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Top Jimmy breaks out of hospital

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Caption -  "Dude.... KTM soooo sucks we don't care what color" 

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Coming back soon to STOMP SOME ASS

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Dungey wins tonight, Tomac finishes off the podium. Seals the championship.

 

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1 minute ago, Flosi77 said:

Dungey wins tonight, Tomac finishes off the podium. Seals the championship.

 

BOOOOO !!!!    

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Dakota Alix's new gig for rest of season

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