After scoring her fourth win of the year during this weekend’s event at Desert Empire Fairgrounds, JCR Honda rider Tarah Gieger was awarded the No. 1 plate in the AMA National Grand Prix Championship’s Pro Women class. Gieger, who is campaigning the full series for the first time this season, finished second at the other two rounds run thus far.

The popular NGPC series, previously known as Big 6, hosts rounds in the Western U.S., and this is its first year with AMA National Championship status. This also marks the first AMA National Championship for the all-new Honda CRF250RX closed-course off-road machine. Gieger’s JCR Honda teammate Trevor Stewart is the reigning champion in the series’ Pro class, and he continues to hold the points lead after a third-place finish in this weekend’s race.

“It’s super-cool that the series is getting recognized like this, and that the AMA stepped up,” Gieger said. “There are a lot of good riders, and it’s great to bring a championship to Honda and a team of this caliber. I was learning along the way. The class is open to any displacement, as well as two-strokes and four-strokes, but the CRF250RX has been great through it all. I hope to get more championships in the future.”

“Tarah has been an incredible asset for Honda and JCR,” said team owner Johnny Campbell. “She has a great personality, does a wonderful job with her PR activity, and of course she’s phenomenal on the bike. She’s a pleasure to work with and I look forward to defending the championship with her next year.”

Two NGPC rounds still remain in the series, and Gieger will also compete for Team USA at the International Six Days Enduro in Portugal this November.

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