Morgantown, N.C. (April 1, 2012)- The American Honda/ JG Off Road team travelled to the third round of the Can-Am GNCC series- The FMF Steele Creek GNCC where they were able to see consistent finishes. The track, which is known for it’s temperamental weather patterns, gave the riders warmer temperatures and sun with a short rainfall on Sunday. But the track remained brutal as ever.
On Sunday, Jimmy Jarrett was back to his old ways in the XC1 Pro Class, improving on the first two disappointing rounds of the season with an 8th place finish in XC1 and 10th overall. Jarrett quickly fired off the line and powered his way to the front pack of riders. The last two laps on the track were the hardest for Jarrett and after spending the day in 7th, settled for 8th for the day. “The last two laps were survival until the end,” Jarrett said. “All in all it was a good day. The bike was working great and I felt a lot better on it. It’s a step in the right direction.”
Nate Kanney was unable to build on last week’s strong showing, and succumbed early on to a case of arm pump. “I got a really good start and felt like I rode well for almost a lap before I got some pretty bad arm pump,” Kanney said. “Working and not training as much has been affecting me. By the time I was able to shake off the arm pump I couldn’t recover to work my way back up. Once I’m able to start training more I’ll be able to have a strong race. I am excited with how quickly my bike started up. I’m just trying to find a way to be better prepared.”
XC2 rider Scott Grills was able to finally start his comeback tour at the Carolina race. The Ohio native readily admits the first two rounds aren’t his favorite and showed that’s he’s getting back on solid ground in North Carolina. After a 15th place start, Grills worked his way up steadily and slowly in the first hour of the race until he was able to move into fifth for the finish in XC2 and 14th overall.
“By the last lap I just got up into the top 5 and it worked out well for me,” he said. “I can’t say why or what the whole reasoning to why I do better at the Carolina races, but after today I’ll just get better and better. The bike worked really well today. After Georgia I had more time to work with the bike and I think I’ve got everything figured out. I didn’t have too much time going into Florida and Georgia and I just had more confidence going into this round.”
Team Co-Owner JT Bennett said there were many positives to take to the weekend of racing. “Jimmy and Scott both stayed strong and they’re getting redemption from those first two rounds,” he said. “Nate is struggling to find that middle ground with having to work the full time job and not being able to train as much. I know he is frustrated right now. He knows, and we all know, that he has podium material in him. He has the speed, he’s just struggling with his stamina a little bit. We’re only three races in, so we still have a long season to go to get it figured out. My job is to try to bring more sponsors in to help these guys out. We want to give a special thanks to Rob Katich and Dan Nudi for helping the team out this weekend. They did an awesome job with set up and we really appreciate it.”