FMF KTM FACTORY RACING’S BEN KELLEY TAKES
POINTS LEAD FOLLOWING CAMP COKER GNCC PODIUM
Round 5 – Grand National Cross Country Series
Former champion Kelley completed the first lap inside the top five, before making his way into third on the second lap. It was there that the Connecticut native would remain for the duration, resulting in a hard fought P3 result in challenging conditions. The result sees Kelley take over the top spot of the 2023 standings, three points clear of second place.
Ben Kelley: "Today was tough – I felt the conditions here more than I did in Florida, which is crazy. By lap three I was feeling it, then by four it just consistently got tougher and tougher with the heat and the fact that the track was a lot faster, meaning you could be more aggressive, which takes it out of you. The boys out front were running a good pace, I had a bit of a tire issue, which the mechanics jumped on and got sorted. I charged the rest of the race and rode it in for third!"
The other FMF KTM Factory Racing Team 350 XC-F in the field piloted by Girroir made steady progress throughout the Camp Coker GNCC event, beginning the race in 10th before a consistent ride saw him move up to seventh place by race's end. Girroir now sits eighth overall in the XC1 Open Pro standings.
Johnny Girroir: "I injured my back at the last Sprint, and tweaked it again on Wednesday just practicing, and really haven’t done a lot since. I wasn’t sure how today was going to go – I felt decent before I started – but, really, I was in pain all day and did my best to finish. The plan is to recover over the next two weeks, and be better at the next round."
In the XC2 250 Pro Class, KTM-supported Mason Semmens finished with an impressive second position, while the WXC ranks saw Korie Steed claim a podium once again with a third-place result.
Next Race: Hoosier GNCC – Crawfordsville, IN – May 6-7, 2023
XC1 Open Pro Results – Camp Coker Bullet GNCC
1. Grant Baylor, KAW, 3:04:01.479
2. Craig DeLong, HQV, +37.040
3. Ben Kelley, KTM, +02:24.199
7. Johnny Girroir, KTM
8. Steward Baylor Jr, KTM
Overall Championship Standings
1. Ben Kelley, 113
2. Craig DeLong, 110
3. Steward Baylor Jr, 98
8. Johnny Girroir 39