JOSH TOTH FINISHES SEVENTH IN XC1 AT THE MOUNTAINEER GNCC
BECKLEY, W. Va. – The 2022 AMA Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series returned to action this weekend with the 10th round of racing in Beckley, West Virginia. FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Josh Toth fought through a day of highs and lows, where he ultimately finished seventh in XC1 Open Pro and 16th overall.
The day started well for Toth at The Mountaineer GNCC as he sat second on the opening lap of racing. He experienced an unfortunate tip-over early on, stalling the bike, and he lost a few positions along the way. While he was able to settle back into a strong pace and attack the rugged West Virginia terrain, a few other minor mistakes prevented him from reaching the top XC1 riders by the time the checkered flag waved, ultimately finishing seventh.
Josh Toth:“It was kind of an up-and-down day. It was my first day on the new bike and I felt great at first. I put myself into second and felt comfortable riding that pace but I had a tip-over and stalled the bike mid-race, and it took a little while to get it going. I lost a few positions but I was able to maintain a good pace after that. I kind of found my groove but I had a couple of other little mistakes. Overall, it was a good learning day. It's a sweet bike, it handles awesome and when I figure out a few things, it's going to be really good.”
Out of competition for the remainder of the season due to an injury, reigning XC1 Open Pro Champion Ben Kelley still holds second in points after dominating the beginning of the year.
In the morning race, Trail Jesters KTM Racing’s Korie Steede placed second in WXC, marking her ninth podium of the year.
Next Race: Burr Oak GNCC – Millfield, Ohio – September 25, 2022
XC1 Open Pro Results – Mountaineer GNCC
1. Steward Baylor, YAM, 02:41:28.733
2. Jordan Ashburn, HQV, +18.723
3. Thad DuVall, HQV, +1:03.402
7. Josh Toth, KTM
Overall Championship Standings
1. Jordan Ashburn, 212 points
2. Ben Kelley, 180
3. Craig DeLong, 156
8. Josh Toth, 106