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Team Peterson's Monumental 2012 Season Rewrites NAHA Hillclimbing History

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Bret crested his final hill of the season in Boise in front of 13,000 screaming fans
Bret crested his final hill of the season in Boise in front of 13,000 screaming fans
"Why did you want to climb Mount Everest?” This was asked of British hill climber George Leigh Mallory in 1924 - "Because it's there” - was his to the point response. It's in our genetic hardwiring to be curious about what's on the other side of the mountain. However, there are those not merely content with making it to the top of the hill, these individuals share a highly developed and specialized set of motorcycle skills that insure they nearly always get there first. No group has proven to hold any greater prowess at getting atop the heap first than Yorba Linda, California's Team Peterson. Team Peterson Racing is simply the most victorious professional motorcycle Hillclimb team on the planet.
2012 was a nine class win season for Bret Peterson
2012 was a nine class win season for Bret Peterson


"This has definitely been the most successful and rewarding season in our team's history and it has set a historic bar for the N.A.H.A.(North American Hillclimbers Association) and the sport of Pro Hillclimbing,” confirmed five-time Hillclimb World Champion Kerry Peterson. "Bret's nine class win season and three out of the four championships, along with Chelsea's woman's title provided Team Peterson with one of those ultimate years that all those in racing strive for."

Team Peterson’s new engine and suspension package provides their riders with the increased confidence to compete at the highest level of the sport
Team Peterson’s new engine and suspension package provides their riders with the increased confidence to compete at the highest level of the sport
At the final event of the 2012 season held in Boise, Idaho, with 13,000 passionately crazed fans in attendance, Kerry's son Bret, blasted his Malcolm Smith Motorsports/Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil / Race Tech/K&N backed KTM's to the top of the mountain and the podium in 450 Pro and X Climb, capping off the most extraordinary season in N.A.H.A. history.

"2012 was a year of refinement for Team Peterson with very extensive pre-season testing and enhanced working relationships with our many long term sponsors,” Kerry said. "Our new engine and suspension packages provided our riders with much greater confidence in competing at the highest level at all the venues. Bret was convinced before the first race that this was going to be his year; the execution of his plan with the exceptional results was a sight to be seen."

Austin Fox, and Johnny and Chelsea Saylors are the newest Team Peterson members. Austin has been plagued with injuries the last few years, but still came through with top-10 finishes in all classes for 2012. "And Johnny is a promising rookie with a bright future in the sport,” Kerry adds. "The N.A.H.A. included a Woman's Pro Class for 2012 and our own Chelsea Saylor's (Bret's girlfriend) captured the title winning two of the five rounds of competition. Racer X Magazine has already given her the title of ‘Queen of the Hill.'”

The father and son team of Kerry and Bret Peterson made N.A.H.A. history by winning three out of the four championships
The father and son team of Kerry and Bret Peterson made N.A.H.A. history by winning three out of the four championships
"From my personal experience in competing for almost 30 years and winning many championships, it has always been harder to defend my titles, than win them for the first time. Our rider's are very aware of this and will be working much harder than ever before in the off season to be prepared for the challenge. As well, many of our sponsors have stepped up and increased support for the 2013 season to allow us to build additional bikes and continue to refine and improve our program. Team Peterson is grateful for the partnership in success with K&N. We have always had great confidence in our filtration with maximum horsepower."

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