Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4/Husqvarna Team Rider Grant Baylor Placed 2nd Overall and Tayla Jones Wins 2017 Championship at the Lead Belt NEPG

Grant Baylor had a successful weekend in Missouri, finishing second overall.Photo - Shan Moore

Grant Baylor had a successful weekend in Missouri, finishing second overall.Photo - Shan Moore

Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4/Husqvarna Team Report: Lead Belt National Enduro

PARK HILLS, Mo. (September 18, 2017) – The Lead Belt National Enduro took place this weekend in Park Hills, Missouri. Hot and humid conditions made for a dusty day of racing at the seventh round of the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series, but the Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4/Husqvarna team overcame the conditions with impressive team results.

Grant Baylor started the first of six tests in second, and then took the next two test wins. The fourth test would prove to be the most difficult for Baylor where he fell back to fourth, but still had control of the overall heading into the remaining two tests. Unfortunately, Baylor wrapped up the day with a pair of third-place test finishes, which put him in second overall for the day. Grant maintains control of third in the championship standings with two rounds to go.

                Steward Baylor 1st Place, Grant Baylor 2nd Place and Thad Duvall 3rd Place

                Steward Baylor 1st Place, Grant Baylor 2nd Place and Thad Duvall 3rd Place


       Tayla Jones Wins The Women's Elite Class and Takes The 2017 NEPG Championship

       Tayla Jones Wins The Women's Elite Class and Takes The 2017 NEPG Championship

After missing the previous round to compete in the opening Endurocross race, Tayla Jones was eager to be back on the National Enduro scene. Jones kicked off the day winning the first test, and kept the momentum rolling through the next four. The victory for Jones was a little sweeter than the rest, where she clinched her second championship of the year – just one week after claiming the WXC GNCC title.

Tayla Jones wrapped up the Women's Elite title at the Lead Belt - two rounds early. Photo - Shan Moore

Tayla Jones wrapped up the Women's Elite title at the Lead Belt - two rounds early.

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“I had a lot of fun this weekend in Missouri,” said Jones. “Dust was a main factor this weekend making it hard to see, but I had consistent good tests and I’m pumped to get another National Enduro win!” - Tayla Jones


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The Gutierrez father and son duo both had top-ten finishes with Maximo finishing on the 200 C podium in second, and his dad Ambrocio finishing tenth in the highly competitive 40+ B division.

KR4 Performance Team Results:

  • Grant Baylor – Pro – 2nd
  • Tayla Jones – Women’s Elite – 1st
  • Ambrocio Gutierrez – 40+ B – 10th
  • Maximo Gutierrez – 200 C – 2nd

Next NEPG Event: Round 8 – Sand Springs, OK – October 15, 2017

 

The Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4/Husqvarna Team will be back in action this Sunday, September 27, with the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Mountaineer Run GNCC in Masontown, West Virginia.


About AMA National Enduro Series 

Enduros are one of the oldest forms of motorcycle competition. Run on a challenging route that includes wooded and desert terrain, more difficult "test" sections are connected with roads, fire roads or easy two-track trail. The Enduros are one of the most thrilling and fulfilling forms of motorsports competition. The discipline's top riders compete in the AMA National Enduro Championship Series. Find out more at www.nationalenduro.com.

About KR4 Performance

KR4 Performance is a leading professional and amateur race team that participates in the Grand National Cross Country Championships (GNCC), the Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series (FGSE), and the National Enduro Promotions Group (NEPG) Series. KR4’s team won the 2016 Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro Championship. KR4 Pro, Grant Baylor, was a member of the 2016 Junior American ISDE team, which placed 2nd in the 2016 International Six Day Enduro. KR4’s solid team structure is made up of former GNCC pros, expert motorcycle mechanics, and industry enthusiasts that are 100% dedicated to helping clients achieve their racing goals. Visit www.kr4performance.com for more information. 

About the KR4 Arrive-N-Ride Program

KR4 is paving the way for the future of off-road racing with its unparalleled Arrive-n-Ride Program, saving riders time, money, and hassle. For an affordable fee, KR4 can offset the cost of racing and have everything ready for riders on race day. With the KR4 Arrive-N-Ride program, bikes are prepped by the KR4 team before a race and delivered with gear to riders on race day to the location of their choosing. To learn more or sign up for the Arrive-n-Ride Experience, please contact fkeegan@kr4performance.com or visit www.kr4performance.com. For additional information, follow the team on FacebookTwitterInstagram. For the team’s photo gallery, visit their Flickr page. 

 

Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4/Husqvarna Team Rider Tayla Jones Takes The 2017 GNCC Title At Unadilla

NEW BERLIN, N.Y. (September 13, 2017) –The Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4 Arrive-N-Ride Team picked back up GNCC racing after a two-month hiatus for summer this weekend in New Berlin, New York. The Unadilla GNCC is known for record-breaking attendance numbers, and this year’s event didn’t disappoint. After rain earlier in the week, track conditions were perfect by the time the first team members took to the track on Sunday morning. Lapped riders seemed to be the main topic of discussion after each race, but that didn’t stop the Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4 Arrive-N-Ride team from finding success with podium finishes and even a national championship.

