Gary Sutherlin wins round three of AMA West Hare Scrambles
February 26, 2013
The Feb. 23 Rock Stars Classic VII, round three of the AMA West Hare Scrambles Championship Series in Globe, Ariz., proved another epic event thanks to unpredictable weather and some highly talented and dedicated racers.
Gary Sutherlin raced Saturday in Mesquite, Nev., but managed to drive all night to arrive in Globe in time for the green flag to drop on Sunday morning. A surprise snowfall had started during the night, which didn't stick but made conditions slick.
Sutherlin got out to a fast start and grabbed the lead by the second turn. By the end of the first lap, he held the lead followed closely by Alex Dorsey, reigning AMA West Hare Scrambles Champion Cory Graffunder, Anson Maloney, and AMRA AA Champion David Broderick.
At the start of the second lap, the dirt was getting tacky and the riders were throwing down some fast lap times. Sutherlin dug deep to open up a gap on Dorsey, who was charging hard to get the top spot. Graffunder suffered mechanical issues halfway through the lap and had to limp back to the pits. This moved Broderick to third and Maloney into fourth, with Ian Betschart rounding out the top five.
By the time laps three and four rolled around, the snow started to fall again, bringing back the slick conditions to Globe’s clay soil. It was only temporary, though, as the snow resided to make the dirt perfect the last three laps of the seven-lap race.
Fatigue never set in for Sutherlin, who kept it pinned all race long and made it look like he hadn't even raced the day before. In the end, Sutherlin brought out the checkers first, followed by Dorsey, Broderick, Maloney and Ian Betschart.
After the race, Sutherlin said the race was a great time and after the snow started up again midway through the race the dirt was absolutely awesome.