Two and a half months is a long time for a racer to wait. If
they’re in contention for a championship there is a lot of chomping at the bit
to get back to work. If they’re not in it to win it, they just want to try to
salvage the season, polish some skills while looking ahead to next year, or
simply have some fun with the series “family.” Of course if they’re among the
few who actually are leading in the point standings, the season cannot end soon
As the traditional summer break of the 2012
Grand National Cross Country Series drew to a close, Team ITP was apparently
ready to rock the final four events on the schedule. With fresh ITP Holeshot
and QuadCross tires mounted on their newly tuned quads, our guys and gals were
clearly well rested and motivated at the rugged Unadilla circuit, one of the
icons of powersports.
Dave Simmons (Yam) once again dominated the morning race, winning the overall by
close to four minutes. It was his seventh overall triumph of the season and
tenth straight victory in the Super Senior 45+ class.
Also claiming a big win was Glenn McConnell (Yam). This Masters 50+ competitor
grabbed his fifth victory of the season and in the process snuck into the
points lead for the first time in 2012. After skipping the first race of the
year he had been gradually moving up the leaderboard, and Unadilla would be the
Angel Atwell (Hon) finished eighth overall in the morning and second in the Women’s
class. She is keeping things tight in this battle, down by just eight in the
season points chase.
One Team ITP rider who would probably like
the season to be over is Pat McGuire (Yam). Before the summer break he was
leading the way in the XC2 Pro Am standings. But he’s obviously having too much
fun and added to his points gap by snatching his third victory of the year and
placing seventh overall in the afternoon event.
Not far behind in this class was Matt Hanna (Yam). This Greg’s ATV-backed
up-and-comer ended the day in fourth place for XC2, which was good enough to
move him up one spot to fourth in the standings (just two points out of
Adam McGill (Hon) is probably ready to wipe the 2012 season completely off the
memory card. After yet another competitive performance which saw him leading
the premier XC1 Pro division early, he suffered yet another heartbreaking Did
Not Finish. Knowing Adam and his positive attitude, however, he’s probably
ready to uproot tall pines at the next race.
That will come at the ITP-sponsored Powerline Park GNCC in St. Clairesville, OH, on
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