Factory Husqvarna’s Andrew DeLong Third At Mountain Ridge GNCC

Thunderstorms in Somerset, Pennsylvania preceding the Mountain Ridge GNCC left a slippery, rocky course for racers at round 11 of the series. Factory Husqvarna’s Andrew DeLong called it a tough day, as he had to battle the stacked field and the slimy, wet conditions on his FC 350, but the newly crowned National Enduro Champion still managed to end his day on the XC1 Pro podium with a third-place finish.

“I got out to a good start,” DeLong said, “and went into the woods about 8th or 9th. I started picking guys off, but kept falling on the first lap. I couldn’t get anything going – I was sliding around and just couldn’t get myself
together.”

Despite his frustrations, DeLong kept himself inside the top-10 during the first half of the race. True to form, Andrew relied on his conditioning during the latter half of the race, where he was able to charge through the field.

“I was able to regroup,” DeLong recalled. “I dropped the hammer and had some good lap times. I couldn’t stay off the ground to save my life, but I was able to maintain it and keep things going.”

At the checkered flag, Andrew was fourth overall and third XC1 Pro, earning him his second GNCC podium of the year. Although he matched his best finish of the season, Andrew wasn’t entirely pleased with his result, and is gunning for even
better finishes at the final two rounds of the season.

“If I would have rode like I know how, I think I could have been up front and maybe even battle for a win,” said DeLong. “But it was still a good day in the end – a solid day for points.”

Andrew’s brother, Craig DeLong, carded another victory in the 250 A division – this time making his way into ninth overall! Fellow 250 A racer Austin Lee made it three Husqvarna motorcycles inside the top-ten with his 10th overall finish.

Mountain Ridge GNCC XC1 Pro Results:

1. Kailub Russell

2. Jordan Ashburn
3. Andrew DeLong (Husqvarna)

4. Ryan Sipes

5. Paul Whibley

6. Jason Thomas

7. Christopher Douglas

8. Takeshi Koikeda

9. Thad Duvall

10. Chris Bach

2014 GNCC Points Standings

1. Kailub Russell (298/8 wins)

2. Josh Strang (205)

3. Jordan Ashburn (201)

4. Charlie Mullins (181/3 wins)

5. Paul Whibley (177)
6. Andrew DeLong (160) Husqvarna

7. Chris Bach (148)

8. Thad Duvall (144)

9. Ryan Sipes (131)

10. Takeshi Koikeda (127)