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With a last minute change to the 4th round of the series racers would head to uncharted territory as far as the National Championship was concerned. Espanola, New Mexico would be host to the replacement round with Gas it Off-Road and Team R&S stepping up to fill the void. As the change was last minute both organizations had to make certain concessions to ensure that the round would go off successfully as New Mexico’s BLM and the Fun Valley OHV area have some very specific regulations. To start it would be a 25 mile loop ran 4 times giving the riders a full 100 miles and they would also start by class with 30+ pro’s all lining up to take the first corner after a long drag down the “arroyo”!
Once the riders went around the main camp they would pass across the ridge just above the rest of the field and Rockstar Husqvarna’s Jacob Argubright would be off to a great start. JCR Honda’s Ricky Brabec would be right on his heals with Peralta, NM’s Travis Porter in toe representing the local series! The 3 would stick together for the entire first lap but Brabec and Argubright would begin to check out on the field once the pace started to pick up along with the heat. Brabec would make the official pass on Argubright on the 2nd lap and the two would put on a clinic. Many local racers had never gotten to see the Pro’s in action so to see sub 50 minute laps and a good portion of the field getting lapped was unheard of before this weekend. Purvines Racing’s Nick Burson would have much better luck than he has had all season pulling into 3rd while Porter would drop to 7th noting that he was definitely not in the shape enough to keep with the pace.
On the 3rd lap with Brabec and Argubright still swapping positions Argubright would jam his knee after jumping through one of the washes that are so prevalent the locals refer to them as “arroyo’s” and would have to slow his pace letting Brabec gap him. Burson would also get by the slowed racer on the final lap but Argubright was definitely not going to give up the podium position holding off Rick’s Custom Shutters backed Ryan Smith into the finish line. Brabec would take the win by almost 10 minutes over Burson as he thought Argubright was right on him the entire final lap exclaiming “I wish some one would have told me he wasn’t there! I might have slowed down a little!” at the finish line! Smith would follow the three in 4th matching his career best finish followed by the Precision Concepts Yamaha of Justin Morgan in 5th.
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2016 Rnd 4 KENDA/SRT National Hare & Hound Championship from JMR Productions