Kyle Summers to Fill In For Injured Thad Duvall At Round 4 of the GNCCThursday, April 7, 2011 | 8:55 AM
Travelers Rest, SC - WORCS Racers Kyle Summers of Florissant, Colorado will be making the trip out east this weekend to fill in for injured AmPro Yamaha rider Thad Duvall. Duvall suffered a serious crash at Round 3 of the GNCC Series, breaking his right wrist and dislocating his pelvis.
Summers, a Colorado native, is no stranger to fast passed offroad racing. Currently he is sitting in 4th Place in the WORCS Series and has had an outstanding year as a privateer in the pro class. Kyle also races professional motocross and has held a consistent top 100 number in the Outdoor National Series for the past 3 years.
“This is such a great opportunity for me,” says summers. “When I got the call from Yamaha that Randy was looking for a guy to fill in for Thad I was like, I’m your guy! I’ve only raced one other GNCC back in 2009 and it was a lot of fun. This time though, I’m more prepared than ever and on much better equipment. Not to mention that I will have the help of an entire Factory Race Team behind me! So to say I’m excited is an understatement. I’d really like to thank Charles Halcomb, Donnie Luce, and Randy Hawkins for putting this whole thing together. It’s going to be a great weekend!’
At this point, it’s totally in the air as to how long Summers will be filling in for injured Duvall. Kyle will be spending the upcoming week testing at the AmPro Yamaha training facility in Travelers Rest, where he will be riding a 2011 Yamaha YZ450F.
“Being a rider down this early in the season definitely put us in a tough spot,” says team owner Randy Hawkins. “After several phone calls back in forth with Corporate Yamaha, the stars aligned just right to get Kyle out here on an off weekend from the WORCS Series. Kyle is great rider and he will be an excellent addition to the team. We are very excited to have him help us out!”
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