Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4/FAR Arrive-N-Ride Team Report: Limestone 100 GNCC

SPRINGVILLE, Ind. (April 27, 2015) - It was a challenging fifth round for the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KR4 Arrive-N-Ride team as Springville, Indiana's Limestone 100 GNCC brought unfavorable weather conditions to Sunday's race day. XC1 Pro rider Thad DuVall put forth an impressive ride to capture third overall for the day, after leading his first laps of the season in a close battle for the victory.

 

Despite the challenging conditions, especially during the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. races, Arrive-N-Ride competitors earned eight top-five finishes on Sunday with great representation through the Youth, Amateur and Pro ranks. The team showcased youth riders Brandon Keegan and Cole Groover as AMSOIL "Featured Riders" to participate in additional press throughout the weekend and have their bike displayed on Pro Row with the top racers in the country.

In the afternoon race, Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4 Arrive-N-Ride/FAR rider Thad DuVall put on an impressive showing from start to finish. DuVall led the first two laps of the three-hour race, which carried a lot of weight in the tricky terrain. DuVall battled back and forth with Kailub Russell and Grant Baylor all afternoon, where he ultimately put his Husqvarna FC350 atop the podium with third overall for the day.

"It was fun to get up and run with Kailub and even lead some laps there at the beginning," DuVall said. "It was one of those days, tough all day long. The track shaped up - it was rutty but it was fun."

It was a tough day for Nick Davis but he fought through the adversity

Photo: Ken Hill

DuVall now holds fourth place in the championship standings after five rounds of racing. XC2 Pro Lites rider Nick Davis experienced another challenging day after contesting for the race win through the first three laps. While running inside the top two, Davis ran out of gas where he ultimately received enough to get him back to the pit area. The KR4 Arrive-N-Ride crew filled Davis up and he returned to racing, but it wasn't long before the championship contender took a line that caused him to submerge his bike in water, ending his day with a mechanical issue.

KR4 Afternoon Race Results

XC1 Pro: Thad Duvall - 3rd
XC2 Pro Lites: Nick Davis - 23rd
250 B: Coleman Brinson - 10th, Conner Keegan, 250 B - 5th

200 B: Kaleb Williams - 6th

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Sarah Baldwin enjoys a hard-fought podium finish with KR4 Team Manager  

Fred Andrews / Photo: Ken Hill

Team rider Sarah Baldwin captured yet another podium finish in the WXC class, where she also captured fifth overall in the highly competitive 10 a.m. race. Brittan Laird captured yet another top five finish in the 4 Stroke C Lites class with a season-best match of fourth place. Laird's finish moved him into third place in the championship standings, while Baldwin sits in eighth in her respective class.

Brooke Cosner maintained her consistency this season with a fourth place finish in the WXC class and tenth overall in the 10 a.m. division. After five rounds, Cosner sits fifth place in the championship standings.

KR4 Morning Race Results

WXC: Sarah Baldwin - 3rd, Brooke Cosner - 4th

Women Amateur: Brooke Slaughter - 6th

4-Stroke C Lites: Brittan Laird - 4th

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Brittan Laird continues his consistent season, moving into third place in the standings

Photo: Ken Hill

In Youth racing, Grant Davis captured his fourth victory of the season in the 65 (7-9) class, with Nathan Conner finishing ninth in the same division. South Carolina's Cole Groover, the AMSOIL "Featured Rider" finished 17th in the Super Mini (14-15) division, while Jack Groover finished 15th in the 65 (10-11) class.

Grassroots rider Korie Steede finished a career-best third place in the highly competitive Super Mini (12-13) class.

Dylan Brinson makes his way through the first corner of the Limestone 100 course

Photo: Ken Hill 

 KR4 Youth Race Results

Super Mini (14-15): Clayton Andrews - 28th, Remington Andrews - DNF, Cole Groover - 17th, Brandon Keegan - 18th

Super Mini (12-13): Korie Steede - 3rd

85 (12-13): Dylan Brinson - 16th, Joshua Conner - DNF, Brian Keegan - 20th, Ron Kosarik - 23rd, Peyton Whipkey - 4th

65 (10-11): Jack Groover - 15th, Chase Rutan - 11th

65 (7-9): Grant Davis - 1st, Nathan Conner - 9th

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Grant Davis captured his fourth win through the first five rounds in the 65 (7-9) class

Photo: Ken Hill 

The Micro 50cc Championship returned at the Limestone 100 and three young riders represented the KR4 ANR team with great performances. In the MicroXC (8-9) class, Tucker Whipkey earned a seventh place finish, while Dylan Kosarik came in 12th. Cartner Cranmer experienced bad luck in the 50 Jr (4-6) division, where he wasn't able to finish the race.

KR4 Micro 50cc Race Results

MicroXC (8-9): Tucker Whipkey - 7th, Dylan Kosarik - 12th

50 Jr (4-6): Carter Cranmer - DNF

The KR4 team heads to Odessa, New York on May 9 and 10 for the Tomahawk GNCC. Racing action from round three will begin on Sunday at 8 a.m. with Youth Bike racing, followed by Amateurs and WXC at 10 a.m. and the XC1, XC2 and top amateur classes will compete at 1 p.m.

The mud didn't stop KR4 ANR riders from giving it their all!

Photo: Ken Hill