The hype leading into the FMF Power Line Park Suzuki Grand
National Cross Country event surrounded two men battling for world off-road
supremacy. But after a dramatic battle, both of them came up short of the
podium, and the win went to one of
ended up fourth and Salminen fifth, as a few incidents held them back. Still, it was impressive enough to see them on the track battling each other. For the last two years, Salminen has dominated U.S. GNCC racing while Knight has cleaned up in Europe. That made this showdown much-anticipated among the global off-road community. But the rest of the GNCC pack proved game competition.
that duo was charging forward, the battle for the lead raged between several
riders, leading to some of the best racing the series has seen in years.
Mullins, the young rookie from
And what of the highly-anticipated Knight versus Salminen battle? For the last two years the European duo has dominated the off-road scene on both continents, with Salminen winning the last two Suzuki GNCC Titles, and Knight notching two World Enduro Championships. But at this race, a few mistakes held the KTM riders back.
Andrews has announced he will retire at the end of the season from full-time competition.
Nate Kanney, the winner of the previous GNCC at Unadilla, finished a solid sixth, not far off of Knight and Salminen. Shane Watts was also among the leaders early, and he finished seventh. Eighth went to KTM’s Robbie Jenks, with Andrews ninth and Jimmy Jarrett tenth.The race was taped for an airing on the Versus Network (formerly OLN). The shows air weekly on Saturdays and Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m.