Jacob Argubright experienced his first-ever National Hare and Hound win this past weekend in Jericho, Utah at the Sageriders annual event. A monumental time in his career, we sat down with Argubright to talk about his big win, his Endurocross weekend and what's next for the Team Green Monster Energy Kawasaki rider.
This win has been a long time coming, how did it feel crossing the checkers for the first time ever for the win?
I couldn't believe it. When I came into the finish I didn't even take the time to think about where I was I, was ready to keep going! I went straight back to the truck and then it hit me and started to settle in. The feeling is addicting!
The course was extremely sandy, with a few unmarked danger sections. Did you come across any problems during your race?
i loved the sand! the drop off's weren't marked but I didn't let it affect me, i just held on. i got into a groove and was trying to jump everything and stayed on top of the sand. I felt like a European MX rider through the sand (laughs).
Justin Morrow finished fairly close to you, did you realize how close he was during the race?
Not for a while! He rode really well, when I was out on the 2nd loop, I pushed to get some space and then put it into cruise mode. I looked back with about 10-miles to go and he was rght in my dust, I was shocked and I made my last push to the finish.
Last year when you led the National for the first time in Idaho last year, you said you really felt the pressure being in first. When you passed Kurt after his crash, did you find yourself overwhelmed again?
Yeah definitely still felt the pressure. I still had 60+ miles to go and I knew other people would see Kurt down and push to get that top spot. I was nervous the first couple miles, then I calmed down and just rode it like any other race.
The day before you raced the National, you spent an entire day at Endurocross in Las Vegas. How did you do there?
Terrible! i didnt' have any luck on my side. I rode pretty decent it just wasn't in the cards. I didn't make the LCQ and now I have to do the day qualifier in Sacramento!
When's the last time you had to race in the day qualifiers?
Not since 2010!
Are you ready for the National in just another week?
Yes! I've been training hard and I know how to win and what it takes.
Who would you like to thank?
Too many people to thank, all my sponsors, Monster Energy Team Green Kawasaki, Purvines Racing, Mom, Dad, Megan Blackburn, My mechanics Ed and Adrian, Ryan Sanders, Jerry Jones, Donnie, Vurboffroad for this interview, 100's MC and everyone from D37.