DUAL TOP 10 RESULTS FOR FMF KTM FACTORY RACING TEAM
AT MASON-DIXON GNCC
Round 8 – Grand National Cross Country Series
A poor start and dusty conditions made for a difficult outing for Kelley, combined with multiple crashes that ultimately lowered his position in the field. A hard charge throughout the final two laps meant that Kelley and his KTM 350 XC-F were able to climb to sixth by race's end to remain in contention for this year’s championship, currently P3 in the point standings.
Ben Kelley: “They were tough conditions today, with the heat and dry track. It wasn't the best start and I struggled with comfort and vision due to the dust. Had a few crashes throughout the day also, but managed to put on a charge after my pit stop and make it up to sixth with a couple of last lap passes.”
FMF KTM Factory Racing teammate Girroir circled the first corner in fourth place on his KTM 350 XC-F, before struggling to come to terms with the dusty, technical conditions. The number 969 went on to finish his day in seventh position and he sits eighth in the championship.
Johnny Girroir:“It wasn’t my best day today – I never really got comfortable with the square-edged, choppy conditions. Looking forward to regrouping and ready to go racing on the mountain!”
The XC1 Pro Class standings see KTM-mounted Steward Baylor Jr sit in second position, directly ahead of former champion Kelley, who is now 24 points from the lead with four rounds remaining.
In addition at the Mason-Dixon GNCC, Korie Steed returned to the winner's circle in the WXC division, still placed P2 in the points-race.
Next Race: Snowshoe Mountain Resort – Snowshoe, WV – June 24-25, 2023
XC1 Open Pro Results – Mason-Dixon GNCC
1. Craig DeLong, HQV, 3:01:38.961
2. Layne Michael, GAS, +15.878
3. Ricky Russell, YAM, +30.861
6. Ben Kelley, KTM
7. Johnny Girroir, KTM
8. Steward Baylor Jr, KTM
Overall Championship Standings
1. Craig DeLong, 168
2. Steward Baylor Jr, 160
3. Ben Kelley, 144
8. Johnny Girroir, 103