                                                       KR4 Pro Pit Photo by Ken Hill

                                                       KR4 Pro Pit Photo by Ken Hill

The biggest team update from Unadilla comes from the 10 a.m. race. Lining up, Tayla Jones, knew she had the opportunity to wrap-up the championship in the WXC class if she was able to finish in first. She picked up right where she left off in Ohio and lead the first lap, unfortunately the short track put lapped riders ahead of the girls sooner than normal. Jones would end up becoming tangled with a rider and fall all the way back to fifth. However, Jones quickly remounted and worked her way diligently back through the pack to take her ninth win of the season and clinch her very first GNCC title.

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“I had a good race, no major dramas out there and only one small crash so that was good.,” reported Jones. “The lappers were pretty hectic and finding lines to get around was basically how the race went. I had a lot of fun though and the track conditions were good. I am super excited to wrap up the title. It has been a dream of mine for a long time and to finally get to this point is an amazing feeling.”

KR4 Performance Team Results 10 a.m. Race:

  • Tayla Jones – WXC – 1st
  • Ambrocio Gutierrez – Sportsman B – DNF
  • Maximo Gutierrez – 200 C Schoolboy (12-15) – 6th
                                 Tayla Jones Wins The 2017 GNCC Championship

                                 Tayla Jones Wins The 2017 GNCC Championship

Sam Widdicombe utilized the Arrive-N-Ride Program, and flew from England to race in the Sportsman B class. Widdicombe’s race was cut short due to coming together with a lapped rider, but he still has a positive reflection on the experience!

“So the Unadilla GNCC didn't really go as planned as my race ended two laps before the finish due a crash on one of the hill climbs where another rider back flipped his bike into me making me roll to the bottom and banged myself a bit,” said Widdicombe. “I’m all okay but that's racing, if it was easy everyone could do it! Thank you to Frank Keegan Jr. for all his efforts and Aaron Evans for his awesome efforts getting the bike in tip-top shape. Anyone looking to come race a GNCC get in touch with me and I'll be happy to sort it out! #britabroard”

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Grant Baylor also came into this weekend’s event with all eyes on him after winning his first ever GNCC at the previous round. Unfortunately, Baylor struggled with a shoulder injury, but still managed to push through and finish seventh in the XC1 Pro class.

“Unadilla was a tough one for me, I started the day with a fresh shoulder injury which made it very hard to hold myself up on a very rough and physically demanding track but I gave it all I had and ended up with seventh,” said Baylor.

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Jesper Borjesson was also plagued with a shoulder injury this weekend. After getting stuck behind a wreck in the first turn, Borjesson went to work passing through the pack until he had to stop and remove his shoulder brace. He would end up coming back for 18th in his first GNCC back since June 11.

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“Back racing after the summer break and my shoulder injury. I had a bad start and I got stuck in a bunch of riders that went down in front of me,” reported Borjesson. “I had to pass a lot of riders right after that, but my shoulder and arm started to hurt during the first lap. I had new protection for it, but it was too tight around my arm so I lost time struggling with that and had to stop in the pits on the second lap to take it off. I was pretty far behind the other riders but wanted to finish the race and get laps on the track for the future. So really bad result this weekend but I'm happy to be back and happy to have another GNCC in the book."

Hunter Neuwirth’s summer break training paid off this summer where he finished an impressive third in the FMF XC3 1250 Pro-Am class, marking his fifth podium appearance of the year.

“The race was awesome,” said Neuwirth. “The course was rough and a lot of fun. I got a bad start but diced my way into fourth quickly and had Whibley in sight, but I pitted to early so I was stuck trying to play catch up all day. The last two laps I had to tone the pace down after my back gave out from an injury earlier this week. At the end of the day I got on the box with third. I felt good on the bike and rode well. I'm closer to those guys now then I've ever been.”

                  Hunter Neiwirth Scores His 5th XC3XC3 Podium At Unadilla GNCC

                  Hunter Neiwirth Scores His 5th XC3XC3 Podium At Unadilla GNCC

KR4 Performance Team Results 1 p.m. Race:

  • Grant Baylor – XC1 Pro – 7th
  • Jesper Borjesson – XC2 250 Pro – 18th
  • Hunter Neuwirth – XC3 Pro-Am – 3rd
  • Chase Sweda – 250 B – 4th
  • Colin Keegan – 4 Stroke A Lites – 6th
  • Conner Keean – 4 Stroke A Lites – 13th
  • Brandon Keegan – 200 B – 4th
  • Hank Hayes – 200 A –11th
    Brandon Keegan Battled For 2nd and Ended Up Settling For 4th Place In The 200B Class

    Brandon Keegan Battled For 2nd and Ended Up Settling For 4th Place In The 200B Class

In the 8 a.m. youth race, Canadian rider Troy Horbaty captured his best finish to date in the 85 (7-11) with second, while Texas’ Mango Gutierrez finished 18th in his first GNCC of the year.

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KR4 Performance Team Results Youth Race:

  • Troy Horbaty – 85 (7-11) – 2nd
  • Mango Gutierrez – 85 (12-13) – 18th

Next GNCC Event: Round 11 – Masontown, West Virginia – September 23, 2017

The Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4 Arrive-N-Ride Team resumes GNCC racing on Sunday, September 23, with the with the Mountaineer Run GNCC. Grant Baylor, Tayla Jones and the rest of the NEPG team will compete this weekend in Missouri at the Lead Belt National Enduro. 


