Stuart, FL. (June 25, 2012) -Team WMR KTM/Nihilo Concepts XC1 Pro GNCC Rider Rory Mead wins Snowshoe! Rory started on the front row at the prestigious Snowshoe mountain resort next to Kailub Russell and fellow Kiwi Paul Whibley. Rory started off in 2nd place but quickly hunted down leader Russell, made the pass and never looked back. His amazing technical skills allowed him to quickly gap the field with over a minute lead at some points. Towards the end, Russell put on a last lap effort to try to catch Mead before the finish. Even with the pressure of Russell coming, Mead kept his composure and ended up taking the win by a mere 6 seconds!
Rory has been preparing for this race ever since he came to the states this season. His goal was to win this well-known event. "Rory keeps surprising us with his riding ability, poise and determination" says WMR owner Bob Brewster.
And to further enhance his win, Mead moved up into 3rd place in the championship points and gained a significant amount of points over Mullins who did not race Snowshoe due to injury. This win also gives Rory the possibility to advance even higher in the championship points.
Rory is now hoping to continue this energy and confidence into X-Games Enduro X this weekend in Los Angeles.
In addition to the usual team WMR members, this weekend team WMR helped support RPM/FMF/KTM team rider Bobby Prochnan, supplying him with a bike and track side support for his first GNCC event. Prochnan impressed everyone, pulling off an impressive 5th place in XC1. "Bobby is looking forward to a U.S. series to fill in between the Endurocross series events next year. I think GNCC is it. All of us at FMF/RPM/KTM Racing Team Maxxis are so proud of our Canadian star rider. Special thanks to Team WMR and Nihilo Concepts for the support" says RPM team owner Mike Hurlbert.
The other XC1 pro rider, Steven Squire was hoping to carry his momentum from winning last weekend's MAXC race, but things didn't go to plan for him at Snowshoe. Squire started second in his row right behind Jason Raines and within the first mile he clipped a rock de-railing his chain. He was able to re align his chain, but the damage was done. He lost a lot of positions and sprinted to try to catch back up and just over pushed himself and ended up being exhausted towards the last hour. "Bike was awesome and I liked the track, I just over exerted myself at the beginning and had nothing left at the end" says Squire.
Another stellar ride came from team WMR KTM/Nihilo Concepts rider Chris Douglas who finished an amazing 3rd place in open A even after multiple pit stops to swap rear wheels. Within the first lap Douglas managed to pop all his tire balls in his rear wheel forcing him to come into the pits and throw on his practice wheel with a conventional tube in it. This allowed team WMR's mechanics to replace his tire balls in his race wheel in preparation for another pit stop. On the next lap Douglas pitted again to allow the team to re-mount his race wheel allowing him to continue. Douglas was able to come back even with his multiple pit stops to finish up with a 3rd in class! "The track had some really technical spots that took some good lines to make it through. I had great preparation after being up in New York for two weeks prior, but it was a bummer to have to swap two wheels during the race. Still a good ride to finish 3rd but not where I want to be" said Douglas.
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