Rocky Mountain ATV/KR4/Husqvarna Team Hits Powerline Park GNCC

Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4/Husqvarna Team Report: Powerline Park GNCC

Hunter Neuwirth takes on the infamous creek jump at the Powerline Park GNCC. - Photo - Ken Hill

Hunter Neuwirth takes on the infamous creek jump at the Powerline Park GNCC. - Photo - Ken Hill

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, O.H. (October 9, 2017) – The penultimate round of the 2017 Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) series, took place this past weekend in St. Clairsville, Ohio. With completely different conditions from the previous round, the Powerline Park GNCC was a muddy mess and challenged the riders to bring out their best skills to get through the slick Ohio race track.

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Grant Baylor had an excellent race from the beginning where he pulled the holeshot and led the way into the woods. Baylor was able to stretch a little bit of a lead the first lap, but found another rider hot on his heels as they checked through timing and scoring for the first time. On the second lap, Baylor fell back to fourth but pushed his way back to third by the time the two-lap card came out. Baylor continued in third until becoming victim of the infamous creek jump and getting stuck, just one mile before the finish. Baylor quickly got back on track and finished just off the podium in fourth.

Grant Baylor Takes Early Lead after His Hole Shot. - Photo By Ken Hill

Grant Baylor Takes Early Lead after His Hole Shot. - Photo By Ken Hill

Tayla Jones competed in the XC3 125 Pro-Am class again and got an excellent jump off the line in second. She made a mistake on the first uphill and fell back to seventh, but was able to get back in third on the second lap until having a bad crash at the four-mile marker, which ultimately took her out of the race.

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Jones’ competition, and teammate, Hunter Neuwirth, was there to take her position and was running on of his best races in third until he was plagued with a mechanical issue and also taken out of the race.

Hunter Neuwirth XC3 Pro Class - Photo By Ken Hill

Hunter Neuwirth XC3 Pro Class - Photo By Ken Hill

The rest of the team in the 1 p.m. race all had top-ten finishes with Chase Sweda finishing 7th in the competitive 250 B class, while Hank Hayes raced his way to sixth in 200 A. Conner Keegan placed 9th in 4 Stroke A Lites, and Brandon Keegan continued his top-five season with 5th.

Conner Keegan 4 Stroke A Lites - Photo By Ken Hill 

Conner Keegan 4 Stroke A Lites - Photo By Ken Hill 

KR4 Performance Team Results 1 p.m. Race:

  • Grant Baylor – XC1 Pro – 4th
  • Hunter Neuwirth – XC3 Pro-Am – 6th
  • Tayla Jones – XC3 Pro-Am – 6th
  • Chase Sweda – 250 B – 7th
  • Conner Keegan – 4 Stroke A Lites – 9th
  • Brandon Keegan – 200 B – 5th
  • Hank Hays – 200 A – 6th
Chase Sweda battles the tough conditions at the Powerline Park GNCC - Photo By Ken Hill

Chase Sweda battles the tough conditions at the Powerline Park GNCC - Photo By Ken Hill

TJ Fine secured his first win of the season in the 4-Stroke C Lites class, while Jeremy Skinner moved up to the 200 C (16+) class in the 10 a.m. race and also won his division! 

Back for another go at GNCC racing was Kenda Tire's own, Jason Baldwin in the senior C (40+) class.  Racing a Husqvarna FX350, Jason ended up finishing 2nd in the competive class. 

Kenda Tire Motorsports Director, Jason Baldwin proves he can battle and podium at the GNCC's.  Photo by Ken Hill

Kenda Tire Motorsports Director, Jason Baldwin proves he can battle and podium at the GNCC's.  Photo by Ken Hill

"The first lap being stuck hurt me and was down by 9 minutes on lap 1 and made up 5 on the leader on Lap 2, but just not enough time." - Jason Baldwin

KR4 Performance Team Results 10 a.m. Race:

  • Jason Baldwin - Senior C (40+) - 2nd 
  • TJ Fine – 4-Stroke C Lites – 1st
  • Troy Ayres – Senior C (40+) – 18th
  • Jeremy Skinner – 200 C (16+) – 1st

K4 Performance Team Results 8 a.m. Race

  • Troy Horbaty - 85 (7-11) 4th

Next GNCC Event: Round 13 – Crawfordsville, Indiana – October 30, 2017

The Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4/Husqvarna Team travels to Oklahoma for the Zink Ranch National Enduro this weekend. GNCC Racing resumes in three weeks, October 30, with the season finale Ironman GNCC in Crawfordsville, Indiana.


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 visit www.kr4performance.com. For additional information, follow the team on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. For the team’s photo gallery, visit their Flickr page.