10/25/15: Coming into the finale of the Kenda/SRT Championship the #1 was still up in the air. 3 riders had the mathematical chance to clinch it with FMF/KTM’s Ivan Ramirez having the best chance at it only needing to finish 17th overall or better. Ramirez’s team mate Gary Sutherlin was another rider with the title in his sites with reigning champion Ricky Brabec trailing by a single point. Sutherlin admitted “I need to win but Ivan has been so consistent and our bikes don’t break down… it’ll be hard”
Brabec, who had just been released from his horrific crash at Round 6, showed up to the event with a big surprise for everyone. He was riding a Honda and a JCR backed one at that! This was signaling lots of great things to come and everyone was looking forward to the drop of the banner. At the end of the bomb Blais Racing’s Skyler Howes would get an amazing jump and lead the field across the first valley. Rockstar/Husqvarna’s Jake Argubright, who had won the Kenda/SRT West Hare Scramble the day before, would motor past him taking Sutherlin along with him. Brabec would then make quick work of all of them getting into the lead before check one and would never look back.
After 100 miles of brutal terrain the first bike to come across the final stretch would be the JCR Honda of Brabec with a minute and a half lead over 2nd place! Sutherlin and Argubright would go at it for the final 15 miles of the event with Sutherlin taking over 2nd on a gnarly climb that Argubright got turned around on. With the top 3 riders in the waiting game was on to see what Ramirez would do. As the riders were rolling in – Purvines Beta’s Axel Pearson in 4th, Rick’s Custom Shutter’s Ryan Smith in 5th, Zip-Ty Racing’s Dalton Shirey in 6th – everyone was ecstatic to see Ramirez coming across in 7th taking his first AMA National Championship ever! This makes the first time a Mexican National has ever taken the #1 plate and as Ivan said “I am going to win this one for Kurt [Caselli]”
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2015 Rnd 8 KENDA/SRT National Hare & Hound Championship from Beau Cottington