The fifth annual Silver State Trailblazers Muley Run took place Saturday Aug. 27 in Caliente.
Round 5 of the Kenda/SRT AMA National Hare and Hound Championship was won by Arizona Factory KTM/MF racer Taylor Robert. Robert recently was overseas battling it out in the World Endura Circuit and preparing for the upcoming ISDE. He took the championship on his first attempt at Hare and Hound. “I decided to give this a try and it was a blast,” he said.
Gary Sutherlin, hot on his heels the entire race on his Bonanza Plumbing, supporting KTM 450 XC-F, placed second. Factory Husqvarna’s Jacob Argubright placed third.
After a bad start, coming in at fourth was local favorite Purvines Racing Axel Pearson. Purvines teammate Nick Burson placed fifth. Both riders now sit fifth and sixth in the championship rankings.
President of Silver State Trailblazers Zack Livreri stated, “I am thinking 399 entries total, 269 big bikes, and 103 mini bikes. Twenty entries were from Lincoln County. Kellon Walch of Alamo was the hare.”
Top in Lincoln County were Axel Pearson who placed fourth overall in Big Bikes, Hagen Boyce finished second overall in Super Mini. Karson Boyce was fourth in Micro Mini. Kobe Kelly was second in Mini. Also in Mini, Troy Young was seventh, Jeremy Pearson 11th, TJ Rowe came in 10th and Wyatt Woodworth 12th.
In Peewee, Rowdy Lloyd was 10th, Malcolm Pearson 13th, Weston Lloyd 16th and Gabrielle Holt 17th. Paige Pearson was fourth in 65 Novice, out of 25 people in that race.
Livreri was happy to report there were no major injuries in the 97-mile loop, one of the biggest events of the season. Hundreds of racers, their families and friends came from as far north as Canada and as far south as Ensanada, Mexico.
TJ Rowe did crash hard after his first lap, said his mother Janell Bradshaw Rowe. Thanks to his pit crew they were able to fix the bike, and he ended up finishing the race. Rowe stated that “the sportsmanship at the event was fantastic, it’s like family out there, everyone wanting to help each other, it’s just what you do. A special Thank You to Jason Bleak for reaching out and making sure TJ was OK.”
Livreri stated “ I’d like to give special thanks to the community for their support and participation and for allowing us to host the race in their beloved county and in making this a successful event; the Caliente Fire Department for their service and the Spaghetti Dinner on Friday, sponsored by Lincoln County Girls Basketball Team, The Desert Brats from Utah, and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department for escorting our parade.”
The next local race is MRAN Bushwackers Hare Scramble on Saturday Sept. 17 in Pioche.