DIrt Bike Journal | GRANT BAYLOR WINS JOHN PENTON GNCC


The ninth spherical of the 2017 AMSOIL Grand Nationwide Cross Nation (GNCC) sequence offered by Maxxis, an AMA Nationwide Championship, occurred in the present day, July 9, with the 28th Annual Wiseco John Penton GNCC on the common Sunday Creek Raceway in Millfield, Ohio. The world’s quickest off-road racers had been put to the take a look at going through scorching and humid race circumstances, however on the finish of the grueling three-hour race Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4/ Husqvarna’s Grant Baylor discovered himself in the course of the field for the primary time in his profession.

FMF/KTM Manufacturing unit Racing’s Russell Bobbitt would discover himself within the entrance grabbing the $250 All Balls Racing Holeshot Award. N-Fab/AmPro Yamaha’s Ricky Russell wasn’t too far behind and moved into the lead on the second flip, however Rockstar Power/Manufacturing unit Husqvarna Racing’s Thad Duvall cleared the path into the woods.

Russell Bobbitt jumped out to the early lead, grabbing the $250 All Balls Racing Holeshot Award.

– Ken Hill

As soon as they hit the primary open discipline part, Thad continued to guide with Bobbitt in tow and Ok Russell making a go for third. Duvall tried to leap a breaking bump, however ended up off the bike the place he misplaced the lead. By the point the fron trunners reached the hill climb towards the tip of the primary lap, Ok Russell had secured the first-place place with Bobbitt and Duvall following.

Shortly, Duvall was on the again wheel of Ok Russell as they checked by means of timing and scoring for the primary time. Duvall stored the momentum rolling and located himself again within the lead on the second lap. Duvall was challenged by Ok Russell who stored proper on him. The duo had a big hole on R Russell and the group battling for forth. As they entered the motocross observe, R Russell held off Coast Racing/Husqvarna’s Ryan Sipes.

With two laps full, Duvall pitted whereas Ok Russell elected to not. Thad’s pit labored to Ok Russell’s favor the place he as soon as once more discovered himself within the lead. With a transparent observe, Ok Russell targeted on gapping his competitors as a lot as attainable understanding that he must pit the following lap.

Thad Duvall crossed the line first, but faced a penalty which placed him in second.
Thad Duvall crossed the road first, however confronted a penalty which positioned him in second.

– Ken Hill

Sadly after stretching a bit lead, Ok Russell went down on the backside of the FMF Energy Level. He rapidly remounted his bike, however Duvall managed to squeeze by for the lead earlier than he obtained again on observe. Realizing that Ok Russell needed to pit, Duvall selected to pit once more and managed to nonetheless maintain onto the lead as they rubbed plastics exiting Professional Row.

Duvall and Ok Russell continued to swap positions back-and-forth as Duvall cleared the path by means of the white flag. As followers lined the observe watching the motion unfold, Duvall bobbled in the identical place Ok Russell went down, however managed to stick with it on two wheels. Ok Russell got here out of the woods in first as they charged by means of the notorious mulch pile.

Ok Russell confronted a mechanical difficulty within the unique Professional solely “John Penton” part of the observe and he couldn’t get his bike began again. Duvall capitalized on Ok Russell’s misfortune and continued pushing ahead. Baylor, working his method from outdoors the highest ten discovered himself in third and into second as soon as Russell had machine points.

Grant Baylor was awarded the overall win - marking his first career overall victory.
Grant Baylor was awarded the general win – marking his first profession total victory.

– Ken Hill

With only a few miles left till the end, Duvall carried his pace till the checkered flag the place he completed two and a half minutes forward of Baylor in second. Nevertheless, a protest was filed after the race towards Duvall and he was docked one place for chopping the observe. This resolution vaulted Baylor to the highest of the charts the place he took his first-ever total victory. Duvall and Ok Russell stuffed the general podium on the adjusted outcomes.

 

“We’re going race by race, we aren’t apprehensive in regards to the factors championship,” stated Duvall. “I didn’t really feel like I used to be the quickest one on the market, however I rode my very own race. I actually came upon how good the KTM’s and Husqvarna’s are in the present day. I dreaded the John Penton part all day, it simply didn’t actually move for me. I made an enormous mistake the primary lap once I tried to leap a breaking bump and flew off into the bushes. I figured after that it could be a protracted day.”

Grant Baylor worked his way from outside the top-10 to the overall victory.
Grant Baylor labored his method from outdoors the top-10 to the general victory.

– Ken Hill

RPM/KTM’s Chris Bach had his finest end of the season the place he completed simply off the rostrum in fourth, however sadly Bach was additionally docked a place for chopping the identical part of the observe as Duvall. Sipes was credited with fourth, with Bach in fifth. Bobbitt had considered one of his finest races of the season in sixth. JCR Honda’s Trevor Bollinger completed eighth total, and R Russell positioned ninth.