About GNCC Racing

The AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series presented by Maxxis is America's premier off-road racing series. Founded in 1975, the 13-round championship is produced exclusively by Racer Productions. Cross-country racing is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. The grueling three-hour GNCC races lead as many as 2,400 riders through tracks ranging in length from eight to 12 miles. With varied terrain, including hills, woods, mud, dirt, rocks and motocross sections, GNCC events are tests of both survival and speed. The series draws talent from all over the U.S., Central America, South America, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. GNCC Racing is televised weekly on NBC Sports and RacerTV.com. For more information, please visit www.gnccracing.com.

About KR4 Performance

KR4 Performance is a leading professional and amateur race team that participates in the Grand National Cross Country Championships (GNCC), the Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series (FGSE), and the National Enduro Promotions Group (NEPG) Series. KR4’s team won the 2016 Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro Championship. KR4 Pro, Grant Baylor, was a member of the 2016 Junior American ISDE team, which placed 2nd in the 2016 International Six Day Enduro. KR4’s solid team structure is made up of former GNCC pros, expert motorcycle mechanics, and industry enthusiasts that are 100% dedicated to helping clients achieve their racing goals. Visit www.kr4performance.com for more information. 

About the KR4 Arrive-N-Ride Program

KR4 is paving the way for the future of off-road racing with its unparalleled Arrive-n-Ride Program, saving riders time, money, and hassle. For an affordable fee, KR4 can offset the cost of racing and have everything ready for riders on race day. With the KR4 Arrive-N-Ride program, bikes are prepped by the KR4 team before a race and delivered with gear to riders on race day to the location of their choosing. To learn more or sign up for the Arrive-n-Ride Experience, please contact fkeegan@kr4performance.com or visitwww.kr4performance.com. For additional information, follow the team on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. For the team’s photo gallery, visit their Flickr page. 

Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4/Husqvarna Team Report: 92nd FIM International Six Days Enduro

Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4 Arrive-N-Ride Team Report: 92nd International Six Days Enduro

BRIVE, France (September 4, 2017) – The 92nd running of the FIM International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) came to a conclusion on Saturday, September 2 in Brive, France. Riders were put to the test, racing for six straight days in various weather and track conditions, pushing not only themselves, but also their machines to the limit. However in the end, two Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Arrive-in-Ride team members found success and will be heading home with some hardware after their impressive performances.

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Tayla Jones made the decision to compete in her first ISDE six years ago, and headed into this year’s event eager to defend the Australian Women’s Trophy Team past four wins – all of which she was a part of.

Spain jumped out to the early lead on day one, with Tayla and the rest of the Australian team in second. The girls carried the momentum into the second day and took over the lead, and Tayla continued to set the standard with the day overall. Tayla battled back-and-forth with Spain’s top female, Lala Sanz, for the overall each day and topped the charts once again on day four.

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Tayla may have had to settle for second overall by a mere minute and a half, but her impressive individual scores, paired with her teammates’, vaulted them to the top of the team standings where the scored their fifth-straight victory.

“Five in a row – it’s still pretty unbelievable,” said Tayla. “I’d just like to give a shout out to my teammates, Jemma and Jessica, there is no ‘I’ in team, and we just knew how to make it work. It has been a huge six days and we wouldn’t have been able to do it without the help of the whole team.”

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The U.S. Junior World Trophy team demonstrated that consistency is key after starting the event in fourth. As the week progressed, so did their results where Grant Baylor steadily worked his way past riders and anchored the team’s success to win on day two. On day three, Grant and his teammates settled into pace taking third throughout the remainder of the week to score third overall in what can be referred to as the “Olympics” of off-road racing.

"This years ISDE had its ups and downs for me and for the team, it started out really well with the team leading after day two but then on day three it started going downhill with Toth having time keeping issues witch led to a minute penalty but we kept pushing forward," reported Grant. "On day five test one I somehow dislocated my shoulder without even going down so I pulled to the side put it back in place and went on to have my best day of the week, so all in all it was a decent week with the team landing on the box in third."

Due to a shoulder injury, Jesper Borjesson was forced to sit on the sidelines after being selected to represented his home country of Sweden. To view day-to-day results from this year’s event please click HERE. The 93rd running of the ISDE will take place in Chili on Monday, October 22 to Saturday, October 27 next year.

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The full Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4 Arrive-N-Ride Team resumes GNCC racing after a two-month break this Sunday, September 10, with the Parts Unlimited Unadilla GNCC in New Berlin, New York.

Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4/Husqvarna Team Hits Muddobbers National Enduro

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Grant Baylor raced his way to third overall in Indiana, just one second behind second place.  Photo - Shan Moore

MATTHEWS, Ind. (August 22, 2017) – Round six of the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series took place this past weekend, August 19 and 20, in Matthews, Indiana. Hot and humid conditions graced the farmer’s fields throughout the course of the weekend, making for perfect day of racing where Grant Baylor secured another podium finish with third overall.

The first of six tests proved to be the most difficult for Baylor, where he finished just outside the top-five in sixth. From there, Baylor’s day greatly improved where he excelled in the tight woods and creek crossings, to place just outside of the podium once with a pair of second and third finishes in the remaining tests for third overall – just one second behind second place. Baylor holds third place in the overall points standings heading into the seventh round.

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Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4 Arrive-N-Ride Amateur team member, Maximo Gutierrez also had a successful weekend in Indiana where he finished in the runner-up position in 200 C. Chase Sweda landed a top-ten finish with seventh in 250 B.

