Pearson Wins Formula USA

Paul Carruthers | September 2, 2003
The following release is from Clear Channel Motorsports…

Round 6 of the K&N Filters Pro Series took to the high-banked clay dirt track at The Raceway at Powercom Park during the weekend of Harley-Davidson’s 100th Anniversary Celebration. One of the finest racing facilities in the country hosted the Pro Single National Championship and the Memphis Shades Twin Challenge giving fans plenty of action.

A total of 78 riders in the Pro Single and 26 in the Memphis Shades Twin Challenge had riders scrambling trying to come to terms with the tricky Powercom Park racetrack. Heavy rain a couple days prior to the event had the clay surface inconsistent throughout practice, however by race time the track had multiple racing lines providing great racing.

Rookie expert Rob Pearson is competing in both the Formula USA Dirt Track and Road Race Series and capped off the greatest weekend of his young professional career by running away with the Pro Single Main at the Snap-On Tools Dirt Track National.

Harley-Davidson factory rider Rich King put the Bill Werner tuned XR750 out front in the Memphis Shades Twin Challenge holding off a hard-charging Joe Kopp.

Chris Klinefelter grabbed the holeshot for the Pro Singles Silver Cup and ran the low line all the way around, leading for nearly nine of the twelve laps. Christian Vernon came through the pack using the high line through 1-2 and a low line in 3-4 to claim second from Kyle Ragsdale on lap five before going under Klinefelter in turn three on lap 9 for the win.


1. Rob Pearson HON

2. Davey Durelle HON

3. Greg Teague KTM

4. Jake Johnson HON

5. Kevin Atherton YAM

6. Joe Kopp KTM

7. Bryan Smith HON

8. Rich King H-D

9. JR Schnabel YAM

10. Kenny Coolbeth KTM

Paul Carruthers | Editor

Paul Carruthers took over as the editor of Cycle News in 1993 after serving as associate editor since starting his career at the publication in 1985. Carruthers has covered every facet of the sport in his near-28-year tenure at America's Daily Motorcycle News Source.