KTM’s Mullins Wins River Ranch GNCC
River Ranch GNCC Results
The Factory FMF/KTM began the 2013 GNCC Series on a winning note, with the win at Westgate River Ranch Resort in Florida going to Charlie Mullins. Following in second was Mullins’ teammate Kailub Russell. Taking the final podium position was Dubya Kawasaki’s Josh Strang.
The normally sandy and dusty course was greeted with rain during the morning race which helped improve the riding conditions dramatically for the start of the pro race. Both Mullins and Russell had a decent start and immediately worked their way into the top five.
Partway into the first lap Russell had moved into 3rd place while Mullins was one more position back in fourth. The two teammates would stay close throughout the three-hour race continuously pushing each other to the front of the pack
On the second lap, Mullins took over the lead while Russell began to pressure Paul Whibley to move into second. The next lap Mullins continued to lead while Russell had moved into second and was a bike length behind. For the remainder of the race, the two KTM teammates battled for the lead.
With one lap to go it was Russell who was leading Mullins. When they got to the long straight of sand whoops Mullins was able to make a pass on his teammate and took over the lead. Russell remained close to Mullins all the way to the checkers but was unable to pass his teammate back. When the flag flew, it was Mullins who captured the first win of the season with Russell in tow to put both Factory FMF/KTM riders on the podium.
Charlie Mullins (FMF/KTM) says: “It feels really good to get a win here. My team and I have been working really hard during the off season and I already had a couple races this year where I finished well which helped my confidence heading to this race. I am very happy to leave the first round with the points lead.”
Russell was equally happy with his finish, stating, “The last two years I haven’t even finished this race so to get on the podium today almost feels like a win. I am glad to have 25 points heading into the next round.”
Next Event: Washington, GA – March 17, 2013
2013 River Ranch GNCC Overall Results (XC1 and XC2 combined):
- Charlie Mullins – KTM
- Kailub Russell – KTM
- Josh Strang
- Paul Whibley
- Andrew Delong
- Thad Duvall
- Jason Thomas
- Zach Osborne
- Chris Bach
- Nick Fahringer