Sparta, KY (June 1, 2008)—FMF Suzuki's Paul Whibley is on fire in the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series. The New Zealander followed his muddy GNCC win a few weeks ago with another in completely dry conditions at the Weekend Warrior Spartan GNCC in Kentucky. While GNCC points leader David Knight crashed back to a fifth-place finish, Husqvarna's Glenn Kearney and Whibley's teammate Joshua Strang rounded out the top three, with Knight's Red Bull KTM teammate Nathan Kanney fourth.
Paul Whibley can win in the wet or the dry. Hooper Photo
The hot, fast, and rough conditions took a toll on the field after three-hours of racing, but Whibley, known for his endurance, managed to grab the lead on the last lap, edging in front of his teammate Strang once again. "It was rough and I had to ride hard, but I think I could have maybe gone another lap," said Whibley. "But I'm not sure, because it was rough and I had the hammer down because I wanted to hold on for the win."
Kearney was thrilled to get back to the podium for the first time in a year. It also marked the first-time in decades that a Husky made the GNCC podium.
For even more history, the podium positions were taken by a New Zealander and two Australians, a first-ever all-international GNCC podium.
Class points leader Thad DuVall dropped from the race early in the day with mechanical troubles.
The Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series continues in two weeks with the Yadkin Valley Stomp GNCC.