The John Penton GNCC Pro ATV Race Report
National Guard / Coastal / Bowers Motorcycle Supplies / Yokley Racing Team rider Jarrod McClure finished 6th Overall and 6th in the XC1 Pro Class. Total entry numbers were not available from the GNCC at the time of this report.
The main concern for everyone at this year’s John Penton GNCC was the heat wave that is hanging over the eastern US. Temperatures for race day were well over 100 degrees with high humidity, making it hard on everyone. The course consisted of some new, technical woods sections, open fields, creek crossings and the Sunday Creek Raceway motocross track.
At the start, Jarrod’s machine did not immediately fire up, putting him near the rear of the XC1 Pros going into the woods. He quickly worked his way up to 5th place halfway through lap 1. The field sections were very dusty, and Jarrod hit a stump that he couldn’t see. The resulting impact threw him off the ATV, forcing him to dodge other riders as he tried to locate his machine! After losing a few positions, he got going and tried to make up some ground.
Jarrod worked his way up to a 6th place finish on the last lap. These were some of the hottest and toughest conditions in which Jarrod has competed. The GNCC now takes their summer break and the next event is the Unadilla in New Berlin New York on September 15. See you there!