DERISI RACING GNCC Round 3 Race Report
CASAR, NC, April 2, 2012 – For Round 3 of the GNCC series, the DeRisi Racing crew made the short 1-hour drive to Steele Creek Campground in Morganton, NC. Much needed rain would fall on Friday night and into Saturday morning, making for perfect track conditions. The first of the DeRisi team to hit the track would be Kylie Ahart, racing the Women’s Pro class. Kylie got off to a great start and battled for the lead the entire race, eventually finishing in the 4th position. She showed her competitors that she has the speed to run up front and is sure to be a championship contender as she sits third in points.
During the two weeks since the last round, changes were made to the DeRisi Hondas in hopes of improving upon the results from Round 2. When the flag waved on the XC2 class, it was evident that the changes were effective as Eric Hoyland blasted off of the line and into the lead by the second turn. Eric quickly pulled away from the others and held a comfortable lead for most of the race. With less than a half mile from the finish, Eric would tangle with a tree and fall back to finish 3rd. Braden Henthorn rode a smart race and held the third position for much of the race. He would make a pass on the last lap to move into second, and would ultimately take advantage of Eric’s misfortune by taking the win. This was the first win for the XC2 rookie and he described the feeling with one simple word, “awesome”.
Bryan Cook made his return to GNCC racing aboard his DeRisi backed Honda for Round 3. Bryan was excited to go out and battle in the XC1 Pro class once again. He got off to a great start, but some minor issues with the quad would cause him to drop some positions on the first lap. Bryan would ride a steady pace and finish the day out with an 11th place finish. Brycen Neal took advantage of his DC Cycle engine and nailed an excellent start, setting himself up for a tough four rider battle in the College A class. Brycen lost his rear brakes early in the race, which put him at a huge disadvantage on very hilly track. He never gave up, however, and fought all the way to the end to finish 4th. In Junior A, David Reeves had to recover from a poor start and picked his way through the field. He charged all the way to the 3rd spot, but ran out of time to advance any further. David now sits 2nd in points. James Reeves continued to improve upon his results and rode a solid race to finish 5th. James is now 5th in points in Junior A.
“It’s amazing to see all of the hard work beginning to pay off,” said Santo DeRisi. “All of our riders are hungry for great results and that is definitely showing. We are continuing to make improvements to the quads each race, and that is making it easier for the riders to do their best.”
“Thank you so much to the following companies for their loyalty and support; Rath Racing, Fox Shox, GBC Tires, IMS Products, HMF, HiPer Technology, Power Bar, GPR, Fasst Co, DC Cycle, Wiseco, RG Honda, Twin Air, Rekluse, Dirtworks, Tireballs, DP Brakes, G4 Graphics, PowerMadd, Motion Pro, Quad Tech, Antigravity Batteries, RPM, Outerwears, Bell Helmets, Spider Grips, Silkolene, Moose Racing, Scott Goggles and Liquid Performance.”