The following is an industry press release...
More than 500 racers braved record high temperatures and humidity to battle in the mountains of Pennsylvania for the fourth round of the AMA East Hare Scrambles Championship, July 23-24. Fourteen AA riders competed not only for AMA East Hare Scrambles Championship points, but East Coast Enduro Association and District 6 points as well.
The host club, Valley Forge Trail Riders, enjoyed visitors from as far away as Iowa. Many racers visiting from other AMA-sanctioned series, such as Virginia Championship Hare Scramble Series, Western New York Offroad Association, New England Trail Riders Association.
The VFTR club members really went into overtime delivering the best course the venue has to offer. The main event on Day 2 was approximately 9 miles long.
Saturday afternoon 30 50cc pee wee riders battled for approximately 1 hour. The top 3 finishers were Austin Tsakanikas, Keith Tepper and Carter Przemelweski. Austin Tsakanikas leads the point standings so far.
Next up were the Juniors, 65cc, Jr Girls and Trail classes. Forty-five juniors battled for more than an hour. The dust and high temperatures caused many position changes throughout the race. First place went to recent Loretta Lynn MX Qualifier Joseph Rainone, second place was Kyle Grenewicz and third place was Burke Marsiglia -- all ages 10-11 65cc riders.
The last heat of the day was the youth main event with 88 youth filling six rows. They were scheduled to compete for 1.5 hours, and that’s exactly what they did. Some racers finishing at almost the 2-hour mark as they went out for their final lap right before the leaders came in from the 5 mile loop.
One thing was for certain, as the bike sizes increased, so did the flat tires. Many of the youth riders came through on their rims. Very few stopped to change them and just continued on. It was amazing that some of the 7-11 85cc racers had just finished competing on the 65cc bikes and were out there again.
First place went to 14-15 Supermini rider Reece Bruner. Second place went to “Mad Max Fernandez” from the 12-13 Supermini class and third place went to 12-13 Supermini racer Mike Beeler Jr.
Ryder Lafferty won Round 4 of the AMA East Hare Scrambles Championship. Photo: Pin It Productions
On Sunday, just under 200 c-level racers were set to go on this 6.5 mile course. When the flag dropped, it was Sportsman/Industry class rider Andrew Tsakanikas with the holeshot. The top C riders attempted to chase him down to no avail. Also competing in the Sportsman/Industry class was AMA Off Road Manager, Erek Kudla and Industry professional Marc Grossman. The first across the finish line was Tsakanikas.
The top 3 competitive class finishers were Schoolboy Reece Bruner (yesterday’s youth overall winner), Schoolboy “Mad Max” Fernandez and 250 C rider Brandon Rymarzow.
Much anticipation was in the air as the main event lined up. Fourteen of the fastest AA riders were set to do battle. Current AMA East points leader Kyle McDonal and second place points holder SRT’s “Wild Wally” Palmer were the two to watch.
Others in attendance included Ryder Lafferty and past 8-time National Enduro Champion Mike Lafferty. When the green flag dropped, it was none other than Ryder Lafferty, nephew of Mike Lafferty, with the holeshot. Ryder led the entire race with Uncle Mike in tow.
But it wasn’t long before Thorn Devlin had his sights on both Laffertys. He made the pass on Mike on the third lap to take over second place and had his sights set for Ryder. Although Thorn was just seconds behind for the third and fourth laps, he just couldn’t get past Ryder. Ryder captured the checkered flag, Thorn finishing second and Uncle Mike in third.
The next round is scheduled for July 30-31 in Catawissa, Pa., hosted by High Mountain Dirt Riders.