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Jake Argubright Takes Win
Photos by Mark Kariya & Steve Argubright
Off Road Support’s Jacob Argubright captured his second straight win at the Get-Xtr-Eme Reno Fireworks Extreme event and in doing so took home his first win of the year in the AMA National Hare and Hound Series.
The 20-mile loop was nothing short of grueling, and after making a pass in the early going, Argubright led wire to wire. “It felt really good out there today. The bike worked great, and this is the kind of stuff I love. I just blasted through every rock, and tried to keep as much of a gap on Kurt as I could.”
With a 49-minute average lap time, Argubright was the only rider to complete each of the three laps in under 50 minutes. “I could feel that I was beginning to pull away. First I didn’t hear Kurt anymore, then I didn’t see him. What I did see though was people stuck everywhere. I tried my hardest to avoid the lappers, and just kept the bike moving forward. I love these extreme races, and can’t wait for the next one.”
“It has really been a privateer effort this year. I am racing basically every weekend, so it is near to impossible to keep all of the bikes running! Reid Nordin and Jeff Decker at Kawasaki helped me out with a motor for this race, and I can’t thank them enough. Kawasaki has always been a big help, and I am glad to get a win for their team!”
Leading into the Reno Extreme weekend, the first National Hare and Hound event ever to have live web coverage via dirtlive.com, Argubright received notification of his selection for the 2013 Los Angeles X Games! “This was a really great weekend. My girlfriend and I both won (Meg took the Woman’s A win) and I got into X Games again! Now I need to get back into EnduroCross mode and get ready to race in Downtown LA again!”
From KTM – Kurt Caselli and Ivan Ramirez finished 2nd and 3rd respectively at the eighth round of the AMA National Hare & Hound Series.
The riders encountered a different type of course than they are used to in the Hare & Hound Series. The McCarran course consisted of one 18 mile loop that the riders repeated three times. It took approximately 55 minutes to complete a lap as the course was very technical and rocky with some large up and downhill sections.
Caselli launched his KTM off to a 2nd place start as the riders charged up the first rocky uphill section. Ramirez was a few spots back in 5th position. As the riders descended the backside of the hill Caselli was able to make a pass for the lead while Ramirez worked up to 3rd. A mile later Caselli lost the lead to Jacob Argubright. Caselli would remain in 2nd position for the remainder of the race to finish on the podium. His teammate Ramirez would hold on to finish 3rd after overcoming a rear brake issue partway through the race.
“This course was slow-paced and very difficult,” commented Caselli. “It was easy to make mistakes that could have easily damaged the bike. I played it a little bit cautious today because I was concerned with getting the championship points. I am glad both my teammate and I were able to finish on the podium. We are looking forward to the next round where we can expect the same type of terrain as the normal Hare & Hound races.”
National Hare & Hound Results (21 riders completed 3 laps)