By: KR4 Arrive-N-Ride
PALATKA, FL, March 15, 2017- Round two of the AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country series took to the sands of Palatka, Fla. at the Rodman Plantation March 11-12.
On Sunday, the minis took off and the day began with KR4’s Canadian rider, Troy Horbaty, riding his Husqvarna TC85 to complete his best overall finish of his GNCC career, 18th.
At the 10 a.m. start, it started to cloud up a bit, but the weather held off long enough to give Tayla Jones the traction she needed to get another great start in the Women’s Pro class and grab the hole shot at the Wild Boar. She quickly pulled a one-minute lead, and by the finish, she beat the entire field of riders for the win. Also in the WXC class was 15-year-old Rachael Archer from New Zealand on a Husqvarna TC125. Archer battled strong and finished fourth for the day and ninth overall. Be on the lookout for this up-and-coming WXC rider as she is a fierce competitor.
The skies grew dark for the start of the 1 p.m. Pro race, and by the end of that lap, it was pouring rain and creating terrain challenges for the riders.
XC1 rider Grant Baylor suffered problems and ran out of fuel, but managed to capture an eighth place finish. Jesper Börjesson, in the XC2 class, was still suffering flu symptoms and ended up with a mid-pack finish. In the XC3 class, Hunter Neuwirth finished fifth and is still battling an injury from the last Full Gas Sprint Enduro.
In the 4-Stroke A class, Colin Keegan had another great race and finished in third place. KR4 riders Conner Keegan and Hunter Williams also competed in this class and finished 11th and 12th respectively.
Other riders and their placements in the Wild Boar included the following:
Bill Gold finished third in the Silver Masters A 55+ class.
Ben Rubio, an AnR customer from Alaska, finished second in the Super Vet C 35+ class.
Esteban Naveda and David Espinosa, AnR riders from Columbia, South America, finished second and sixth respectively in the Vet B 30+ class.
Chase Sweda smoked the 250B class on his Husqvarna TC250, winning the class by over 13 minutes. Sweda finished 88th overall.
Grass Roots Riders for the Wild Boar GNCC Race:
Jeremy Skinner finished 20th in the Super Mini 14-15 class.
Al Chuppa finished fifth in the Elite Masters 65+ class.
Hank Hays finished 10th in the 200A class.