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So Cal National Hare & Hound Results
Caselli / Pearson Battle Will Go To Final Round
So Cal National Hare & Hound Podium
Kurt Caselli gets win to try and secure championship
David Pearson’s second place finish keeps him in lead for championship
Pearson now leads Caselli by 8 points, he just needs to finish 2nd at final race for championship
Purvines Racing Nick Burson gets final podium spot
120 miles of challenging desert course out at Lucerne valley yesterday, while it was just over 3 hours of racing for the front runners, it was 6-7 hours for the back of the field of finishers!
KTM brought out all the guns in hopes of putting a rider between Caselli and David Pearson. Mike Brown came out for his first desert race ever, but it did not go so well for him. He was about 10th overall, but apparently called it a day with bike issues. At one point he was running about tenth overall in a group near Tuffy Pearson and Ryan Kudla, probably wondering who these guys are. Quinn Cody also pulled out, still suffering from his broken wrist. Ivan Ramirez had his best finish to date with a 5th overall.
It was very much a David Pearson kind of course. While not particularly difficult, it was many miles of technical cross grain, with lots of small ravines and dips. This is the type of stuff where David just uses his size and strength to muscle his way through without letting off the throttle.
For the first two loops, Caselli had Pearson glued to his fender, Jake Argubright was just seconds behind. Caselli was finally able to put some distance on Pearson in the final lap. Jake apparently suffered a rear tire failure late in the race and lost a few spots.
Skyler Howes was first overall expert and 250, on his Yamaha. Tuffy Pearson was first open expert on his 300 Husaberg. Axel Pearson was right with these two until he hit a rock and broke his collar-bone. Dan Capparelli was first Vet at 13th overall. 17th overall was Paul Shafer, winning the senior class.
It was a good day for me, riding the 2013 KTM 350exc. I threw on the stabilizer and a rear spring, other than that the bike was all stock. I suffered a little off the start, but made up time all day on the long course for 19th OA. This was probably my best race of the season so far.