Morgantown, W. Va (May 25, 2011) – After seven weeks off of bike racing, the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series heads to Patton, Pa. this weekend for the inaugural Rock Run GNCC. Since the bikes didn’t have a chance to compete on a fresh Indy 100 course, excitement will be soaring, as this is a new stop on a rather traditional 13-round circuit.
Coming off his second win of the season at Big Buck, FMF KTM’s Charlie Mullins leads the point standings by a mere two points over defending champion Josh Strang. Mullins and Strang have battled in the beginning rounds for what promises to be an epic season in 2011.
Led by the XC1 veteran Mullins, the FMF KTM riders have their sights set at the top of the field as they’ve been frequently putting their orange machines up front early on this season. Kailub Russell posted the first podium of his XC1 career at the Big Buck and this young rider is expected to remain up front in the rounds to come. Cory Buttrick is a consistent finisher every weekend, making him a strong contender for the points championship at the end of the year. Nate Kanney is another KTM rider that shows consistency up front, with finishes inside the top ten all year, the New York rider has laid a solid platform for the rest of the season.
Steward Baylor continues to top the XC2 class with two wins on the season. F.A.R Husqvarna’s Jason Thomas only trails the KTM rider by four points heading into the fifth round this weekend. Andrew DeLong, Brad Bakken and Jordan Ashburn round out the top five with interchangeable results. This year’s Lites class is full of excitement, as the deep field of talent has proven to be unpredictable from week to week.
Charlie Mullins, Josh Strang, Kailub Russell, Cory Buttrick, Mike Lafferty and many more will be at Cernic’s Suzuki/KTM in Duncansville, Pa., this Friday, May 27 from 5-7 p.m. signing autographs and hanging out with fans. Pennsylvania’s Froggy Country music station will be LIVE from Cernic’s giving away tickets to the Rock Run GNCC along with signed merchandise from top riders. Don’t miss your chance to hang with your favorite riders, have FREE dinner and win tickets and rider merchandise – all in one evening!
Spectator passes run $15 for the full weekend, with pro pit access and pro autographs at no additional charge. On both Saturday and Sunday, youth riders race at 8 a.m., beginner riders race at 10 a.m., and the top amateurs and the pros race at 1 p.m.
To get to the track, turn left onto US 219/Plank/us 219-BR. Stay straight onto Sunset Rd. Turn left onto Main St/PA 36. Turn right onto Thomas Mill Road. Turn left onto St Lawrence Road.