FAR Husqvarna On The XC2 Podium at John Penton GNCC

The Fred Andrews Racing Husqvarna team celebrated another podium in the 2013 GNCC Series, only this time it was Nick Davis’ turn. The young rider showed his mettle at the John Penton GNCC by riding to a career-best second-place finish in the XC2 class.

Steady rain on Saturday night threatened to make the Millfield, Ohio race a mud fest, but sunshine on Sunday dried the terrain out enough to make it what racers called “one of the best John Penton races in a long time.” Nick got out to rough start after a crash shortly after the start, but he got back on his Husqvarna TXC250R and charged his way through the pack. He held a solid second place heading into the last lap, with over a one-minute buffer over third, but nearly lost it after getting stuck.

“I rode great all day until the last lap,” Davis said, referring to the incident that temporarily cost him a position. Nick approached one of the many rutted-out hill climbs and found it littered with other riders stuck in the mud. Davis didn’t make it on his first attempt, and got stuck again on his second attempt. He finally resorted to pushing his bike up the hill, which allowed the third-place rider Zach Nolan to catch up.

“I really needed to step it up at that point,” Nick commented. “I worked really hard to get [Zach] back, and I passed him with a few miles to go and pushed hard all the way to the finish.”

Christopher Douglas made it two Husqvarna’s in the top-ten of the XC2 class with a seventh-place finish. Davis’ FAR Husqvarna teammate Andrew DeLong was unfortunately unable to race due to a hand injury suffered during the week.

On the west coast, Jamie Lanza was back in action at the AMA District 37 Big 6 Grand Prix Series, this time at The Ranch in Anza, California. Temperatures of over 100 degrees kept the water trucks busy, but the dust still raged at what Lanza called, “one of the dustiest races I’ve ever raced in my life.” Lanza still managed to take both 0-200cc class wins, as well as top the heavyweights (on adjusted time) on Sunday aboard his Husqvarna CR144.