Gary Sutherlin spent most of the Desert Motorcycle Club’s 48th Annual Winter Classic National Hare & Hound near Lucerne Valley, California, dueling with training partner https://kiteessay.com/custom-writing-service Ricky Brabec, ultimately winning that treasured first career National.
Though a little fatigued after a hard-earned fourth place at the Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 in Baja the day before, Ricky Brabec treated the opening round of the Kenda/SRT AMA Hare & Hound National Championship Series as if it were another San Felipe section. After a four-kick start, he worked his way to second, and went back and forth with Sutherlin, settling for second following near-misses and crashes as he began his defense of his number one plate.
Ivan Ramirez (450) earned his podium spot the hard way. Yards off the start, he and eventual FMF 250cc Pro winner Dalton Shirey crossed lines and hit each other. Though neither went down, Ramirez stopped cold, his left foot stuck tight between his rear tire and subframe. After mechanic Robbie Goolsby ran over and freed him, the dust had cleared and the pack was long gone. Upset at his predicament, Ramirez channeled his anger into an incredible ride that saw him grab back all the positions he’d lost with only Brabec and Sutherlin ahead when he made his final passes within sight of the finish.
Jordan Gamboa got out front of the A riders early and ended up 15th overall, giving him both first 250cc A and first A overall.
After winning the Women A/B championship in 2012, Nicole Bradford stayed mostly at home in Colorado instead of chasing another title. But with the Winter Classic and King of the Motos just a week apart, she proved she’s as fast and tough as ever. For winning Women A (and finishing an astonishing 65th overall), the ISDE veteran also won the $100 TBT Racing bonus.
Before the first Youth race on Saturday, things kicked off with one of the always popular riding clinics, this one featuring Nick Burson, Quinn Cody, Destry Abbott and Axel Pearson.
In order to increase visibility of the kids racing the Youth series this year, the Kurt Caselli Foundation came up with these bibs (in three sizes). Every competitor will be required to wear them, and extras will be available for $20 each.
Defending series Pee Wee champion Andrew Schultz took a wrong turn and went up a Super Mini section on the first lap, but he eventually hunted down 2013 champ Cole Timboe and led the final two laps for the win.
The Girls probably had a little advantage since most of them ride bikes with bigger wheels and engines compared to the Micro Minis (65cc, 7-11). Defending Girls (12-15) champ Caitlyn Kurtz stormed to the class and overall win, leading a 1-2-3 finish by Girls racers. The first Micro Mini was Talan Van Valkenberg in fourth overall.
Even Burke Barnes got a little out of shape in the tricky rocks once in a while, but he still dominated the Super Mini race.