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KR4/Husqvarna Team Report: X-Factor GNCC 

Monday, May 21, 2018 | 1:55 PM

KR4/Husqvarna Team Report: X-Factor GNCC 

After one of the muddiest GNCC’s in history last season, the KR4/Husqvarna team welcomed the little bit of rain that fell prior to Sunday at the X-Factor GNCC in Peru, Indiana. The small amount of rainfall created tacky conditions in the woods, but left the fields dry and dusty.

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The KR4/Husqvarna team dominated the 10 a.m. race with all three racers taking home wins in their respective classes. Tayla Jones made her way back to the familiar spot on the box in the WXC class - leading every lap from start to finish. Jones extended her points lead in the women’s pro class and now leads by 32 points.

Bill Gold made it four-in-a-row in the Silver Masters A (55+) class and also solidified his points lead in the championship chase. Jason Baldwin, director of powersports at Kenda Tires, decided it was time to make his first GNCC appearance of the year. The Ohio resident made his road trip easy and utilized the Arrive-n-Ride Program. After checking into timing and scoring for the first time in second, Baldwin made his way into the lead and never looked back where he topped the Super Senior B (45+) class by over two minutes.

KR4 Performance Team 10 a.m. Race Results:

  • Tayla Jones – WXC – 1st (2nd overall)
  • Bill Gold – Silver Masters A (55+) – 1st (23rd overall)
  • Jason Baldwin - Super Senior B (45+) - 1st (38th overall)
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By the time the 1 p.m. pro race began, the tacky soil had created some rough terrain. The pro KR4/Husqvarna team riders seemed to all struggle with the track - having multiple crashes along the way. Cory Buttrick left this weekend with an eighth place finish and a positive mindset heading into the next race. “Overall it went pretty well,” said Buttrick. “We made some changes to the bike to make me more comfortable. We’re getting closer for sure.”

Cory’s teammate and class competitor, Layne Michael, was plagued with bad luck. After getting off to a not so favorable start he began pushing through the pack until a crash put him in the rear again. “After that I had another big get off that resulted in a rear tire to the arm, which left me with a dead arm and just struggled to hold on rest of the race,” said Layne. “Overall it was a terrible race and I’m just trying to stay positive for the next one.”

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After two top-five finishes, Liam Draper started off the three-hour race in the lead, but as the race wore on he began to lose positions. “My day started off great and I was feeling really comfortable, then I just started riding terrible and fell back a lot of position,” explained Draper. “I had a good week of practice leading into this past weekend, but I just think it wasn't my day.”

Colin Keegan had a solid top-ten finish in the FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am class in ninth, while his brothers also had some of their best finishes of the year. Conner Keegan rode a consistent race in fifth, while Brandon finished 12th in the 4-Stroke A Lites class.

KR4 Performance Team 1 p.m. Race Results: 

  • Layne Michael – XC1 Open Pro – 10th (21st overall)
  • Cory Buttrick – XC1 Open Pro – 8th (12th overall)
  • Liam Draper – XC2 250 Pro – 11th (20th overall)
  • Colin Keegan – FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am – 9th (71th overall)
  • Conner Keegan – 4-Stroke A Lites – 5th (64th overall)
  • Brandon Keegan – 4-Stroke A Lites – 12th (106th overall)

Next GNCC Event: Round 7 – Millfield, Ohio – May 27, 2018

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KR4/Husqvarna Team Sponsors:

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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. The 2017 KR4 team took home championships in each respective series. This year Layne Michael will make his XC1 Open Pro debut with the KR4 team, while Tayla Jones will look to repeat her Women’s Pro championships. 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 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 For additional information, follow the team on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. For the team’s photo gallery, visit their Flickr page.