PALATKA, Fla. (March 9, 2016) - Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4/FAR Arrive-N-Ride team members captured ten top-10 finishes at Sunday's 2016 Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series opener in Palatka, Florida. With 20 riders competing across the Youth, Amateur and Pro ranks, the KR4 Arrive-N-Ride program is the largest team in the GNCC pits.
Coming off a podium finish at his last race, XC1 Pro rider Thad DuVall was ready to put his Husqvarna FC 350 atop the podium in Florida. As the green flag dropped, DuVall didn't get the jump he was looking for but powered through to begin the three-hour race inside the top ten. The West Virginia native soon ran into an issue when he slammed into a tree on lap two, where his day was ultimately ended due to a broken fuel line connector.
"This wasn't the way we wanted to begin the season but I'm already looking forward to bouncing back at round two," DuVall said. "I know that I'm more prepared than I ever have been and have a great group of people surrounding me."
In his first career three-hour GNCC, Hunter Williams earned a third place finish in the 4 Stroke B Lites Class, while his teammate Brittan Laird finished 4th in the class in what would serve as his first three-hour race as well.
Derek Pacheco put forth an impressive performance in the Senior A (40+) Class to capture fourth place in his first GNCC race aboard the ANR team. In the 4 Stroke A Lites Class, Colin and Conner Keegan each captured a top ten finish with 7th and 10th respectively.
1 PM Pro Race
XC1 Pro: Thad DuVall - DNF
250 A: Coleman Brinson - 30th
4 Stroke A Lites: Colin Keegan - 7th, Conner Keegan - 10th
Senior A (40+): Derek Pacheco - 4th
4 Stroke B Lites: Hunter Williams - 3rd, Brittan Laird - 4th
In the 10 a.m. amateur race, Arrive-N-Ride newcomer Ethan Greve topped the 4 Stroke C Lites class to command the early points lead in the class. Other highlights include Cole Groover's second place finish in 200 C Schoolboy and Brandon Keegan's fifth place in the same class. Additionally, Cierra Pacheco scored a top five finish in the highly competitive Women Amateur Class.
10 AM Amateur Race
WXC: Sarah Baldwin - DNF
Women Amateur: Cierra Pacheco - 5th
200 C Schoolboy (12-15): Cole Groover - 2nd, Brandon Keegan - 5th, Clayton Andrews - 18th, Remington Andrews - 16th
4 Stroke C Lites: Ethan Greve - 1st
Senior C (40+): Troy Ayres - 12th
In the Youth division, it was Jacob Pacheco who highlighted the team's effort with a solid podium finish of 3rd place in the 65 (7-9) Class.
8 AM Youth Race
Super Mini Jr. (12-13): Dylan Brinson - 12th
85 (12-13): Jack Groover - 16th, Brian Keegan - 25th, Ethan Pacheco - 17th
65 (7-9): Jacob Pacheco - 3rd
The Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4/FAR team will return to racing this Sunday, March 13 in Cannonball, Georgia.
About the KR4 Arrive-N-Ride Program
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