It was a busy four days for Hillsboro racer Chase Saathoff on July 23-26, as the eighth-grader-to-be competed in the AMA Flat Track Grand Championships in Ashland, OH and Harpster, OH.
Saathoff raced in three different classes each day, 250 DTX, 250 Modified and 201-250cc, on four different tracks. While the tracks were different, the results were pretty similar for Saathoff, who never finished worse than third while in Ohio.
On day one at the limestone half mile track in Ashland, Saathoff collected a trio of runner-up finishes before the team packed up and moved to Triangle Motorcycle Club in Harpster.
Round two was all about the TT track, which incorporated a limestone half mile with sweeping turns and a sharp left hander. Saathoff would collect his first two wins of the event at the track, plus a second place finish as well.
The wins kept piling up for Saathoff on the third day, which featured the short track in Harpster. Not only did he win all three feature races on July 25, but he also took first in the heat races as well, earning a headline on the AMA website's recap of the day's races.
This year's nationals closed out with another half mile track, one that gave Saathoff some trouble early on. The young racer and Cory Texter Amateur Team member would recover though, picking up a second and two thirds to close out the weekend.
Saathoff, the son of Mike and Bobbi Saathoff, was one of just five racers to come home with two class championships from nationals after he finished atop the points standings in the 250 DTX and 250 Modified divisions.
"There are no slouches competing at the amateur nationals, only top notch riders from around the world," the Saathoffs said via Facebook. "We, as a family and race team, learned a lot this year. We learned more than ever how to work together as team."
The Saathoffs also thanked Texter for his help throughout nationals, Keith and Jill Singleton for their assistance, and all of this year's sponsors.
This will be Saathoff's last year racing in the 250 class as he will turn 14 in October and move up to the 450cc division. To follow Saathoff's progress, go to www.facebook.com/Saathoff