The Rocky Mountain ATV*MC / KR4 Arrive-N-Ride / Husqvarna Team traveled to the beautiful Moree's Sportsman's Preserve for Round 5 of the Grand National Cross Country Series.
The team enjoyed the beautiful facilities that the CST Camp Coker Bullet provided. They took advantage of the ponds for fishing and taking a swim for some R&R on Friday and Saturday.
On Sunday, in the 8am youth race, Canada's own Troy Horbaty proved he has what it takes to run with the top in his class. Troy found himself battling for the win in the 85cc 7-11 class but had a big crash and ended up 11th. "My bike didn't fire right away, I was last off the start and at the end of lap one I was in 3rd place. After lap two I was battling for the class lead. Even though I placed 11th I learned I can ride with the leaders" ~ Troy Horbaty.
Grassroots riders Ronnie & Dylan Kosarik raced in the Super Mini 14-15 and 65 10-11 finishing 25th and 13th respectively.
In the 10am race, once again Tayla Jones gets the hole shot in the WXC class. By the end of lap one Tayla had a minute lead and started pounding out the laps that took her to her 5th consecutive WXC win.
KR4 Texan rider, Bill Gold, had a great race as he won the Silver Masters A 55+ class for the 3rd time this season, placing him in the championship lead.
In his best finish of the year, KR4 Grassroots rider, Jonathan Trump finished 2nd in the 125 B/C class. He finished 26th overall as well. Way to go Johnny!
The 1pm pro race was expecting rain storms but turned out to be the best race of the day. The rain held off and the temperatures stayed low for great racing conditions. Grant Baylor led the team in the XC1 class and had a solid finish. He worked his way, in the highly competitve class of nationally ranked athletes, from 9th to a 7th place finish. "I really liked the track and my Husqvarna and suspension worked great. I was pushing to the front of the pack when I got tangled up with a lapper and had to work my way back from 9th again to eventually finish 7th." ~ Grant Baylor
Jesper Borjesson, XC2 pro class, is battling the flu and DNS the race.
In the highly competitive XC3 class, Hunter Neuwirth was podium bound until suffering damage to his Husqvarna after a bad crash on lap 3. KR4 mechanics, Wolfgang and Aaron, replaced his side number plate, changed the air filter and discovered a hole in the radiator. Round 5 was no friend to Hunter this Sunday, he salvaged a 5th place points finish.
In the stacked 4-Stroke A-Lites class, Colin Keegan had a great start and was in 3rd place until a bad crash caused him to drop back to finish 9th behind Conner Keegan. Hunter Williams ended the day in 11th.
KR4's own Chase Sweda continues to chase the 250B championship and ended the day in 2nd and is in the lead for the 2017 season thus far.
Brandon Keegan finished the day in 5th place and is tied for 1st in the 200B points standings.
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
About KR4 Performance
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, Grant Baylor, was a member of the 2016 Junior American ISDE team, which placed 2nd in the 2016 International Six Day Enduro. 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 [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.