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Cycle News 2021 Issue 22 June 2

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Michael Clinches Sprint Enduro Championship A mPro Yamaha's Layne Michael claimed his third win in a row in the Kenda U.S. Sprint Enduro Series victory with a dominating performance at this weekend's Hidden Valley Golf Course Sprint Enduro, round five of the series in Glen Daniel, West Virginia. By doing so, he clinched the Pro Championship with one round remaining on the schedule. Rain off and on all weekend made for a very slippery course, but Michael was unfazed, win- ning nine of the 12 tests (all six on Saturday and three of the six on Sunday) to outdistance runner- up Thad Duvall (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) by 49 seconds over the course of the two-day event. "To win the championship is pretty cool," said Michael. "I've been chasing a professional championship for a while now, so this is a steppingstone. I've been close. Last year I was close with Kailub [Russell], I just struggled in the beginning of the season and wasn't there, but at the end I was battling for wins. I knew coming into this year this was definitely one I was wanting to wrap up. To get it done a round early is pretty cool." After an extended time off the bike due to injury, Duvall has been riding himself back into form during the last few weeks and looked especially good on Sunday, where he won two of the enduro tests. "I rode much better this week- end, especially today; I felt like I kept Layne pretty honest today," said Duvall. "Yesterday he was hammering us in the cross test. I feel like I'm getting more comfort- able riding that edge that it takes to win these things. I just kind of found some lines this morn- ing and went with them and they IN THE WIND P28 AmPro Yamaha's Layne Michael clinched the 2021 U.S. Sprint Enduro Championship at the the Hidden Valley Golf Course round with another win. PHOTOS: SHAN MOORE

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