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Cycle News 2016 Issue 42 October 25

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BRABEC WRAPS UP HARE AND HOUND TITLE T hough he basically needed to finish only eighth or bet- ter to wrap up the title, Johnny Campbell Racing (JCR) Honda's Ricky Brabec treated the final round of the Kenda/SRT AMA Hare and Hound National Cham- pionship Series like any other race. "I didn't have to win, but when you sign up to race, you want to win," he said. And despite a far-from-ideal start, the Lucas Oil/Dunlop/ Fly Racing CRF450X-mounted racer stormed back to do just that and win the Dusty Buckaroo National Hare & Hound, hosted by the 100s Motorcycle Club, at the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area, October 23. It marked his fourth triumph this season and made him one of only three riders to win the championship—his second, coming after his initial one in 2014—on different brands of motorcycles. (Dan Smith won on Husqvarnas and KTMs, and Russell Pearson won on Yama- has and KTMs.) Rockstar Energy Factory Racing Off-Road Team's Jacob Argubright was Brabec's chief rival, 17 points behind going into the seventh and final race of the season, so he basically needed a win or nothing. "I just tried to keep [the points situation] out of my mind. I can only control how I do. I can't control how Ricky's going to do or anything else," he said. "I was a little slow off the start and I picked it up and I really ham- mered down the second and third loops and made up a lot of time." IN THE WIND P32 Though he didn't need to win the race to win the championship, Ricky Brabec rode as if he had to win. PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK KARIYA

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