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Yamaha's Taylor Kiser XC1 Pro #6 GNCC Round #9 Race Report

June 27, 2009 – Snowshoe– Snowshoe, WV - For the ninth round of racing we headed to Snowshoe West Virginia. I had been spending my time in Kentucky with my good friend Bill prior to this round. As with every round of racing, I worked day in and day out to prep for this event. This round of racing would, mark history with a large Pro Purse win and a 20 mile loop which the afternoon event would compete on. Snowshoe is known for its rugged conditions but I welcome these challenges and was confident heading into this round.

The most common question I was asked was whether the pro purse was on my mind; and to be honest it was but it was not the most important thing to me heading to the line. There is a National championship up for grabs and it is something I have been working towards for a very long time. Yes, the money would be nice but the points were the main thing on my mind as I headed to the line. I started on the front row of the grand prix style start and head into the woods towards the front of the pack.

I settled into my rhythm trying to remain smooth and calm through the challenging terrain. At the end of lap one I was comfortable in the third place position and enjoyed the open track we had to work with. The new section of the track was great with some elevation changes, technical terrain, and fast sections. The first full lap took approximately 50 minutes so I pitted for gas my first time through pro row. The pit stop was flawless and I held onto third as we made our way back out on to the course.

As the day wore on I found myself caught in bottle neck after bottle neck which cost me valuable time. However, I kept my composure and started picking off riders which did not last for long as I again would find myself caught in more situations that cost me which in turn equaled more time lost on the leaders. I rode a strong race all day and did what I could to get back to the front of the pack as soon as I could but in the end I ran out of time. I placed 9th for the day. I must say my Yamaha performed the best it has all year which allows me to enter the summer break full of confidence that I will be back up front when we head to Unadilla in September.

After this round of racing and placing ninth I  continue to hold second place in the XC1 points standings;  I have a lot of great sponsors and supporters that have a hand in my success thus far and  I cannot thank them enough; Yamaha, Houser, Ohlins, HMF, Maxxis, Mike Kiser Welding, Raber Industries, T&K Cycles, HiPer, Moto X Nutrition, Fly, Powermadd, Fasst, Ballance Racing, Precision Racing, Rath Racing, GT Thunder, DP Brakes, G4 graphics, Derek Tremain- ARS Powersports, Baldwin Motorsports, Big Nutz Racing, Chester Vet Clinic, Jason Lyons – Mona Vie, Spectro Oils, Tire Balls, ATV Exposed, Albright Motorsports, IMS and Eden Winery.

I am looking forward to the Summer Break but will not alter my training in preparation for the last four rounds of the 2009 season!

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