MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI’S ABBOTT AND MORROS GO 1-2 AT HARE AND HOUND

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Destry Abbott earned his first win of the season aboard the Kawasaki KLX™450R at the third round of the AMA National Hare and Hound Series in El Centro, Calif. Team Green™ rider Josh Morros earned his career-best finish of second as Kawasaki captured the top two spots of the podium. The win puts Abbott in the lead for the championship with a 20 point gap over second.

When Abbott came through the finish, he was actually the second bike across. After finding out the leader missed one of the mandatory checkpoints, the win was awarded to the Kawasaki rider.

“At the start, I was third behind Josh (Morros) and David (Pearson),” said Abbott. ” Everything was going good and I was staying close but I went down about 5 miles out. Not a big deal but about 10 miles in, I didn’t see anymore dust. When I went through the checkpoint, they said I was in the lead. About 10 miles further, they said David was leading but never passed me. I knew he missed the checkpoint so I wasn’t really worried and just wanted to stay up.”

Coming off a third-place finish at the last round, Morros continued to show his speed on the Kawasaki KXâ„¢450F. He battled back and forth for the lead and eventually finished the race in second.

“It was an awesome race,” said Morros. “I was right up there battling for the lead and even took the lead a few times. I was having fun riding along with Destry. We were trail riding most of the first loop but once we hit the rocks in the second loop, Destry took off. Overall this race was really fun.”

“I got an awesome start but someone decided to park (watch the race) right in my line,” said Morros. “It kind of slowed me down but I tucked in behind David (Pearson) and stayed with him.”

“After awhile, we realized we were lost. I think there might have been markings from a previous race we started following. I turned around and found the course. At the checkpoint I asked who was in first and they said Destry and I was second. At the next checkpoint, they said David by around five minutes. At that point I had a feeling David missed the checkpoint when we got lost. From there I just tried to ride smart so I could come out with another podium.”

Even though they were competing against each other for the win, Abbott and Morros showed teamwork during the long and windy desert race.

“Josh and I ended up riding about 40-50 miles together. We used each other to pull away from everyone else. It was definitely a team effort to make sure we both stayed on the course.”

Sometimes before the race, the riders like to predict the future.

“Before the race started, Destry and I were telling each other we would go 1-2 and it actually happened,” said Morros.

Round three of the AMA National Hare and Hound Series had been originally scheduled for the middle of March. Weather in the surrounding area forced the event in Wendover, Nev. to be moved to the end of May, making it seven weeks since the last hare and hound race at Ridgecrest, Calif. on February 10.

“The break helped me a little because I hurt my wrist at the Best in the Desert in Laughlin last month,” said Abbott. ”Coming into the race, I hadn’t really ridden for two weeks but I still felt strong enough to win. I know my fitness and speed is there.”

The next AMA National Hare and Hound race will be held in Jericho, Utah next weekend on April 5. Last year, Morros earned his first career AMA National Hare and Hound podium and looks to make it the location of his first win.

“I definitely want to win a race this year,” said Morros. “Last year, I got on the podium in Jericho and I know I can do well there. I think it could be a good place for my first win.”
AMA National Hare and Hound Series
El Centro, Calif.
March 30, 2008
Pro Class Results
1. DESTRY ABBOTT, PEORIA, ARIZ., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI
2. JOSH MORROS, SPARKS, NEV., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI TEAM GREEN
3. David Kamo, New Plymouth, Idaho, KTM
Pro Class Point Standings
1. DESTRY ABBOTT, PEORIA, ARIZ., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 80
2. David Pearson, Panaca, Nev., KTM, 60
3. Davis Kamo, New Plymouth, Idaho, KTM, 60