MSR Press Release
Corona, CA – Being known as one of the most fit athletes on the GNCC circuit, MSR’s Paul Whibley used every ounce of that fitness to come out victorious at the opening round of the 13 race series. The River Ranch GNCC is one of the more brutal stops, as it’s not the typical type of terrain that the racers are used to. There’s not much in the way of elevation changes, so what it lacks in going up-and-down, it more than makes up for in mile after mile of rough, whooped out sand.
Coming in to this race Whibs had something to prove, as his last 2 outings here have not been favorable. Mechanical problems last year and fuel problems the year before, Paul knew it was going to be a slugfest and he was more than ready. Grabbing the holeshot and wanting to establish the pace early, he set a fierce opening lap that no one was able to challenge. A few riders would get close and even take the lead for a brief moment, but it was not their day as the Axeman would continue to push to the point of exhaustion.
Lap after lap ripping through the scoring barrels, the top 2 riders were never more than 10 seconds apart, and on a track as rough and ripped up as this years’ that truly is saying something. When the white flag made its presence, Paul had but just a two second lead and knew it would all come down to this, the final lap. Holding off continued attacks from the 2nd place rider over the course of the last lap, Whibs would eventually cross the finish line a mere .6 seconds ahead. Completely spent after such a hard fought win, but it did signal redemption after the problems of the previous 2 years.
Jordan Ashburn, Whibley’s teammate, also put in a hard fought race while trying to adapt to the speed of the XC-1 class, as he made the jump up from being the runner-up in last years’ XC-2 class. Jordan would get a good jump on the opening lap, but eventually had some problems and would drop back to 10th at about the midway point. Clawing his way back and finding some speed at the end, Ashburn would make a couple passes on the final lap to end the day in 6th.
Paul takes his points lead to the next stop this weekend at the General GNCC in Washington GA.
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