The East Coast National Hare Scramble kicked off this past weekend near Pottsville, PA at VFTR’s Mountain Top race. With the summer GNCC break in effect and the National Enduro series resuming in PA next weekend, riders came out for some added practice. On the front line, AirGroup Husqvarna’s Ryder Lafferty, Tegan Temple, Beta USA’s Jesse Groemm, Jed Haines, William Schoeneberg, Thorn Devlin, Kyle McDonal, Ryan Quinn, Jack Lafferty Jr., Frank Messina, Ryan Francis, Tanner Way and Anthony Montana all lined up. In total, the 13 AA riders kept the race interesting until the checkered flag. Heavy rain on Saturday night left the track wet and muddy during the morning race. For the afternoon, a re-route around a very muddy section left the course around 9 miles with rocky, technical trail connected by some more open coal two-tracker trails.
Tegan Temple has mastered holeshots!
Off the start, Tegan Temple grabbed the holeshot with Jesse Groemm and Ryder Lafferty following him through the first couple of turns. At the barrels at the end of the first lap, Temple and Groemm came in only inches apart with an intense battle going on. Rounding out the top five were Ryder Lafferty, Billy Schoenberg and Jed Haines.
AirGroup’s Ryder Lafferty held onto third for most of the race and currently leads the ECEA Overall in points.
The first two and a half laps were much of the same with Groemm chasing Temple around the track and through the technical trails. Right after passing Temple for the lead, Groemm jammed his foot peg into a tree breaking the spring and tweaking his front end. Temple gained a large gap for the remainder of the race before going down himself rolling his bars backwards and smashing his hand guard. In third place, Ryder Lafferty carried the spot before encountering a small battle with Jed Haines before his bike blew up relinquishing the position back to Lafferty.
Groemm charges hard late in the race, making up over a minute before coming up short by ten seconds.
At the finish line, Temple came in taking the checkered flag with Groemm just ten seconds behind him. In third place, Ryder Lafferty rounded out the podium. The AA hard charger award goes to Thorn Devlin who started dead last off the line in the main event. Devlin came around in 9th place on the first lap and eventually passed Kyle McDonal for fifth overall on the last lap. The next ECEA race is this weekend in Cross Fork, PA at the Rattlesnake National Enduro.
Photos by Eric Waltz.