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FRE/KTM Race Report – GNCC Round 6
Kirkland Wins Yadkinville ATV GNCC – XC2 Class
Yadkin Valley Stomp

Angel Atwell
Angel Atwell

Bryan Cook
Bryan Cook

Yadkinville, NC – It was a great weekend for the FRE/KTM ATV GNCC Team as all three riders battled for podium positions throughout their respective races at the sixth round of the GNCC Series at the Yadkin Valley Stomp resulting in a win for XC2 rider Josh Kirkland, 3rd for Women’s rider Angel Atwell and 5th for XC1 rider Bryan Cook.

The Women’s race was up first. Atwell nailed the holeshot but was quickly passed by a hard charging Traci Cecco. As they neared a group of lappers on the second lap, Atwell took a wider line around them and allowed Kristen Atwell to move into 2nd. On lap three, Atwell regained the lead after the pit stop. The three ladies remained close throughout the remainder of the race. On the final lap Atwell and Cecco went into the same line only big enough for one quad. Unfortunately, Atwell got pushed off the track and dropped to 3rd when she reentered. She finished the race 3rd overall. Now six rounds in, Atwell and Cecco are tied for the points lead with one race drop.

The afternoon race conditions were much worse than the morning race – very dusty with hard visibility. Cook had a great launch off the line and came around the first turn in 3rd behind Donald Ockerman and Taylor Kiser. Cook moved into 2nd behind Ockerman on the first lap. Both Cook and Kiser decided to pit after the first lap due to the dusty conditions. Kiser edged out Cook as they reentered the track from the pits. Both riders charged hard and were able to catch and pass Ockerman on the next lap.

On the final lap, the top five riders Kiser, Cook, Chris Bithell, Adam McGill and Chris Borich all remained close. Bithell was able to move ahead of Kiser and Cook and took over the lead. A mistake by Cook near the end of the final lap allowed McGill and Borich through and dropped him to 5th overall for the race.

The XC2 class was the highlight of the day for the FRE/KTM Team with Josh Kirkland starting the race off with a much needed holeshot in the dusty conditions. The leaders went into the woods behind the XC1 line and dust played a major factor. The thick dust and herd of XC1 riders ahead had trampled banners and made the course marks unclear. Soon the lead group of XC2 riders had missed a section and ended up in front of the XC1 riders. The race continued as officials decided how to properly handle the situation.

Kirkland rode an amazing pace and stayed within the top XC1 riders for the entire race. He led the XC2 class from the start to the finish for an easy win. At the end of the race the officials decided to enforce a two minute penalty on several riders for the mistake at the beginning of the race. After the penalty, Kirkland still comfortably took home his first victory of the 2010 season. Kirkland is now 13 points down from the point leader heading into the 7th round.

Next Event: Somerset, PA – May 22, 2010

Overall Results – XC1

1)    Chris Bithell
2)    Taylor Kiser
3)    Chris Borich
4)    Adam McGill
5)    Bryan Cook – KTM

Overall Results – XC2

1)    Josh Kirkland – KTM
2)    Brian Wolf
3)    Walker Fowler
4)    Kevin Yoho
5)    Gabe Phillips

Overall Results – Women’s

1)    Kristen Atwell
2)    Traci Cecco
3)    Angel Atwell – KTM
4)    Lexie Coulter
5)    Amelie Laualke

About KTM
KTM, founded in 1953, is the second largest European motorcycle manufacturer specializing in “Ready to Race” street and off road motorcycles and ATVs.

Proven successes in worldwide competition are embodied into the design and function of each KTM race machine. KTM has built a reputation for high-quality premium race ready machines suitable for street and off road race competition and recreation. With more than 160 World Championships and counting, the technology, design and performance of KTM continues to race past the competition time and again.

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