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Cycle News Issue 32 August 15, 2017

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IN THE WIND P48 THREE STRAIGHT FOR ROBERT T aylor Robert returned to the scene of his very first win in the Kenda/SRT AMA Hare & Hound National Championship Series, in Caliente, Nevada, August 13, and scored his third consecutive triumph in this year's series. Doing so moves him tantaliz- ingly close to reigning series champion Ricky Brabec in series points after seven of nine rounds, which now reads 131 for the Johnny Campbell Racing (JCR) Honda rider to 129 for Robert. But they're still more than 30 points behind Purvines DA8 Racing Yamaha's Gary Sutherlin, who took third at the Muley Run, hosted by the Silver State Trail Blazers Motor- cycle Club, behind Robert and Purvines DA8 teammate Axel Pearson. Robert missed two rounds recovering from injuries suffered at the King of the Motos earlier this year. "After I started feeling better and getting back in my groove, I knew that I could keep it going," the Red Bull/Motorex/ Troy Lee Designs 450 XC-F rider said. As for the Muley Run, Robert, "Going into that first hill [off the start], I wasn't in that great a po- sition; I think I was maybe eighth or something. But a bunch of people made mistakes at the bottom of the hill. By the time I got to the top, I was in second. It was pretty dusty so I was like, 'I'll just kind of stay here until I get to an opportunity where I can really make a pass.' That's really exactly what I did. I just stayed calm and didn't take any risks because I didn't need to." Pearson and his John Burr Cycles/DP Brakes/Thor YZ450FX led Robert for most of the 33-mile first loop, ceding the top spot about five miles before the pits at the Caliente Motors- ports Park. After the more technical 44-mile second loop, Pearson ended up 31 seconds behind Robert's time of two hours, six minutes and 10 seconds follow- After following Axel Pearson for almost 30 miles, Taylor Robert saw the opening he was waiting for, passed for the lead and held it to the finish for his third straight win.

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