AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Charlie Mullins claimed an AMA national title in rugged conditions this weekend at the 2013 AMA Kenda Big Sky Amateur National Off-Road Championship, presented by KLIM, at the Big Sky Ski Resort in Big Sky, Mont.

The AMA Kenda Big Sky Amateur National Off-Road Championship, presented by KLIM, recognizes the best amateur off-road riders in the country. Riders earn a spot on the starting line at the national championship event through a number of qualifiers throughout the country. Participants come from a range of disciplines — enduro, hare scrambles, EnduroCross, cross-country and desert racing — to battle for bragging rights on the national stage.

David Pearson is one race away from reclaiming the title he first won in 2007: king of the AMA Racing/Kenda National Hare & Hound Championship Series. The THR Motorsports / Monster Energy / Precision Concepts Kawasaki KX450F-mounted racer maintains his lead in series points after a strong runner-up finish at round eight of the series on October 14 at the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area outside of Lucerne Valley, California, behind Kurt Caselli. Purvines Racing Kawasaki’s Nick Burson rounded out the podium in third.

Caselli of the FMF/KTM Factory Off-Road Racing Team got the holeshot and immediately tried to gap the field with Pearson sticking close, the two title rivals never far apart. In fact, Pearson made a few passes that put him in the lead during the first two 40-mile loops of the So Cal Motorcycle Club’s three-loop race. Their battle would separate them from the rest of the pack as the race wore on, the pace they ran a brisk one.

Join DIRT INC, the AMA, and the NHHA this weekend near Murphy, Idaho for Round 3 of the AMA/Kenda National Hare and Hound Championship Series!

This weekend will be full of activity in and around Murphy and Nampa, Idaho.  First on Saturday, come sign-up to race and “Meet the Pros” at the Dan Wiebold Ford Dealership in Nampa from 1:00pm – 5:00pm.  Get autographed posters and take photos with your favorite off-road racer!  Race sign-ups will be taking place at the same time on Saturday and then out at the race site near Murphy on Sunday morning.

Dan Wiebold Ford is located at the Idaho Center Auto Mall:

5707 East Gate Blvd, Nampa.  Near the corner of I-84 and Garrity Blvd.

GPS Coordinates for the race site/ staging area is:

N 43    06′ 56.8″

W116   31′ 39.6″

3,442 ft. elevation

The bomb-run / start line will be open on Saturday all day and Sunday morning from 8:00am – 10:30am for WALKING only.  No bikes allowed. (more info attached)

Mini race start time 9:00am Sunday morning (race is 1 hour).

Big bikes race start time 11:00am Sunday morning (race is approx 100 miles long).

Check out Off-Road.com’s Hare & Hound Coverage:
Round 2

Round 1

Upcoming Round 8 in Jericho, Utah this Saturday, May 21st – be sure to check back for coverage at the start of next week.

With Round 7 in Reno, Nevada having been cancelled due to BLM issues, the close point’s standings have been on hold.  Thankfully, Round 8 of the AMA/Kenda National Hare and Hound Championship Series, presented by Sugarloafers MC, is in full swing and is just a week away in Jericho, Utah.  Our last visit to Jericho was cold, snowy and brought out locals TJ Hannifin and Shawn Strong, who both were front-pack runners.  Kurt Caselli earned a great first place finish in the heavy snow conditions, but the temperatures have heated up, and so has the point’s chase.

Down south in sunny Lucerne Valley, California, Round 6 of the National Hare & Hound series saw the JCR Honda of Kendall Norman up front and on the podium for the first time since his 2010 championship.  Off Road Support’s Jacob Argubright rode a strategic and smooth ride from start to his second place finish, while KTM/FMF rider Kurt Caselli fell back to third towards the end of the 80-mile course after a painful run in with a cactus bush.

Round 7 of the AMA/Kenda National Hare & Hound Championship Series in NV on May 8th has been cancelled due to BLM issues.  We are sorry for the inconvenience.

The Bureau of Land Management has refused the permit application for round 7 of the AMA Racing/Kenda Hare & Hound National Championship Series on May 8 in Nightingale, Nev. According to the event promoter, the BLM has initiated several new requirements, chief among them a migratory bird survey for the area. While the promoter fully expects a permit ultimately will be issued, it will not be in time for the originally scheduled May 8 race. We will be working with the club and AMA to try and reschedule this event at a later date in the fall.

It’s ‘All systems a go’ in Idaho as the NHHA returns for its second year in a row to the area south of Murphy, Idaho.  Dirt Inc has prepared 100 miles of course that will sure to test all bikes and bodies at this year’s Round 4 of the AMA/Kenda National Hare and Hound Championship Series.  2011 is dedicated to the memory of Dirt Inc. member, Jody Schlapia.  Jody lost his battle with Pancreatic Cancer last November, but was instrumental every step of the way in helping to make Dirt Inc’s National one of the most exciting races of the year.

David Pearson and his Purvines Racing Honda team will be in full force as their new fast guy, Justin Morrow, looks to have another impressive race.  Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Destry Abbott is also en route, and his plane is expected to arrive at some point Friday morning.  Off Road Support Kawasaki’s Jacob Argubright hopes to make it back on the podium after a 4th place finish at Round 3.  Making the long trek north into Idaho from south of the Mexican Border, FMF/KTM’s Kurt Caselli looks to make it three in a row and take over the points lead here in Idaho.