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Ty Tessmann pretty much crushed the competition in the hour-long final at the 2015 ROAR Offroad Nationals – it started out with Tessmann leading out in grid order, Cavalieri challenging Phend early on but Phend would go on to keep Ty in check in front with Cav just behind, Maifield in 4th before he dropped back promoting Tebo. Phend had the briefest of glimpses of the lead as Tessmann made an uncharacteristic error allowing Phend to close in on him, get his nose infront, until Tessmann launched an audaciously robust but quite fair re-pass on the inside – Phend got spun out and would have to dig that little bit deeper in order to pass the Canadian superstar with #1 on his car.

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Sadly for Phend, his final run lasted only 5 mins as he retired due to mechanical failure (engine moved), a sad end to Phend’s title bid, Cavalieri however picked up where Phend left off and more than kept Tessmann honest, for the first 30 mins of the gruelling final the gap stayed at around 4-6 secs – a hugely impressive feat of pace and concentration from both, however between the lines, it looked like Tessmann had the upper hand, it proved the case as the gap increased significantly after 35 mins, so much so that Tessmann would cruise up to Cavalieri’s bumper with 8 mins to go in order to lap him – surely a satisfying moment for the HB star.

That was… until he made a bit of an error, dropped back but worked his way back up, the lapping would happen at the end of the straight as Cav made a mistake and specatacularly slid on his lid and hit the fence, Tessmann sped past to cruise to defend his national title. Very well deserved and an epic victory for Ty and his team. Team Associated’s impressive ‘season debut’ for the RC8 B3 continues to impress us whilst Jared Tebo ensured it was an all OS (made) podium.

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