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Cycle News 2016 Issue 34 August 30

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ROBERT RULES NEVADA HARE & HOUND B elieve it or not, lifelong Arizona resident Taylor Robert had never ridden a good ol' American desert race be- fore rolling up to the start line for the Silver State Trailblazers' Purvines Racing Muley Run, round five of the Kenda/SRT AMA Hare & Hound National Championship Series on August 28. But that relative lack of desert racing experience didn't seem to hurt the Red Bull/FMF KTM Factory Off-Road Racing Team ace who has spent most of this year racing for the first time in the FIM Enduro World Cham- pionship, where he sits fourth in the E2 class with one round left. Robert got the holeshot, jumped into the lead by the time he clicked into fourth gear on his Dunlop/Motorex/Troy Lee Designs-backed 450 XC-F and spent the rest of the three-loop race out front, concentrating on following course ribbon. Backing him up with a second-place finish in his first National after losing his spleen earlier in the year was FMF KTM support rider Gary Sutherlin, while Rockstar Energy Husqvar- na Factory Racing Off-Road Team's Jacob Argubright round- ed out the podium. "I'm trying something I've kind of always wanted to do but never really had a good oppor- tunity to," Robert said. "Maybe it's something to look forward to next year. I'm not sure if I'm going to go back to Europe and do those races or not; that's still kind of up in the air." As for the race itself, Robert said, "It was a little difficult [to get used to]. There were actu- ally some pretty fun parts out there, but I'm definitely not used to going that fast. I've done the Baja 500 and 1000, but in those races you know exactly where you're going. Here, you have no idea where you're going so that was a little bit different, but I had IN THE WIND P28 It didn't matter that Taylor Robert had never ridden a hare and hound before, he still won. PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK KARIYA

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