Photos by Shan Moore
From Husqvarna – First Win Of The Year For Andrew DeLong and Husky
Just one week after finishing a career-best third overall at an AMA National Enduro, Fred Andrews Racing (FAR) Husqvarna’s Andrew DeLong put on an incredible charge to win the XC2 class and finish an unprecedented second overall at the Limestone 100 GNCC.
Working from a dead last start on the XC2 line, DeLong pushed his 2012 TC250 past the entire pack, capturing the lead by lap two. “Stew (Baylor) and I were going so fast today,” Andrew commented. “It’s fun riding with a guy you can trust. I had to work my way to the front today, but I was on a roll, and my TC250 worked so good!”
“What an awesome day,” team manager Fred Andrews said. “I was running in and out of the woods trying to get split times on Andrew and Baylor, but when I heard the announcer say that he was only 8 seconds off of the leader, that’s when it all clicked. Andrew beat every guy out on the track, except for one… who started a minute ahead of him. Andrew’s back!”
At the end of the day the XC2 rider took the checkered flag at second overall, more than 6 minutes ahead of second in his own class. “I saw the pit boards the last few laps, but it never registered that I was that close to the overall,” Andrew said. “I was in a heated battle with Stew, and it carried us both to the front. I had no idea his bike quit on that last lap; I could hear him there the whole way to the checkers. I just never looked back and focused on winning this race for myself, and the team! I am 100% sure now!”
Andrew’s teammate, Nick Davis chose to take the day off and heal an injured knee he suffered last weekend at the enduro. “I am so proud of Andrew,” Davis said. “This is such an exciting day, and I am just happy to be here to share it with him. I will be back in two weeks for the Mountaineer Run GNCC, hopefully we can get two Husky TC250’s on the podium at that one!”
From KTM – Russell Wins Limestone 100 GNCC
Factory FMF/KTM rider Kailub Russell collected his fourth win of the season at the sixth round of the GNCC Series at the series newest Indiana venue.
Russell earned a mid-pack start behind his teammate, Charlie Mullins, who rounded the first lap in 2nd place. Russell quickly moved through the pack and soon found himself battling with Mullins for the lead. The two riders quickly pulled from the rest of the pack while swapping for the lead through the first half of the race.
On the fourth lap while battling for the lead, Mullins encountered a mechanical issue at the farthest point of the 10.5 mile course. His team rushed to him in order to provide assistance. He eventually received the help he needed but found himself one lap down and in 13th place when he reentered the course. With two laps left to make up positions, he set to work. He eventually made up two more positions and finished 11th overall for the day.
Meanwhile, Russell began to pull a larger lead over the XC1 class as each lap progressed. At the end of the 7 lap race he finished over a minute ahead of the 2nd place ride of Paul Whibley. Russell’s win moved him up in the overall point standings. Now six rounds into the series, he is tied for the championship points lead with Whibley.
KTM XC2 rider Steward Baylor suffered his first loss of the series. After working his KTM to the front of the pack from a bad start he suffered a mechanical issue while leading that cost him a lap. He eventually returned to the racing action and was able to salvage a 10th place result. Baylor still maintains a comfortable lead in the series point standings.
Factory FMF/KTM rider Maria Forsberg dominated the Women’s GNCC class once again. She walked away with her sixth win of the series to remain undefeated in the Women’s class. “It feels great to get another win,” remarked Forsberg. “The goal is to go undefeated in the women’s class and also capture the overall win the in the morning class. The team is behind me 100% and I believe both goals are within reach.”
Honda/JG Offroad – The sixth round of the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series, the Dunlop Limestone 100, left its mark on the American Honda/JG Off Road team this weekend. The Springville, Indiana event was the second of three new events on the 13 stop season and while American Honda/JG Off Road/ FRE Brian Wolf and team newcomer Scott Grills showed well in their respective classes, seasoned riders Jimmy Jarrett and Nate Kanney struggled with injuries.
“Our veteran riders had a rough day today,” said team co-owner JT Bennett. “Nate came into the race day nursing some injuries from a race last weekend, and Jimmy took a rock to the face. Luckily, neither of them came out any worse for wear. Our young rider Scott Grills and Brian stepped up this weekend and put in solid rides for the team.”
XC1 rider Nate Kanney’s troubles started last weekend at a local race the rider had entered to prepare for the Snowshoe GNCC. Kanney bruised his ribs and aggravated an old back injury. Despite the injuries, Kanney made plans to compete, but after two laps, Kanney made his way back to the pits.
“I didn’t even know if I was going to be able to race yesterday,” Kanney said. “There were no broken bones and no actual serious internal injuries so I couldn’t justify not trying to race, but once I got out on the track it was just too painful. Every bump I hit was just too much. It’s certainly been a disappointing year so far.”
Jarrett had a strong start to his race, finishing the first lap in third. He kept it in the top 10 the first four laps of the race, but when a rock got launched into his goggles, Jarrett’s day ended.
Grills recovered the day for the team in the XC2 Pro Lites Class, taking his second top 5 finish of the season. Grills consistently moved his way through the ranks from 7th to 5th by the 5th lap, despite struggling with arm pump. Grills and Brad Bakken went back and forth towards the end of the race, until Grills crashed and stalled in the last lap, letting Bakken pass and pull a gap. Grills put himself back together to finish 5th. “I’m definitely feeling better out there,” Grills said. “I was able to stay pretty steady and everything came together pretty well. I don’t really have any complaints.”
Next Event: May 26-27, 2012 –Masontown,WV
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