Wiseco John Penton GNCC – Millfield, OH - Round 8 of the Can Am GNCC Series was the weekend of redemption for the JG Off Road / GEICO / Monster Energy Kawasaki team in Millfield, OH. The weather was hot and the team even hotter - after a rocky finish in Somerset, PA just 3 weeks ago, the team was fired up to get back up to the top.
Jennifer Albright headed out onto the just about perfect track Saturday morning on a mission for a podium finish and got what she was looking for. Albright had a good start, going into the woods in the top 5. By the end of lap 1 she muscled her way up to 4th. Her husband Phil and team manager JT Bennett pulled her in on lap 2 for a splash of gas and had learned that Jennifer’s brakes were fading on her. Hoping they were just a little hot, they sent her back out and on her way. Gretchen assured Phil that “brakes just slow you down” and that Jen would be fine. And fine she was, making up yet another position and finishing the day in 3rd place (14th O/A). Jennifer has moved into the top 3 in the points standings for the year.
Jennifer would like to thank of her sponsors: GEICO, MSR, Lojak Yamaha, MAXXIS, HMF, HiPer Technology, Rekluse, GT Thunder, Spider Grips, Precision, XFR, Cycle Gear, Scott, Flexx, CV4, IMS, ProGraph-X, Triple X Motorsports, PowerMadd, Moto Pro Training, and DP Brakes.
Team manager JT Bennett took to the track first on Sunday morning, racing the Sportsman class. JT was 4th into the woods. By the end of the second lap JT had found himself up to 3rd place and moving up quickly. Having fun on the technical course, Bennett made his way up to 2nd place and settled in for the rest of the race, finishing in 2nd in the class and overall.
Once the green flag flew in the afternoon, the GEICO Kawasaki’s took off and they weren’t looking back. As announcer Rodney Tomlin stated, starter, Ricky Towery barely had time to get out of Paul Whibley’s way once he threw the flag. Taking the $250 MotorcycleUSA,com holeshot award for the day, Whibley got out front and stayed there for the entire day. Jarrett, getting a mid-pack start, put his head down and was on Whibley’s tail before the end of lap one. "I got a decent start and worked my way up to third couple miles into it," Jarrett said. "Glenn was actually in front of us and he crashed and then Paul and I slowly pulled away from everybody. Maybe a few miles to the end I crashed with a lapper and crashed again and I settled for second. I didn't do anything to throw the race away and I'm happy with second." After a wheel to wheel battle all day between the teammates, Whibley and Jarrett took 1st and 2nd respectively, putting a couple of minutes on 3rd place, Suzuki’s Josh Strang. This finish puts Whibs back on top of the points lead. "It was pretty cool to win," Whibley said. "It's been a tough year. I've had a few problems this year with some bad luck so this was a good race. I feel pretty good about taking the win. It's good to be back on the top again." Jarrett’s finish bumps him up into 4th place in the standings.
Scotty Watkins also got a good jump off the start and headed into the woods with the lead pack. For the first 3 laps, the top 4 riders swapped positions back and forth, but the KTM duo of Kailub Russell and Cory Buttrick seemed to have found a higher gear and made it hard to chase down. This left Watkins and Jason Thomas battling for the 3rd place position, leaving Thomas the winner of that duel. Scotty took a 4th place class finish and 9th overall. This finish holds Watkins steady in 11th place overall in the points standings.
The team would like to extend a special thanks to all of their sponsors: GEICO, Monster Energy Kawasaki, Moose, Pirelli, Rekluse, Tsubaki, IMS, Works Connection, EBC Brakes, Silkolene, Renthal, Pro Moto Billet, Enduro Engineer, PowersportGrafx, and Acerbis.
In addition, the guys would like to thank the following sponsors:
Paul Whibley – Leo Vince, Shoei, Smith, G-2, Vortex Ignitions, WER, and CTI
Jimmy Jarrett – FMF, Arai, Motion Pro, Cytomax, Applied, UFO, Twin Air, HR Motorsports, Ohlins USA and BRP
Scotty Watkins - FMF and Shoei
And of course a huge thank you to our fans.
The GNCC series will continue on June 27th and 28th for the MotorcycleUSA.com Snowshoe GNCC in Snowshoe, WV. The Millfield GNCC will air on the VS network July 25th at 2:00PM (ATV) and August 1st at 2:30PM (Bikes). For a full listing of the TV schedule, visit: http://www.gnccracing.com/pages/gncc-television.
To learn more about JG Off Road Racing, please visit www.GEICOgarage.com