In dry and dusty conditions, the 2010 AMA Racing East Hare Scrambles Championship Series came to a close in Lynnville, Ind., with Husaberg factory rider Mike Lafferty wrapping up a successful season by claiming the Series No. 1 plate with a final round win.
Lafferty, an eight-time champion of the AMA Rekluse National Enduro Championship Series, won the overall at five rounds of the eight-round series.
“Mike did a great job this year, and really put on a heck of a performance,” said American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) Director of Racing Joe Bromley. “The AMA congratulates Mike on his championship, as well as all the class champions of this series. We look forward to seeing them return in 2011 to defend their class titles or, where appropriate, take on the challenges of a new class as they climb the ranks.”
Lafferty, from Millville, N.J., beat his closest rival, Yamaha-mounted Jason Greer, by 13 championship points, 145 to 132.
“I decided to participate in this series earlier this year just to help with my training and keep me in racing mode between the breaks of the National Enduro Series,” Lafferty said. “It has definitely paid off, and I am happy that I was not only able to benefit fitness-wise but that I was able to win a championship for Husaberg.”
At the final round on Sept. 19, promoted by the IN, IL, KY Enduro Riders, Lafferty started the race in second behind Greer before the Yamaha rider ran off course. Once in the lead, Lafferty never relinquished the spot and took the win.
“It was dry and dusty, so on the first lap I backed off and let Jason pull out a little bit just to learn some lines and not chance crashing from poor vision,” Lafferty said.
The AMA East Hare Scrambles Championship Series and its companion series, the AMA West Hare Scrambles Championship Series, offer national recognition to a wide range of AMA Racing competitors. Classes feature up-and-coming youth riders, recreational amateur racers and some of the top woods racers in the country.
Full series results and more information about competing can be found at AMARacing.com.