Racers sign up for the Desert MCs Winter Classic. And theres a reason why this race is called what it is called. Photography By: Mark Kariya

Racers sign up for the Desert MC's Winter Classic. And there's a reason why this race is called what it is called. Photography By: Mark Kariya

Future desert racer  Probably. They were tearing it up on their small-bore XRs and KXs  trying to keep an eye on their favorite races  Jacob Argubright and Ryan Smith. Photography By: Ryan Sanders

Future desert racer? Probably. They were tearing it up on their small-bore XRs and KXs, trying to keep an eye on their favorite races, Jacob Argubright and Ryan Smith. Photography By: Ryan Sanders

Defending champ Kurt Caselli had little trouble defending his number-one plate  at least at this race. Photography By: Ryan Sanders

Defending champ Kurt Caselli had little trouble defending his number-one plate, at least at this race. Photography By: Ryan Sanders

Destry Abbott might be slowing down with his race schedule but certainly not with his racing. He was  as always  flying at the Winter Classic. Photography By:  Ryan Sanders

Destry Abbott might be slowing down with his race schedule but certainly not with his racing. He was, as always, flying at the Winter Classic. Photography By:  Ryan Sanders

Jacob Argubright was shooting for a podium finish when he crashed at speed and broke his collarbone. Photography By: Ryan Sanders

Jacob Argubright was shooting for a podium finish when he crashed at speed and broke his collarbone. Photography By: Ryan Sanders

Skylar Howes powers up one of the hills in loop one after passing Max Eddy for eighth overall. He would go on to win the 250 class and finish first two-stroke.  Photography By: Ryan Sanders

Skylar Howes powers up one of the hills in loop one after passing Max Eddy for eighth overall. He would go on to win the 250 class and finish first two-stroke.  Photography By: Ryan Sanders

TBT Racings Ricky Russell traveled from Washington and finished seventh overall in his first National Hare   Hound and his first time seeing Johnson Valley.  Photography By: Ryan Sanders

TBT Racing's Ricky Russell traveled from Washington and finished seventh overall in his first National Hare & Hound and his first time seeing Johnson Valley.  Photography By: Ryan Sanders

This sequence was shot just after David Kamo had passed Destry Abbott for third overall about five miles from the finish...

This sequence was shot just after David Kamo had passed Destry Abbott for third overall about five miles from the finish... 

...Kamo put the hammer down using every bit of his Hondas wide-ratio transmission...

...Kamo put the hammer down using every bit of his Honda's wide-ratio transmission...

...Kamo went on to finish third behind winner Caselli and runner-up David Pearson. Photography By: Ryan Sanders

...Kamo went on to finish third behind winner Caselli and runner-up David Pearson. Photography By: Ryan Sanders

Its been a year and a half since Gary Sutherlin raced a National  but the now fulltime WORCS racer looked right at home in the desert  finishing sixth overall. Photography By: Mark Kariya

Justin Morrow got off to a fast start. He rounded out the top five overall.  Photography By: Mark Kariya

Its been a year and a half since Gary Sutherlin raced a National  but the now fulltime WORCS racer looked right at home in the desert  finishing sixth overall. Photography By: Mark Kariya

It's been a year and a half since Gary Sutherlin raced a National, but the now fulltime WORCS racer looked right at home in the desert, finishing sixth overall. Photography By: Mark Kariya

The dust didnt make it any easier for Russell riding in unfamiliar territory. Photography By: Mark Kariya

The dust didn't make it any easier for Russell riding in unfamiliar territory. Photography By: Mark Kariya

Howes eighth overall was a career best. Photography By: Mark Kariya

Howes' eighth overall was a career best. Photography By: Mark Kariya

The top dogs...hounds:  Left to right  Kamo  Pearson and Caselli.  Photography By: Mark Kariya

The top dogs...hounds: (Left to right) Kamo, Pearson and Caselli.  Photography By: Mark Kariya

Hangin out by the wash.  Photography By: Mark Kariya

Hangin' out by the wash.  Photography By: Mark Kariya

And that they did.  Photography By: Mark Kariya

And that they did.  Photography By: Mark Kariya

Check out our coverage of the opening round of the AMA National Championship Hare & Hound Series and the Desert MC's Winter Classic in Cycle News Magazine by clicking on the link below.

http://cyclenews.coverleaf.com/cyclenews/20120131?#pg77


By: Kit Palmer

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