Baylor Brings Home Best XC1 Finish, Sheets Second, Richardson Makes It 5 In A Row!
IRVINE, CA – April 28, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Race, win, wash and repeat! Round 5 of the Grand National Cross Country was another great weekend for MSR (Malcolm Smith Racing) racers. From quads to XC1, MSR racers flew the colors proudly on the podium at the Limestone 100 in Springville, Indiana. Muddy conditions and a challenging course featuring everything from tight and twisty single track, to flowing trails and a couple of snotty hill climbs did not deter Team MSR.
The tough conditions hurt AmPro/MSR’s Cole Richardson competition more than it bothered him as he made it five wins in a row in the XC2 Quad class. In another example of total domination, Yamaha-mounted Richardson captured his 5th consecutive $100 All Balls Racing XC2 Holeshot and lead wire-to-wire. “We like seeing the MSR gear on top of the podium at each GNCC,” says MSR Brand Manager Nick McBride. “Cole just needs to keep washing his lucky MSR gear to keep his winning streak intact.”
Richardson wasn’t the only Yamaha-mounted MSR racer to have a holeshot at the Limestone 100, however. In the premiere XC1 class, AmPro’s Jordan Ashburn took the holeshot and held an early lead. Tough conditions bogged Ashburn down just enough for former motocrosser and fellow MSR racer Ryan Sipes to get by for the lead. Sipes and Ashburn then began a back-and-forth battle that finally saw the tandem finishing 5th and 6th respectively.
While Sipes and Ashburn were dueling, MSR’s Grant Baylor and KTM’s Kailub Russell were setting a blistering pace. They blew past the early leaders and spent the next three hours going wheel-to-wheel for the win! Grant grabbed a career best XC1 finish, coming home in second less than 20 seconds behind Kailub. “Great weekend for Grant as he retained his lock on third place in the points chase, while proving he has what it takes to win,” notes McBride.
On the distaff side for the run to the roses, Becca Sheets finished a solid second in the WXC Class, one step higher on the podium than last week. Despite some bad luck on lap #1, she put her head down and charged through the pack to challenge for the win. She currently sits second in points in with eight rounds remaining in the series.
“From the blast furnace of Baja to the wet and wild GNCC courses, we believe that better gear makes for better performances,” says McBride. The same gear that wins on Saturday and Sunday in GNCC competition is available to everyone on Monday via your MSR retailer. “We just need to keep this ‘win, wash and repeat’ cycle going!”
XC1 Event Results:
- Kailub Russell (KTM)
- Grant Baylor (YAM)
- Thad DuVall (HSQ)
- Josh Strang (HSQ)
- Jordan Ashburn (YAM)
- Ryan Sipes (HSQ)
- Chris Bach (HON)
- Andrew DeLong (HSQ)
- Chris Douglas (KTM)
- Adam Bonneur (KTM)
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