Andrews Hooks Up at Ohio GNCC

| June 3, 2002

Kawasaki Team Green’s Fred Andrews (pictured) scored his first Grand National Cross Country win this season in his home state of Ohio, in Uhrichsville, June 2. “You know, some days you have it, and some days you don’t,” Andrews said after the race. “Today I had it.”

Andrews started the race off about sixth but gradually worked his way to the front, taking the checkered a flag just 23 seconds ahead of Suzuki’s Mike Kiedrowski, who got close to Andrews on the last lap when the Kawasaki rider fell. But Andrews gathered it back up and pulled away at the end.

Third place went to series leader, Yamaha-mounted Jason Raines who had won the previous two rounds. KTM’s Mike Lafferty and Yamaha rider Barry Hawk Jr. rounded out the top five overall.

After seven rounds, Raines remains atop of the leader board with 172 points, followed by Lafferty with 145 and Kiedrowski with 123. Defending champ Rodney Smith, who finished eighth in Ohio, is fourth in points with 121.

By Jason Weingandt