The 2016 season has kicked off with a BANG already! JCR Honda’s Ricky Brabec came out to dominate Desert MC’s Winter Classic but had company all day. Factory Husqvarna’s Jake Argubright and Purvines Beta’s Nick Burson were right on his heels most of the day.
At the end of the bomb it was FMF/KTM’s Ivan Ramirez with the holeshot but leading the pack is never easy and he would get passed by the mob of racers following his dust across the first valley. The PRO, A, B and C riders all started with the more technical loop first while the 1 loop riders started on the east loop separately. This through the guys into all the tough stuff first with little gap between them. The interesting format led to some great battles all day and also created some moving obstacles during the second half as they caught up to the slower riders.
Into the pit’s Brabec would only enjoy a 31 second buffer on Argubright with Burson just another 50 seconds back. While in Supercross that is a life time in the desert that is a RACE. Once the riders caught the back markers the top two ended up seconds apart and over the radio the finish was told “Get Ready, they’re coming in HOT”… by that time Brabec had stretched 20 seconds on Argubright and would come into the finish completing the 80 mile even in just under 2 hours and 10 minutes! 22 seconds back Argubright would cross with a very satisfying 2nd overall followed by Burson holding onto 3rd. Zip-Ty Husky’s Dalton Shirey would enjoy his best overall finish to date in 4th after taking the FMF Pro 250 championship in 2015. Rick’s Custom Shutters backed Ryan Smith would cross in 5th being the first Yamaha into the finish.
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2016 Rnd 1 KENDA/SRT National Hare & Hound Championship from Beau Cottington