“I catch the biggest break in the world in the first round,” Arana Jr. said. “We had some issues with the clutch; it was hanging up. That was something I’ve never experienced before. I noticed it a little bit in the burnout, but I didn’t really think anything about it. Then, when I popped the clutch the first round, the lever hung up. I grabbed the handle bar to hold on, but I felt the clutch lever still in my hand, so I shoved it forward.
Arana Sr. left first with a .014-second reaction time, but Hines had gotten around him early in the run.