May 14, 2012 – Lone Peak Racing, LLC is happy to announce early commitments made by the AM/PRO and Raines Racing Yamaha teams for the ’12 KENDA Big Sky XC presented by KLIM. Both teams focus on the GNCC and AMA National Enduro Series, so the trip to Big Sky will provide a fun and refreshing change of pace. “I made the trip out to Montana last year and had a great time on and off the race trail, explained Jason Raines, “the new 10k pro purse combined with the amazing location made it too good to pass up another trip this summer. It wasn’t hard to talk the rest of the Yamaha guys into coming along with me.”
AM/PRO’s Paul Whibley is currently tied for 1st place in the GNCC XC1 Pro points standings and 1st in the OMA Pro MC standings. His teammate, Jordan Ashburn is in 6th place in the GNCC XC1 Pro standings and 8th in the AMA National Enduro championship standings. Raines Racing’s Brad Bakken is sitting in 7th place in the AMA National Enduro series and 5th place in the GNCC XC2 Pro class.
Other top professional racers planning to attend the ‘12 KENDA Big Sky XC: Husquavarna’s Cory Graffunder and Kyle Redmond, Factory Beta’s Cody Webb and Max Gerston, Kawasaki’s Destry Abbot, Johnny Campbell Racing Honda’s David Kamo, and ’11 race champion Rory Sullivan. Many other racers from various national series are working on the logistics and hope to commit soon.
These early commitments would not be possible without our premier sponsors. We are fortunate to have Kenda Tires as our title sponsor this year. Kenda is the primary force behind our ability to step up our entire event program. KLIM, our presenting sponsor, has been with us since year one. They can be credited with our ability to grow into a major event in only 4 short years. We’d also like to thank Yamaha Corporation and Blitz Motorsports, who have both stepped up to partner as our official Pro Purse sponsor.
Additional race information can be found at: www.bigskyxc.com. Race date: Aug 25-26, 2012