KTM's Kirkland Wins GNCC XC2 Championship
FRE/KTM ATV GNCC rider Josh Kirkland claimed the XC2 Pro-Am ATV GNCC Championship at the final round of the series by a single point over Yamaha rider Brian Wolf.
Kirkland needed to finish seventh or better in order to take the crown at the final round.
“I came in hoping for a win but had my work cut out for me early on in the race when I had some troubles,” says Kirkland.
It had rained the day before the race which accounted for large mud sections on the steep, hilly course. Kirkland got stuck multiple times in the mud, each time losing valuable positions and points. In the end, he moved up to seventh, finishing in the exact spot he needed to clinch the championship.
“It was a closer battle than I would have liked, but I did what I came here to do and won the championship,” says Kirkland.
In the XC1 class, FRE/KTM rider Adam McGill got off to a great second place start behind Bill Ballance. McGill remained close to Ballance throughout the duration of the first lap and was able to pull into the lead after capitalizing on Ballance’s mistake in the mud. McGill ran out front, followed by Taylor Kiser and Chris Borich. McGill rode a strong race, still holding the lead on the final lap. Unfortunately, on the last lap, McGill and Kiser both got stuck in a bottleneck and were passed by Borich and Ballance. McGill recovered only to get stuck in the mud on a hill a short distance later losing a few more positions. In the end he was able to finish in sixth position. The points earned from this race helped him secure third overall in the series.
Angel Atwell, crowned Women’s Champion at the previous round, led the majority of the morning race before falling off her quad in a ravine. She remounted and climbed her way back up to 2nd place before the race ended.
“It was a great year for the FRE/KTM ATV GNCC Team,” says Tim Farr, KTM ATV team manager. “We ended the year with two championships and a third overall. Next year we will shot for three.”