Colin Keegan scored 25th in the ultra-competitive 250 A division, with Ambrocio Gutiereez snagging 18th in 40+ B and Magno Gutierrez racing his way to 19th in Open B aboard his Husqvarna TC 85cc machine.

Utah native Eric Severns and his wife flew to Indiana to participate in the Arrive-N-Ride program for the first time, renting a Husqvarna FX350 to compete in the 55+ A class. Severns has been racing the full NEPG series, but a scheduling issue was going to make him miss the Muddobbers round. The Arrive-N-Ride program was the perfect fix and Severns finished fourteenth in class.

“I had a great experience with the KR4 Crew and I really could get used to the fly in and race experience,” said Eric Severns. “I’ve been racing the whole season this year and our family vacation created a conflict and I wasn’t going to be able to get to the race until I spotted the KR4 at the Rattlesnake Enduro and they set me up with everything I needed to race this weekend.”

Tayla Jones elected not to race the NEPG and instead compete in the opening EnduroCross series round at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jones crashed out of the lead on the final lap, but quickly recovered for an impressive third in her first-ever EnduroCross.

KR4 Performance Team Results:

  • Grant Baylor – Pro – 3rd
  • Chase Sweda – 250 B – 7th
  • Colin Keegan – 250 A – 25th
  • Ambrocio Gutierrez – 40+ B – 18th
  • Jean-Carlo Gutierrez – Open B – 19th
  • Maximo Gutierrez – 200 C – 2nd
  • Eric Severns – 55+ A – 14th

Next NEPG Event: Round 7 – Park Hills, Missouri – September 17, 2017

The Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4 Arrive-N-Ride Team resumes GNCC racing on Sunday, September 10, with the Parts Unlimited Unadilla GNCC.

 

Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4/Husqvarna Team Hits Rattlesnake Enduro

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CROSS FORK, PA (JULY 23, 2017) – Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4/Husqvarna Team Hits Rattlesnake Enduro – NEPG Round Five of the Series in Cross Fork, Pennsylvania.

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Over 500 riders filled the rows at the Rattlesnake Enduro this past weekend. Rains on Saturday created a slippery course on Sunday.

The KR4 Husqvarna Arrive-N-Ride Team was out in full force once again with a full stable of riders representing multiple classes. Leading the charge on row 34 was KR4's, Grant Baylor who was ready for the challenge and finishing 4th on test one. On the second test of the day, Grant made some costly mistakes and end up with a 10th place finish which put him at the end of the pack. He would eventually finish the day out with a 8th place finish and keep his 3rd points for the championship.   

  "It was a rough day at the rattlesnake, I felt like I was riding well but my times were saying otherwise and I just made a few too many mistakes to get the job done. We're still third in points and healthy, so on to the next one!

                          Grant Baylor, 8th Pro Class Photo Credit: Shan Moore

                          Grant Baylor, 8th Pro Class Photo Credit: Shan Moore

                      Tayla Jones, 1st Place Women's Elite Photo Credit: Shan Moore

                      Tayla Jones, 1st Place Women's Elite Photo Credit: Shan Moore

The dominance of Tayla Jones continues at the Rattlesnake and once again she rode a flawless race while she piloted her Husqvarna to a Women’s overall class win. Jones is obviously no stranger to winning in 2017, but the fact that she took this victory by over a 25 minute margin was very impressive. 

                                                        Conner Keegan 4th in 250A

                                                        Conner Keegan 4th in 250A

Conner Keegan had his best finish of the season at the Rattlesnake. Conner won test 5 in the 250A class and ended up finishing 36th overall for the day.


"I had a fun day at the Rattlesnake and rode good all day except for a few crashes. Ended up 4th and 36th overall." -- Conner Keegan 

KR4 Lineup at the NEPG Rattlesnake

  • Grant Baylor - 8th Pro Class
  • Tayla Jones - 1st Women's Pro Class
  • Conner Keegan - 4th 250A 
  • Colin Keegan - 25th 250A
  • Ambrocio Gutierrez - 4th 40+B
  • Brandon Keegan - 4th 200B
  • Maximo Gutierrez - 4th 200C
  • JeanCarlos Gutierrez - 30th OpenB

About AMA National Enduro Series

Enduros are one of the oldest forms of motorcycle competition. Run on a challenging route that includes wooded and desert terrain, more difficult "test" sections are connected with roads, fire roads or easy two-track trail. The Enduros are one of the most thrilling and fulfilling forms of motorsports competition. The discipline's top riders compete in the AMA National Enduro Championship Series. Find out more at www.nationalenduro.com.

About KR4 Performance
KR4 Performance is a leading professional and amateur race team that participates in the Grand National Cross Country Championships (GNCC), the Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series (FGSE), and the National Enduro Promotions Group (NEPG) Series. KR4’s team won the 2016 Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro Championship. KR4 Pro, Grant Baylor, was a member of the 2016 Junior American ISDE team, which placed 2nd in  the 2016 International Six Day Enduro. KR4’s solid team structure is made up of former GNCC pros, expert motorcycle mechanics, and industry enthusiasts that are 100% dedicated to helping clients achieve their racing goals. Visit www.kr4performance.com for more information. 

