MULLINS TAKES THE FIRST GNCC OF 2009!
File Photo by Kinney Jones
Following the River Ranch GNCC in Florida, Team Suzuki’s Off-road manager Mike Webb called and gave us a quick rundown of day’s activities.
Team Suzuki’s Charlie Mullins took the start on his FMF Suzuki RM-Z450 and pretty much hammered hard. Dust was an issue, as were tight conditions in the palmettos and Charlie was able to get away pretty good. He ended up taking the win by over one minute.
GEICO Monster Kawasaki rider Paul Whibley overcame a mediocre start and in typical Whibs fashion, put it down hard and relentless, moving through the pack into second place. This is his first big event on the Geico Monster Kawasaki KX450F. KTM’s Nathan Kanney ended up in third place, but was helped out when Josh Strang’s dry brake broke and he lost all of his fuel. Also, Team AM Pro FMF rider Barry Hawk was pecking at the top four when his shock blew. He was tough, manhandling the machine and ended up securing a 5th overall on a machine that was tough to control in the Florida sand. Kailub Russell tallied a first in the XC2 Pro Lites, finishing 6th overall on his KTM. Jason Thomas was second in the Pro 2 Lites and Jake Korn finished third in the class aboard his KTM.
Team KTM’s Kurt Caselli has a very average day, finishing nearly 7-minutes off the lead pace. He was seen donning a wrist brace and this could have been an issue. Thad Duvall reportedly hurt (or broke) his wrist and Husky’s Glenn Kearney was the total hero racing with a broken leg and finishing 10th overall!
1st SUZ CHARLES MULLINS XC1 PRO
2nd KAW PAUL J WHIBLEY XC1 Pro
3rd KTM NATHAN A KANNEY XC1 Pro
4th KTM MICHAEL L BROWN XC1 Pro
5th YAM BARRY HAWK JR XC1 Pro
6th KTM KAILUB RUSSELL XC2 Pro Lites
7th KAW JIMMY JARRETT XC1 Pro
8th YAM JASON THOMAS XC2 Pro Lites
9th KTM KURT W CASELLI XC1 Pro
10th HSB DUSTIN M GIBSON XC1 Pro