Another exciting weekend of GNCC has passed and the battle for points is getting tighter and tighter. The inagural Dunlop Limestone 100 welcomed the racers with an abundance of trees, tacky trails, roots and rocks. Mead couldn't fight off the jet lag to defend his win at The Mammoth, and Kailub Russell was back to his usual self after a strange finish at the previous round. Read on for a breakdown of the top group.
Kailub Russell is missing one thing, his starts. It seems that he isn't getting his bike off the line when he needs to for a holeshot. Since he doens't kick his KTM, it's the electric-start that looks to be giving him a little trouble. Russell is forced to make his way up through the pack every race, and it's really a luck of the draw if he's on a good-passing track that will set him up for the first position early on. At the Limestone, he was in the lead by the 4th lap and is now tied for the lead in points with Whibley.
Holeshot Master Paul Whibley is consistent as consistent gets. But he couldn't find the edge to pass up Kailub or keep himbehind him. Whibley ran a solid race as usual and now that he is tied with Russell for the points lead with 147 points, it's going to keep the two extremely honest. Can this tie give him some motivation to get to the front?
Charlie Mullins took control of the race on the second lap over Whibley. It was apparent he was trying to make a gap as fast as he could and knew Russell was stil behind Whibley. Unfortunately, he came across two problems, one of them was a wiring issue, something no one could see coming. He strolled into the pits and got back out there, but was lap down forcing him to finish for points
Can you say Jet Lag? Because Rory Mead could spell it forward and backward for you. Last Tuesday, Mead was ordered to go back to New Zealand, just before he had a chance to defend his win from The Mammoth. Luckily the guy at customs was a fan and Mead made it to Indiana Sunday just before the race. Mead drove sraight to the race, lined up and tried to repeat his performance. He made agressive passes in the beginning, but wore himself down. Mead told the crew he was tired and rightfully so. He took 6th for the weekend and still sits 4th in points. Although he didn't make it to the podium this round, props for making a 16,000-mile journey in 5 days.
If you have eyes, you'd remember seeing Thad Duvall running in 3rd, straight through the checkers. But when podium time came around, it was Jordan Ashburn who was awarded the 3rd place trophy. Duvall was docked to 4th, for some sort of unapproved line choice that any one could have made and possibly did make. Mistakes happen and clearly this is unusual for his character so it's not something you'll be seeing more of. But it is unfortunate that he finally got to third for his first podium of the year and lost it.
The podium welcomed Jordan Ashburn for the first time this season. Ashburn is usually a top 10 guy, but has obviously made some positive changes to his program. Switching trainers a few races ago, he has been doing cross-fit and it seems to be making the difference. He proved his consistency while he and Duvall had a battle the whole race going back and fourth. Ashburn was behind Duvall coming to the finish, but Duvall was docked and it moved him up to a lucky third.