For Immediate Release: Jasper Indiana
Steel Creek , Morganton NC
Brad Bakken 3rd
Jed Haines 4th
Corey MacDonald 1st Open A
Jason Raines 1st Sportsman A (morning race overall)
TEAM: OBERMEYER YAMAHA/RAINES RIDING UNIVERSITY/OFFROADVIKING.com
Round three of the 2012 GNCC series made its way to the Steel Creek Campground in Morganton, NC this past weekend. The Obermeyer Yamaha/Raines Riding University/Offroadviking.com race team was there to be a big part of the action! The team had a great day from the mini bikes all the way up to the XC2 guys! Brad scored his first podium of the year finishing a strong 3rd. Jed would follow him in for the fourth place position. In the Open A class Corey MacDonald would nearly bring home the top amateur award until a last lap crash would barely place him in 2nd overall and 1st in the Open A class! In the A.M. race, the boss man Jason Raines threw his hat into the Sportsman A ring where he would win the class and the overall for the morning race!
Brad – “I got a good start and barely missed the holeshot to Cody Gragg. Going into the woods I was stuck behind Gragg and Lojack for a while before passing them. From there I rode with Thomas for a while until I crashed on a hill. From that point on I told myself to ride smart and smooth. I caught back up to Thomas and passed him pretty quickly. From there I continued my game plan of staying consistent and landed on the podium. I’m really happy with the 3rd place finish which moves me into 5th in points. Going into Big Buck I’m hoping to improve on today’s finish and I’d like to see myself and Jed on the box there! I’d really like to thank everyone that helps me out and thanks to my Obermeyer Yamaha/Raines Riding University/Offroadviking.com team for all of their support!”
Jed- “I decided to pick a further outside start spot than normal in hopes to not get stuck in the first turn. the bike fired right up and i went around the first turn in the top 5 and the first fourstroke, rode the first lap behind Brad and was comfortable with the pace but he got around 2 slower riders in front of us and pulled away, i got too excited and ended up with arm pump even after i got around the 2 riders, the arm pump gave me problems the second lap resulting in 2 hard crashes that left the bike twisted and me frustrated, when I came into the pits i didn’t rush and the team did their jobs and calmed me down, the third lap I settled in and started to flow nice, from there on i just kept pushing harder and harder where I could and kept the bike off the ground picking off riders every lap, when the 2 lap board came out I was gain on a podium position so I let it all hang out without making too big of mistakes, didn’t have quite enough time or speed to catch Brad for third but salvaged a good result after being as far back as 12th one the first pit stop, am frustrated with myself not riding my own race the first 2 laps but am happy that my fitness is where it needs to be and allowed me to regroup.”
Corey-“After the xc2 started I was watching Ricky Towery and the flag. I’ve watched him for so long that I know him and his twitches before the start. I kept watching for the signs and there they were. I missed the holeshot but still had a great start! I found myself in second going into the woods. At first I was experiencing some armpump but I was able to get my breathing right and relax. This allowed me to keep pushing thru the entire day. After lap one I was leading the overall out of all the armatures! Me and Plessinger were within a second of each other all day. On the last lap I had a 5 second lead on him until I went over the bars and stalled the bike. I knew that I had lost about 45 seconds but kept pushing on regardless. I could hear him behind me but I wasn’t going to let him around me. This was one of my favorite tracks so far and my Suspension worked awesome! The bike worked awesome! If I hadn’t of crashed on the last lap I would have had the overall amateur. Everything worked so well today and my Kenda tires hooked up great! I’ll come back at Big Buck and get the overall amateur!”
Jason- “My Yamaha YZ 250 started on the first kick today as usual. From there I grabbed the holeshot and stayed up front the entire day. Me and Casey battled back and forth as we moved thru traffic. We came up to one bottleneck on a hill where I made it up pretty clean and never looked back! The YZ250 worked great today!”
With great finishes throughout the team the South Carolina round can’t get here quick enough! The team plans to take the momentum and keep it rolling at Big Buck!
Obermeyer Yamaha/Raines Riding University/Offroadviking.com River Ranch results
Brad Bakken 3rd XC2 Jed Haines 4th XC2 Corey MacDonald 3rd Open A Zac Nash 3rd 250 A Drexel Payne 11th 4 Stroke A lites Leeann Bange 5th Women Cody Ruckle 4th 85 (14-15) Zack Ponder 3rd 85 (12-13)
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