Corona, CA - March 19, 2012 - Just four days after battling to the final lap in Florida, Jason Thomas and Glenn Kearney mounted up for round two of the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) series. Riding with the same intensity as they had done at round one, the Husqvarna duo matched each other lap for lap at the front of the pack all day long, and ended the day on the podium once again.
Riding identical TC250s, Thomas and Kearney got out to a clean start in the XC2 class, and Thomas physically led through the pits at the end of lap one. "I worked on my bike setup, and it was awesome today!" Thomas explained. "It was great to fight for the win, I just came up a little short today. [Steward Baylor] and I traded the lead so many times it was hard to keep track of where you were. He would pass me into one section, then I would get him back in the next, and then before I knew it we would be trading once again."
Not to be outdone, Kearney was out to score his second podium of the week. "It was really a great day to ride." Kearney said. "The rain had really worked its way through the course, and there was virtually no dust all day."
Unfortunately for Kearney he found himself digging his bike out of a mud hole for a second race in a row. "I really only made one mistake today," the Aussie explained. "I followed Jason and Stew [Baylor] into a big mud hole, and as they entered, mud was flying everywhere. I tried to go to the right to avoid it, but it just didn't work. I got stuck, and they did not." Fortunately a near three-minute gap on fourth place meant that he could go on to finish the race in a strong third place.
Thomas fought for the lead through the last two miles of the event where a lapped rider would be the deciding factor on a second-place finish. "I am happy with how the boys finished today," Fred Andrews explained. "We really came out here and made a statement. I'm looking forward to watching this team progress throughout the season, and I know that we are going to win one of these events very soon."
The FAR Husqvarna team will be back in action on Sunday, April 1 in Morganton, North Carolina where Andrew DeLong will hopefully return to racing and continue to keep FAR Husqvarna atop the XC2 podium.
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