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KTM’s Mullins Earns GNCC XC1 Title

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2011 GNCC XC1

Factory FMF/KTM rider Charlie Mullins made history when he clinched his first pro career GNCC XC1 Championship at the famous Loretta Lynn’s MX Park after taking the race win in the final race of the series.

Not only was it Mullins first career XC1 championship, but he is the first American to win the XC1 title since Scott Plessinger earned the title in 1995.

Over the course of the season Mullins earned 6 race wins and 4 additional podium finishes in route to his championship title. This victory did not come easy to Mullins as many race fans witnessed during Friday’s race. Mullins overcame heartbreak when his bike quit with one lap to go in Friday’s moto. The team rallied together to solve the issue and put Mullins back in the game on Sunday.

It was up to Mullins to do the rest. Mullins nailed the holeshot from a middle starting position and led the riders as they entered the woods. Mullins, his teammate Kailub Russell and Paul Whibley battled the first lap trading the number one spot.

Once the riders entered the motocross track, Mullins took over. He easily made a pass on Whibley as they entered the motocross course and pulled to a 7 second lead by the time they went back in the woods.

Mullins never let off the gas and went on to stretch his lead to nearly 3 minutes by the end of the 3-hour race. Mullins was able to give a high-five to his dad as he crossed the finish line before he was surrounded by family, friends and fans all ready to hug and congratulate the champion. Mullins teammate, Russell, went on to earn 2nd place for the day while Whibley rounded out the podium.

Charlie Mullins (KTM) says: “I can’t explain how much this championship means to me. This is the championship I have worked for since I was a kid. This is the reason I ride and the reason I train. It feels so good to finally win this title.”

With this championship in the bag, KTM has now swept every major off-road championship title in the 2011 season. This is only the second time in history that a manufacturer has accomplished this feat.

Antti Kallonen (FMF/KTM Team Manager) says: “We are very proud of Charlie and all of our riders this season. We have had a tremendous season and could not have asked for better results. We are happy to say that all of our team riders are returning for next year and we plan to defend all the titles we earned.”

The only downfall to the weekend was a mid-race injury from FMF/KTM rider Cory Buttrick. The Ohio-native had earned 2nd overall during Friday’s race and was again running in the runner-up position until the halfway mark when he suffered a crash.

He landed on a large rock which resulted in an injured hand. Buttrick was taken to the hospital for further evaluation. Please visit www.ktmusa.com for the updates on his injury.

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Overall Loretta Lynn GNCC Results XC1:

1) Charlie Mullins – KTM

2) Kailub Russell – KTM

3) Paul Whibley

4) Toby Price – KTM

5) Jesse Robinson

6) Jedediah Haines

7) Scott Watkins

8) Cody Webb

9) Eric Bailey

10) Kenneth Gilbert – KTM

Overall GNCC Points XC1:

1) Charlie Mullins – 302

2) Paul Whibley – 282

3) Joshua Strang – 266

4) Kailub Russell – 227

5) Nate Kanney – 192

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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