Weekend Warrior Titan GNCC – Lafayette, TN
Round 6 of the Can Am GNCC Series took the JG Off Road / GEICO / Monster Energy Kawasaki team back down to the hills of Tennessee for the Weekend Warrior Titan (later re-named the Titanic) in Lafayette. Unrelenting rain drenched the area the entire weekend, leading to an underwater, muddy track.
Jennifer had a good jump off the start, heading into the woods in the top five and by the end of the first lap had moved into the 2nd place position. On the 2nd lap Albright came in for a splash of gas and to get new gloves and goggles and was quickly back out on the track to charge for the lead. Throughout the course of the day, Albright, Cecco, and Atwell swapped positions, but midway through the last lap, Atwell ran into some mechanical issues, leaving the battle between Jennifer and Traci. At one point, Jennifer was able to take the lead, but got hung up with only a few miles to go. Albright took the checkers in 2nd place for the day (4th O/A). This finish moves Jennifer up to 4th in the point’s standings, just a mere 2 points out of 3rd.
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.
Sunday morning came around and so did rumors of squeezing 2 races into one. As the rain continued to pour down in buckets, Racer Productions considered combining the morning 2 hour race and the afternoon 3 hour race into one, 2 hour race; instead they kept the normal schedule but shortened both races by one hour in fear that the track just would not hold up.
JT Bennett was smiling from ear to ear again when he saw the mud and was back out on the track for what we were calling Mudfest Round 2. Bennett aboard his trusty Lojak Yamaha YZ250, grabbed the hole shot and settled into a good pace for the remainder of the race. As he came around each lap he would just shake off the goggles that Gretchen was offering and laugh as he went past. On the podium he was asked why he fell off pace a bit on the last lap – JT laughed and said that Cory (McDonald) was riding well and didn’t think he could catch him, so when he saw trail boss Jeff Russell out on the trail looking lonely he stopped and chatted with him for a minute. He also took a moment to thank his sponsors: GEICO, MSR, Lojaks, EBC Brakes, Rekluse, his wife Gretchen, and everyone else in the pits. Bennett ended up 2nd overall for the day.
The flag flew for the afternoon race and so did the GEICO boys. Jimmy Jarrett grabbed the $250 motorcyceUSA.com hole shot with Paul Whibley and Josh Strang right on his rear wheel. The three swapped positions back and forth for the first couple of laps, but during lap 3, Whibley regained the lead and wasn’t letting go of it and Jimmy Jarrett wasn’t about to let Paul out of his sights. The GEICO pit crew was ready for the guys on lap 3 as they pulled them in for clean goggles and gloves, a shot of gas and a quick spray from the pressure washer to keep the radiators clean. The GEICO teammates put on a hard charge for the last two laps and took the top 2 spots on the podium. Whibley taking the top spot on the box also regains the points lead with 7 races left. Jarrett hold on to a 5th place spot in the point’s standings.
Scotty Watkins got off the line in and into the woods in the 3rd spot, but by the end of the first lap was in the overall lead, giving a thumbs up as he rode past the pits. Watkins battled with Kailub Russell for a good portion of the day and ended up taking a 2nd place finish in the XC2 class, and 5th overall. Scotty currently stands in 3rd place in the class and 11th overall in the point’s race.
Team manager JT Bennett couldn’t be more proud of the team commenting, “I cannot thank the guys enough for their hard work on and off the track. They’ve been working really hard and it’s paying off.” Gretchen added “Although we’re all working hard and putting a lot of time in, we’re all still having a lot of fun, which is what the races are all about.” JT also wanted to thank the Racer Productions crew for the outstanding job they did maintaining all the races throughout the day and getting them started on time. For anyone who wasn’t there, it’s hard to describe how bad the conditions were.
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, and BRP
Scotty Watkins - FMF and Shoei
And of course a huge thank you to our fans.
The GNCC series will continue on May 16th & 17th for the GEICO Mountain Ridge GNCC in Somerset, PA. The Weekend Warrior Titan GNCC will air on the VS network June 27th at 2:30PM (ATV) and July 4th at 2:00PM (Bikes). For a full listing of the TV schedule, visit: http://www.gnccracing.com/pages/gncc-television.
For photos from the event, visit the JG Off Road Gallery