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Cycle News 2015 Issue 23 June 9

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IN THE WIND P46 ALL SUTHERLIN AT SNOWVILLE W hile the record books will show FMF KTM support rider Gary Sutherlin dominated round six of the Kenda/SRT AMA Hare & Hound National Champi- onship Series, simple statistics don't tell the entire story. Equally as important in the big picture was the DNF by defending series champ Ricky Brabec. While vying for the lead in the early miles of the X-12 Virgin Ground Hare & Hound, he crashed hard, suffering a broken foot, broken hand, broken col- larbone and broken neck (C4). The broken vertebra apparently didn't affect his spinal cord, though, and the THR Motor- sports/Precision Concepts/ Bonanza Plumbing racer was released from the hospital later that night. The first race to be held us- ing Darin Peterson's ranch as a base lived up to its name, but the lack of whoops didn't mean it was smooth sailing for anyone. Despite a big storm the day before, dust played a significant role, at least for the first hour or so. FMF KTM Factory Off-road Racing's Ivan Ramirez enjoyed clean air for a while after nab- bing the holeshot, but he didn't feel comfortable with the rocks hiding in the brush, especially after getting passed and having to deal with riding in the dust. "I just wanted to keep it on two wheels and not risk any- thing," he admitted. On the other hand, Sutherlin felt a bit more urgency after crashing out of round two and missing round three as a result, putting him far back in points. "I had a really bad start—I think I was out of the top 10 right at the end [of the bomb], but luckily I kind of hairballed For the third time this season, Gary Sutherlin finished first, but after scoring no points in two races due to injury, he's not in realistic championship contention.

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