On The Pegs August 2017 - Volume 2 - Issue 8 - Page 75

On The Pegs Vol. 2 Issue 8 - August 2017 GRANT BAYLOR IN THE SEC- TION CALLED “SICKNESS” P 75 get off to the best of starts. “I was fifth or sixth heading into the woods and then I hit a rock and it threw me into a tree, so I was probably last among the Pros heading into the first lap,” said Ashburn. “I was able to make a few passes and I finally got in behind Grant. He had a good gap on me but I was able to catch him in the tougher stuff and finally got by him. Me and Grant swapped back and forth on the second lap, but then I messed up the hill and he got around me for second.” Ashburn’s Beta USA teammate Nick Davis passed Groemm on the final lap to secure fourth. “The RORR guys did an awesome job on this race,” said Davis. “It was all rideable, but it was tough and you just had to pick your way through all the sections. I think I only had to get off once and push.” Despite letting Davis by on the final lap, Groemm still managed to round out the top five. “I would say this is one of the toughest races I’ve ever done,” said Groemm. “It’s super technical. I got out front early but I just couldn’t hang with those guys, they were riding smooth and I just couldn’t keep the pace. I got stuck a couple of times and didn’t make it up a hill once and it just zapped my energy.” Last year’s Tough Like RORR winner, Ben Kelley, suffered an unfortunate mishap on the opening lap when he bent a front brake rotor and had to ride the first lap without a front brake. The Trail Jesters KTM rider swapped out his front wheel between laps and was able to salvage sixth overall. Seventh went to local ace Jarrett Mohn on a KTM, while Ohio’s Nick Fahringer brought his Sherco in for eighth. SRT Racing Cory Buttrick and fellow KTM rider Stephen Edmondson rounded out the top 10.