About the KR4 Arrive-N-Ride Program
KR4 is paving the way for the future of off-road racing with its unparalleled Arrive-n-Ride Program, saving riders time, money, and hassle. For an affordable fee, KR4 can offset the cost of racing and have everything ready for riders on race day. With the KR4 Arrive-N-Ride program, bikes are prepped by the KR4 team before a race and delivered with gear to riders on race day to the location of their choosing. To learn more or sign up for the Arrive-n-Ride Experience, please contact fkeegan@kr4performance.com or visitwww.kr4performance.com. For additional information, follow the team on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. For the team’s photo gallery, visit their Flickr page. 
 
 
Media Contact: 
Frank Keegan

3 First Place Podiums For Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4/Husqvarna Team and Sweet Sixteen for Tayla Jones

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MILLFIELD, Ohio (July 9, 2017)―  ROCKY MOUNTAIN ATV*MC/ KR4/ Husqvarna Team Sweeps The GNCC John Penton With 3 First Place Podiums and Gets The Amateur and Pro Overall Win.

The ninth round of the 2017 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) series took place, July 9, with the 28th Annual Wiseco John Penton GNCC at the popular Sunday Creek Raceway in Millfield, Ohio. The KR4 team were put to the test facing heavy rain on Saturday and hot humid race conditions, but at the end of the grueling three-hour race Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4/ Husqvarna's Grant Baylor found himself in the middle of the box for the first time in his career.

“A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t.” Jack Dempsey (1895-1983) 8 Years Consecutive World Boxing Champion 1919-1926

At KR4, one of our goals is to build champions, and we have a team full of them in the making. A true champion is not defined by the championship itself, but instead what a rider goes through to earn one. Our riders are groomed to get up when others can’t, and to realize what matters most is how you persevere when the going gets tough.

“Our athletes, our crew and our sponsors work hard every week - and we are thrilled to see it pay off for everyone. We are extremely proud of everyone on the team.  Grant winning the overall in the 1 PM race and Tayla getting the overall in the 10 AM race is an incredible accomplishment and one we are very proud. ”- Frank Keegan

Special Announcement:

Three of our 5 pros have been invited to represent their respective countries in the prestigious International Six Day Event (ISDE) to be held in Brive-la-Gaillarde, France August 28—September 2, 2017; Grant Baylor, Tayla Jones, Jesper Bjorjesson will prepare for the event over the GNCC break.  

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                 Grant Baylor (#314) XC1 Pro Class Start  Photo Credit:  Ken Hill

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XC1 Pro Grant Baylor (USA) took his first GNCC overall win after a protest was filed against Thad Duvall.   Grant came back from 10th place and charged through the pack to have the fastest lap of the day and ended up taking the overall at the John Penton GNCC.

"Man what an epic day yesterday! A slow start to the day but caught up to the group quick for some tight racing all day.  I managed to work my way through and break away from the pack to put in the fastest lap of the day. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time to claim my first ever GNCC Overall." -- Grant Baylor 

          Tayla Jones on the motocross track at the John Penton   Photo Credit: Ken Hill

          Tayla Jones on the motocross track at the John Penton   Photo Credit: Ken Hill

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                                       WXC Podium  Photo Credit:  Ken Hill

Women’s Pro Tayla Jones (AUS)  took the 1st place podium slot for the sixteenth time this season at the Round 9 of the GNCC John Penton event!
Tayla also raced and won the overall at the Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro located in Virginia Saturday. Tayla's mechanic, Steward Baylor Sr. prepped her bike between races and made the 5 hour trip with Tayla from Virginia to the John Penton.

                                   Hunter Neuwirth XC3 FMF-Pro Class  Photo: Ken Hill

                                   Hunter Neuwirth XC3 FMF-Pro Class  Photo: Ken Hill

                Hunter Neuwirth gets his first FMF - XC3 Pro Class Win. Photo by Ken Hill

                Hunter Neuwirth gets his first FMF - XC3 Pro Class Win. Photo by Ken Hill

Rounding out the triple podium weekend was Hunter Neuwirth ( USA) who secured his first win today in the XC3 class on his Husqvarna TC125.  Hunter lead most of the race and after 3 hour racing he secured his first win for the 2017 season.  

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Chase Sweda battled in 250B Class and ending up getting 5th for the day.  Chase is now tied for 2nd place in the class and is only a few points from the championship.Photo Credit:  Ken Hill

            Kenda's Own Jason Baldwin Showed Up to Race the 10 AM Event. Photo by KR4

            Kenda's Own Jason Baldwin Showed Up to Race the 10 AM Event. Photo by KR4

Kenda Tire Motorsports Director Jason Baldwin raced one of our Husqvarna FX350 motorcycles and he ended placing 3rd in the Senior C (40+) class for his first ever GNCC podium.   

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KR4 Grassroots Team Rider Bill Gold battled it out in the Silver Master A (55+) Class and ended up placing 2nd for the day in the 10 AM race.

