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Cycle News 2016 Issue 25 June 28

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IN THE WIND P18 BRABEC BOUNCES BACK A fter losing round three of the Kenda/SRT AMA Hare & Hound National Champion- ship Series to a large error when he lost the course, Johnny Campbell Racing (JCR) Honda's Ricky Brabec vowed to mini- mize mistakes at round four, the Gas It Off-road Racing Series' Rattlesnake 100, Presented by Team R&S Racing, at the Fun Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area just outside of town of Espanola, New Mexico, June 26. After battling with holeshot winner Jacob Argubright in the early part of the race, Brabec seized control and rode away from the field for his second triumph of the season, extend- ing his series points lead to 33 over the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Off- road Team ace, 110-77. Crashing and wrenching his knee slowed Argubright to an eventual third for the day, with Purvines Rac- ing Beta's Nick Burson happily powering by for second place, his first finish after two consecu- tive DNFs. Off the start, Brabec tucked in behind Argubright and Bur- son as they headed out for the first of four laps around the 25-mile loop, one of several big differences between this and "normal" hare and hound races where the same ground is rarely covered twice due to using longer loops. But since this event came as a last-minute replacement for the race origi- nally scheduled for June 11 in Utah that got cancelled, some concessions had to be made in order to abide by local BLM regulations. Despite being able to pre-run the loop on Saturday (another big change from the norm), Bra- bec insisted that the pace was milder than expected on the first time around. "It was basically a trail ride," he said. "Jake was blowing a lot of corners on the first lap—lead- ing a National's not easy so he made a few mistakes. Me and him were going back and forth; it was cool." But Brabec squeaked by to lead officially at the end of the first lap, though having to pit forced him to hand the lead back to Argubright, who was able to eke out 50 miles per tank on his FC 450. Brabec got the lead for good Ricky Brabec wanted avoid making any big mistakes and get on top of the podium, which he did convincingly.

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