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Rain pounds AMA East Hare Scrambles at Thunder Ridge

The beast of the East, as Thunder Ridge is known when weather conditions are less than ideal, was witnessed June 9-10 in S. Edmeston, N.Y. The rain started on Saturday and continued until early Sunday morning, creating conditions that ranged from knee deep ruts to slick polished rocks.

It is hard to say who was impacted more by the conditions, the quads that rode in the rain or the bikes that rode through the aftermath. The fans were treated to some great racing regardless of the race they watched.

This was the Jim Mitrowitz memorial race. Jim was instrumental in developing Thunder Ridge into the venue it is today and represented his AMA District in AMA Congress. The race was co-sanctioned with WNYOA (Western New York Off-Road Association), which brought out great numbers of hardy riders to challenge the conditions.

The morning quad race was won by College Jr. C rider Robbie Perorari. In the afternoon quad race, Maxxis/Yoshimira's Chris Borich continued his domination this season with another win in the Pro Quad class by leading the race from start to finish despite some strong local talent in very difficult conditions.

Yamaha’s Traci Cecco decided to give the Women a break and rode the Pro class, coming in 12th overall on her YFZ 450. The Women’s A/B quad class was won by Shenandoah Fellows.

Cumberland Cycle's Rock'n Randy Riggs turned in his typical spectacular performance under adverse conditions winning the 50+ A bike class and the morning overall by over seven minutes on his Yamaha YZ250.

The afternoon bike race was treated to sunny skies, warm temperatures and high humidity, which ended up playing into the outcome of the race. A strong line in the AA/Pro class made for an exciting start, with Obermeyer Yamaha/Raines Riding University/OffRoadViking.com rider Jedediah Haines an odds-on favorite getting a rear-of-the-pack start.

But three-hour events are not won on the first lap and this race proved it, as Jedediah continued to work his way through the pack.

Mark Fortner, a local Beta rider, kept the lead until late in the race when Jedediah's steadily improving lap times ended up with Jedediah taking the lead on his Yamaha YZ250F and the win.

Activity during the race was not limited to the Pro class, WMR rider Ethan Judas winning his first 250 A national race and fifth overall to claim top amateur for the race aboard his KTM 250 XC. The Women's A/B class was won by Samantha Steiner on her WMR KTM.

The next event in this series will take place at Rauch Creek Valley View, Pa., on July 21: www.amanationalharescrambles.org.

Top 5 Overall Quad PM
Chris Borich
Martin Christofferson
Scottie Rich
Nathan Thomas
Eric Wilczek

Top 5 Overall Bike PM
Jedediah Haines
Mark Fortner
Grant Maryott
Dallas Micha
Ethan Judas

Women A/B quad
Shenandoah Fellows
Jamie Carling
Britni Santee

Women A/B bike
Samantha Steiner
LeeAnn Bang
Claudia Danielewicz

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