"The race was a tough one for me today and by the 3rd lap the bottle necks were pretty bad and I did everything I could to make my way around the course." -- Bill Gold    

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KR4 Grassroots team rider Maximo Gutierrez made his way from Texas to race the John Penton GNCC and ended up finishing 6th place in the 200C Schoolboy (12-15) Class. Photo by Ken Hill

KR4 Arrive-N-Ride Team Results

  • Grant Baylor - XC1 - 1st Place
  • Scott Grills - XC1 -12th Place
  • Hunter Neuwirth - XC3 - 1st Place
  • Tayla Jones - WXC - 1st Place
  • Conner Keegan - 4 Stroke A Lites - 4th Place
  • Colin Keegan - 4 Stroke A Lites - 6th Place
  • Bill Gold - Silver Master A (55+) - 2nd Place
  • Chase Sweda - 250B - 5th Place
  • Brandon Keegan - 200B - 5th Place
  • Ambrocio Gutierrez - Sportsman B - 23rd Place
  • Jason Baldwin - Senior C (40+) - 3rd Place
  • Maximo Gutierrez - 200C Schoolboy (12-15) - 6th Place
  • Troy Horbaty - 85cc (7-11) - 5th Place

About GNCC Racing

The AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series presented by Maxxis is America's premier off-road racing series. Founded in 1975, the 13-round championship is produced exclusively by Racer Productions. Cross-country racing is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. The grueling three-hour GNCC races lead as many as 2,400 riders through tracks ranging in length from 8 to 12 miles. With varied terrain, including hills, woods, mud, dirt, rocks and motocross sections, GNCC events are tests of both survival and speed. The series draws talent from all over the U.S., Central America, South America, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. GNCC Racing is televised weekly on NBC Sports and RacerTV.com. For more information, please visit www.gnccracing.com

About KR4 Performance
KR4 Performance is a leading professional and amateur race team that participates in the Grand National Cross Country Championships (GNCC), the Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series (FGSE), and the National Enduro Promotions Group (NEPG) Series. KR4’s team won the 2016 Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro Championship. KR4 Pro, Grant Baylor, was a member of the 2016 Junior American ISDE team, which placed 2nd in  the 2016 International Six Day Enduro. KR4’s solid team structure is made up of former GNCC pros, expert motorcycle mechanics, and industry enthusiasts that are 100% dedicated to helping clients achieve their racing goals. Visit www.kr4performance.com for more information. 

About the KR4 Arrive-N-Ride Program
KR4 is paving the way for the future of off-road racing with its unparalleled Arrive-n-Ride Program, saving riders time, money, and hassle. For an affordable fee, KR4 can offset the cost of racing and have everything ready for riders on race day. With the KR4 Arrive-N-Ride program, bikes are prepped by the KR4 team before a race and delivered with gear to riders on race day to the location of their choosing. To learn more or sign up for the Arrive-n-Ride Experience, please contact fkeegan@kr4performance.com or visitwww.kr4performance.com. For additional information, follow the team on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. For the team’s photo gallery, visit their Flickr page. 
 
 
Media Contact: 
Frank Keegan

Notro Mousse Partners with KR4 Team

Coal Center, PA. July 6, 2017―  The Rocky Mountain ATV*MC / KR4 Arrive-N-Ride / Husqvarna Motorcycle Team Partners with Nitro Mousse for 2017 - 2018 Season.

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We are pleased to announce our new partnership with Nuetech Companies Inc. and the Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4/Husqvarna Team for 2017-2018 season.

Neutech is in the business of traction and providing a flat proof system that simply works is just what they do!  The Inventors of the famous Tubliss system, have developed the Nitro Mousse, that will work for all riding conditions.  Nitro Mousse combines a high concentration of nitrogen into an micro-matrix of proprietary elastomers that is claimed to be very tough and out last the other Mousse on the market. These elostomers are formed into a tube shaped, foam feeling ring that is installed into the tire and mounted on the rim with or without special tools. Nuetech claims the durability is up to double the life of other mousse options and is 100% flat-free. 

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KR4 Team Will Be Running The Nitro Mousse in Our Husqvarna Motorcycles

THE NITROMOUSSE DIFFERENCE

Nuetech have put more than a decade of research and development into improving the less than desirable aspects of a mousse. 

Nitro mousse combines a high concentration of nitrogen into an incredibly tough micro-matrix of proprietary elastomers. This eliminates the dead feel and provides a much more lively, lighter and traction enhanced feel from the very first ride, as they do not need a break in period. Additionally, our proprietary formula and manufacturing process provides a mousse that will last up to twice as long at a much lower cost.

"The Nitro Mousse was developed over years of extensive research and development in the toughest conditions possible. Whether it be in 30 degree single track, 115 + degree high speed test sessions and everything in between, we didn't stop until the compound was right. The Nitro Mousses high concentration of nitrogen and blend of proprietary elastomers allow them to be incredibly tough while providing a lively, progressive and traction enhanced feel. The Nitro Mousse has been race tested in various off road disciplines by top professional riders and continues to prove that they are the longest lasting best performing mousse available" --Joe Wichert, Nuetech LLC. Team Rider Support 

 

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KR4 Team Owner Frank Keegan with XC3 Pro Hunter Neuwirth

"We are excited to work with the Nitro Mousse team this year.  Over the past two months we have tested the different compounds and sizes with some of our pro riders and the results were great and we’re delighted that they’ve chosen to team up with us.” -- Frank Keegan

WHAT IS A MOUSSE

EXPLAINATION: A “Mousse” – (“mousse” is French for foam), simply put is just a solid foam inner tube. They were originally introduced to the off road motorcycle market in 1984 by the French tire company Michelin. There are several companies over the years that have created different formulations of a mousse, however the composition and nature of the foam can have a huge impact on performance and longevity, so not all mousses are equal.

