On the Pegs - July 2021 On the Pegs - Volume 6 Issue 7 | Page 137

Series . The weekend started off with Saturday ’ s two-hour race serving as the qualifier for Sunday ’ s main event with only the top 200 riders moving on . Hart was able to grab the pole position in the 18-mile course , four seconds ahead of Leblond , setting him up for a good starting position for the main event .
An interesting situation occurred during the qualifying race , knocking Webb off his game . A volunteer worker , who is documented as not being affiliated with neither the AMA nor the Extreme Off-Road Series , threw a log directly in Cody ’ s line as he was leading the race . Unsure of the reasoning behind this , Webb dropped from the lead position to finish the qualifier in fifth place .
The four-hour main event was comprised of 25 miles of steep climbs and treacherous shale . Hart was able to take the holeshot , but quickly found himself shuffled back in the pack . He was able to power through and catch the lead group to battle with Webb and Sherco ’ s Mario Roman , visiting from Spain .
The trio of Webb , Hart , and Roman swapped leads no less than eight times during the race , culminating in a downhill only one mile from the finish . Roman was leading the race , but did not see Hart pull up behind him . Hart was able to make the pass and finish ten seconds ahead for the win .
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