One of those moments happened this past weekend at Round #3 of the Virginia Championship Hare Scrambles Series in Martinsville, VA, when Will Nauta, of Gretna, VA won his first 30+ C class race.
Why is that rare you ask? People win races all the time, no big deal. Well it is kind of a big deal, because Will, only in his second season of hare scrambles racing, was riding a Kawasaki KDX200, a design so long in the tooth that even the manufacturer dropped it from their lineup over a decade ago. A design with engine technology that was cutting edge way back in the early 1980s and suspension tech from even earlier. A design that many racers look upon as quaint and outdated, a playbike, the kind of thing that could never win races in this modern day and age.
Only on Sunday, May 7, 2017, Will and his well fettled, self-tuned, but stone axe tech machine were a force to be reckoned with, taking the win after a last lap pass on the leader and winning the race with 20 seconds in hand, a small speck of well seasoned Green in a sea of Austrian Orange.
Congratulations to Will on his gritty win in the muds of Blue Ridge and for showing us all you don't need a $10k dirt-bike and a $50K toy-hauler to kick a little ass and have an obscene amount of fun....
|Post-race, splattered with mud. Note the conventional forks with dangerously low underhang.|
|On top of the box!|
|The spoils of war, Blue Ridge beer stein trophy. Maybe the KTM number plate helped?|