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Cycle News 2016 Issue 14 April 12

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IN THE WIND P36 BONITA WINS SHASTA DAM GRAND PRIX THRILLER A fter getting the holeshot then dropping into second place behind reigning series champion Cory Graffunder, Justin Bonita capitalized when the SRT KTM racer made a rare mistake on the final lap around the muddy 18-mile course at the Chappie- Shasta Off-Highway Vehicle Area. Instead of Graffunder, it was Bonita pulling off his first win of the season by taking the Red- ding Dirt Riders' Shasta Dam Grand Prix, round four of the Kenda/SRT AMA West Hare Scrambles Regional Champion- ship Series. "It's been a while; it feels good to be back up here [at the top of the box]," Pit Pro Cycles/ IRC Tires/Klim YZ250-mounted Bonita said, his last series tri- umph coming in 2014. "I felt like I had great speed today. [Graffunder] had great speed like always, too, but I just had a little bit more, maybe. I knew eventually I could make a move or he would make a mis- take and it happened; I got lucky and made the move and finished strong. "The whole race was great— we were going back and forth. He's a clean rider [and] we had a clean race. I'm not sure if this is the year, but we're going to keep plugging along." Kenda/Fasst Co./O'Neal Racing 300 XC rider Graffunder said. "I got around him fairly quickly on the first road and he was on my wheel the whole time—he never gave me an inch. "We were going at it, then on the last lap I made a stu- pid mistake: I came around a corner too fast or whatever and kind of high-sided and went off the track—nothing major, just a little tip-over—but when I picked the bike up and tried to go, he had gone by me, but my bike wouldn't move! I looked down and there's this big stick in my front wheel, so by the time I got going again, he was out of sight." With his runner-up finish, Justin Bonita pulled the holeshot with Cory Graffunder (1) right behind him. PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK KARIYA

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