Sarah Somers photos A group of young racers ride at P-Rob’s Highland Bypass Hare and Hound held Saturday morning.

Sarah Somers photos
A group of young racers ride at P-Rob’s Highland Bypass Hare and Hound held Saturday morning.

The Bushwackers Motorcycle Club hosted their annual MRAN Desert Series dirt bike race on Saturday. Held a few miles north of Pioche, the race was named after Paul Robinson, a Pioche local who is the Bushwacker’s number one supporter and enthusiast. Robinson, known as P-Rob, recently underwent heart bypass surgery, so the club named the 2015 race “P-Rob’s Highland Bypass Hare and Hound.”

This was the tenth of eleven Desert Series races for MRAN this year. The Bushwackers designated Jason Robinson, founder of the club, for the 2015 race.

The first round of bikes, 85cc’s and 65cc Experts/Amateurs, took off on their two ten-mile loops at 7:30am. There were 16 racers in this division, and a few Lincoln County local youth, Otto Pearson (1st 65cc Expert), Wyatt Woodworth (3rd 85cc Novice), and Troy Young (4th 85cc Novice).

 A young rider is all smiles after finishing the event.


A young rider is all smiles after finishing the event.

The 50cc bikes raced second, where Malcolm Pearson (1st 50cc) – one of Lincoln County’s youngest racers – competed with one other rider.

The 65cc Novice and 50cc Experts/Amateurs raced third, and Tegan Somers (1st 65cc Novice) from Lincoln County raced with five other youth.

The big bikes raced last, completing a 52-mile loop and a second 22-mile loop. Axel Pearson (2nd AA) and Jaden Settles (2nd Lites Expert) from Lincoln County were amongst the competition in the big bikes division.

The local youth and adults represented Lincoln County very well, as always, with some winning or placing in their divisions. The race had fewer participants this year, which is typical with being held at the end of the racing season, but diminished even more so this year. The course was reportedly well-marked, challenging and very good overall. The Bushwackers had the event well-organized too with few, if any, hang-ups during the day, and there were reportedly no major wrecks. To see the results from the race visit: http://www.moto-tally.com/MRAN/Results.aspx.