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Cycle News 2015 Issue 25 June 23

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IN THE WIND P32 GRAFFUNDER TOPS FUNKY CHICKEN HS A fter his runner-up finish at the previous round, SRT KTM's Cory Graffunder knew he'd succeeded in limiting dam- age to his championship hopes in the Kenda/SRT AMA West Hare Scrambles Championship Series. So with the Emerald Trail Riders Association's 16th Mo- toSport Funky Chicken Hare Scrambles, in Elkton, Oregon, June 21, serving as round six and the final "woods" race, he knew it would be his last chance to capitalize on his strength as a technical rider and pad his series points lead over Purvines Racing Beta's Nick Burson. Graffunder said, "I knew I had to make as much of it as I could [here]. The last two are going to fall into Burson's favor, for sure." So, after about a fourth- place start aboard his 509/TBT Racing/O'Neal Racing-backed 300 XC, he made a few quick moves to get into the lead, one he never relinquished. "I knew that I was going to be fast here," Graffunder said. "There's probably a few other guys that could run a similar pace to me, but with the dust, it's like, 'Good luck trying to get through that behind me!' " Conversely, Burson was the one hoping for a damage-control day, confessing, "Me and trees don't get along." Indeed, after finishing eighth in the Pro division, his Motul/ Precision Concepts/Klim 430 RR looked like it had seen better days, with its front fender miss- Cory Graffunder (118) worked his way front and on to win Funky Chicken National Scrambles Oregon.

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