Brown Wins Jackpot National H&H

| June 17, 2002

Brian Brown gave Kawasaki its first overall win in the AMA National Hare & Hound Series since round two, when he brought his KX500 across the finish line in first place in round five at Jackpot, Nevada, June 15. The Kawasaki Team Green rider swapped the lead with Yamaha’s Ty Davis several times during the 87-mile race and overcame a flat tire and a closed gate on the course to take his second win of the ’02 series. Brown was racing for the first time since breaking his pelvis and injuring his knee at the Las Vegas 150, which forced him to miss round four of the H&H series.

Davis ended up finishing second on his YZ426F.

Kawasaki KX500-mounted David Pearson finished third overall, followed by Yamaha-mounted Russ Pearson, who was first in the 250cc class. Andy Grider, on the factory-backed Honda XR650, rounded out the top five. Honda rider Taber Murphy won the Four-Stroke class in eighth overall, while Joey Lanza, KTM-mounted, took first place in the 125cc class in 18th overall.

Davis still leads the points race with 135 points, followed by Russ Pearson with 105. Brown is currently third just two points behind Pearson.

Defending champ Destry Abbott did not race but was instead home in Arizona recuperating from knee surgery.

The National Hare & Hound Series now takes its summer break, with the next round taking place on September 15 in Idaho, and then two more races in California.

By Doug Karcher