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Cycle News 2016 Issue 14 April 12

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IN THE WIND P44 QUINN CODY TOPS SONORA RALLY T he 2016 Sonora Rally put America's best rally and desert riders to the test as they trekked from San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico (just south of Yuma, Arizona) to the Sea of Cortez resort town of Puerto Penasco. Riders took on the massive sand dunes of the Sonora Desert, while also facing the challenge of tricky navigation. After four days, Quinn Cody successfully defended his crown at the Sonora Rally, taking the overall victory ahead of Red Bull KTM's Ivan Ramirez and Ox Motors- ports Honda rider Mark Samuels. The Dakar Challenge is a race within a race at the Sonora Rally, where the top rider earns the chance to compete at the most challenging rally in the world. The Dakar Challenge win went to reign- ing National Hare & Hound Champion Ramirez, who is new to rally racing, and excited at the pros- pect of competing in the Dakar Rally. Baja racing legend Steve Hengeveld also has his eye fixed on Dakar, and was gunning for the Dakar Challenge win in the Sonora Rally. He was in a position to win them both up until the final day of the Rally, where a mechanical failure put an end to his race. CN TOBY PRICE CONQUERS ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE Dakar Rally champion Toby Price is back to his winning ways, this time at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge in the United Arab Emirates, April 2-7, round one of the 2016 FIM Cross Country Rallies World Champi- onship. In his first-ever attempt at the event, Red Bull KTM's Price bested fellow KTM rider Sam Sunderland and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna's Pablo Quin- tanilla for the overall victory. Price piloted his Red Bull KTM to the first stage win of the rally, while Quintanilla answered back with a win on day two. Day three was Helder Rodrigues' time to shine, though the factory Yamaha rider had already thwarted his chances at the overall with a disap- pointing finish on stage two. Pela Renet celebrated his first win on day four, but by the end, there was no stop- ping Price. The competition, the daunting sand dunes and the extreme heat were no match for the Aussie who topped the final day to take the win. "Today was hot in all senses of the word," said Price. "I at- tacked really hard from the start and I managed to win the race and I'm really thrilled with this new success!" Rally racers now have less than 10 days before the start of the next round, the Sealine Cross Country Rally in Qatar. CN Toby Price is off to a good start in the 2016 FIM Cross Country Rallies World Championship. PHOTOGRAPHY BY KIN M./KTM IMAGES

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