Husqvarna News: Powerline Park GNCC

Andrew DeLong – Husqvarna’s recently crowned AMA National Enduro Champion – was back in action today at the Powerline Park GNCC. As usual, mud was a factor at the St. Clairsville, Ohio venue, and although DeLong got out to a good start on his FC 350, his day soon took an unfortunate turn for the worse.

“I was running out front with the lead pack in the first two laps,” Andrew recalled. “I saw a mound of mud in the road and I thought I’d try a different line than everyone else, but that mud pile turned out to be a big old rock. As soon as I hit it, it was like I hit the eject button. It was really one of the hardest crashes I had in my whole life.”

The crash sent DeLong tumbling, and his bike vaulting into the air. It was several minutes before DeLong could regroup, and several more minutes in the pits to untwist his bike enough to be rideable for the remaining laps.

“I pulled in and they bent my bar back in a little and put the clutch where I could use it,” DeLong explained. “I was really beat up in the crash, but it’s not really in me to quit. I wanted to finish the race.”

DeLong rode to a modest 10th place finish in the XC1 Pro class and earned a valuable handful of points in the championship. Fortunately for him, Andrew has three weeks to rest up and heal up before the next and final round of the GNCC Series on October 26.

Powerline Park GNCC XC1 Pro Results:

1. Josh Strang
2. Kailub Russell
3. Jordan Ashburn
4. Charles Mullins
5. Steward Baylor
6. Chris Bach
7. Daniel Milner
8. Paul Whibley
9. Takeshi Koikeda
10. Andrew DeLong (Husqvarna)

GNCC Series XC1 Pro Championship Points Standings:
1. Kailub Russell (323/8 wins)
2. Josh Strang (235/1 win)
3. Jordan Ashburn (222)
4. Charles Mullins (199/3 wins)
5. Paul Whibley (190)
6. Andrew DeLong (171) Husqvarna
7. Chris Bach (163)
8. Thad Duvall (149)
9. Ryan Sipes (140)
10. Takeshi Koikeda (139)