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Ramirez, Brabec, Kamo Podium in Idaho

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Round 3 of the Kenda/Srt National Hare and Hound Championship
March 21-22 2015 / Murphy, Id / Hosted by Dirt Inc

Photos: Mark Kariya

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JJR Racing’s Jimmy Jarret and Blais Racing’s Braydon Bland hold the KC66 Memorial Banner for the Pee Wees

 

Los Angeles, CA: The 40th Annual Rabbit Creek 100 hosted by Dirt Inc. outside of Murphy, Id has been a staple of the Kenda/SRT National Hare and Hound Championship for some time now! After returning to the championship full time in 2010 it has become a fan favorite not only for it’s unique ridding but also the great hospitality shown by the club, locals and fellow racers. Being the furthest North race of the series ensures that only the most dedicated racers make the 10-15 hour drive for the event, which creates some of the toughest competition of the entire year, especially among those with local knowledge of the area.

 

The weekend started, as always, with our youngest racers in the desert. The Pee Wee’s. 1999 National Hare and Hound Champion Brian Brown lead the way as the Hare and who ever caught him would be $25 richer. After JJR Racing’s Jimmy Jarrett and Blais Racing’s Braydon Bland dropped the banner for the 4-8 year olds aboard their 50cc machines they were off!! With sage brush that could swallow them whole, the kids pinned it across the bomb run into the first corner and it was Blais Racing’s Cole Timboe into the lead. Just behind him was reigning champion, MSR backed Andrew Schulz, and as they were tied for points after two rounds Schulz wanted the win bad. Schulz would make his way around Timboe across a bridge over a creek and never look back. He would put a three and a half minute gap on Timboe taking the win handily and taking over the points lead once again. In 3rd would be Racer Honnald who has put together a string of career best rides this season so far stepping up his game substantially for 2015.

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MSR’s Andrew Schulz took the win and control of the Pee Wee Points chase at Round 3

The next race would feature 2 rows – up front the Super Mini, Mini and Jr. Mini classes followed by the Girls and Micro Mini Classes on the second row. As the banner was held long, a strong breeze right at 60 seconds would have Braydon Bland jumping the gun a little. He would have to kill his bike and back up to just miss the banner actually going down! Once he got going again though he was able to shoot back up to the front and take the holeshot throught the FMF banners and onto the course with Tanner Adams and series points leader Burke Barnes right on his tail (or mullet, which every you prefer).

Blais racing’s Braydon Bland would lead Race 2 wire to wire making his way into 2nd in the Super Mini Points Chase

 

 

Once out front Bland completely pulled away from the field adding nearly two minutes to his lead every 14 mile loop for 4 laps. Burke Barnes would ride hard to finish 2nd overall holding onto his points lead by 13 points over Bland while the Kenda/Fly KTM of Austin Philips would turn his luck around this season grabbing his first podium of the year. T.O. Powersports backed Mason Matthies took another Mini victory but what he is looking for is that Overall position as he will be bumping up to Super Mini very soon and has been putting together a string of great finishes against the bigger bikes taking 9th overall this past weekend. 3 Bros KTM’s Hagen Boyce would finish just behind Matthies taking his 3rd win in a row in the Jr. Mini Class and stretching his points lead out.
The 2nd wave of racers would take off just 2 minutes later and it would be three ladies leading the charge into the first corner – Rachel Stout, Kaitlyn Kurtz and Bailee Anderson. Stout and Kurtz have been going at it since the beginning of the series, but after breaking her back last season over the summer, Stout has been working on getting her speed back up and today was the day it all came together! Stout would take the Girls victory by over five minutes and close up the points race to just 5 points behind Kurtz who is the 2 time reigning champion.

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Hunter Ray started dead last when his bike wouldn’t fire but worked his way up to 1st by the end of his first of three laps.

The Micro Mini 65 race was a great one to watch as well with Henderson, NV’s Hunter Ray coming back from an absolute dead last start to taking the win in dominating fashion. After crashing on the bomb in the sage brush, Conner Eddy was able to make his way to 2nd in class and is now sitting 4th in series points followed closely by Corsegold, CA’s Talan Van Valkenburg who is leading the championship chase.

