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Brabec Gets First Hare & Hound Win
Ricky Brabec and THR Motorsports Earns First Hare & Hound Win!
Two podiums in a row were a clear signal that Ricky Brabec was destined for the top of the box sooner or later in the very competitive AMA/SRT Hare & Hound National Championship Series.
Turns out it was sooner. After a race-long battle that involved the four at the front of the pack, Brabec made the crucial pass when it counted and then held on for a popular victory at round four of the series, the Slim Tesh Memorial Hare & Hound put on by the So Cal Motorcycle Club near Lucerne Valley, California.
It also marked the first National win for the THR Motorsports / Hoosier Precision Machining / Precision Concepts Kawasaki team, presented by Hoosier Precision Machining, one of the rare times a privateer effort bests the factory-backed squads.
Ricky commented “It was awesome! The past couple races I’ve been on the podium and I wanted to finally man up and get on top, I started out with a good start. I think it was me, Jake Argubright, Ivan Ramirez and Nick Burson all just back and forth all day. I was third most of the day. The last 10 miles, I finally passed Ivan in the rocks, then I came upon Jake tipped over so that’s where I passed him for the lead. Luckily after that there were valleys and I just pinned it in the valleys and tried to make my lead bigger. The valleys are definitely my thing. I’m a little bit bigger; I can hold the bike down a little bit more and I like going fast!”
Brabec had only one minor issue (derailed chain) all day aboard the KX450F prepared by Bob Bell of Precision Concepts, but it was the constant wind that plagued the area all weekend that made things most difficult.
“The course was hard to follow due to the wind the past three days. I think all four of us got lost more than twice.” said Brabec.
The win has him excited: “It definitely boosts my confidence so I can’t wait for the next one!” he exclaimed. “I know the next one’s out here as well (in two weeks), but the SCORE race is the day before so I’m actually going to shoot just for a podium there. But if I have the chance to pull off another SCORE win, I’m going to do it.”