Within the XC2 250 Professional division, Harrison Helmick earned the $100 Sizzling Cams Holeshot Award, however Coastal Racing/Husqvarna’s Layne McCormick took the early lead and continued main till crossing the end line one minute forward of N-Fab/AmrPro Yamaha’s Josh Toth in second. Michael’s teammate, Craig Delong, made the category podium in third.

Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4/ Husqvarna Staff’s Hunter Neuwirth snagged his first FMF XC3 125 Professional-Am class win. Mark Heresco held onto second after a powerful holeshot, with JDP Suspension’s Devan Welch in third.

XC2 250 Pro Podium: (2) Josh Toth, (1) Layne Michael, (3) Craig Delong.
XC2 250 Professional Podium: (2) Josh Toth, (1) Layne Michael, (three) Craig Delong.

– Ken Hill

After placing forth a powerful experience and successful the Open A division, Levi Keller earned himself the highest novice honors. Alex Teagarden and Jonathan Johnson rounded out the novice total podium after an all-out battle to the end line.

On the conclusion of the 10 a.m. race it was Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4/Husqvarna Staff’s Tayla Jones standing on the highest spot of the rostrum taking residence the WXC victory and the general win. Tremendous Senior A category winner, Kenny Hawkins, completed second total. Fly Racing/Maxxis/Seat Ideas/KTM’s Becca Sheets adopted in third total, and second within the WXC division. Path Jesters KTM’s McKenzie Tricker would find yourself crossing the road third within the WXC class.

10 a.m. Overall Podium: (2) Kenny Hawkins, (1) Tayla Jones, (3) Becca Sheets.
10 a.m. General Podium: (2) Kenny Hawkins, (1) Tayla Jones, (three) Becca Sheets.

– Ken Hill

 

John Penton pictured with the youth overall podium: Zack Davidson, Peyton Whipkey and Mack Riemer.
John Penton pictured with the youth total podium: Zack Davidson, Peyton Whipkey and Mack Riemer.

– Ken Hill

 

XC1 Open Professional Occasion Outcomes:

  1. Grant Baylor (HSQ)
  2. Thad Duvall (HSQ)
  3. Kailub Russell (KTM)
  4. Ryan Sipes (HSQ)
  5. Chris Bach (KTM)
  6. Russell Bobbitt (KTM)
  7. Trevor Bollinger (HON)
  8. Ricky Russell (YAM)
  9. Philippe Chaine (KTM)
  10. Josh Strang (HSQ)

*General Nationwide Championship Standings:

  1. Kailub Russell (205)
  2. Thad Duvall (202)
  3. Steward Baylor (152)
  4. Ricky Russell (147)
  5. Josh Toth (137)
  6. Grant Baylor (119)
  7. Trevor Bollinger (100)
  8. Jordan Ashburn (99)
  9. Josh Strang (89)
  10. Craig Delong (87)

*Signifies that the General Nationwide Championship Standings will decide the 2017 Nationwide Champion.

XC2 250 Professional Occasion Outcomes:

  1. Layne Michael (HSQ)
  2. Josh Toth (YAM)
  3. Craig Delong (HSQ)
  4. Benjamin Kelley (KTM)
  5. Mike Witkowski (KTM)
  6. Jesse Groemm (KTM)
  7. Austin Lee (HON)
  8. Sam Evans (KTM)
  9. Zack Hayes (KTM)
  10. Drew Higgins (BET)

XC2 250 Professional Collection Standings:

  1. Josh Toth (243)
  2. Craig Delong (186)
  3. Layne Michael (186)
  4. Mike Witkowski (159)
  5. Jesse Groemm (140)
  6. Austin Lee (126)
  7. Ben Kelley (118)
  8. Zack Hayes (109)
  9. Sam Evans (85)
  10. Zach Nolan (79)

FMF XC3 125 Professional-Am Occasion Outcomes:

  1. Hunter Neuwirth (HSQ)
  2. Mark Heresco Jr. (KTM)
  3. Devan Welch (YAM)
  4. Jason Thomas (HSQ)
  5. Jaryn Williams (YAM)
  6. Josh Adkins (YAM

FMF XC3 125 Professional-Am Factors Standings:

  1. Jason Thomas (232)
  2. Mark Heresco Jr. (180)
  3. Hunter Neuwirth (180)
  4. Jack Edmondson (145)
  5. Josh Adkins (115)
  6. Jaryn Williams (114)
  7. Devan Welch (97)
  8. Paul Whibley (67)
  9. Dustin Gibson (61)
  10. Nate Smith (47)

 

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