Moose Racing Wild Boar: Women's Race Report
Steede and Elioff Earn Second-Straight Win
The Florida sand for Round 2 at the Wild Boar didn't disappoint! The women's classes were stacked and made for great racing from the WXC to the youth girls. Here's how things shook out in the Southern heat.
The WXC podiums might've been the same as Round 1 in the end, but it was a whole different race for 2 hours.
In the WXC Bikes, Trail Jester's Korie Steede goes back to back wins with a flawless race from start to finish. Taking the holeshot and building an early gap, Steede rode through the checkers to take the Overall and the WXC win by over a minute. "That was a dream ride for sure. I've been waiting a lot of years to ride like that and finally show my potential. It felt really good.", said Korie.
Defending champion, Rachael Archer, stood in the second place spot on the podium at the end of 2 hours, but it wasn't an easy race. A rough start had her work cut out for her to make it through the pack. By lap 2 the AmPro Yamaha racer found herself in 3rd with a gap to make up to catch the 2nd place rider of Rachel Gutish. By lap 3 Archer was able to close the gap and make a pass to settle in for a 2nd place at Round 2, unable to catch Steede. "I got off to a pretty terrible start in the back of the pack. I was quite a ways behind and just tried to put my head down. I realized that my camel back hose had come undone, that sucked. I managed to get a couple bottles and work my way through up to second. Really impressed with how the girls are riding this year, it was a tough track," Archer said on the podium.
Rachel Gutish on her OverAndOut GasGas had another stellar podium ride for 3rd. "I actually felt really smooth, as far as my own riding goes, I've got nothing to complain about. I actually found a rhythm through the sand whoops for the first time, so that was fun. I had a bad mishap with a lapper that was hard to get off my mind, but I was able to hold it together for 3rd and I'm happy to be up here", said Gutish.
In the WXC ATV class, Jessica Elioff dominated like Steede from holeshot to finish. Elioff took the WXC win by over a minute and was able to make it on the overall podium for 3rd with the 4x4 Pro racers. "It was hard. It was really hot, but we pushed through it, and it feels really good to be up here. I feel like I'm strong in the sand, so I was looking forward to this race."
The battle was on for 2nd place between defending champion, Hannah Hunter, and Katelyn Osburn! Racing wheel to wheel, it wasn't until lap 3 that Hannah Hunter was able to make a pass and build a gap to take 2nd. "I got passed Kate when she pitted. I just tried to push as hard as I could to catch Jessica, but she was out there," Hunter said.
Osburn settled in for 3rd to round out the podium. "I had a good start with 2nd behind Jess. She just got by the 4x4's faster than I did and gapped us. Hannah got me in the pits. It was pretty much a survival race, I've got some work to do, but I'm happy to get a podium."
Great battles from the Women's classes and promise for a stacked WXC class in the future. Makenna Bruderly took a commanding win in Women's ATV, and Carly Lee in the Women's Bike class. With Women’s, Women's C, and Women's Vet classes building in performance and numbers on 2 and 4 wheels, we're excited to see these girls with high aspirations continue to grow and improve.
In the Youth classes, Addison Harris took another win in the Girls Supermini Sr on her Trail Jesters KTM to make it two in a row. Isabella Gouker coming off a battle at Round 1 that ended in a 2nd, leads the race from Lap 1 to the checkers to win by over 2 minutes in ATV Schoolgirl Sr.
In typical Bike Week fashion, the female athletes of GNCC head into Georgia for back to back weekends of pushing the limits. Stay tuned as the conditions and terrain change for another round of GNCC Racing.
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