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Husqvarna’s DeLong Wins Third GNCC of 2013

FAR Husqvarna's Andrew DeLong
FAR Husqvarna’s Andrew DeLong

2013 Big Buck GNCC Nationals

Andrew DeLong won his third GNCC event of the season Sunday at the Big Buck GNCC Nationals in Union, S.C., but the FAR Husqvarna rider didn’t take the easiest route to collecting his Motorcycle-Superstore.com Bell Helmet bonus this time around.

DeLong built a commanding lead in the XC2 class before a serious crash saw a cushion of nearly 90 seconds evaporate.

Andrew DeLong says: “Thank goodness I’m with Motorcycle Superstore because my helmet needs a new visor. I smashed mine up on the get-off I had today. I was rolling good, being smooth and everything. I took a different line one lap and there must have been a stump buried by leaves or something and when I hit it I went flying over the bars.”

The visor on his Bell helmet wasn’t the only damage DeLong took in the fall. The rear fender was torn off and his muffler was crushed like an empty can.

Andrew DeLong says: “Everyone had a chance to close that gap on me, but I was able to finish the race and still build the lead back up a little before the end. It was a tough day for me for sure.”

DeLong completed the seven laps of the 16-mile course in 2 hours, 48 minutes and 44 seconds. Second-place rider Grant Baylor finished in 2:49:01.

Andrew DeLong says: “It turned out to be a good day. There were some moments there when I wasn’t sure if I’d get the bike back out on the track but I did.”

DeLong padded his season lead in the XC2 standings to 21 points ahead of Baylor with a familiar stretch of the schedule coming his way.

Andrew DeLong says: “The first few rounds of the year have always been tough one me. The first stops are softer with a lot of mud and I kind of like it where it’s rocky and a lot more technical.

“I was happy to make it through this race and I’m excited to get to Kentucky because it’s rocky there.”

Next for DeLong is the May 4-5 Mammoth GNCC in Mammoth, Ky.

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