KR4's Tayla Jones Takes WXC 1st Place Again at Moose Racing Wild Boar GNCC

TimeThursday, March 16, 2017 | 4:15 PM

Round two of the Amsoil Grand National Cross Country series took to the sands of Palatka, Florida at the Rodman Plantation  this weekend.

The Moose Racing Wild Boar began on Friday evening with a GNCC community dinner presented by Moose Racing and the KR4 team attended. On Saturday, members of the KR4 team also participated in the photo shoot for the 2018 Moose Racing catalog. The riders that are being featured are Tayla Jones, Colin Keegan, Grant Baylor, Jesper Borjesson, Troy Horbaty, Chase Sweda, Conner Keegan, Hunter Williams, and Brandon Keegan. 

On Sunday, the mini's took off and the day began with our Canadian rider, Troy Horbaty riding his Husqvarna TC85 to complete his best overall finish of his GNCC career, 18th.

Troy Horbaty finished in 5th place in the 85 (7-11) class.
Troy Horbaty finished in 5th place in the 85 (7-11) class. Provided

At the 10am start, it started to cloud up a bit but the weather held off long enough to give Tayla Jones the traction she needed to get another great start in the Women's Pro class and grab the hole shot at the Wild Boar. She quickly pulled a one minute lead over the entire race and by the finish,Tayla Jones beat the entire field of all the riders and won the overall for this race. Also in the WXC class, on a Husqvarna TC125, was 15 year old Rachael Archer from New Zealand. Rachael battled strong and finished 4th for the day and 9th overall. Be on the lookout for this up and coming WXC rider as she is only 15 years old and a fierce competitor.

Tayla Jones First Place WXC 
Tayla Jones First Place WXC  Provided

The skies grew dark for the start of the 1pm Pro race and by the end of that lap, it was pouring rain and creating terrain challenges for the riders.

XC1 rider, Grant Baylor, suffered problems and ran out of fuel but managed to capture an 8th place finish. Jesper Börjesson in the XC2 class, is still suffering flu symptoms and ended up with a mid pack finish. In the XC3 class, Hunter Neuwirth finished 5th and is still battling an injury from the last Full Gas Sprint Enduro. 

In the 4-Stroke A class, Colin Keegan had another great race and finished in 3rd place. KR4 riders Conner Keegan and Hunter Williams were also in this class and finished 11th and 12th respectively. 

Other riders and their placement for the Wild Boar were:

Bill Gold finished 3rd in the Silver Masters A 55+ class.

Ben Rubio, an AnR customer from Alaska, won 2nd in the Super Vet C 35+ class.

Esteban Naveda and David Espinosa are AnR riders from Columbia, South America and they competed in the Vet B 30+ class finishing 2nd and 6th respectively.

Chase Sweda smoked the 250B class on his Husqvarna TC250, winning the class by over 13 minutes. Chase ended up 88th overall. 

Chase Sweda 1st place in 250B
Chase Sweda 1st place in 250B Provided
Brandon Keegan finished 3rd in the highly competitive 200B class. 
Brandon Keegan finished 3rd in the highly competitive 200B class.  Provided

Grass Roots Riders for the Wild Boar GNCC Race:
Jeremy Skinner finished 20th in the Super Mini 14-15 class
Al Chuppa finished 5th in the Elite Masters 65+ class
Hank Hays finished 10th in the 200A class

About KR4

KR4 Performance is a leading professional and amateur race team that participates in the Grand National Cross Country Championships (GNCC), the Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series (FGSE), and the National Enduro Promotions Group (NEPG) Series. KR4's team won the 2016 Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro Championship. KR4 Pro Thad Duvall was a member of the historic American ISDE team, which won the 2016 International Six Day Enduro Championship. KR4's solid team structure is made up of former GNCC pros, expert motorcycle mechanics, and industry enthusiasts that are 100% dedicated to helping clients achieve their racing goals. Visit www.kr4performance.com for more information.

About the KR4 Arrive-N-Ride Program: KR4 is paving the way for the future of off-road racing with its unparalleled Arrive-n-Ride Program, saving riders time, money, and hassle. For an affordable fee, KR4 can offset the cost of racing and have everything ready for riders on race day. With the KR4 Arrive-N-Ride program, bikes are prepped by the KR4 team before a race and delivered with gear to riders on race day to the location of their choosing. To learn more or sign up for the Arrive-n-Ride Experience, please contact fkee[email protected] or visit www.kr4performance.com. For additional information, follow the team on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. For the team's photo gallery, visit their Flickr page. 

About GNCC Racing: The AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series presented by Maxxis is America's premier off-road racing series. Founded in 1975, the 13-round championship is produced exclusively by Racer Productions. Cross-country racing is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. The grueling three-hour GNCC races lead as many as 2,400 riders through tracks ranging in length from eight to 12 miles. With varied terrain, including hills, woods, mud, dirt, rocks and motocross sections, GNCC events are tests of both survival and speed. The series draws talent from all over the U.S., Central America, South America, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. GNCC Racing is televised weekly on NBC Sports and RacerTV.com. For more information, please visit www.gnccracing.com.