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Rnd 1 Coverage – – – –

1/25/15: FMF/KTM backed Gary Sutherlin earned his keep this weekend by taking a near wire to wire win. He would get the start and the finish but would have an almost race long battle with the Precision Concepts backed Reigning Champion Ricky Brabec. The two would hook up and put over 5 minutes on the next finisher. “We were going back and forth so much, this wash then that wash.” exclaimed Sutherlin as the too benched raced right at the finish. Brabec was visibly beat at the end of the loop as he had just gotten back from racing in Baja to defend 1 of 3 titles he earned in 2014.

The final step on the podium was decided in the last mile of the race with Puvines Racing’s Nuck Burson, PCI Radios backed David Kamo and Sutherlin’s FMF/KTM team mate Ivan Ramirez cresting over the final descent. Ramirez had battled back from a near dead place start after colliding with another rider on the start line and getting his leg stuck in the rear wheel. As the three riders bonsai’d down the virgin rock slide Ramirez would make 2 “hair ball” passes putting himself into third while Burson and Kamo would tangle and round out the top 5 at the bottom giving Ramirez a bit of breathing room as he crossed the finish line.

For the first ever FMF Pro 250 race Zip-Ty Husqvarna’s Dalton Shirey would take a huge win. He went straight from winning the 200 A title last season to the new stepping stone class for the fastest 250 riders in stride. He would cross the finish line in 8th overall, over 6 minutes ahead of SRT’s Steven Kirk III. Blais Racing’s Ben Meza would take the 3rd position while getting over the winter flu that has been going around and salvaged some much needed points.

In the brand new PRO ATV class Maxxis/Flexx backed Beau Baron would venture out to the unfamiliar desert once again to do battle and after going back and forth with TTR Racing’s Jeremy Gray he would come out victorious. “I definitely don’t know how to go that fast yet.” said Baron on the podium “Whenever it would open up Jeremy would fly by me but then we’d get back in the rocks and I’d gap him. It was definitely a great learning experience!” Gray was definitely happy with the 2nd overall finish as this was his first ever National Hare and Hound. “I just threw on the big tires and came out to see what would happen. It went really really well!” Gray was followed by Nick Destout less then a minute off the pace.

Rnd 1 – 2015 KENDA/SRT National Hare & Hound Championship – by