Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4/Husqvarna Team Report: Powerline Park GNCC

TimeTuesday, October 10, 2017 | 11:45 AM

Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4/Husqvarna Team Report: Powerline Park GNCC

Hunter Neuwirth takes on the infamous creek jump at the Powerline Park GNCC.
Hunter Neuwirth takes on the infamous creek jump at the Powerline Park GNCC. Ken Hill

The penultimate round of the 2017 Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) series, took place this past weekend in St. Clairsville, Ohio. With completely different conditions from the previous round, the Powerline Park GNCC was a muddy mess and challenged the riders to bring out their best skills to get through the slick Ohio race track. 

Grant Baylor had an excellent race from the beginning where he pulled the holeshot and led the way into the woods. Baylor was able to stretch a little bit of a lead the first lap, but found another rider hot on his heels as they checked through timing and scoring for the first time. On the second lap, Baylor fell back to fourth but pushed his way back to third by the time the two-lap card came out. Baylor continued in third until becoming victim of the infamous creek jump and getting stuck, just one mile before the finish. Baylor quickly got back on track and finished just off the podium in fourth.

Ken Hill

Tayla Jones competed in the XC3 125 Pro-Am class again and got an excellent jump off the line in second. She made a mistake on the first uphill and fell back to seventh, but was able to get back in third on the second lap until having a bad crash at the four-mile marker, which ultimately took her out of the race. 

Jones’ competition, and teammate, Hunter Neuwirth, was there to take her position and was running on of his best races in third until he was plagued with a mechanical issue and also taken out of the race.

The rest of the team in the 1 p.m. race all had top-ten finishes with Chase Sweda finishing 7th in the competitive 250 B class, while Hank Hayes raced his way to sixth in 200 A. Conner Keegan placed 9th in 4 Stroke A Lites, and Brandon Keegan continued his top-five season with 5th.    

Ken Hill

KR4 Performance Team Results 1 p.m. Race: 

Grant Baylor – XC1 Pro – 4th
Hunter Neuwirth – XC3 Pro-Am – 6th
Tayla Jones – XC3 Pro-Am – 6th
Chase Sweda – 250 B – 7th
Conner Keegan – 4 Stroke A Lites – 9th
Brandon Keegan – 200 B – 5th
Hank Hays – 200 A – 6th 

TJ Fine secured his first win of the season in the 4-Stroke C Lites class, while Jeremy Skinner moved up to the 200 C (16+) class in the 10 a.m. race and also won his division! 

KR4 Performance Team Results 10 a.m. Race:

TJ Fine – 4-Stroke C Lites – 1st
Troy Ayres – Senior C (40+) – 18th
Jeremy Skinner – 200 C (16+) – 1st

Next GNCC Event: Round 13 – Crawfordsville, Indiana – October 30, 2017 

The Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4/Husqvarna Team travels to Oklahoma for the Zink Ranch National Enduro this weekend. GNCC Racing resumes in three weeks, October 30, with the season finale Ironman GNCC in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

Grant Baylor had a great race from the start, claiming the holeshot off the front row.
Grant Baylor had a great race from the start, claiming the holeshot off the front row. Ken Hill

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 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.