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Cycle News 2016 Issue 02 January 19

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IN THE WIND P32 RAMIREZ REIGNS AT MUDDY WHS OPENER T he Kenda/SRT AMA West Hare Scrambles Champion- ship Series got off to a muddy start at the 38th Annual Prairie City Grand Prix hosted by the Polka Dots Motorcycle Club at the Prairie City SVRA. And you know what mud means! Throw away the form charts because anything can happen when the heavens open up, and that's exactly what hap- pened. SRT KTM's Cory Graffunder provided a masterful demonstra- tion of mud-riding technique aboard his 300 XC as he inched slowly away from the competi- tion. But as the white flag came out after more than two hours, his lead had shrunk to just 11 seconds with FMF KTM Factory Off-road Racing Team's Ivan Ramirez now holding second on his Red Bull 450 XC-F. Later on that lap, Graffunder was dead in the water with des- ert specialist Ramirez taking his very first series win after getting a poor start when his bike was reluctant to start. "I knew it was going to be a long race," he said. "I talked to [race director] Erek [Kudla] and he said it was going to be about two and a half hours, three hours. I just wanted to pace myself and get loosened up. It's been a long time since I ran in mud. "It's funny because I actu- ally grew up riding in mud back in the day when I was riding national enduros in Mexico. It reminded me a little bit of riding like that. It was fun." Kevin Rookstool had a more consistent day on his Dunlop- backed Suzuki RM-Z450; he reported, "I got a decent start Reigning FMF 250cc Pro champ Joey Fiasconaro pulled the holeshot and slogged through to ninth Pro/AA while Alex Dorsey (164) lost time getting sideways. PHOTOGRAPHY BY CINDI FEARS

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