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This weekend marked the first of 2 Utah Rounds before the summer break of the 2016 Kenda/SRT National Hare and Hound Championship and it was a great one as usual! Sage Riders MC hosted their first ever 2 day event in Jericho, UT over the weekend and both days were full of tight racing.
Sunday would mark one of the longest overall battles we have seen in a while with JCR Honda’s Ricky Brabec taking the lead after Factory Rockstar/Husqvarna’s Jacob Argubright would take a tumble just before the first road crossing after the traditional Bomb run through the sand dunes. Purvines Racing’s Nick Burson would pull in just behind the 2 but a blown stator would take him out of the race before the first of three 35 mile loops. Precision Concepts backed Justin Morgan would also get an amazing start and along with Chidester Transports Joe Wasson in the FMF Pro 250 class would stick close to the front for the battle.
Brabec seemed to have it all but sewn up maintaining a 47 second lead over Argubright for nearly 70 miles when he would lose the trail after the start of the 3rd loop. “It’s always hard being the first one on course and I guessed wrong at a spot where the markings got thin.” admitted Brabec. “By the time I finally got on the trail I had lost all my time on Jake [Argubright].” The two would battle for the remainder of the 30 mile third loop and Argubright would take control just before the finish taking his first won of the 2016 season! “I thought everything was done but once I saw Brabec I knew I had another chance and I just took it!”
While Burson would be side lined Purvines Racing team mate Axel Pearson would come back from a near dead last start to take the 3rd step on the podium. This would mark his first time on the podium this season and he is still itching for that top spot! Morgan would follow in 4th leading a train of Wasson in 5th and Rick’s Custom Shutters backed Ryan Smith in 6th all within a 10 second window!
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2016 Rnd 3 KENDA/SRT National Hare & Hound Championship from JMR Productions