Sunday would start at 11am on the dot with the Pro’s, A’s and B’s all on the front row making for a mad dash to the first wash where all riders would be single file for the next few miles. KTM/FMF’s Ivan Ramirez would be the first through the fence at the end of the two mile, completely virgin, bomb run and with a quick glance over his shoulder he was off. Falling in just behind him would be the BRP/AHM Kawasaki of Joey Black notching his best start of his career and he would go on to take 3rd Open A at the end of the 100 mile sprint.

KTM/FMF backed Ivan Ramirez took his first win of the season and closed in on the Championship points gap with Brabec

 

Jumping into the wash 3rd would be PCI Radio’s/TBT backed David Kamo. Being from Caldwell, ID he definitely felt at home at Round 3 while he might not have felt as at home up on the podium! “I really don’t know what I’m doing up here… it’s been a while!” he joked then added “I’ve always wanted to win this race, never gotten to do it, but 3rd is close and I think I can get even closer in the future!”

 

Defending champion and current points leader THR Motorsports racer Ricky Brabec didn’t get the best of starts, but it was much better then last season when he was left on the start line kicking. By the first check Brabec was already into 2nd behind Ramirez and was doing his best to make a move on Ramirez but couldn’t make it happen. “I just couldn’t find a spot to do it! It was really dusty and Ivan was riding really well.” exclaimed Brabec at the podium, “Then I crashed right here… like RIGHT there, over the hill. I don’t know what happened but I just ate it in front of everyone!” Ramirez has now reeled Brabec in to only a 5 point advantage on the season and as we’ve seen time and time again anything can happen in the next 8 months of racing!

 

Purvines Racing’s Axel Pearson would work his way though the field with another not-so-great start and finish just behind Kamo in 4th overall making his way past Blais Racing’s Skyler Howes on the 2nd loop with Howes rounding out the top five 8 seconds behind Pearson. Dirt Inc. put together a great overall package and Ivan Ramirez would take home $2500 for the win and catching the “Birds of Prey” $500 Hare Brian Brown. Payouts went all the way down to 10th, from $2000 to $50, and every one went home with a smile!

Local Racer Jake Gage on his way through the field to take 1st Overall B

 

The Overall B crown – and the 707 suspension valving gift certificate – went to local Vet B racer Jake Gage. While he would not get the best of starts he would work his way though the field coming through the first loop with only a 14 second advantage but stretching that out over the next 30 miles to nearly six minutes! 2nd overall B would go to 3 Bros KTM’s Nathan “Tuna” Rodriguez who would also take 1st in the 250 B class followed by Fly Racing’s Scott Aldridge taking 3rd overall and 1st Senior B.

The Women’s Podium has looked different at every round this season!

 

With a different winner every round so far this season the TBT Racing Women’s Overall has been anyone’s game! Here at Round 3, we had a great battle to the finish, whether the ladies knew it or not! On the first Loop, JJR Racing’s Shayla Fulfer looked to have the win locked down but a long 5+ minute pit would let Victor, ID’s Kate Schade – of Kate’s Real Food fame – slip by onto the final loop. Schade admittedly thought she was doing so bad that she just kept pushing all the way to the finish which gave her over a 5 minutes gap at the finish line over second place Fulfer. She would not only take home the $100 from TBT but also an additional $300 added by Dirt Inc. Rebecca Stout of Price, UT would score her best finish of the season taking home 3rd overall Woman and 1st Woman B. She has been gaining momentum all season long in the quickly growing Women’s division.

Checking in with first time Desert Racer Lindsey Lovell of Dirt Rider Magazine about her experiences at the National’s this season. She had never raced desert before Round 1 and after a little coaxing from long time friend Rhiannon Freiley of PCI Race Radio’s a few days prior to the race Lovell threw together a bike, some gear and headed to the desert!

Lindsey Lovell proudly displays her FIRST National number and is following the entire series this season

 

“At the beginning of the year, I would have never thought I’d be racing this National series but I am and loving it. The courses are challenging, finishing is rewarding and my boss has noted that my off-road riding skills have improved by leaps. The races seem to be a family affair for most riders, and there is a fun atmosphere that surrounds the pits. This year I’m racing Womens C class with some rad and talented woment. I hope in the next year or two I can move up to two loops and compete in Womens B class.”

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