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During a summer motocross camp at Club MX, (Credit: Chris Ware)

During a summer motocross camp at Club MX, in Ronkonkoma, JoJo Dashosh looks up to Ben Rio for instruction. (summer 2011)

Motocross forges bond between mentor, student

For Benjamin Rio and JoJo Dashosh, life interrupted by health setbacks and death has created challenges, but motocross has provided a refuge, helping forge a connection so strong that the two often describe themselves as brothers.

During a summer motocross camp at Club MX,
(Credit: Chris Ware)

During a summer motocross camp at Club MX, in Ronkonkoma, JoJo Dashosh looks up to Ben Rio for instruction. (summer 2011)

Ben Rio, of Brentwood, works on his motocross
(Credit: Chris Ware)

Ben Rio, of Brentwood, works on his motocross skills for racing at their family track, Club MX, in Ronkonkoma. (Jan. 7, 2012)

During a summer motocross camp at Club MX,
(Credit: Chris Ware)

During a summer motocross camp at Club MX, in Ronkonkoma, JoJo Dashosh, 13, left, looks up to Ben Rio, center, for instruction. (summer 2011)

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During a summer motocross camp at Club MX,
(Credit: Chris Ware)

During a summer motocross camp at Club MX, in Ronkonkoma, JoJo Dashosh, 13, looks up to Ben Rio for instruction. (summer 2011)

During a summer motocross camp at Club MX,
(Credit: Photo by Chris Ware)

During a summer motocross camp at Club MX, in Ronkonkoma, JoJo Dashosh, 13, looks up to Ben Rio for instruction.

During a summer motocross camp at Club MX,
(Credit: Chris Ware)

During a summer motocross camp at Club MX, in Ronkonkoma, JoJo Dashosh looks up to Ben Rio for instruction. (summer 2011)

Ben Rio, of Brentwood, works on his motocross
(Credit: Chris Ware)

Ben Rio, of Brentwood, works on his motocross skills for racing at their family track, Club MX, in Ronkonkoma. (Jan. 7, 2012)

Ben Rio, of Brentwood, works on his motocross
(Credit: Chris Ware)

Ben Rio, of Brentwood, works on his motocross skills for racing at their family track, Club MX, in Ronkonkoma. (Jan. 7, 2012)

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During a summer motocross camp at Club MX,
(Credit: Chris Ware)

During a summer motocross camp at Club MX, in Ronkonkoma, Ben Rio watches his student JoJo Dashosh. (summer 2011)

Ben Rio, of Brentwood, heads back after working
(Credit: Chris Ware)

Ben Rio, of Brentwood, heads back after working on his motocross skills for racing at their family track, Club MX, in Ronkonkoma. (summer 2011)

JoJo Dashosh, 13, of Oceanside, attends a summer
(Credit: Chris Ware)

JoJo Dashosh, 13, of Oceanside, attends a summer motocross camp at Club MX, in Ronkonkoma. (summer 2011)

JoJo Dashosh, 13, of Oceanside, attends a summer
(Credit: Chris Ware)

JoJo Dashosh, 13, of Oceanside, attends a summer motocross camp at Club MX, in Ronkonkoma. (summer 2011)

JoJo Dashosh, 13, of Oceanside, attends a summer
(Credit: Chris Ware)

JoJo Dashosh, 13, of Oceanside, attends a summer motocross camp at Club MX, in Ronkonkoma. (summer 2011)

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Ben Rio, of Brentwood, works on his motocross
(Credit: Chris Ware)

Ben Rio, of Brentwood, works on his motocross skills for racing at their family track, Club MX, in Ronkonkoma. (summer 2011)

During a summer motocross camp at Club MX,
(Credit: Chris Ware)

During a summer motocross camp at Club MX, in Ronkonkoma, JoJo Dashosh looks up to Ben Rio for instruction. (summer 2011)

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