The following is an industry press release...
Oct 1, 2017 -- Mt Cobb, Pa. -- Round Ten of the AMA East Hare Scrambles Series was hosted by The Ridge Riders MC and was also part of the ECEA Hare Scramble Series.
Thirteen AA racers lined up on the starting line for the showdown of all showdowns. When the 10-second announcement was made, it was clear that there were three racers vying for the 2017 AMA East Hare Scramble Series AMA No. 1 plate -- Wally Palmer, Kyle McDonal and late starter Ryder Lafferty. With still one race still remaining in the series, anything could happen with the championship points.
When the Flag dropped it was number three, Yamaha rider, Shawn "Woodsy" Jackson headed first into the woods and being pursued by Palmer, Lafferty and McDonal just a few positions back.
After getting into the wooded portion of the course, the racers were immediately thrown into a series of twisting rock trails and within in seconds the positions changed.
In the difficult conditions, Lafferty would make his way to the front of the pack with "Trooper" Thorn Devlin moving in behind him.
About three-fourths of a mile in on the course, there was an abrupt uphill with large rocks and craters where Lafferty would get ejected from his bike and lose four positions. This put Devlin in the lead and forced Lafferty to play catch-up, but by the time the field of riders hit the first of five grass tracks, Lafferty had already worked his way back up to the front, just behind Devlin in first.
Quite a battle ensued between Lafferty and Devlin throughout the first loop, but as they exited the fifth grass track Lafferty had regained the lead. Unfortunately, Lafferty could not maintain his speed, so Trooper Thorn was able to gain on the front pack and was only two seconds behind both Lafferty and Devlin on the second lap.
By lap three, Devlin--still in second--began to feel the affects of the difficult, rock laden trail and dropped back, allowing Tegan Temple to move into second, still behind Lafferty in first.
Back in sixth and seventh place, Palmer and McDonal were battling each other for championships points, as every position would make or break McDonal. The two riders swapped positions for the next two laps, but on lap four McDonal would suffer a cracked engine case.
While many assumed this would be a race ending event for the rider, McDonal and his Beta Crew were able to change his clutch cover and get back onto the track in under 10 minutes. Unfortunately though, that was still not enough for McDonal, as the engine issues left him in tenth place and ended his chances of defending his 2016 AMA No. 1 plate.
By the white flag lap, Lafferty had increased his lead over Temple by a minute and thirty seconds.
Hunter Bush would take over third place, as Devlin was forced to pull off with suspension issues.
When the checkered flag finally dropped it was Lafferty who took the win by two minutes, with Temple behind him in second and Bush in third.
With one round remaining in the AMA East Hare Scramble Series, the unofficial points currently sit with Palmer in first with 172 points, Lafferty with 161 points and McDonal with 133 points.
In morning racing, current points leader Mike Beeler Jr. locked up his class with a second place finish. Mad Max Fernandez locked up second for the year and Sean Covert, from the C 250 line, would round out the top three.
In the Youth Main, Beeler and Fernandez battled in a typical fight for the win, which resulted in Beeler in first and Fernandez in second -- as many expect from the two young and very talented racers. New Englander Brandon Nollete took third. With only one round remaining, Beeler has already secured the AMA No. 1 plate for the class this season.
In the Juniors, it was Greire Moir finishing in first, Lucas Seelman in second and Ryan Gribbin in third--all in the 10-11 65cc class. Gribbin locked up the 10-11 65cc class.
In the 50cc Pee Wees it was Carter "Pretzel" Przymelewski taking the win. Finishing in second was Ryder Sigety and third was Hunter Gardner. Sigety and Gardner will battle at the final round of racing to see who will win the AMA No. 1 plate for their class.
Round Eleven, the final round of AMA East Hare Scramble Series, will be hosted by VXCS in Charlotte Hall, Md. on Nov. 4-5.