallegos – KTM
2. Kacy Martinez – KTM
3. Stephanie Woolslayer
4. Rebecca Stout – KTM
Women’s Class Championship Standings
1. Britney Gallegos (55)
2. Kacy Martinez (55)
3. Stephanie Woolslayer (35)
4. Rachel Gutish (21)
5. Rebecca Stout (18)