Brabec Wins Idaho Hare and HoundMarch 27, 2017 - 5:42 PM
Ricky Brabec on his way to his second win of the season. Photo: dirtbuzz.com.
Round three of the AMA National Hare and Hound series took place in Murphy, Idaho and the Dirt Inc. crew laid out one amazing course. Two loops, consisting a 62 mile first and 56 mile second, made for 118 miles in the saddle and a finish time that ended up being around 3 hours and 15 minutes for the leaders.
After winning a close battle with Taylor Robert at round one of the NHHA series, and finishing second to Gary Sutherlin at round two, Ricky Brabec came into the Idaho round ready to win. Brabec spent the week leading up to the Idaho NHHA event racing the Sonora Rally in Mexico (which he won and where Andrew Short finished third) then hopped on a helicopter and crossed the border back into California to Palm Springs so he could catch a flight to Idaho.
When the flagged dropped it was Gary Sutherlin with the lead at the bomb, which he carried throughout loop one. Brabec followed closely in second, with Jacob Argubright another few seconds back in third. The second loop quickly turned into a two-rider battle as Sutherlin and Brabec swapped the lead multiple times. As the race wound down, the temperature began to plummet, a light rain bagan and heavy winds kicked up. As the first rider came into view it was Brabec in the lead and win with about 30 seconds to spare over Gary Sutherlin. Nick Burson rounded out the podium in third. Early frontrunner Jacob Argubright finished in fifth.
"The first loop for me was tough, I wasn't sure of the pace or how to hit things at speed after riding the rally bike. I eventually got passed by Nick Burson and that put me in third, after he passed I said to myself, ok, I gotta get rid of the arm pump and suck it up with my Montezuma stomach issue. I picked up the pace and headed out for the second loop right behind Gary. The course kept us in these washes that were too tight to make passes in. So I hopped out made a pass on Gary and he did the same right back to me. Luckily I was able to make the pass right before we headed into the faster trails which lead me to the checkers in first." -Ricky Brabec
With his second win of the season, Brabec extended his championship lead with six rounds to go in the series. Round four takes place April 29-30 at the Johnson Valley OHV area located in Lucerne Valley, California.