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2012 Tecate Hare Scrambles Results
Tecate third place finisher Gary Sutherlin
The 2012 Tecate Hare Scrambles was another banner event for the Los Ancianos club. Again this year they cut an entirely new loop for the afternoon race. At 22 miles, the pro class riders needed just a tic over an hour to get around it. The majority of it was all tight single track trail. A lack of rain meant that all of the open areas were dusty. But down in the ravines there was still some moisture in the soil and conditions stayed nice.
Justin Morgan started the day off by running away with the Ironman class in the morning race. Ironman riders have to complete both the morning and afternoon races. Larry Roeseler was in hot pursuit, but not quite on the same pace with Justin. Alexander Smith finished third in the morning Ironman.
For the afternoon race, newly signed KTM Factory rider Ivan Ramirez got the holeshot on his 350xc-f. Ivan took full advantage of the electric starter. The start orders required riders to stand alongside their bikes, forward of the bars and facing backwards. At the drop of the flag, riders turn, mount and start their bikes, all much easier with the magic button.
Kawasaki’s Bobby Garrison was initially third off the start, but quickly worked his way behind Ivan and would keep the pressure on the entire first loop. Ivan was able to pit and come out ahead of Bobby, then slowly gained more advantage, finishing 20 seconds in front of Garrison. Gary Sutherlin rounded out the pro podium in third.
Ty Davis and Revelle Harrison had a good battle in the +40 class. Revelle got the holeshot, but Ty worked past him. Ty had a good lead when he caught me on the course. The highlight of my day (LOL) was when I let Revelle past me and then he promptly crashed. To make it even better, I have it on video. Revelle would go on to almost catch Ty again, but Ty held the front for the class win.
I chose to ride the +30 A class, a pretty smart decision as it would turn out, the +40 class was stacked. We started on the third line, together with the under 30 class. I got a great launch off the line riding the 2013 Husaberg FE350. Even in the deep sand, the 350 puts the power down so smooth that it does not spin the wheel. Up and comer Eric Yorba quickly pulled ahead of me before the first corner. But I was second heading into the trail.
We quickly caught most of the second row, the Ironman riders and had to work through them. But before long the course cleared ahead of me and I was able to set my own pace while still catching a few riders. I was able to stay out in front of my class for both laps and take the win. The FE350 was a great choice for the tight terrain, light but with enough power to pull me around well. I will post my race video shortly.