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FRE/KTM ATV GNCC Race Report – Round 7

Angel Atwell
Angel Atwell

Bryan Cook
Bryan Cook

Josh Kirkland
Josh Kirkland

Somerset, PA – FRE/KTM ATV Women’s rider Angel Atwell ended up 2nd overall after a long battle for the lead position at the seventh round of the ATV GNCC Series.

Atwell grabbed the holeshot followed by Traci Cecco and Kristen Atwell. Halfway through the first lap, Atwell got stuck on a downed tree in the middle of the trail and dropped to 4th. Heavy rain began to pour at the mid-point of the race making the track and hills very slick. Cecco took over the lead for a brief period as the rain continued to fall before both Atwells put on a charge. The two girls quickly passed Cecco and began a hard fought battle for the lead position for the remainder of the race. Angel Atwell had the lead heading to the finish line but an aggressive pass on the final corner moved Kristen Atwell into the lead across the checkers and Angel Atwell finished 2nd.

In the XC1 class FRE/KTM rider Bryan Cook came off the start line in 5th position. Unfortunately, Cook encountered a mechanical problem on the end of the first lap which caused him to DNF the race. “This is just one of those races where a fluke thing happened and I will just put it behind me and focus on the next round,” commented Cook.

FRE/KTM rider Josh Kirkland had a decent start in the XC2 race rounding the first turn in 4th position. Kirkland quickly moved forward to take over the lead and begin to pick off some of the XC1 riders in front of him. Near the end of the first lap, Kirkland was pushed off the muddy trail and into a deep creek. Water filled the air box and Kirkland struggled to get his ATV back to the pits for a quick repair. He lost valuable time and positions as the team hurried to fix his bike. When he reentered the race he increased his pace and picked off as many riders as he could. He eventually climbed back up to an impressive 7th overall to salvage valuable points in the championship chase. Kirkland is now in a three way battle for the points chase.

Next Event: Round 8 – Millfield, OH – June 5, 2010

Women’s Class Results

Kristen Atwell
Angel Atwell – KTM
Traci Cecco
Lexie Coulter
Jennifer Britts – KTM

XC1 Class Results

Chris Borich
Taylor Kiser
Adam McGill
Chris Bithell
Donald Ockerman

XC2 Class Results

Walker Fowler
Gabe Phillips
Mark Notman
Corbin Knox
Eric Hoyland
Kevin Yoho
Josh Kirkland – KTM

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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