Park City, Ky. (April 30, 2012) – New Zealand’s Rory Mead (right) came into round five of the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series as a silent sleeper, especially since he’s shown the ability to conquer courses with a heavy technical aspect. The Can-Am Mammoth GNCC pumped up the potential to throw some curve balls into the overall points race with a unique “old school” GNCC course that accompanied some of the most grueling obstacles this circuit has seen in a long time. Trail Boss Jeff Russell and his crew cut around 10 miles of fresh trail at the all-new Park Mammoth Resort in Park City, Kentucky and it was anyone’s game on the overall win, especially from the XC1 Pro division.
WMR/KTM’s Rory Mead got out front right away after following fellow kiwi Paul Whibley on the first lap. Whibley once again grabbed the $250 Motosport.com Holeshot Award aboard his AmPro Yamaha YZF450 and battled with Mead early on, but it wasn’t long before defending champ Charlie Mullins made his way through the pack from a bad start. Whibley and Factory FMF/KTM’s Mullins went back and fourth throughout the three-hour race, battling hard for the second place position. At times, the veteran duo would catch up to the leader and then Mead used the KTM 300 two-stroke to his advantage as he gained time in the tight rocky sections of the course. Mead’s win at The Mammoth marked the first overall win on a two-stroke since Nate Kanney’s performance at the 2008 Ironman. This was a big feat both for Mead and his two-stroke machine.