2014 Limestone 100 GNCC Results | KTM’s Charlie Mullins Victorious
KTM’s Mullins Wins Limestone 100 GNCC
Factory FMF/KTM rider Charlie Mullins won his second race of the 2014 GNCC Series at the Dunlop Limestone 100 in Springville, Indiana.
Joining him on the podium at round five of 2014 GNCC was Honda’s Thaddeus Duvall and Mullins’ KTM teammate, Kailub Russell, who charged to third following a mid-race crash.
With warm temperatures and a smoother track than the previous courses this year, the riders were excited to tackle the Limestone course. Mullins, Russell and the third member of the Factory FMF/KTM GNCC XC1 Team, Steward Baylor, all had an impressive start off the line sitting in the top five.
Russell quickly moved into the lead followed closely by Mullins and Thad Duvall. The three riders pulled away from the rest of the field within the first two laps. While leading a few miles before the pit stop on lap three, Russell’s front end washed out down a high speed straight-away. Russell was uninjured in the crash but his bike was badly damaged. He nursed the bike into the pit area where his team quickly set to work to replace the damaged exhaust, bent handlebars, levers and hand guards.
Russell returned to the course in 16th position and immediately began to charge back through the pack turning the fastest lap time of the race consistently for the final three laps.
Meanwhile, Mullins had taken over the lead out front and began to pull away from Duvall. Mullins went on to claim his second win of the season with a minute lead over the 2nd place ride. Russell was able to make an impressive come from behind charge to come within one second of Duvall at the finish. Russell finished 3rd overall will Baylor was able to hang on for 5th in the XC1 class and 7th overall.
“I am bummed to hear that Kailub had a big crash,” stated Mullins. “I’m happy I was able to move into the lead and put some time on the field to take the win. It is always a close battle between Kailub and I and I am looking forward to the next round.”
After five rounds, Mullins now holds a seven-point lead over Russell in the championship point standings.
In the XC2 Pro Lites class, Factory KTM support rider and series point leader, Grant Baylor, had a disappointing jump off the line. At the end of the first lap he was sitting in 7th place but gaining ground on the top riders.
He continued to improve his lap times and was able to move up to 2nd place by the end of the three-hour event, finishing behind winner Ricky Russell (Yamaha). Baylor is currently ranked 2nd in the GNCC XC2 Pro Lites championship point standings just two points shy of the leader.
Factory FMF/KTM GNCC WXC rider Kacy Martinez captured her fourth win of the season in the Women’s Pro class. Martinez started the race in 10th position but quickly caught the lead riders in the first lap. She battled for the top spot for the next two laps before she began to stretch her lead out front. She went on to win the race by approximately 30 seconds over the 2nd place ride of KTM rider Mandi Mastin.
Next Event: May 11, 2014 – Hurricane Mills, Tenn.
2014 Limestone 100 GNCC XC1 Pro Class Results:
- Charlie Mullins – KTM
- Thad Duvall – Honda
- Kailub Russell – KTM
- Paul Whibley – Yamaha
- Steward Baylor – KTM
- Takeshi Koikeda – Honda
- Jordan Ashburn – Yamaha
- Josh Strang -Yamaha
- Chris Bach – Honda
- Jason Thomas – KTM
2014 Limestone 100 GNCC XC2 Pro Lites Class Results:
- Ricky Russell – Yamaha
- Grant Baylor – KTM
- Jessie Groemm – KTM
- Layne Michael – Honda
- Jedediah Haines – Yamaha
- Trevor Bollinger – Honda
- Callan May -Yamaha
- Shane Hufford – KTM
- Derrik Allen – Kawasaki
- Samuel Evans – KTM
2014 Limestone 100 GNCC WXC Class Results:
- Kacy Martinez – KTM
- Mandi Mastin – KTM
- Becca Sheets – Yamaha
- Rachel Gutish – KTM
- Brooke Cosner – KTM
- Karlynn Beam – KTM
- Felicia Robichaud – KTM
- Allie Spurgeon – Yamaha
- Samatha Steiner – KTM
- Cassidy Brown – KTM
Overall National Championship Point Standings:
- Charlie Mullins – 125
- Kailub Russell – 118
- Josh Strang – 90
Overall GNCC XC2 Pro Lites Point Standings:
- Ricky Russell – 123
- Grant Baylor – 121
- Trevor Bollinger – 105
Overall Point Standings WXC Class:
- Kacy Martinez – 99
- Becca Sheets – 88
- Mandi Mastin 65