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Race Report: St Clairsville GNCC Round 12
Rider: Paul Whibley
Team: JG Offroad, GEICO, Monster Energy Kawasaki
Bike: Kawasaki KX450f
Result: 3rd

The 12th round of the GNCC series was held at St Clairsville OH. Last year this race was unbelievably dusty with several feet deep powder in some sections of the track. This year however rain leading up to the event dampened down the clay soil and the dreaded dust was non existent. The Quads dried the track out on Saturday and packed it down to a shinny slippery surface in a lot of places.
I got a good jump off the line but got pushed a little wide and was mid pack round turns one and two. Seen some pretty crazy crashes on lap one as some guys were getting caught out by the difference in traction on the hard pack. Through the first lap I steadily moved up and was second behind Josh Strang although he had started to make a break for it before I got into the number 2 spot. Josh had set a fast pace and I was trying hard to close the distance but was struggling. The other Team Suzuki rider Charlie Mullins was behind me and a good race began with us changing positions several times through the mid part of the race. He got the upper hand on me when I washed the front end out in a soft turn. I got going again and was making up ground when I went down again. I wiped out after jumping the mud hole twisting the forks in the clamps. By the last lap I was getting the signal to take third place and settle for some good points. Obviously third was not were I wanted to be but Josh and Charlie both rode great. I lost a few points to them but I am still in a strong position going into the final in Crawfordsville in a couple weeks were I will be looking to get back to that top step of the podium.

Results
1st: Josh Strang
2nd: Charlie Mullins
3rd: Paul Whibley

Thanks to my Sponsors:
JG Offroad, GEICO, Monster Energy Kawasaki, Moose Racing, Shoei, Smith, Sidi, RG3, Ohlins USA, Moto SR, Pirelli, LeoVince, No Toil, CTi, Enduro Engineering, Renthal, Pro Moto Billet/Fastway, IMS, Vortex ignitions, G2, PG Graphics, EBC Brakes, Tsubaki Chains, WER, BRP, Rekluse, CV4, Silkolene, Works Connection, Motion Pro


 

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