Kawasaki Team Green riders swept the top three positions at the second round of the AMA National Championship Hare & Hound Series yesterday in Murphy, Idaho, with '99 champ Brian Brown (right) besting '00 champ Destry Abbott and Shane Esposito. Placing fourth was Ty Davis on a Montclair Yamaha, with Andy Grider fifth on yet another green bike.
Russ Pearson was the first 250cc rider on a Yamaha. Other class winners include Kelly Yancey (Women), Luca Trussardi (Vet) and Greg Zitterkopf (Four-Stroke).
Brown and Abbott are now tied for the series points lead with 55 each (Abbott won round one), with Davis third on 39.
The fact that the event was even held was a sign of success, as it was cancelled last year when the permit was pulled by the BLM. Overnight rains contributed to a virtually dust-free start and helped keep the dust down throughout the 85-mile course.
A mix-up at the finish sent Brown and Abbott back through the pits rather that on a loop that went around the outside of the start/finish area. Courseworkers apparently directed them the wrong way as they came in at the end of the final loop. Esposito and Davis (third and fourth respectively) were reportedly far enough behind the pair that it wouldn't have affected the finish order. Though there was a buzz around the pits that a protest might be filed, none had materialized by the end of the race and organizers reported that the results stand as is.