The 27th annual John Penton GNCC was held at the Sunday Creek Raceway in Millfield, Ohio. The day brought very hot and humid race conditions with dirt that had great traction in some places and was like ice in others.
Josh got a good start and was in 7th after the first lap and Ben was up to 11th XC2. The course was fast and the slick conditions got Josh on the 3rd lap whole running 5th XC2 and 15th OA. Josh skipped out into a tree and hit the deck hard. Ben was close behind and stopped when he saw Josh down. Josh waved Ben on and recovered from the wind being knocked out of him. Josh tried to out the lap but realized he was going to do more harm and pulled it into the pits. A wrenched knee and some good bruises all over is all he had for the day. Ben continued to push forward picking off riders and working his way up eventually finishing 6th XC2 and 12 overall. A solid ride given the track.
The John Penton was the seventh round of the 2016 Grand National Cross Country series, an AMA National Championship, and marks the half way point in the season. Our two GNCC rookies are sitting in the top 10 XC2 and top 20 overall. Ben 5th XC2 & 15th OA. Josh 10th XC2 & 20th OA.
The guys are looking forward to race closer to home next round and I hope a lot of New England turns out for the Tomahawk GNCC to cheer them on.