Robert Rips In National Hare & Hound Return

Wins after torrid battle in Utah

Taylor Robert
Despite being out of action for two months, Taylor Robert demonstrated he’d lost no speed, fighting for the lead for nearly four hours and eventually taking the win in nearly perfect conditions in Utah.Mark Kariya

FMF KTM Factory Off-road Racing Team's Taylor Robert started the Kenda/SRT AMA Hare & Hound National Championship Series, presented by FMF, in the best way possible, winning the season opener back in January, but his hopes of continuing that run took an unplanned break when a rider going the wrong way at a practice track hit him head-on a month later, breaking both of Robert's arms and putting him on the sidelines for two months.

So it was a bit of déjà vu when he made his second start of the season at round 4—the Sage Riders Motorcycle Club's Sage Rider National Hare & Hound outside of Jericho, Utah—and won another one, though it was a tight battle with three and four riders in the mix for nearly the entire way due to perfect riding conditions from an unexpected storm the day before.

Kendall Norman
A bit off after a busy week, Kendall Norman still proved to be Robert’s strongest challenger throughout and ended up second, though he remains the series point leader, having climbed the podium at each round so far.Mark Kariya

“We just had this insane three-way battle; everybody was showing everybody a wheel,” Robert said after winning in a longer-than-average three hours, 46 minutes, and 22 seconds on his KTM 450 XC-F. “I knew I could come back and hopefully win; I was pretty sure I could do it today, but it wasn’t easy!”

Series point leader Kendall Norman proved to be his strongest competitor, the Pro Circuit Honda CRF450X-mounted 2010 series champ coming from a so-so start to trade the lead with Robert a number of times before settling for second in 3:46:46. "All in all, I'm stoked," Norman said. "It was pretty wild out there."

Nick Burson
The Little Sahara riding area isn’t all sand dunes and high speeds, as shown here with third-place finisher Nick Burson splashing through one of the tighter, wetter sections of the 92-mile (40 and 52) course.Mark Kariya

Purvines Racing Yamaha’s Nick Burson was one of a number of the front-runners who got lost but rallied back on the faster, 52-mile second loop to run down Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Off-road Team’s Dalton Shirey a few turns before the finish to steal third, Shirey a disappointed fourth. SRT Husqvarna’s Ryan Smith posted fifth, his best result in two years.

Round 5 will revisit the area in two weeks with the Sugarloafers Motorcycle Club hosting. Norman will go into the event with 106 points to 82 for Burson, 71 for Shirey, and 60 for Robert.

Chance Fullerton
Chance Fullerton has been practically unbeatable in the FMF Pro 250 class, rolling to his third-straight triumph and thus extending his point lead over runner-up Daemon Woolslayer, 115–90. Fullerton also claimed sixth overall.Mark Kariya
Second FMF Pro 250 and first Utah resident at eighth overall went to Woolslayer, who recovered from this little moment without going down.Mark Kariya
Josh Knight
In his first National since 2015 (hence the unfamiliarity uncorking the champagne), Utah’s Josh Knight showed impressive speed, leading the FMF Pro 250s at one point before settling for third.Mark Kariya
Brandy Richards
Brandy Richards recently picked up a brand-new KTM 350 SX-F, having raced a 450 and 250 so far this year. Last off the start due to not having the starting drill down, she nonetheless rebounded to top Women A for the second round in a row, with Utah’s Rachel Stout second. However, third-place Britney Gallegos remains the point leader with 76 points to Stout’s 71. Richards is third with 60, having missed the first two rounds due to injury.Mark Kariya
Cole Baldwin
Cole Baldwin not only won Senior A, he was the first A rider overall, taking 19th place in 4:09:01.Mark Kariya
Bradley East
Conditions were especially good in the morning for the Youth races. Here, Bradley East leads Aaron Rhodes and Dawson Wood in the Big Wheel contest. Rhodes slipped by to win followed by East and Wood.Mark Kariya
Sage Riders
The Sage Riders made a big impression with the trophies for the Big Wheel class. Behind from left are runner-up East, winner Rhodes, and third-place Wood.Mark Kariya
Girls 12-15 podium
The Girls 12-15 podium consisted of (from left) runner-up Kassidy Laswell, winner (after a dead-last start when her bike didn’t start until her brother helped get it running) and third-place Ari Myrdal.Mark Kariya
Breckin Beard
A tumbleweed was the only thing that could keep up with Utah’s Breckin Beard, though that wasn’t for long, and he won Micro Mini 65cc 7-11 over series regulars Jett Lessing and Brennen Watson.Mark Kariya
Pee Wees
Some of the Pee Wees happily show off the free sticker sheets from series sponsor Kenda.Mark Kariya
Britney Gallegos
All alone and well behind the first wave, Britney Gallegos embarks on her come-from-behind ride to third place in Women A.Mark Kariya
Lance Peterson
Lance Peterson splashes his way to fifth Vet A.Mark Kariya