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GasGas North America’s Kepple Shines At WORCS XC2, DeLong and Davis Make Progress At Big Buck GNCC


Gas Gas North America’s Noah Kepple came away with an impressive runner-up finish at this weekend’s Canyon MX WORCS race in Peoria, Arizona – round two of the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC WORCS series in Peoria, Arizona. Meanwhile, in South Carolina, GasGas FAR Racing teammates Andrew DeLong and Nick Davis turned in encouraging performances at the VP Racing Fuels Big Buck GNCC – the opening round of the AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series.

Out on the west coast, in a one-off appearance in the series, EnduroCross regular Noah Kepple came away with a solid second place finish in the XC2 Pro class at the Canyon MX Worcs race – round two of the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC WORCS series in Peoria, Arizona. Kepple and eventual winner Trystan Hart got amazing jumps off the starting line as the two riders led the way into the opening lap of the race. Hart took the early lead with Kepple settling into a solitary second. Kepple gapped third place on the fast and rocky course, but was not able to reel in Hart and settled for the runner-up slot at the finish.

Noah Kepple: “I feel super good about the way I rode today. The track was rocky and fast and that’s not really by best terrain, but the Gas Gas XC300 worked great and was super confidence inspiring so I felt really comfortable. It was a great learning experiance for me and a good experience for me.”

In South Carolina, DeLong just missed out on a top 10 finish at the Big Buck GNCC, putting his GasGas XC300 into 11th place. The Pennsylvania native has only had his 2018 model for three weeks so he spent much of this weekend’s race testing suspension settings and getting seat time.

Andrew Delong: “I’m still not 100% with the bike, it’s been a long time since I raced a two-stroke in a GNCC, so I just kept it in my comfort zone since the course was a little sketchy. The course was rough and fast and there were a lot of square-edged bumps, big holes and small chop, which made for a good opportunity to work on suspension settings. We’re still sorting things out, but I think we came away with some good options for the next race. Overall, it was a pretty solid day – no get-offs and no problems. It was basically a situation where I was just trying to get more seat time. I’m not happy with the finish, but I’m satisfied with what we learned out there.”

In the XC2 Pro class, Nick Davis got off to an impressive start, getting off the line in third place on his 2018 XC250 before making his way into second. Davis rode a fast and steady pace until a nasty crash on lap two took the wind out of the Pennsylvania riders sails and sent him to the pits.  

Nick Davis: “Unfortunatly, I had a pretty good get off on the second lap when I hit a tree root and I took a handle bar in the gut. I went to the pits after that, but I was able to get going again and work my way back into 17th. It wasn’t what I was looking for, but under the circumstances I’ll take it. We were running up front until I crashed, so at least I know I have the speed. My Gas Gas XC250 was working really good and I was in the groove until I went down.”

In her first race on a big bike, Kori Steede finished a solid fifth place in a Women’s WXC division that was stacked with some pretty fast competition. Despite suffering several tip-overs, the 16-year-old from Beloit, Ohio rode a solid race on her XC250, holding her own against the likes of defending champion Tayla Jones, former multi-champ Maria Forsberg and former motocross racer Mackenzie Tricker.

Kori Steede: “My first two laps I was just trying to get the hang of the track and get the hang of the new bike,” said Steede. “It was my first big bike race and overall I felt pretty good for my first ride. I made a few mental mistakes that I need to work on, but I’m pretty happy with my fifth place against a good group of girls. I didn’t know what to expect coming into the race and the track got pretty rough and I got tired, but I had fun.” 

The next appearance for the GasGas FAR Racing team will be March 4 at the Cajun National Enduro in Forest Hills, Louisiana. 


1. Kailub Russell (KTM)
2. Thad DuVall (Hsq)
3. Steward Baylor (KTM)
4 Trevor Bollinger (Hon)
5. Josh Strang (Hsq)
6. Layne Michael (Hsq)
7. Ricky Russell (Yam)
8. Cory Buttrick (Hsq)
9. Jordan Ashburn (Bet)
10. Grant Baylor (KTM)
11. Andrew DeLong (GG)


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