Round 5 of the GNCC series was held in Park City, Kentucky, this Sunday May fifth. After several days of rain prior to the event, the race turned into a mud fest. The organizers decide to cancel the morning races and put all racer together in the afternoon race. Over 400 riders took of just after 1 PM for a survival run.
Team Shenandoah Honda/USWE-sports.com rider Thad Duvall decided on Monday that he would ride a Honda 250 F. Duvall: ”I rode the bike last week a bit and really liked it. I thought it would be a good idea to race it in this particular event. Talked it over with John Ross (Shenandoah Honda) who agreed. I really got excited when it all seemed to come together seeing the rain fall, making it even better being on a 250 F”.
Full of confidence Duvall pulled the All Balls Racing XC1 holeshot which set the tone for the rest of the day. Have a clear track ahead of him, Duvall stayed in the lead for most of the first lap. Making a mistake on one of the up hills on lap 2, he dropped into 3rd place. Telling himself not to worry, he quickly passed Russell and completed lap 3 in second. With only Joshua Strang on front of him, Duvall continued plugging away in the mud making the pass for first on lap 4. With his only fall less then a mile from the finish, he won his second career XC1 class GNCC and became the first rider in GNCC history to win a GNCC Overall on a 250 4 stroke!
Duvall: “The key today was to ride smart, ride consistent and to stay out of trouble. We decided to put on a front Dunlop MX 31 and a rear MX 51 which worked out really well. The motor ran fantastic all day long and I would like to thank Tim Giles for porting the engine and Mototassinari for their awesome airboots. I’m very happy and exited right now and it will be hard to a decided which Honda to choose for the next race, they are both winners”.
Results: 1. Thad Duvall (Honda) 2. Joshua Strang (Kawasaki) 4. Chris Bach (KTM)
Team Shenandoah Honda/USWE-sports.com like to thank all their sponsors: Honda, USWE, Shenandoah Honda, Off Road Champions, River Church, Dunlop, Troy Lee Design, FMF, Sunoco race fuels, Sunstar, Pro Taper, Stuk MX, SKF, Enzo Racing, Hinson, Scott, EBC, Super B, BRP, Geco special parts, Innteck, G2, Twin Air, Spectro, Mototassinari, Cycra, Sidi, WER, Works Connection, Steahly, IMS, EPBC and Woodland Park Surgical Associates.