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Ep. #10 Broken Hearts and Busted Chains

By Brett Smith

It’s rare when the loser gets the magazine cover, steals the spotlight and becomes a legend. Ryan Hughes did all three on a hot summer day when he lost the 125cc AMA Pro Motocross championship to Steve Lamson. But he didn’t win over the crowd because he finished second overall. It was because he kept going at the exact moment most would find no reason to.

“Broken Hearts and Busted Chains” is the story of September 3, 1995 and why Ryan Hughes decided to push. It’s the story about why Wyatt Seals wanted to borrow a chain. It’s about why Chris Hultner decided to break from Steve Lamson’s championship and shoot what became one of the most iconic photographs in motocross history.

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