Husqvarna Race Report: National Hare & Hound

Wet dirt and high winds welcomed racers back to Lucerne Valley for round 5 of the National Hare & Hound Championship where factory Husqvarna’s Jacob Argubright scored his first win of the season. Rain just days before the race finally brought moisture to the parched landscape, just as Argubright’s historic win ended the drought in Husqvarna’s desert racing history.

“I’m really happy to get this win for Husqvarna,” Argubright said. “Desert racing was a big part of Husky’s legacy in the 60s, 70s and 80s. I’m proud to be on a Husky and put them back on the map in the National Hare & Hound Championship!”

Jacob got out to a modest start on his FC 450 and spent the first loop working his way into third place. By the time he reached the pits, the top-three riders were within a bike-length of each other. Argubright left the pits in a close third-place and then put his strategy to work.

“It was crazy windy again,” Argubright explained. “Just like at the last round, some of the course markings were blown down so I knew I needed to focus on the course.”

In the early miles of the second loop, Argubright stayed in a close third. As the course began to get twisty, he made a pass when the second-place rider blew a turn, and did the same to pass his way into the lead.

“I let them make the mistakes for me,” Argubright said. “Actually taking it down a notch helped me win. Form there – about four miles in – I had the lead and never looked back.”