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Cycle News 2013 Issue 09 Mar 5

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PREVIEW OFF-ROAD P60 2013 GNCC PREVIEW BY JEN KEYON PHOTOGRAPHY BY KEN HILL, JASON HOOPER AND SHAN MOORE I t���s been nearly a decade since multiple GNCC Champions have competed against each other for a shot at the XC1 title. The last time the series saw such a star-studded championship battle was in 2004 when ���93 champ Fred Andrews, four-time champ Rodney Smith, five-time champ Scott Summers and ���03 champion Barry Hawk all vied for the XC1 title, in which factory Suzuki rider Rodney Smith claimed his fifth and final championship. It���s also not uncommon for some of motocross��� biggest names like Guy Cooper, Doug Henry, Ryan Hughes, Mike Kiedrowski, Mike Brown and Travis Pastrana to try their hand at GNCC Racing, and even win races! Next week, a new generation of GNCC champions will line up next to one another in River Ranch, Florida, Tuesday, March 12, for the three-hour race in hopes of capturing a win to start off the 2013 AMSOIL GNCC season. AmPro Yamaha���s Paul Whibley leads the pack with the number-one plate for the second time in his GNCC career, aboard a YZ450F. At 34-years-old, Whibley is the oldest championship contender this season but arguably one of the toughest competitors out there. Factory FMF/KTM���s Kailub Russell - 2012 runner up and two- GEARING UP IT ALL BEGINS NEXT WEEK time XC2 Champion - has a lot to prove heading into this year���s season opener. Russell admittedly lost the 2012 Championship at round one when he injured his shoulder during the race and pulled off, taking a major hit in the overall point standings with a DNF. ���That crash ultimately led to I didn���t know it at the time - but that race pretty much cost me the championship single handedly, unfortunately,��� Russell said. After securing his first GNCC Championship in 2011, Factory FMF/KTM���s Charlie Mullins didn���t have a desirable year

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