2019 NHHA RD. 2 Kalgary, Texas.
GNARLY ROUTES RACING RD.2 OF THE NATIONAL HARE & HOUND SERIES
NHHA RD. 2 - KALGARY, TEXAS - 2.24.19 BIKE: KTM 250 SX
RIDER: COLE KIRKPATRICK
RESULT: 3rd OVERALL, 1st 250 PRO
Kalgary, Texas - The second round of the National Hare and Hound series took place near Kalgary, Texas and Gnarly Routes rider, Cole Kirkpatrick attended the event looking for redemtion after running out of fuel last year while battling for a podium position. Kirkpatrick battled with Kendall Norman off the start on the bomb run for the holeshot but was edged out by Norman and ran second early on before fading back to seventh on the high speed first loop. Kirkpatrick would mount a charge on the second loop and work his way up to fourth place, passing Dalton Shirey, Chance Fullerton, and Ricky Brabec on loop 2 before a brief wrong turn would give Fullerton fourth place just before loop 3.
Kirkpatrick would run down Fullerton about ten miles into the third loop and finally made a pass on Kendall Norman to take over third position twelve miles from the finish. Kirkpatrick would finish the day 3rd overall and 1st in 250 pro, his first national event podium since 2008!
Kirkpatrick: “The National Hare and Hound series typically is way too high speed for my liking but I knew that the venue in Texas would be much different than their usual races. I focused on getting a good start and riding safe on the really high speed first loop and then making up time in the tighter and more technical second and third loops. I was getting muscle cramps halfway through the second loop but I kept catching guys and it motivated me to keep digging deep and making passes! This is the longest day race that I’ve ever done, 92 miles and three and a half hours of racing.” Photos: Mark Kariya ***contact Mark Kariya for additional use***
1st: Jacob Argubright
2nd: Joe Wasson
3rd: Cole Kirkpatrick
4th: Kendall Norman
5th: Chance Fullerton
6th: Nick Burson
7th: Ricky Brabec
8th: Clayton Gerstner
9th: Ryan Grantom
10th: Zane Roberts