Union, South Carolina (April 15, 2012) — Top 10 class finishes led to a solid day all around for the American Honda/JG Off Road team at the fourth round of the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country series, the VP Racing Fuels Big Buck GNCC.
“They were all in the top 10 which is OK but we definitely have full intentions of pushing to the top 5 and getting guys on the podium,” said team co-owner JT Bennett. “It felt like we all came a little bit closer. We’re starting to gel a little bit better and the guys all have a positive attitude.”
American Honda/JG Off Road/ FRE’s Brian Wolf started the weekend for the team in the ATV Pro race. The XC1 competitor tousled once again with Ballance Racing’s Walker Fowler once again after Wolf powered from a 6th place start into 2nd. Fowler connected with Wolf shortly after the finish line, sending Wolf somersaulting off the track.
“We were about three turns before the woods and I was trying to make a left hand turn,” Wolf said. “Before I knew it I flipped over. I went back to around ninth and tried to work my way up but with a bent steering stem and tie rod it was pretty hard. It’s a shame. I was really looking forward to this round and had the bike set up dialed.”
Wolf finished seventh for the day in XC1 and overall.
The Sunday bike race also dealt a tough hand to the bike riders. While XC2’s Scott Grills and XC1’s Jimmy Jarrett and Nate Kanney finished in the top 10 in their respective classes, each struggled with the dusty conditions that made it hard to each rider to make up time behind the leaders.
“It was a typical South Carolina track,” Bennett said. “It was dry and definitely pretty dusty. It wasn’t killer dust, but when you got separated from the packs you couldn’t make that up going through the dust. We fell off the lead pack and just couldn’t reel them in.”
Grills finished the day in ninth after spending the day inside the top 10 riders. But the conditions soon wore the rider out. After moving as high as 7th position, he settled into a consistent pace to finish the day.
“I felt like I struggled the whole day,” Grills said. “I kept falling back and falling back. The bike ran really well today, it was just kind of an off day for me.”
Like Wolf, Jarrett would also deal with a crash early on that would create some problems for him throughout the race.
“I had a little crash the first lap and Toby Price ran over my bike,” he said. “It was bent up a little bit and was a little goofy the rest of the day.”
Despite the incident, Jarrett was able to loosen up after the first pit stop and put a charge in to pass up riders to finish 8th for the day.
“The track was pretty difficult but it had some new and old sections,” Jarrett said. “I had a hard time putting good laps together. I don’t know what it is about that place but I always struggle at it.”
Kanney struggled with endurance and the dusty track after a dead last start, but finished 10th in the class and 20th overall.
“It was a difficult day,” Kanney said. “I just couldn’t recover from the bad start. I wore myself trying to catch up and faded at the end of the race. We’re working on changing logistics in my life so I can devote more time to training and practicing.The bike has been solid the entire season and I’m really happy with that.”
The GNCC series will travel to three new subsequent rounds, starting with The Mammoth GNCC on April 28th to April 29th in Park City, Kentucky.
“We’re anxious to get to these next three rounds,” Bennett said. “We get up into some regular dirt for those guys. The team is really starting to gel, and with veterans on the team headed to new tracks- I think we’re going to see some nice results these next few rounds.”
Wolf would like to thank JG Off Road, FRE, Honda, Elka Suspension, Hiper, Wiseco, Maxxis, Baldwin Motorsports, ATV 4 Play, DID, PCP, Fasst, Quad Tech, Redling Honda, Spyder Graphics, IMS, Moose, ARSFX, JB Racing, Hinson Racing, Precision Racing Products, Sidi/Motonation, Scott Goggles, Fischer Racing, CV4, Acerbis, Impact Solutions and Standard Process.
Grills, Jarrett and Kanney would like to thank JG Off Road, Honda, Kenda, Silkolene, DP Brakes, AXP Racing, Moose, Super Sprox, PG Graphics, Cycra, Tsubaki, Factory Connection, FMF, Works Connection, CV4, BRP, No Toil, Rekluse, IMS, Moto Tassinari, Outerwears, Renthal, G2 Ergonomics and Zip Ty.
C1 Pro Results:
1.Chris Borich (SUZ)
2.Adam McGill (HON)
3.Chris Bithell (CAN)
4.Jarrod McClure (HON)
5.Bryan Cook (HON)
6.Kevin Yoho (YAM)
7.Brian Wolf (HON)
8.Johnny Gallagher (YAM)
9.Dustin Canipe (HON)
10.Jeff Pickens (YAM)
XC1 Pro Results:
1.Kailub Russell (KTM)
2.Paul Whibley (YAM)
3.Charlie Mullins (KTM)
4.Thad DuVall (HON)
5.Rory Mead (KTM)
6.Garrett Edmisten (KAW)
7.Cory Buttrick (KTM)
8.Jimmy Jarrett (HON)
9.Jordan Ashburn (YAM)
10.Nathan Kanney (HON)
XC2 Pro Lites Results:
1.Steward Baylor Jr (KTM)
2.Andrew DeLong (HSQ)
3.Jason Thomas (HSQ)
4.Brad Bakken (YAM)
5.Jesse Robinson (HSB)
6.Jedediah Haines (YAM)
7.Cody Gragg (YAM)
8.AJ Stewart (YAM)
9.Scott Grills (HON)
10.Michael McGinnis (KTM)