3 First Place Podiums for Rocky Mountain ATV/MC /KR4/ Husqvarna Team and a Sweet Sixteen for Tayla Jones

TimeWednesday, July 12, 2017 | 11:40 AM

ROCKY MOUNTAIN ATV*MC/ KR4/ Husqvarna Team Sweeps The GNCC John Penton With 3 First Place Podiums and Gets The Amateur and Pro Overall Win.

The ninth round of the 2017 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) series took place, July 9, with the 28th Annual Wiseco John Penton GNCC at the popular Sunday Creek Raceway in Millfield, Ohio. The KR4 team were put to the test facing heavy rain on Saturday and hot humid race conditions, but at the end of the grueling three-hour race Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4/ Husqvarna's Grant Baylor found himself in the middle of the box for the first time in his career.

“A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t.” Jack Dempsey (1895-1983) 8 Years Consecutive World Boxing Champion 1919-1926 

At KR4, one of our goals is to build champions, and we have a team full of them in the making. A true champion is not defined by the championship itself, but instead what a rider goes through to earn one. Our riders are groomed to get up when others can’t, and to realize what matters most is how you persevere when the going gets tough. 

“Our athletes, our crew and our sponsors work hard every week - and we are thrilled to see it pay off for everyone. We are extremely proud of everyone on the team. Grant winning the overall in the 1 PM race and Tayla getting the overall in the 10 AM race is an incredible accomplishment and one we are very proud. ”- Frank Keegan

Special Announcement:

Three of our 5 pros have been invited to represent their respective countries in the prestigious International Six Day Event (ISDE) to be held in Brive-la-Gaillarde, France August 28—September 2, 2017; Grant Baylor, Tayla Jones, Jesper Bjorjesson will prepare for the event over the GNCC break.

Grant Baylor (#314) XC1 Pro Class Start
Grant Baylor (#314) XC1 Pro Class Start Ken Hill

XC1 Pro Grant Baylor (USA) took his first GNCC overall win after a protest was filed against Thad Duvall.   Grant came back from 10th place and charged through the pack to have the fastest lap of the day and ended up taking the overall at the John Penton GNCC. 

"Man what an epic day yesterday! A slow start to the day but caught up to the group quick for some tight racing all day. I managed to work my way through and break away from the pack to put in the fastest lap of the day. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time to claim my first ever GNCC Overall." -- Grant Baylor

Tayla Jones on the motocross track at the John Penton.
Tayla Jones on the motocross track at the John Penton. Ken Hill
WXC Podium
WXC Podium Ken Hill

Women’s Pro Tayla Jones (AUS) took the 1st place podium slot for the sixteenth time this season at the Round 9 of the GNCC John Penton event!

Tayla also raced and won the overall at the Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro located in Virginia Saturday. Tayla's mechanic, Steward Baylor Sr. prepped her bike between races and made the 5 hour trip with Tayla from Virginia to the John Penton.

Hunter Neuwirth XC3 FMF-Pro Class.
Hunter Neuwirth XC3 FMF-Pro Class. Ken Hill
Hunter Neuwirth gets his first FMF - XC3 Pro Class Win.
Hunter Neuwirth gets his first FMF - XC3 Pro Class Win. Ken Hill

Rounding out the triple podium weekend was Hunter Neuwirth ( USA) who secured his first win today in the XC3 class on his Husqvarna TC125. Hunter lead most of the race and after 3 hour racing he secured his first win for the 2017 season.

Chase Sweda battled in 250B Class and ending up getting 5th for the day. Chase is now tied for 2nd place in the class and is only a few points from the championship.
Chase Sweda battled in 250B Class and ending up getting 5th for the day. Chase is now tied for 2nd place in the class and is only a few points from the championship. Ken Hill
Kenda's Own Jason Baldwin Showed Up to Race the 10 AM Event.
Kenda's Own Jason Baldwin Showed Up to Race the 10 AM Event. KR4

Kenda Tire Motorsports Director Jason Baldwin raced one of our Husqvarna FX350 motorcycles and he ended placing 3rd in the Senior C (40+) class for his first ever GNCC podium.   

KR4 Grassroots Team Rider Bill Gold battled it out in the Silver Master A (55+) Class and ended up placing 2nd for the day in the 10 AM race. 

"The race was a tough one for me today and by the 3rd lap the bottle necks were pretty bad and I did everything I could to make my way around the course." -- Bill Gold                                                    

Ken Hill

KR4 Grassroots team rider Maximo Gutierrez made his way from Texas to race the John Penton GNCC and ended up finishing 6th place in the 200C Schoolboy (12-15) Class.

KR4 Arrive-N-Ride Team Results 

  • Grant Baylor - XC1 - 1st Place
  • Scott Grills - XC1 -12th Place
  • Hunter Neuwirth - XC3 - 1st Place
  • Tayla Jones - WXC - 1st Place
  • Conner Keegan - 4 Stroke A Lites - 4th Place
  • Colin Keegan - 4 Stroke A Lites - 6th Place
  • Bill Gold - Silver Master A (55+) - 2nd Place
  • Chase Sweda - 250B - 5th Place
  • Brandon Keegan - 200B - 5th Place
  • Ambrocio Gutierrez - Sportsman B - 23rd Place
  • Jason Baldwin - Senior C (40+) - 3rd Place
  • Maximo Gutierrez - 200C Schoolboy (12-15) - 6th Place
  • Troy Horbaty - 85cc (7-11) - 5th Place 

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 8 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.

Media Contact:
Frank Keegan
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