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Cycle News 2015 Issue 18 May 5

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IN THE WIND P36 NATIONAL HARE AND HOUND: SHOWDOWN IN THE SAND AND SAGE S ix days and about 600 miles separated rounds four and five of the Kenda/SRT AMA Hare & Hound National Championship Series. That wasn't much time to get bikes or bodies prepped, but when the checkered flag fell at the end of the Sage Riders National hosted by the Sage Riders Motorcycle Club at the Little Sahara Rec- reation Area, defending series champ Ricky Brabec led the way—even if he didn't realize it for a few minutes. Brabec's victory also broke him out of the tie for the lead in series points with Ivan Ramirez, the second half of the eight- round series now showing THR Motorsports/Precision Concepts/Bonanza Plumbing- backed Brabec in sole posses- sion of first with 131 points while FMF KTM Factory Off-road Rac- ing Team's Ramirez has 126. "The second loop—maybe a quarter way into the [50-mile- long] second loop—I just hit a gnarly wall and I couldn't read the terrain, I couldn't read the turns," Brabec said. "I definitely made every single mistake you can make in a hare and hound race. I thought Ivan [Ramirez] was lead- ing still so I just wanted to finish second and get some points because I wasn't feeling too well. "The last five miles, I was on Struggle Street. I fell like three times and my vision got worse. I came in, I was shaking and I had no idea I'd won." Brabec had a tough race from the start, as his normally quick- PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK KARIYA After another bad start, Ricky Brabec got the lead late in the first loop and held on to win for the second time this season.

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