It was hot, dusty and unforgiving as the racers of the National Hare & Hound shot into the wide open desert at 9am on Sunday morning. Vikings MC hosted their annual Virgin Voyage and the 74-mile course swallowed up riders left and right. FMF/KTM's Kurt Caselli pioneered his way to the checkers leaving the rest of the pack to succomb.
Since 2011, Caselli has won almost every single National Hare & Hound. Unless something completely out of the ordinary takes effect, Caselli will throw another championship plate up in the garage. Off the bomb he was out front with the lead and coming through the checkers nealry 5 minutes ahead of Pearson. Helmet cam on the way.
Purvines Racing Justin Morrow seems to be putting in the extra effort this year to be a serious threat in the top 3 championship. His bomb run was fast enough to sit him behind Caselli, and he stayed there until Pearson made the pass later on the course. Morrow had 3rd place locked up until he took a dirt sample just miles before the finish. Argubright made the pass shortly after. Morrow has been spending some more time riding his Mountain Bike for fitness, but he seems to struggle with finess during the races.
In what was possibly the biggest surprise on the podium, was Jacob Argubright who hasn't had a single National Hare & Hound finish yet in 2012. After battling a collarbone injury from round one and a broken fork in Idaho, Argubright kept it together this round. Coming through the pits from loop 1, he took off onto loop 2 in 5th. He worked past Burson for 4th and took advantage of Morrow's crash, ending the race 3rd overall.
Nick Burson, teammate to both Morrow and Argubright, produced another consistent ride in Lucerne. Coming into the weekend, Burson already had wrecked hands. During the week he had torn his hands up while at cross-fit, so a tight grip at high speed for a long period of time wasn't going to be in the plans. He battled the dust and triumphed to 4th for the entire first loop. When he checked out of the pits to go on to loop 2, Burson sat in 4th, only to be passed by Argubright just miles later. Although he finished top 5, when will we see a breakout, podium ride from Burson?