Rnd 4 April 29/30 2017 – Lucerne Valley, CA – Flier
After a quick stint south of the border to win the Sonora Rally in Mexico aboard his factory HRC Rally Bike, JCR Honda’s Ricky Brabec would fly north to Idaho to take the win there as well. The banner would drop and Brabec would get his brand new Honda 450 RX started on it’s maiden voyage and Purvines Racing’s Gary Sutherlin would get to the end and onto the trail first. Local racer Tate Hurley would drop in right behind them with a career best start only to crash out a few miles into the race. Another local David Kamo would get a great start and work his way though the field through the first loop and come through in 4th behind Factory Husqvarna’s Jacob Argubright.
Sutherlin and Brabec would go back and forth for the entire 123 miles of the event, but Brabec would make the final pass after the 2nd gas alternate with a little more that 20 miles to go. “We were going back and forth in the washes and making passes.” explained Sutherlin “Brabec just got me and gapped me and there was nothing I could do.” Sutherlin would cross the finish just over 30 seconds behind and now sits just 9 points out of the lead for the title. Purvines Racing’s Nick Burson would hold on after getting extremely wet and cold in the final miles after multiple creek crossings to take his first podium of the 2017 season. Argubright would fall to 5th behind PCI Radios backed Kamo after suffering from on going wrist problems. “I was strong and fast but after the first loop my wrist just started bothering me. I’ll have to figure it out because I’ve got the speed to win.” Argubright said at the finish.
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