Monster Energy Kawasaki's Destry Abbott Closes in on Championship with Win in Utah2010-04-12 17:04
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Destry Abbott earned his first win of the new decade with a AMA Hare and Hound victory in Jericho, Utah. Abbott crossed the finish line with the crowd cheering as he unknowingly won his first race of the season after the leader missed the course and got lost. With the series crossing its halfway point in Utah, the win brought Abbott within three points of the series leader. Valcom Motorsports Kawasaki rider Gary Sutherlin clawed his way up to fourth after starting outside the top-10, while Kawasaki’s Robert Underwood finished sixth and Kawasaki of Simi Valley rider Jacob Argubright finished eighth aboard their Kawasaki KX™450F motorcycles.
Pushing It To The End
The host club provided challenges for the riders throughout the 105-mile course, giving the riders a chance to go through sand, snow, and flocks of trees. After battling for first most of the race, Abbott found himself in second with 20 miles to go. He couldn’t see the leader anymore, but kept the pace up to the finish. Abbott was surprised by the reception as he crossed the finish line, not knowing he had won.
“I pulled in and everyone was cheering for me, but I had no idea if I had won,” said Abbott. “I couldn’t see Kendall (Norman), but I also didn’t see any tire tracks during the final eight miles either. It was a weird way to win since I never really felt like I won, but I’ll take it. Seems like this is the first time I’ve ever been on this end of the deal.”
Not 100 Percent
Although Abbott rode well aboard his Kawasaki KX450F, he is not 100 percent. Abbott was riding with a torn ligament in his shoulder, which he dislocated last month prior to the Idaho round.
“I felt like I rode really well, considering how my shoulder feels,” said Abbott. “I had to be really careful in some sections, but also felt like I was myself in others. I just don’t want to push it too hard and get even more hurt.”
With five rounds down and four to go, Abbott has closed in on the points leader Kendall Norman. Considering all Abbott has been though this season, he is showing signs of a true champion.
“This season has been a tough one for me physically,” said Abbott. “I was really sick for the first two races and have ridden with a hurt shoulder the last two races. I’m so happy to be in the position I am in with the points, all things considered.”
Back To California
After being out of California the last two rounds, the series returns to Lucerne, Calif. in two weeks for Round 6 before going back to Utah in May.
“I’ve always loved racing out in California and I’m really hoping to bring the momentum from this win to Lucerne,” said Abbott.
AMA National Hare and Hound Series
April 10, 2010
Pro Class Results
1. DESTRY ABBOTT, MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI
2. Kendall Norman, Honda
3. David Kamo, KTM
4. GARY SUTHERLIN, KAWASAKI
5. David Pearson, KTM
6. ROBERT UNDERWOOD, KAWASAKI
7. Morgan Crawford, KTM
8. JACOB ARGUBRIGHT, KAWASAKI
9. Nick Burson, Husqvarna
10. Shawn Strong, KTM
Pro Class Points
1. Kendall Norman, Honda, 119
2. DESTRY ABBOTT, MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 116
3. David Kamo, KTM, 108
4. David Pearson, KTM, 80
5. JACOB ARGUBRIGHT, KAWASAKI, 65
Source: Monster Energy Kawasaki
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