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Cycle News 2015 Issue 17 April 28

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IN THE WIND P42 SUTHERLIN SCORES AT VIRGIN VOYAGE R eigning WORCS Champion Gary Sutherlin may not be 100-percent healthy, but that didn't stop him from taking the win at the 28 th Annual Virgin Voyage, hosted by the Vikings Motorcycle Club, the fourth round of the Kenda/SRT AMA Hare & Hound National Champi- onship Series. "I'm probably 90 percent right now; my wrist is still pretty sore," Sutherlin said. "I don't mean that in a bad way—I'm definitely hurt- ing—but I just rode a smart race today." Consisting of three loops (40, 28 and 32 miles long) around the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area and based near The Rockpile, the Virgin Voyage closed out the first half of the series in much the same way as it started: Sutherlin on top of the podium flanked by defending series champ Ricky Brabec and FMF KTM Factory Off-road Rac- ing Team's Ivan Ramirez. Round four, however, found Ramirez in the runner-up spot with THR Mo- torsports/Precision Concepts/ Bonanza Plumbing's Brabec third, unofficially moving the KTM racer into joint possession of the points lead at 101 each. However, it was Skyler Howes who rocketed off the start aboard his Blais Racing Services KTM 300 XC, enjoy- ing a few miles of a helicopter carrying a videographer as his closest companion. Before too long, Sutherlin went to the front on his Dunlop/ Motorex/Fox-backed 450 XC-F, though he was unable to hold off the charging Brabec, who sprinted away. PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK KARIYA

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