Round #7 of the 2014 GNCC series visited West Virginia’s Marvin’s Mountain Top greeting competitors with pleasant 75-80 degree temperatures along with a smorgasbord of challenging rocky terrain, elevation changes, and technical woods that only ‘The Mountaineer Run’ could offer.
With his 7th place start Team Husqvarna’s Andrew DeLong’s got to work attacking the XC1 Pro class front runners and tightening the gap with each passing lap. By midway of the 3-hr sprint, DeLong had moved his Husqvarna FE 350 into the 4th trailing the 3rd place Jordan Ashburn by less than 30-seconds. Passing for position on a tricky downhill section resulted in a crash and loss of position to Josh Strang. Fortunately Andrew remounted quickly and crossed the finish line at 5th OA, 5th in XC1 Pro class.
‘Andrew charged hard today, showing again that he has what it takes to run with the top riders,’ offered Husqvarna team manager, Andy Jefferson. ‘He made progress lap-by-lap and had it not been for his crash, a podium finish was definitely in the cards today. Still his top 5 and scoring points was a plus.’
GNCC Rd. 7 ?.?.•ª?.?ª’ The Mountaineer Run XC1 Pro Class Results
1. Kailub Russell KTM
2. Charlie Mullins KTM
3. Josh Strang YAM
4. Jordan Ashburn YAM
5. Andrew DeLong HUSQVARNA TE 350
6. Chris Bach HON
7. Jason Thomas KTM
8. Paul Whibley YAM
9. Ryan Sipes KTM
10. Tom McCormack YAM
PHOTO CAPTION: Team Husqvarna’s Andrew DeLong, 5th place finish Rd 7 Mountaineer GNCC. Photo by Ken Hill
Craig DeLong, 1st place GNCC 250-A class
Andrew’s kid brother Craig DeLong posted another in his string of 250-A class wins aboard his 2-stroke TC 250 Husky. The younger DeLong was celebrated as a GNCC Top Amateur.
PHOTO CAPTION: Craig DeLong was the Mountaineer GNCC 250-A class winner as well as a GNCC Top Amateur. Photo by Ken Hill
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