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Cycle News 2015 Issue 26 June30

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VOL. 52 ISSUE 26 JUNE 30, 2015 P125 Briefly... Brad Baker became the fourth win- ner in five races so far in 2015. He joins Stevie Bonsey, Kenny Cool- beth, Jr. and Bryan Smith as GNC1 winners after five rounds. Brad Bak- er's Lima win was his first of 2015 and his fourth-career AMA Pro Grand National victory. The fifth-year expert from Eatonville, Washington, scored his last national victory at the Calis- toga (California) Half-Mile last Sep- tember. All four of Baker's wins so far have come on half-miles. This was his first victory at Lima. There were six different brands of motorcycles in this year's Lima Grand National. Harley-Davidson led the way with eight riders, five rode Kawasaki, Tri- umph and Kawasaki had two each in the main and there was also a Ducati and Yamaha in the 25-lap national. Dominic Colindres put the Babe DeMay/Memphis Shades Yamaha FZ07 into a main for the first time this season. It marks the first time a Yamaha FZ07-based machine has qualified for an AMA Pro Grand Na- tional and is thought to be the first time a Yamaha made a GNC Twins event since 2008 when Kevin Var- nes raced a DeMay Yamaha to 13th at the Labor Day Springfield Mile. Sammy Halbert elected to run a Briggs Auto Harley-Davidson XR750 at Lima instead of a Kawa- saki EX650-based machine he ran at the Sacramento Mile. "I'm just a little more familiar with the Harley on these cushion tracks," Halbert said. The decision paid off for the two-time Lima winner. He finished second, this after a pretty hard crash in the Dash for Cash that caused him to go to a backup bike. Halbert made an amazing charge from last to first Brad Baker won his first race of 2015 in dominant fashion. continued on next page STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY LARRY LAWRENCE B rad Baker was a master. The rough and dusty Lima Half- Mile had some of the bravest riders on the planet battling to keep their throttle hands twisted. In spite of the best ef- forts of Mother Nature and track preparers, the pea-gravel, loamy clay surface of the Allen County Fairgrounds half-mile oval got dry, turning the track into a dust bowl. Several riders described visibility as the worst they'd ever experienced. So imagine if you

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