Round two of the GNCC series took place only four days after round one and the short recovery time between rounds made for some tough conditions. Once again FLY riders represented with team riders near the front of the pack in each of their classes at “The General” GNCC in Washington, Georgia.
In the XC2 Pro Lites class, Steward Baylor made it two in a row, but this one would not be as easy as the first round. This time, the Team F.A.R. Husqvarna duo of Jason Thomas and Glenn Kearney kept Baylor honest for the entire three hours, with Baylor pulling a small margin near the end of the race to win by 20 seconds over Thomas.
“The battle [between me and Jason Thomas] was intense,” said Baylor. “We were back and forth – it was kind of like skiing all day – it was sick.”
Kearney was next to come across the line in third to make it a FLY sweep. Fellow FLY rider Jedediah Haines had another strong showing taking fifth.
In XC1 competition, FLY team riders Rory Mead and Chris Bach finished eighth and ninth place and now sit in fifth and seventh place in the XC1 class points.
Another notable FLY Racing finish was Grant Baylor in 15th place overall, second in class, and second once again in the top finishing amateur competition. Baylor now holds the 250A class points lead heading into round three.
“I had a good day,” said G. Baylor. “Reports are that I was actually overalling the whole race at the second check of lap one. Unfortunately, I got stuck in a mud hole where I lost some time, but I managed to run a pace that would land me in the Top 15 for the day.”
Next up is GNCC Round 3, “Steele Creek,” in Morganton, NC on April 1st.
XC2 Pro Lites
1st – Steward Baylor | Fly/RidePG/WP Racing USA/Leatt/KTM
2nd – Jason Thomas | F.A.R. Husqvarna
3rd – Glenn Kearney | F.A.R. Husqvarna
5th – Jedediah Haines | Obermeyer Yamaha/Raines Riding Univ/OffRoadViking.com
7th – Brad Bakken | Obermeyer Yamaha/Raines Riding Univ/OffRoadViking.com
16th – Lucas Statom | Privateer
8th – Rory Mead | WMR/KTM
9th – Chris Bach | Factory Beta Offroad
2nd – Adam Bonneur | Privateer
3rd – Corey Macdonald | Obermeyer Yamaha/Raines Riding Univ/OffRoadViking.com
11th – Chris Douglas | WMR/KTM
2nd – Grant Baylor | Fly/RidePG/WP Racing USA/Leatt/KTM
3rd – Layne Michael | Morgantown Powersports
5th – Zach Nash | Obermeyer Yamaha/Raines Riding Univ/OffRoadViking.com
6th – Samuel Evans | Hardcore Racing
9th – Chris Akaydin | Privateer
10th – Ethan Jaudas | WMR/KTM
4-Stroke A Lites
2nd – Derrick Allen | Privateer
10th – Drexel Payne | Obermeyer Yamaha/Raines Riding Univ/OffRoadViking.com
1st – Craig Delong | Privateer
2nd – Ryan Slopko | Hardcore Racing
7th – Richie Cook | Hardcore Racing
8th – Tristian Stumbo | Hardcore Racing
7th – LeeAnn Bange | Obermeyer Yamaha/Raines Riding Univ/OffRoadViking.com
9th– Jordon Milbauer | Obermeyer Yamaha/Raines Riding Univ/OffRoadViking.com