Over the weekend we learned that Team Suzuki’s Charlie Mullins battled all race long with KTM’s Nathan Kanney before pulling out to his first victory of ’08. “I felt good all day,” said the Ohio-based Mullins, who smashed an exhaust pipe at the season-opener a few days ago in Florida. “Nate rode good and he kept me pushing the whole time. I would look over on the motocross track and he would be in the same spot every lap, so I needed to keep pushing. Everything worked great, though, so I’m really happy.”
Nathan Kanney proved that he’s for real as he bested the current #1 holder David Knight in his second place finish. “It was good to race with Charlie, he rode well. I saved enough energy for the last lap to do what I needed to do, and I was ready to make it a special test and just sprint after him. But I couldn’t reel him in.”
Knight got off to a bad start and climbed to third, but he admitted he didn’t have the speed on this day to catch the lead pair. “I really don’t think I would have done any better with a better start,” said Knight. “I was trying to push harder, but I would get stuck in these bogs, stuff the front wheel and almost go over the bars. The guys rode great, no excuses.”
Fourth went to FMF Suzuki’s New Zealander Paul Whibley and fifth to his teammate Jimmy Jarrett.
In the XC2 Lites class, Am-Pro Yamaha’s Thad DuVall dominated in his win. Second went to XC2 rookie Andrew Matusek, riding with the Monster Energy Kawasaki team.