A new month meant a new opportunity to race for four Hillsboro area riders on Sunday, Nov. 1, including one who was slightly out of his element.
Hillsboro 15-year-old Chase Saathoff is a rising star in the AMA flat track racing circles, but opted to take his talents to the trails outside Canton on Sunday for the Canton Motorcycle Club Grand Prix, where he joined the Duff and Lentz families in a day of bumps, jumps, hills and hollers.
The day would be a big success for the quartet, including Saathoff, who took first place in one of the C classes, showing that his skill set transferred over to anything on two wheels.
Zach Duff, of Donnellson, also ran in one of the C classes, the 12 to 29-year-old division, where he was the only 85cc rider in the class. Duff, who turned 15 on Nov. 3, would run 14th in the first moto and 12th in the second moto, as he finished 12th overall out of 22 riders.
The older of Ryan and Rachel Duff’s two boys who raced on Saturday also ran in the Supermini class and finished sixth in both motos, taking sixth overall out of 12 riders.
Younger brother, Cooper Duff and riding buddy Travis Lentz, son of Jay and Alison Lentz of Walshville, would run in the 65cc class and more than made their mark. Fresh off a win in the Trailrider class in Indiana the day before, Lentz took first in the 65cc group, while Duff was close behind in second.
The race was the last one to gain points in the AMA District 17 standings. Cooper Duff was in first going into the race, while Travis Lentz was second. Zach Duff was sixth in Supermini going into the race as well.
Results from Canton hadn’t been added into the point totals as of time of publishing, but can be found at www.amadistrict17.com.