Ricky Brabec seals the deal with his fourth AMA National Hare & Hound win of the year at the 100s M.C. 47th Desert Invasion National Hare & Hound.
THR Motorsports/Monster Energy/Precision Concepts Kawasaki’s Ricky Brabec went into the 10th and final round of the SRT AMA Hare & Hound National Championship Series with the points lead and practically no pressure. All he needed to do was equal his worst finish of the series–a fifth at the opener when he broke the front brake off his bike.
Since then, of course, Brabec has proved to be both fast and consistent in his first full year chasing the championship by finishing on the podium each time and picking up four victories in the process–including the finale: the 100s Motorcycle Club’s 47th Annual Desert Invasion National Hare & Hound, outside of Lucerne Valley, California, Sunday.
Brabec came into the event knowing exactly what he needed to do.
“I didn’t need to win, exactly,” Brabec said. I think I needed to finish [only] fifth or sixth [even if title rival Nick Burson had won].”
A champion doesn’t want to just ride around to earn his crown, though, and Brabec is no exception. The first true privateer without factory support to win the championship, Brabec seemingly could do no wrong.
“I don’t think this day could’ve gone any better than it did,” he said after leading from start to finish, steadily moving away from the field with each mile around the three loops the 100s laid out in the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area.
Brabec’s only realistic title challenger was Purvines Racing Beta’s Nick Burson, who’d also been a model of consistency and led the points chase for most of the year. However, he’ll have to wait until next year after finishing the day third behind Brabec and FMF KTM Factory Off-road Racing Team’s Ivan Ramirez. To win the championship, Burson needed a minor miracle that never came.
“I wanted to win and in the beginning, I was third off the start and I was trying to pass Ivan,” Burson said. “I hit a pretty big G-out off the course and kind of scared myself. I just really couldn’t ride after that. I just kept thinking about the flight [to Argentina for the ISDE] tomorrow and how much money we’ve spent to go. Ricky was out front and I was like, ‘At this point it’s going to take a mistake from him so I might as well make sure I finish myself.’”
Burson ended up staying in third all day, which pushed his final points total to 190 while Brabec netted 216. Ramirez, who held the points lead for the first two rounds, ended up a close third for the year with 188.
A number of other class championships went down to the wire as well, while a few were already settled. Those who did well relished the season and the finale while those who didn’t seemed determined to change that in 2015.
SRT AMA Hare & Hound National Championship Series
100s M.C. 47th Desert Invasion National Hare & Hound
Results: October 26, 2014 (Round 10 of 10)
1. Ricky Brabec-Kaw
2. Ivan Ramirez-KTM
3. Nick Burson-Bet
4. Brandon Prieto-KTM
5. Justin Morrow-Bet
6. Max Eddy, Jr.-KaW
7. Axel Pearson-Bet
8. Eric Yorba-KTM
9. David Kamo-KTM
10. Morgan Crawford-KTM
SRT AMA Hare & Hound National Championship Series Final Points Standings (After 10 of 10 rounds)
1. Ricky Brabec-216/4 wins
2. Nick Burson-190/2 wins
3. Ivan Ramirez-188/3 wins
4. Axel Pearson-135
5. Justin Morrow-124
6. Skyler Howes-119
7. Ryan Smith-109
8. Jacob Argubright-106/1 win
9. Brandon Prieto-106
10. Morgan Crawford-86