BRABEC WINS HARE & HOUND ROUND TWO
Delivering a comeback ride of epic proportions, Kawasaki’s Ricky Brabec bags the win at round two of the National Hare and Hound Championship…
THR Kawasaki’s Ricky Brabec took his first win of the season and took over the points lead at round two of the Kenda/SRT National Hare and Hound Championship.
It was anything but smooth sailing as he battled back from about 30th at the end of the start-straight bomb run. Fighting his way though the field, Brabec caught up to KTM/FMF’s Ivan Ramirez just before the pits.
Ramirez had the early lead after mixing it with Purvines Racing’s Nick Burson for most of the first loop. Around the 30-mile mark Ramirez pulled a comfortable lead on Burson but Brabec was on the hunt.
Once Brabec got by Burson it was only a matter of time before he would get the chance to make his move. And it came a little easier then he expected.
“I was right on Ivan and he just skipped out in the rocks – I almost hit him,” told Brabec. “Once I got by I just did my thing all the way to the finish.”
With Ramirez unable to answer, Brabec went on to claim the win by just over one minute.
Ramirez placed as runner-up to Brabec with Purvines Racing’s Axel Pearson battling back from a loop out on the start to finish third overall.
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“This is my first race on the new Beta 480″ admitted Pearson “And it started way earlier and harder then I expected and then I don’t know… I just lost it. In front of everyone!”
Another 30 seconds back was 3 Bros KTM’s Brandon Prieto in fourth followed by Burson who was forced to cruise in after a big crash.
Another rider to go out on the injury list was KTM/FMF’s Gary Sutherlin. Winner at round one, Sutherlin was up front early on but a launch off a tall ledge and a sharp pain in his wrist resulted in an early exit from the race.
The FMF Pro 250 class was just as exciting with Zip-Ty Racing’s Dalton Shirey taking the win once again. All of the top FMF Pro 250’s were together just after the bomb run but Shirey – finishing eighth overall – bagged the Pro 250 win.