Round number eight of the 2010 AMA National Hare & Hound series stormed through Johnson Valley OHVA in Lucerne Valley, California over the weekend, and JCR/Honda’s Kendall Norman wrapped up the championship with yet another impressive win aboard his Red Bull-backed CRF450X.
The likeable Santa Barbara native has been on fire all summer long, taking five out of eight wins to all but dominate the series en route to his first Hare & Hound title.
With the winds calm and temperatures blazing, the three-loop course was dusty, challenging, and unforgiving, lending itself perfectly to Norman’s incredible bike skills and world-class endurance. Grabbing the lead early, Norman never looked back as he left a trail of dust over the 82-mile Johnson Valley course.
Leading wire-to-wire, Kendall finished with over a minute to spare between himself and the second-place rider, and over 13 minutes ahead of third. Norman’s round-eight win was all he needed to clinch the championship, with the final round of the series still to come on October 24th.
Not only is this Norman’s first AMA National Hare & Hound championship, it also marks the first for American Honda, as well as the JCR/Honda squad. “I am really stoked right now,” Kendall told us after the race. “The entire JCR/Honda team has worked really hard for this, so it feels great to wrap it up early.”
Norman now sets his sights on the 2010 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 coming up November 17-21 on the Baja Peninsula in Mexico.