Craig DeLong Carries XC2 Points Lead Into GNCC's Summer Break With a Podium Performance at Round 8

TimeMonday, July 13, 2020 | 2:05 PM

CRAIG DELONG CARRIES XC2 POINTS LEAD INTO GNCC’S SUMMER BREAK WITH A PODIUM PERFORMANCE AT ROUND 8

ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING’S ZACH OSBORNE MAKES A GUEST APPEARANCE AT HIGH VOLTAGE GNCC

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team’s Craig DeLong continues to lead the way in the XC2 250 Pro championship standings following another second-place podium finish at Round 8 of the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series in Maidsville, West Virginia.

DeLong, who remains the only XC2 rider to finish on the podium at all eight rounds thus far, got off to a mid-pack start and he fought through the dust to reach second-place by lap three. He put on a mid-race charge to catch the leader and he made his move into the lead on lap four thanks to an off-lap pit strategy. From there, it was a game of cat and mouse as DeLong dropped back into second before making another big charge late in the race. After reeling him in on the final lap, DeLong was looking to set up another pass until a big crash sent him to the ground about halfway through the lap. Fortunately, he was able to re-mount quick enough to salvage second-place on the day and he heads into the summer break with a nine-point lead in the class.

“I actually ran Johnny [Girroir] down and got around him on lap four but I just made too many mistakes and he got back around me,” DeLong said. “I ran him back down on the last lap and got up to his rear tire but I had a big crash and hurt my shoulder pretty good. Overall, it was a good points day and I’m happy to be healthy and in one piece.”

PC: Shan Moore
PC: Shan Moore

XC1 OPEN PRO
Coming off a big victory at the recent AMA Supercross Championship finale, motocross star Zach Osborne made an off-road appearance on Sunday at the High Voltage GNCC. Osborne didn’t get the most favorable start as he rounded the opening lap in 10th. He battled in 10th for the first two hours before passing his way into eighth on the white flag lap. Osborne dug deep to remain on the lead lap and it paid off as he picked up another spot on the final lap to ultimately finish seventh in the highly-competitive XC1 Open Pro class.

“I want to thank the entire Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team for giving me the opportunity to come out here and do some racing,” Osborne said. “It wasn’t exactly the result any of us wanted but I will be back for more and I will be better.”

PC: Shan Moore
PC: Shan Moore

Next Event: Round 9 – The Mountaineer GNCC – September 13, 2020

High Voltage GNCC Results

XC1 Open Pro Class Results
1. Kailub Russell (KTM)
2. Josh Toth (KTM)
3. Josh Strang (KAW)

7. Zach Osborne – Rockstar Energy Factory Racing Team

XC2 250 Pro Class Results
1. Jonathan Girroir (KTM)
2. Craig DeLong – Rockstar Energy Factory Racing Team
3. Mike Witkowski (YAM)

XC2 250 Pro Championship Standings
1. Craig DeLong, Rockstar Energy Factory Racing Team – 203 points
2. Jonathan Girroir – 194 points
3. Mike Witkowski – 191 points