Welcome to The Weekly Dirt, the place to go each Wednesday to catch up on the latest happenings in the realm of off-road motorcycling. This week’s Dirt is coming from the Rock Run GNCC in Patton, Pennsylvania.
Paul Whibley got back on the winning track with a big victory at the Rock Run GNCC in Pennsylvania. You probably guessed from the name that the race was a rocky one. Well, it was pretty fast, too. And fast and rocks don’t work well together and most of the top guys were a little apprehensive about the conditions. Whibs was one of them, but he put it aside and went out and hauled! At the end of three hours of racing, the Am Pro Yamaha rider was nearly two minutes ahead of Josh Strang, who finished second.
Josh Strang took over the GNCC points lead with a second place finish at the Rock Run. Strang challenged Whibley near the midway point of the race but a botched pit stop and fading brakes kept the defending series champ from capitalizing on the situation. After five rounds, Strang leads Charlie Mullins, who finished third on the day, by two points in the standings.
In Pennsylvania, New Zealander Rory Mead rode the JG Off-road Racing/GEICO Powersports/Honda CRF450 vacated by the injured Jimmy Jarrett. Mead has a three-race deal with the team and in his first-ever GNCC finished a respectable eighth. Mead is shopping for a full time ride in 2012 and if he remains consistent there’s a good chance he will.
Eight-time National Enduro Champion Michael Lafferty was up for the rocks in PA, and the factory Husaberg proved it with a fourth overall, which is impressive considering he is riding against kids almost half his age! Rock Run was gnarly and “Junior” was up for it and ran as high as second before settling into a solid pace in the fourth position. He says he has his 570 all dialed in so look more “inspired” rides from Lafferty.