Abbott Clinches Hare & Hound Championship

Kit Palmer | October 25, 2004

Kawasaki Team Green’s Destry Abbott won his third AMA National Hare & Hound Championship after finishing second at the series final in Lucerne Valley yesterday.

Abbott and Montclair Yamaha’s Russ Pearson, the defending champion, battled back and forth in the early stages of the 90-mile race before Pearson settled into the lead, with Abbott holding his own in second. Late in the race, Abbott made a push to catch Pearson and got to within about 10 seconds of the leader before falling down twice and conceding the race to the Yamaha rider. Still, second place was good enough to win the championship, while Pearson ended up second in the series.

Third in the race went to Abbott’s teammate David Pearson, while fourth place went to Mike Childress.

David Pearson finished out the year third in points, followed by Brian Brown, who did not start the final race.

Kit Palmer | Off-Road Editor

Kit Palmer started his career at Cycle News in 1984 and he’s been testing dirt and streetbikes every since – plus covering any event that uses some form of a knobby tire. He’s also our resident motorcycle mileage man with a commute of 120 miles a day.