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Cycle News Issue 45 November 14, 2017

Cycle News is a weekly magazine that covers all aspects of motorcycling including Supercross, Motocross and MotoGP as well as new motorcycles

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IN THE WIND P28 ROBERT CLOSES IT OUT WITH CHECK CHASE WIN B ut for two missed races due to injury, Taylor Robert might have been the 2017 Kenda/SRT AMA Hare & Hound National Champion. Since the FMF KTM Factory Off-road Racing Team desert star did indeed miss two of the early rounds, however, he had no realistic chance of wresting the champi- onship from Purvines DA8 Racing Yamaha rider Gary Sutherlin, who managed to ride through his injuries and clinched the title last month at round eight. So, Robert set his sights on other goals: pulling himself up as high as he could in points and winning more races than anyone else. He accomplished both by taking the Checkers Motorcycle Club's 67th Annual Check Chase at the Stoddard Valley Off- Highway Vehicle Area—the ninth and final race of the season—over Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Off-road Team's Jacob Argubright and Sutherlin. His fourth triumph of the series cemented him at sec- ond in points behind Sutherlin, 215-184. Though relatively short with a 32-mile first loop and 37-mile second loop, they were indeed "Checker miles" with much of the course comprised of technical, virgin trail, but what it lacked in whoops, it made up for in Stoddard's endless supply of loose, sharp rocks and silt. Aided by a great start aboard his Red Bull/Motorex/Troy Lee Designs-sponsored 450 XC-F, Robert essentially led from start to finish. "I was just a little more patient than I was

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