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03/19/2018

GasGas North America’s DeLong, Davis And Steede Make Strides At Wild Boar GNCC

Though the results don’t paint a true picture, GasGas FAR Racing is making positive strides with its newly formed GNCC effort and came away with encouraging performances from team riders Andrew DeLong, Nick Davis and Korrie Steede at this weekend’s Wild Boar GNCC in Palatka, Florida. The Florida round typically features the roughest course of the year due to it’s sandy nature, and this year’s round was no different as rows and rows of endless whoops formed from the constant churning of aggressive tires.

DeLong was running as high as third during the opening lap of the XC1 Pro race when a foreign object – presumably a rock – caused a puncture in one of his aftermarket radiators. Just before the end of the first 13-mile lap, DeLong’s bike started to overheat, eventually forcing the Pennsylvania rider to call it a day. DeLong has been making great progress on the XC300 during the past few weeks. And while a nagging wrist injury plagued him during the ’15,’16 and ’17 seasons, DeLong is starting to find the same aggressive form that won him the national enduro title in 2014. 

Andrew Delong: It was a shame because I was off to my best start of the year and I was riding well, but I could smell the engine getting hot so I knew I had a problem. I was trying to get it back to the pits when it locked up on me so we had to call it a day. I was running third after the start and I settled into about sixth near the end of the lap, and that’s when something punctured the radiator. 

In the XC2 250 Pro class, Nick Davis was running fifth in the XC2 division on his 2018 XC250 when severe arm-pump forced the Pennsylvania rider out of the race after three laps. Like DeLong, Davis is making good strides with the bike, but is hurting for seat time. The Pennsylvania rider was scheduled to spend all day Monday at the Wild Boar facility for suspension testing in preperation for next weekend’s General GNCC.

Nick Davis: I got off to a good start and settled into about fifth place. I was feeling good on the bike, but the track was really rough and I started to get arm-pump. I was able to make it three laps and then we had to call it a day. I feel I was riding well and I’m sure I could have maintained fifth place for the remainder of the race, but we will just have to line up in Georgia and give it all we have.

Women’s WXC rider Korrie Steede got off to a great start in the morning race by grabbing the holeshot on her 2018 XC250. Korrie ran near the front until a crash dropped her back into fifth at the finish.

Korie Steede: My bike started right away and I just nailed the throttle and grabbed the holeshot ahead of Mackenzie Tricker. The track was pretty rough so it definitely benefitted the aggressive riders. I was running with the lead pack on the first lap but I ended up crashing, so I regrouped and focused on riding smooth. That was one of the roughest tracks I’ve ridden so I just tried to conserve energy as much as I could. 

All three members of the GasGas FAR Racing team stayed at the track to get more seat time on Monday and to do suspension testing in preparation for next weekend’s race in Georgia. GasGas FAR Racing returns to action on March 18 for the Maxxis General GNCC in Washington, Georgia.

 

GNCC PRO RESULTS

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

     

 

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