GNCC Series - Round 7 Loretta Sparta, KY2007-06-12 06:27
In round 7 of the GNCC Series KTM's David Knight stood atop the podium once again. Knight had a top five start with Russell Bobbitt and Robbie Jenks right behind him.
Knight led the first 15 mile lap but crashed and dropped to fourth. He then settled his speed for two laps and then made his move to first place. Knight then pulled away on the last two laps winning the race by over two minutes.
Bobbitt rode a consisten race finishing seventh overall. Jenks suffered a few crashes and finished just out in fifteenth.
KTM's Justin Williamson had a mid pack start and needed to work his way to the top. He charged hard all day and finished up in a strong third place.
Knight had now moved up to the points lead by one point. Williamson moved from third in the series overall to second overall.
"I'm very happy that David finished on top of the box today. The whole team worked hard today to get all the little things put together and it really paid off," said KTM Off Road Team Manager Antti Kallonen.
1. David Knight - KTM
2. Charlie Mullins
3. Barry Hawk, Jr.
4. Jimmy Jarrett
5. Glenn Kearney
7. Russell Bobbitt - KTM
1. Rodney Smith
2. Josh Weisenfels
3. Justin Williamson - KTM
David Knight - Spartan GNCC: "I guess I got the result I should have also had at the last round of the series. I wasn't sure how I'd feel after flying from Austria to the UK and then on to the States and racing twice all in three days but things worked out perfectly. I started ok, got to the front, made a mistake and crashed, and then followed the other riders for a while. I was faster in a few sections so I passed Charlie and things were good after that."
David Knight - Erzberg: "It was a bit of an eye opener getting on the Super Enduro bike again and then racing straight away with next to no time to get used to the bike. I just tried to be as smooth as I could because the course was really slippery - if you slide coming into a corner it was really difficult to scrub off speed and turn. I found it harder to remember the track this year compared to last year. I made a few mistakes on my first run, but I think most riders would have done the same, but it went pretty well.
"The second run went well really. I felt I was riding pretty smooth but it was so easy to make a mistake. I didn't push quite as hard as I could on some of the hairpin turns, just to be safe. One of the corners was off cambered and I got pulled into a ditch full of rocks at the side of the track. I had to slow down a lot to get back onto the track. I reckon that without the mistake I could have done a time under nine minutes. It's disappointing not to have won, but it was close. It was good fun though."
Source: KTM Sportmotorcycles AG
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