Nathan Woods came from behind to win the Hollister Classic—round one of the AMA National Hare Scrambles Series—at the Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area outside the Central California town, the second consecutive year the Team Green star has done so, giving him a perfect two-for-two record in Hare Scrambles Nationals.
But it wasn't easy.
"I got a fair start, considering it was really muddy on the first couple laps," Woods said. "The first lap I had [practically] no [vision out of my] goggles; I could only see out of the [roll-off's] strip. I was going to come in [to change them], but I knew if I came in, I think my chances [of winning] would've been a lot slimmer just because these guys ride really well.
"I just worked my way up; I started following guys. I don't know who was behind me, but whenever I passed somebody—I think it was [Robbie] Jenks or somebody [who was behind]—but they were riding really well, sticking right on me. I figured it was going to be a race down to the end on the last lap."
Instead, once he got the lead on his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Moose KX450F, he slowly and steadily gapped the field to win by nearly two minutes over defending series champion Robbie Jenks. The Red Bull KTM ace pulled the holeshot on his Michelin/Renthal/FMF 250 XC, dropped back for a while then came back to improve on his third-place finish of last year.
Local favorite Patrick Garrahan also had to come from behind, and he and his Maxxis/Gbrothersracing.com/FMF KTM 250 XC snuck into third place on the final lap, pushing 2006 AMA/FMF Racing National Enduro Champion Russell Bobbitt off the podium. Bobbitt ended up 32 seconds behind Garrahan while former enduro champ Mike Lafferty rounded out the top five, the Red Bull KTM hero using the race to do some suspension testing on his Michelin/Renthal/FMF 450 XC.