Mead Wins Mammoth GNCC

Kit Palmer | April 30, 2012
Rory Mead won the Mammoth GNCC in Kentucky.

Rory Mead won the Mammoth GNCC in Kentucky.

New Zealand’s Rory Mead scored a surprising win at the fifth round of the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series in Park City, Kentucky.

The Mammoth GNCC, which was held for the first time at the Park Mammoth Resort, featured plenty of sand and rocks, and it was in the rocks that the former trials rider excelled and was able to run off with the win, his first ever in GNCC racing.

The WMR/KTM rider passed Paul Whibley for the lead early in the race and never looked back. At one point, though, second-place finisher Charlie Mullins got close, but Mead was able to surge again and ride off with the win. Riding a KTM 300 XC-W, Mead’s win was the first for a two-stroke in GNCC racing since 2008.

Mullins, on the FMF KTM, took second, followed by Am Pro/FMF Yamaha’s Whibley.

Fourth overall went to another two-stroke rider, KTM pilot Steward Baylor Jr. who also topped the XC2 Pro Lites class for the fifth straight time.

Second in class went to FAR Husqvarna’s Andrew DeLong, followed by Husaberg’s Jesse Robinson.

Kit Palmer | Off-Road Editor

Kit Palmer started his career at Cycle News in 1984 and he’s been testing dirt and streetbikes every since – plus covering any event that uses some form of a knobby tire. He’s also our resident motorcycle mileage man with a commute of 120 miles a day.