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Cycle News 2013 Issue 18 May 7

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P32 IN THE WIND F or the second year in a row, Ryan Abrigo was the big winner at the 10th annual GEICO AMA MiniMotoSX held inside the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. Abrigo won the 12-Inch Expert and World Final main event and took a third in the 10-Inch Expert class. In total, there were nearly 300 entries in 15 classes of competition and a large crowd witnessed a lot of exciting racing. Braaap-backed Michael Blose won the first of the three Expert finals by taking the 10-Inch Expert class. He had a great battle with CHP's Willy Browning and BBR's Abrigo. Abrigo came out swinging in the 12-Inch Expert class and dominated on his new Honda CRF replica BBR mini. Mike Valade again made the long trip from France and earned second position ahead of Italy's Fancisco Levi. The 12 Inch Amateur class was won by Zach Martino but the crowd was cheering on Sik, who had just won the Women's final in the race immediately before. Drake Williams took third. In the Vet 35+ class, it was SSR-mounted Jeff Willow winning for the second year in a row. The former top Supercross and Arenacross racer dominated the class and also competed in the Expert classes. The final race of the evening takes all of the podium finishers from the Expert, Youth and Women's classes as well as the top International riders for the World Final. Abrigo and Blose had an amazing back and forth battle for the top spot that went all the way PHOTOGRAPHY BY DREW RUIZ ABRIGO TOPS MINIMOTO SX For the second year in a row Ryan Abrigo won the MiniMoto SX in Las Vegas. to the last lap with Abrigo taking a narrow victory despite losing his brakes and blowing a few turns. Valade rounded out the podium. K awasaki Racing Team's Gautier Paulin took the overall win in the MX1 class for the second straight time at the Grand Prix of Portugal in Agueda, May 5. And Red Bull KTM Factory Racing's Jeffrey Herlings kept his unbeaten record going with another 1-1 performance in the MX2 class. Paulin and MX1 points leader Antonio Cairoli battled in both motos. Paulin passed the KTM rider in the first moto and was fighting him off on the last lap continued on page 34 Gautier Paulin captured his second Motocross Grand Prix in a row in Portugal. PHOTOGRAPHY BY RAY ARCHER PAULIN AGAIN, HERLINGS STILL PERFECT

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