PROS AND CONS: In general a mousse is known to do one thing very well, NOT go flat. However they are also known to have several downsides, such as having a slow rebounding or non-progressive effect in their ride-ability. In the industry, this is often referred to as a “DEAD” feel. This loose or unstable feeling can affect the motorcycles handling and traction applications and unfortunately you just have to live with it because they are not adjustable (Like pneumatic systems or inner tubes), other than that they do adjust themselves as they diminish and wear. Being a solid foam unit, mousses are generally heavier than most tubes, and the dead feeling only contributes to this effect and feel. Other negatives can be their short life span, made worse by their high cost (Nitromousse is a big improvement compared to past mousses).

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About the KR4 Arrive-N-Ride Program

KR4 Performance is a top ranked professional Enduro motorcycle team with 14 full time riders competing in 8 different classes on the most high profile enduro circuits in North America. The team competes at all Grand National Cross Country Championships (GNCC) events, and participates in select NEPG and Kenda Full Gas Sprint events.

The team also boasts an industry leading “Arrive-N-Ride” rental program which provides a factory level experience for 20 riders annually; offering the best industry equipment, staff and full race support. Participants come from around the world including Australia, Japan, Sweden, United Kingdom, Columbia, Mexico, Canada, Finland, Greece, Guam, Dominican Republic, New Zealand, Africa and Switzerland.

KR4 is dedicated to developing riders of all levels in the sport of Enduro; from the world’s top pro’s to the young grassroots sector. Our staff is comprised of former GNCC pros, expert motorcycle mechanics, and dedicated industry enthusiasts.

Check us at: www.kr4performance.com
 
 

Kenda Tires Partners With KR4 For 2017

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COAL CENTER, PA. April 19, 2017―  The Rocky Mountain ATV*MC / KR4 Arrive-N-Ride / Husqvarna Team Is Pleased To Announce Their Partnership With Kenda Tires

 

KR4 is excited to have Kenda on board for the remaining of 2017. Kenda Tires will be supplying our team with their podium bound tires.  Kenda supports both the NEPG and the FGSE with track-side sales and installation.  KR4 will be promoting Kenda at all the GNCC events. Be sure to stop by one of our high-profile pit areas to learn more about Kenda Tires and how they can help you achieve your racing goals. Kenda is a leading manufacturer of bicycle, motorcycle, ATV, automotive, industrial and trailer tires.  KR4 looks forward to hosting Kenda's own Director of Powersports, Jason Baldwin, at the Wiseco John Penton GNCC at the end of May.  Jason will race a KR4/Husqvarna 350 in the 10am race as part of KR4's Arrive-N-Ride team.    
 

“We are thrilled to have the KR4 Performance team throttling on Kenda Tires.  They are a huge force in the off-road world it will be awesome to see them winning on Kenda Tires!”  stated Jason Baldwin Director of Powersports for Kenda. 

 

"At KR4 we do more than just “race" motorcycles… we take pride in making sure our team has quality products that will hold up in a grueling 3 hour race.  We are excited about our new partnership with Kenda Tire and look forward to a successful partnership for years to come."  - Team Owner, Frank Keegan.

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KR4 sponsor’s products are tested in the toughest motorcycle competitions in the world. Visit www.kr4performance.com for a list of corporations whose products KR4 trusts.

About Kenda Tires
Since it was founded in 1962, Kenda has operated under the core values of Honesty, Innovation, Quality, and Customer Service.  Over the years, Kenda has continued to develop and expand its product offering to meet changing market demands.  Today, Kenda is one of the world’s leading tire and tube manufacturers for automotive, motorcycle, ATV, bicycle, wheel chair golf car, lawn care equipment, trailer, skid loader, and agricultural vehicles.  With factories all over the world, Kenda is able to provide quality products to suit a wide variety of applications.  For more information, please visit www.kendatire.com

About KR4 Performance
KR4 Performance is a leading professional and amateur race team that participates in the Grand National Cross Country Championships (GNCC), the Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series (FGSE), and the National Enduro Promotions Group (NEPG) Series. KR4’s team won the 2016 Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro Championship. KR4 Pro, Grant Baylor, was a member of the 2016 Junior American ISDE team, which placed 2nd in  the 2016 International Six Day Enduro. KR4’s solid team structure is made up of former GNCC pros, expert motorcycle mechanics, and industry enthusiasts that are 100% dedicated to helping clients achieve their racing goals. Visitwww.kr4performance.com for more information. 

 

About the KR4 Arrive-N-Ride Program
KR4 is paving the way for the future of off-road racing with its unparalleled Arrive-n-Ride Program, saving riders time, money, and hassle. For an affordable fee, KR4 can offset the cost of racing and have everything ready for riders on race day. With the KR4 Arrive-N-Ride program, bikes are prepped by the KR4 team before a race and delivered with gear to riders on race day to the location of their choosing. To learn more or sign up for the Arrive-n-Ride Experience, please contact fkeegan@kr4performance.com or visitwww.kr4performance.com. For additional information, follow the team on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. For the team’s photo gallery, visit their Flickr page. 
 
 
Media Contact: 
Frank Keegan
fkeegan@kr4performance.com
(724) 255-9985

 


Another Great Finish For Australian Tayla Jones

February 28 - (Lizella, Georgia): Echeconnee MX facility near Lizella, Georgia hosted Round 2 of the Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro series. Over 200 riders competed in this 2 day event under dry and dusty conditions with strong wind gusts on Saturday.

Swedish Pro rider Jesper Börjesson, Australian Tayla Jones, and Hunter Neuwirth led the charge for the KR4 Pro team.

