5/02/15: The Series headed to Utah for the first of two rounds in the beehive state this past weekend and the racing was as exciting as ever! With their trade mark start into the huge sand dunes of the Little Sahara OHV area just outside of Jericho, UT it was anyones game as they shot through the final banners. To some people’s surprise, but more then expected by others, the ADS Motorsports KTM 250 XC of Josh Knight would edge out the KTM/FMF 450 SXF of Ivan Ramirez past the bomb and Knight would earn his first National Hare and Hound holeshot of his career! “I’ve led plenty of races locally but I’ve never led the Nationals.” said Knight “I knew there were tons of fast guys right on my tail so I just tried to stay focused and do my thing as there was still a long way to go.”
The course would stay in the dunes for the next 4 miles and Ramirez would make his pass utilizing the 450’s power to push by Knight in the deep sand. At the rear of the pack THR Motorsports backed Ricky Brabec would enjoy one of his trademark multi-kick starts and he would have to “bonsai” through the dunes passing groups of riders at a time. “I just pinned it through passing as many people as I could before we got to the main trail because I knew it was going to be crazy dusty!” and Brabec was not mistaken when it came to the dust. While the area had received 13 straight hours of rain the weekend before the warm and dry conditions during the week made being out front a priority.
Ramirez would lead the pack for the next 20 miles until he blew a corner and took a bit to realize it. “I always struggle out here as I’m not used to the terrain.” admitted Ramirez. “Once I realized I missed my turn I came back and saw Brabec and Knight pass…” While the top 4 riders would come into the pits all within the same minute – Brabec, Knight, Ramirez and KTM/FMF’s Gary Sutherlin – Brabec would not know he was in the lead. “I kept pushing as hard as I could the 2nd loop. I thought ‘there was no way I was in the lead’ and who ever was must have been gone because I couldn’t see any dust ahead.” 100 miles, 3 hours and 24 minutes later Brabec crossed the finish line taking his 2nd win of the season and was visibly exhausted jumping off his bike, tearing off his gear with his pit crew yelling “we need sugar, sugar! Soda, gatorade, whatever!” Ramirez had gotten around Knight to pull off 2nd overall 3 minutes and 23 seconds back but staying within 5 points of Brabec in the overall championship chase. Sutherlin would earn himself another podium but was not satisfied with his finish. “I just couldn’t get these guys. It definitely wasn’t my day. I’ll be back in Snowville to take the win!”
Knight would come through in 4th overall, taking his 1st FMF Pro 250 victory and top Utah racer honors followed by Purvines Racing’s Axel Pearson in 5th overall.
2015 Rnd 5 KENDA/SRT National Hare & Hound Championship – by Austin Davis