HIGHLIGHTS – AMA NATIONAL HARE & HOUND, RD3
KTM’s Ivan Ramirez was back on top of the podium with a wire-to-wire victory at round three of the AMA National Hare and Hound Championship
Once a year the Kenda/SRT National Hare and Hound Championship travels almost as far north as possible to the great state of Idaho to race the Rabbit Creek 100 hosted by Dirt Inc. This season was more of the great hospitality, great racing and great fun the state and club has to offer!
Once the start flag dropped it was all business for nearly 250 riders lined up on the big bike line.
At the end of the very long, completely virgin, bomb run Ramirez had a 10-second lead over the field going into the first wash.
Open A racer Joey Black had his best start to date in second and was followed by David Kamo in third.
Inside the top 10, championship leader Ricky Brabec was having one of his better starts this season.
By Check 1 Brabec had already found his way to Ramirez’s rear wheel and then the real battle began.
With advantage to Ramirez, the duo pushed hard for the remainder of the 100-mile loop.
“Last time I had the lead I made a mistake that cost me the win 10 minutes from the finish. This time I had to just focus and ride clean all the way though,” told Ramirez on the podium recounting his bobble at round two that allowed Brabec to take the win.
Unable to find a way past, Brabec was forced to settle for second while also making a mistake just a few hundred yards from the finish.
“I don’t know what I hit, I don’t know where I was, I really have no idea what happened and then I was cart wheeling in front of everyone” Brabec exclaimed. “Then I got up and crested the hill and there was the chequered flag!”
Six minutes behind, Kamo got past Black and held off the advances of Axel Pearson all the way to the finish to take third overall.
“I’m not sure what I’m doing up here,” joked Kamo. “I think I remember how to do this again.”
With Pearson fourth, Skyler Howes rounded out the top five.