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Cycle News 2015 Issue 22 June 2

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ready to break Smith's record Sacramento winning streak. It ultimately didn't happen though. Smith found a way to preserve the tires on his Kawasaki and pull out a perfect home-stretch draft pass on Triumph's Brandon Rob- inson to score his fifth-consecu- tive victory at the historic venue. And you can't put this one all to Smith's factory-backed Crosley Radio/Howerton Motor- sports Kawasaki. Yes, Smith's bike was strong as usual, but the other bikes in the lead pack looked equally as fast. Tonight it was the vast experience and racing savvy of Smith on the VOL. 52 ISSUE 22 JUNE 2, 2015 P101 Briefly... Three-time World Superbike Cham- pion Troy Bayliss crashed his Lloyd Brothers Ducati in turn three during his semi. Bayliss hit the air fence hard and according to his own re- ports, snagged his boot and twisted his leg when he hit the air fence and broke his right ankle. Bayliss was flying back to Australia to have sur- gery on the ankle. No word yet on if Bayliss will return to race flat track in America. Bryan Smith won his second race of the season, his fifth at Sacramento and his 19th-career AMA Pro Grand National victory. Those 19 wins move him past Jake Johnson and into a tie with Carroll Resweber, Gary Nixon, Gary Scott and Rich King for 15th on the all-time wins list. Smith is now either the third or fourth-ranked wins leader among active riders, depend- ing on how you classify Joe Kopp. Only Kenny Coolbeth (34 wins), Henry Wiles (26 wins) and the semi- retired Kopp (21 wins) now have more than Smith. The Sacramento Mile had a very good crowd this year, considerably larger than 2014, in spite of a date change from July to May, which of- ten leads to a dip in attendance. Motorcycle Hall of Famer Jim Rice was the Grand Marshal of this year's Sacramento Mile. Rice led a lap of the mile charity ride and signed auto- graphs for much of the day. It's been almost 45 years, but people still talk to Rice about his spectacular crash after a heat race in 1970 that was captured in the seminal racing docu- mentary "On Any Sunday." It's a ma- jor part of the storied history of the Sacramento Mile. continued on next page STREAK ALIVE AT FIVE FIFTH CONSECUTIVE SACRAMENTO MILE

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