XC1 rider Jesper Börjesson started the weekend off with a 2nd place finish just behind Ryan Sipes on Saturday.  On Sunday, Jesper completed an entire woods test stuck in 3rd gear because of a broken shift lever-which kept him from claiming a podium slot for the weekend. He finished the weekend 6th overall. Börjesson, who rides a 250 in the FGSE said "The woods test here on the Kenda Full Gas Series is a tight layout- it's a new challenge for me coming from the off-road series in Sweden. I'm working on it and making day-by-day improvements.  It's all great preparation for GNCC Lites."

Jesper Borjesson - Photo by Shan Moore

Jesper Borjesson - Photo by Shan Moore

Women's Pro Tayla Jones turned in another exceptional ride in the women's elite class this weekend fighting it out with fellow Australian Mackenzie Tricker. She trailed Tricker on Saturday by 29 seconds, beating Tricker in only 1 of the 6 tests.  "I couldn't seem to stay off the ground on Saturday and then I got stuck in the mud hole in the Enduro test and that cost me a lot of time" said Jones. On Sunday, Jones turned up the heat winning 4 of 6 tests, finishing the weekend in 2nd place.

Tayla Jones - Photo by Shan Moore

Tayla Jones - Photo by Shan Moore

New to the Rocky Mountain ATV*MC / KR4 team and new to the women's elite class this weekend was 15 year old Rachael Archer from New Zealand. Archer arrived late to the USA, missing Saturday's rounds, but she turned some impressive laps on Sunday on a KR4 prepped Husqvarna 125.

XC2 rider Hunter Neuwirth suffered an ankle injury on test 4 Saturday which put a quick end to his weekend. He is recouping and we will have an update on his condition soon.

16 year old Chase Sweda from Flowery Branch, GA won 3 of 6 tests in Open B on Sunday claiming 2nd place overall as part of the KR4 Arrive-N-Ride Amateur team.

Fellow teammates Ambrocio Gutierrez (40+ A Class) from Argyle, TX finished 8th.

Maximo Gutierrez (Juniors 12-17) finished 6th aboard a 2017 Husqvarna TE 150 and his brother Magno Gutierrez (85 12-15) finished 5th

Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4/Husqvarna Team Announces 2017 Partnership

Rocky Mountain ATV*MC Announces Continuing Sponsorships of GNCC and Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4/Husqvarna Race Team for 2017

Rocky Mountain ATV/MC is proud to announce their continued Title sponsorship of the KR4/Husqvarna race team for 2017.  The team is a fixture in the industry, and is comprised of GNCC pros, expert mechanics, and dedicated industry enthusiasts. Thisseason,14 riders are signed to the program including Grant Baylor. "We are thrilled to have Grant Baylor on board with the Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4 team”, said KR4 team owner, Frank Keegan. "As part of a deal with Husqvarna Baylor will race the FX450 and compete as our XC1 Pro at GNCC and NEPG’s events.”

Swedish Pro Jesper Borjesson will race the Husqvarna FC250 in the XC2 Class on the AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country series. He will transition to Pro during the Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro. XC3 Rider Hunter Neuwirth will run the Husqvarna TC125 at the GNCC’s. In the Women’s Pro division, the dominant Australian Pro Tayla Jones will race all the GNCC’s, NEPG’s and FGSE races on a Husqvarna FC250.

Dan Thomas, CEO and owner of Rocky Mountain ATV*MC, had this to say of the company's sponsorship involvement with GNCC, "We are happy to be able to support the GNCC series and the Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4/Husqvarna team. Showing up and racing each round takes a lot ofdedication. The riders that participate in GNCC have put in a lot of time and effort to get where they are.  Our Race Gas Fast Track program is our plan to help riders cut down on the strain so they can focus more on the race. With our background in off-road racing, we're continue to be impressed by the level of talent put forth by the KR4 team and we look forward to another strong season."

For more information or to pre-register for the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Race Gas Fast Track Program, go to gnccracing.com/pages/pre-registration.

 

Arrive-N-Ride With Us!

"Our highly acclaimed Arrive-N-Ride program provides global enthusiasts an opportunity to participate in an authentic Factory grade race program, offering the best industry equipment, staff and full race support. Rocky Mountain ATV*MC has everything you need to go racing and we are excited” – Frank Keegan

 

About Rocky Mountain ATV*MC:

We have been providing offroad products since 1985. Primarily starting with ATV tires and wheels, Rocky Mountain ATV/MC was established in a small, one room warehouse by CEO and Founder, Dan Thomas, operating phones, shipping, and receiving. Due to your support and loyalty, we have grown into a company that ships thousands of products weekly throughout the United States and many other foreign countries.

Our sport of off-roading and street riding is, in our eyes, one of the most fulfilling and enjoyable things a person can do. We here at Rocky Mountain ATV/MC are passionate about what we do; we ride just like you do and live for the thrill and excitement it brings to the individual as well as the togetherness it can create for an entire family. It's more than a hobby or sport...it's a way of life. And we're honored to share that way of life with you, our valued fellow rider.

We'd like to say thank you by providing an easy-to-use website with low prices, fast shipping and great customer service. Our customers are very important to us and this is a way, we feel, that we can offer the best service. And if by chance, there ever is a question regarding the quality of service or the quality of a product, please Contact Us. We will do everything possible to remedy the problem.