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Cycle News 2013 Issue 40 October 8

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY GRUMPY VOL. 50 ISSUE 40 OCTOBER 8, 2013 After spending most of 2013 recovering from a broken femur, Gordon Ward was back in action at the Ridgecrest Big 6 GP. day morning's Vet class ahead of JCR Honda's Timmy Weigand, who admitted he was using the race as "practice" for that afternoon's West Coast Grand Prix. Weigand's method paid off, as he went on to take a hard-fought win in the hour and a half West Coast GP (which was more like two hours). He bested hometown racer Ryan Abbatoye and third-place finisher Justin Seeds to cash in on the $2000 purse. On Sunday it was again Gordon Ward out front, this time in the Senior class. Ward enjoyed a runaway victory, leaving Paul Krause and David Glass to battle for runner-up honors in the Senior Heavyweight Expert class. American Beta's Nick Burson blasted to the final big win of the weekend by dominating the Heavyweight Expert class on Sunday afternoon. Burson piloted his two-stroke 300RR to a convincing victory ahead of young motocross phenom Trevor Stewart and 3 Brothers KTM-backed Nick Stover. Husqvarna's Jamie Lanza finished fourth overall, continuing his win streak in the Lightweight II (125cc) division. Jean Turner BYRNE, LOWES BATTLE AGAIN H eading into the second to last race weekend of the British Superbike Championship at Silverstone, Shane Byrne led his series rival Alex Lowes by one point. After leaving Silverstone, Byrne still leads Lowes by a single point. Although there was no shift in the championship picture, fans were again treated to a fierce battle between the pair with the first race going to Lowes by .094 of a second and the second race going to Byrne in a photo finish of .012 of a second. For Byrne, it was his first victory since Oulton Park in August and he was able to fight for it despite being beat up from a free practice highside before qualify- ing. "A great race like that is what we love," Byrne said about the photo-finish victory. "I wasn't disappointed after the first race, but to reverse it on the last corner like that was just fantastic, especially after the weekend we have had." Lowes concurred and is looking forward to the final showdown for the championship in a few weeks at Brands Hatch. "It was a close race and we missed out by so little at the end," Lowes said. "Brands Hatch is another story and we will see who wins the title there and if we have more races like today it is going to be awesome." P35 Rounding out the podium in both races was Josh Water's replacement on the Milwaukee Yamaha, Tommy Bridewell. Bridewell's teammate James Ellison, who is third in the title chase, fought valiantly from a poor sixth row grid spot – a result of a qualifying crash – to finish fifth and fourth in the two races, respectively. American PJ Jacobsen took his podium momentum from Assen to get his first front row qualifying effort in third. Jacobsen was picked off by Bridewell in race one and finished fourth. In race two he battled with his teammate Josh Brookes before settling for sixth.

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