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Cycle News 2013 Issue 21 May 29

Cycle News is a weekly magazine that covers all aspects of motorcycling including Supercross, Motocross and MotoGP as well as new motorcycles

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FEATURE P96 A DAY WITH TYLA RATTRAY HANGING TOUGH VIEWED BY MANY AS THE "SLEEPER" OF THE 450CC CLASS, TYLA RATTRAY SHOWED UP AT THE HANGTOWN NATIONAL READY, WILLING AND ABLE TO MAKE A RUN AT THE 2013 NATIONAL MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP BY ERIC JOHNSON PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEVE COX AND KIT PALMER A t precisely High Noon on Saturday, May 19, 2013, an American Motorcyclist Association official pulled the lever of an air horn, its compressed air passing through a diaphragm and sending a loud shrill into the air, the piercing sound's wavelengths getting everyone's attention in the Prairie City OHV Park pit area. It was time to go racing. Forty mechanics immediately reached for their motorcycles and pulled them off their respective stands. One of those mechanics was Wayne Lumgair, longtime spanner man for Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki racer Tyla Rattray. Rattray, meanwhile, dressed in his racing gear, was sitting in a chair, looking off into nowhere with a 1000-yard stare. Soon, recently christened AMA Supercross Champion Ryan Villopoto, with his mechanic Mike Williamson on the back of the bike, came riding by Mitch Payton's new Monster Energy/Pro Circuit 18-wheeler that houses the Enzo Ferrari of Motocross' new 450 team. "TYLA!" screamed Villopoto to his friend Rattray, who quickly snapped out of the "zone" he was in, looked up and smirked. The South African then got to his feet, grabbed his helmet and an umbrella to beat back the impossibly bright California sunlight and began walking down towards the starting gate, which when clanked into the soft dirt would launch the 45th Annual Hangtown Motocross Classic – the longest running National in U.S. motocross history. Though he was hoping for better, Tyla Rattray went 9-9 in the 450cc class at the season-opener at Hangtown.

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