MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI captures two podium positions at AMA National Hare and Hound
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Destry Abbott captured second overall during the extremely dusty sixth round of the AMA National Hare and Hound Series in Jericho, Utah. Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green rider Josh Morros earned his first national overall podium, finishing third amongst the best off-road riders in the world.
Coming off a win at the previous round, Abbott looked to keep his championship hopes alive with a win in Jericho. After an exceptionally fast start, he had the lead but was passed during a high-speed sand dunes section on the first loop. The dusty conditions came into play and forced Abbott to finish out the day in second, just 10 seconds behind the leader.
“I knew the start was going to be crucial during this race,” said Abbott. “I got off after the first kick (start) and tried to keep it up in the sandy conditions. I felt really good and my KX™-450F was running great. The dust ended up becoming a factor.”
He added, “After a season of bad luck, I look forward to going after my fifth championship next year.”
Morros rode an extraordinary race, finishing third overall aboard his Kawasaki KX™-250F. He rode in the dust of Abbott for a majority of the race, coming across the finish with a gap of only 38 seconds. At 15-years-old, he is the youngest Team Green™ rider to finish on the overall podium. To top off his great finish, Morros also clinched the 250F A class championship.
“It still hasn’t hit me,” said Morros about his podium finish. “I do know its going to give me a lot more motivation to get up there each time.”
The final round of the AMA National Hare and Hound series takes place in Lucerne, Calif., on October 28.
AMA National Hare & Hound
AMA National Hare & Hound Overall Results
1. David Pearson, Las Vegas, Nev., KTM
2. DESTRY ABBOTT, PEORIA, ARIZ., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI
3. JOSH MORROS, SPARKS, NEV., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI TEAM GREEN
4. Russell Pearson, Henderson, Nev., Yamaha
5. Kendall Norman, Santa Barbara, Calif., Honda
6. Quinn Cody, Los Olivos, Calif., Honda
7. David Kamo, New Plymouth, Idaho, KTM
8. BRIAN BROWN, TRABUCO CANYON, CALIF., KAWASAKI
9. Carl Maassberg, St. George, Utah, Yamaha
10. MATT HENDERSEN, VICTORVILLE, CALIF., KAWASAKI
16. RYAN ABBATOYE, RIDGECREST, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI TEAM GREEN
AMA National Hare & Hound Overall Points Standings
1. David Pearson, Las Vegas, Nev., KTM, 166
2. DESTRY ABBOTT, PEORIA, ARIZ., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 126
3. Quinn Cody, Los Olivos, Calif., Honda, 100
4. Kendall Norman, Santa Barbara, Calif., Honda, 84
5. Russell Pearson, Henderson, Nev., Yamaha, 83
6. David Kamo, New Plymouth, Idaho, KTM, 78
7. JOSH MORROS, SPARKS, NEV., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 76
8. Carl Maassberg, St. George, Utah, Yamaha, 75
9. Matt Gosnell, Las Vegas, Nev., KTM, 70
10. Kellon Walch, Las Vegas, Nev., KTM, 45
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