Two FMF/KTM teammates made a major post-injury comeback with solid National wins, while WORCS crowned champions and JDay had a visit from some GNCC top guns. With major racing going on in both the East and West this past weekend, here is a quick recap of news and results to satisfy your racing mind.
Mullins is Back- Leadbelt National Enduro
After an unfortunate elbow injury that took FMF/KTM rider Charlie Mullins out of the scene, he made it clear the worst is over and is back in the running. After producing a solid ride in the first special test of the Leadbelt National Enduro, Mullins went on to win the next three, putting himself well ahead in the lead. Fellow KTM riders Russell Bobbitt (2nd) and Steward Baylor (3rd) filled the remaining spots, making it a complete KTM sweep.
Although Taylor Robert captured the WORCS title last round, he didn't let off one bit as he took the overall weekend win in Taft, California this weekend. JCR Honda's Timmy Weigand went 2-3, taking 2nd overall ahead of Josh Strang who kept the pressure on Weigand for the final podium spot. With Robert already crowned WORCS King, his teammate Bobby Garrison was awarded 2nd overall in the championship, alongside THR's Robby Bell taking 3rd.
In the Pro 2 ranks, FMF/RPM/KTM Racing Team Maxxis rider Ivan Ramirez reached his goal, taking the Pro 2 Championship ahead of Cory Graffunder and Justin Seeds.
Caselli Conquers Panaca
Like his teammate Charlie Mullins, FMF/KTM rider Kurt Caselli made his first National Hare & Hound post-injury debut since Utah where he injured his shoulder. Picking the perfect line off the bomb start, Caselli took the lead from start to finish, but Team Green Kawasaki's Jacob Argubright tested his consistency as he stayed less than a minute behind Caselli for the entire 100-mile race. Coming through the checkers with the win, Caselli racked up points towards points leader Dave Pearson who took 3rd overall.
The next two rounds will come down to the wire between Pearson and Caselli for the 2012 Championship, as Argubright looks to move into the top 5.
Gorrior Continues into the JDay Points Lead
Taking 9/11 wins in the season, Jon Gorrior has successfully kept himself in the points lead of the JDay Offroad Series. At MX-207 in Lyman, ME Gorrior had some new competition to test his current win streak. GNCC riders Nate Kanney, Adam Bonneur and Chris Douglas made an appearance, including local moto rider Robby Marshall, but it proved to have no affect on Gorrior as he went on to take the weekend overall win and currently sits with 228 points (+38). Nate Kanney and Robby Marshall came of the weekend in 2nd and 3rd overall. Anyone else think it would be interesting to watch Gorrior take on another major series with these top guys?