Nagl Reigns in Spain, Baylor Battles in GNCC
IRVINE, CA – May 11, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain, however the weather at the MXGP of Spain was way better than Valkenswaard was last weekend and it looks like ProTaper’s Max Nagl may be ending the reign of former teammate Antonio Cairoli this year! Meanwhile, closer to home, ProTaper racers cut to the chase at the inaugural Dunlop Tomahawk GNCC. Jessica Patterson chopped her way through the pack to finish second in WXC, while Grant Baylor and Josh Strang whittled down the XC1 field.
MXGP OF SPAIN
Max Nagl Takes 2nd Overall in Talavera de la Reina
The FIM Motocross World Championship made its way to Spain for the sixth round of the series over the weekend. The MXGP of Spain was held in Talavera de la Reina and in stark contrast to the last round at the MXGP of Europe in Valkenswaard, this track presented a much harder surface, more elevation changes and warmer temperatures.
Warmer weather matched Max Nagl’s red hot holeshot streak! ProTaper’s top MX1 rider pulled his sixth holeshot of the season in race one and never looked back, taking home an impressive Moto 1 victory. Although he wheelied the start in race two and struggled to find good lines, Nagl rode steady to finish third in Moto 2 to second overall. The smart ride allowed him to maintain his points lead in the MXGP championship standings over archrival and defending champ Cairoli.
ProTaper’s Todd Waters had mixed results in Spain. Following closely behind Nagl in Moto 1, the Australian was running fourth before dropping back to 9th. Hopes of a top 10 finish for the day were dampened when Waters crashed at the start of Moto 2 and had to settle for 16th overall. The riders will now make their way to round seven of the series, the MXGP of Great Britain to be held at the historic Materley Basin track in Winchester.
Grant Baylor Finishes 4th At Dunlop Tomahawk In Odessa, NY
GNCC round six took place over the weekend at the inaugural Dunlop Tomahawk held at Seneca Highland in Odessa, NY. Though this is a new location for the series this year, the track is no stranger to off-road racing. With gentle rolling hills and nice dirt, this was a welcome addition to the 2015 GNCC schedule.
In XC1, ProTaper’s Grant Baylor put in an impressive ride. He charged hard, battled up front, and even lead portions of the race. Baylor finally finished fourth, followed immediately by ProTaper’s Andrew DeLong. ProTaper’s Josh Strang, Jordan Ashburn and Daniel Milner freight-trained to finish 10th, 11th and 12th, respectively, in the premiere XC1 class.
While the boys were battling for top 10 finishes ProTaper’s Jessica Patterson was going for the win. “JP Money” came up a little short, missing the big check for first by one spot. Her ProTaper teammate Rebecca Sheets finished just out of the money, taking 4th in the fiercely competitive WXC class.
Riders will make their way to round seven of the series, to be held May 23-24 at the Mountaineer Run at Marvin’s Mountain Top in Masontown, WV.
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