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Races occur throughout Liberty City in The Lost and Damned. The starting line is indicated by a red and white motorcycle helmet icon on the map. Unlike, in the original version of GTA IV, races in TLAD are limited to motorcycles instead of cars. Races are named after the area they take place in most of the time. Each race has a highlighted route on the GPS and consists of multiple laps. Just as in Brucie's Races in GTA IV, the race must be completed by driving through each checkpoint in the race. The number of laps in each race depends on the length of the path given from start to finish in the race, where smaller distances usually lead to more laps in a race. The player must race alongside either Terry or Clay in a race alongside four other racers driving different motorbikes. The race can only be won by coming in first place at the end of the final lap. There are a total of 12 different races in Liberty City which can be replayed once all races are complete.
Whilst racing the player has a bat which can be used to knock other racers off their bike. Pressing "X" or "Square" will make Johnny Klebitz hit left and "B" or "Circle" will make him hit right (standard controls). The longer the player holds the button the more powerful the hit is. Hitting the button quickly will take several hits to knock a racer off their bike, but holding it for the maximum time will knock them off first hit. The other racers can hit back, taking the player off course. Knocking 69 racers off their bikes wins the player the "Get Good Wood" achievement. Unlike the races in GTA IV, traffic is reduced or completely disabled for races in TLAD, allowing the player to focus on the course and other races.
Winning your first race will net the player $500, with each additional race won increasing the pot by $250, up to a maximum of $3,250 per race. Once all races are complete, the races can be replayed and one race will appear on the map closest to the player's last position after an activity or mission. The reward for coming in first in all twelve races is a Hakuchou at your safehouses. Most of the racers in the bike races are female in almost all races and is easily noticed when they are knocked off of their bikes. Completing all races is required to achieve 100% completion in The Lost and Damned.
Malc's second encounter involves a race in the same manner as these.