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Motocross: Frenchman Marvin Musquin beats Californians to finish line

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Baggett enjoys home field advantage in annual Glen Helen motocross event

SAN BERNARDINO >> For serious motocross riders — professionals and amateurs — there’s nothing like Glen Helen Regional Park. Not only is it considered among the most competitive venues in the world, it annually host 15,000 f...

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