Beta’s Nick Burson claimed the overall win at the Rabbit Creek 100 National Hare & Hound in Murphy, Idaho. PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK KARIYA
MURPHY, IDAHO, MARCH 23 - The third round of the AMA/SRT Hare & Hound National Championship Series headed north to Murphy, Idaho, for the Rabbit Creek 100, where, for the second time in a row, Purvines Racing Beta’s Nick Burson came away with the overall win. Aboard in Motul/TBT Racing/Klim-backed 498 RR, Burson got off to a fast start, battled a bit with Husqvarna’s Jacob Argubright before taking control of the race and taking the eventual win.
It was close, though, as he took the checkered flag just 26 seconds ahead of Argubright. Burson took full advantage of a bad day by opening-round winner Ivan Ramirez, who finished 10th overall. Burson’s two wins combined with Ramirez’ tough day at Murphy puts Burson out in front of the series championship. The Beta pilot leads the way with 81 points, followed by Ramirez with 66.
Third on the day went to Motorsports/Monster Energy/Precision Concepts Kawasaki’s Ricky Brabec who spent the whole race making up for a slow start, finishing about five minutes behind Brabec.
Justin Morrow and Axel Pearson rounded out the top five, putting three Betas in the first five positions.
KTM rider David Kamo finished sixth, followed by Colton Udall, Skyler Howes, 250 Expert winner Ryan Smith and Ramirez.
Ramirez, on the FMF KTM, did not get off the line very well and struggled to make up ground in the dust.
Rabbit 100, AMA National Hare & Hound
March 23, 2014
OVERALL: 1. Nick Burson (Beta), 2. Jacob Argubright (Hus); 3. Ricky Brabec (Kaw); 4. Justin Morrow (Beta), 5. Axel Pearson (Beta); 6. David Kamo (KTM); 7. Colton Udall (Hon); 8. Skyler Howes (KTM); 9. Ryan Smith (Yam); 10. Ivan Ramirez (KTM).