Norman Wins AMA National Hare & Hound Championship at Lucerne Race
The sole competitor with a chance to prevent Norman from his title quest was David Kamo of the FMF/KTM Factory Off-road Racing Team, but he crashed heavily while chasing the fleeing Honda and DNFed, battered and bruised but escaping major injury.
In his place, teammate David Pearson ended up claiming second on the day, the 2007 series champ enjoying a clean ride and avoiding the bad luck that’s plagued him several times this year. It also helped strengthen his hold on third in points over Kawasaki of Simi Valley’s Jacob Argubright, who rode to a distant third for the day, the second round in a row he’s finished on the podium.
Norman’s JCR Honda teammate Quinn Cody worked his way through the pack to a season-best fourth place ahead of Zip-Ty Racing Husqvarna teammates Nick Burson and Bobby Garrison. Ryan Kudla, Brett Saunders, Jeff Truelove and Robert Longnecker rounded out the top 10.
Though Norman’s series points lead over Kamo now stands at 209-158 thanks to five victories, a runner-up, a fourth and a fifth, he probably aims to pad that lead and will get the chance in two weeks at the series finale. As it is, he’s already made history as the first Honda rider to win the championship, his first AMA National crown and the first for JCR Honda. After the hare & hound series, his focus will be on defending his SCORE championship and winning the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 next month.