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Kiwi Riders Again at the Pointy End

Kiwi Riders Again at the Pointy End


Pahiatua’s Paul Whibley (Yamaha YZ450F), on the podium for a second consecutive time in the United States. Photo by Andy McGechan, BikesportNZ.com

MARCH 17, 2014: Pahiatua’s Paul Whibley has scored his second podium finish in as many events as he crafts a positive start to his Grand National Cross-country racing campaign in the United States.

The 35-year-old Pahiatua man put his Yamaha YZ450F into the No.3 spot at the second round of 13 in the series, this time battling horrendous weather as well as some of the elite off-road bike riders on the planet at the venue in Washington, in Wilkes County, Georgia, but he was eventually forced to follow American riders Kailub Russell and Jordan Ashburn past the chequered flag on Sunday.

Following his runner-up finish at the series opener in Florida a week ago, Whibley now finds himself second overall for the series, just two points behind round-one winner Charlie Mullins.

Mullins finished fifth in the XC1 class at the weekend.

Known affectionately as “The Axeman” on the motorcycling scene, Whibley is no stranger to winning at this level.

He won the GNCC crown outright in 2008 and again in 2012, although his attempted title defence last season was hampered by injuries, and it seems another US title is quite possible this season.

The former Manawatu forestry worker was also joined at the sharp end of the field at the weekend by fellow Kiwis Rory Mead, of Wellington, and Callan May, of Titirangi.

Mead finished seventh overall, but was runner-up in the XC2 (250cc) class, while May, the Yamaha star making his debut in the GNCC competition this season, finished 19th overall, which was good enough for eighth in the XC2 class.

Mead leads the XC2 class after two rounds, while May is sixth overall.

“After a perfect day on the Saturday, the rain kicked in at 4am Sunday morning, making for a very slippery wet miserable track to say the least,” said May.

“I didn't get the best start. I was pretty much back of the pack, so had a lot of big puddles and bogs to deal with, so I was happy enough to finish the race with my bike still running and myself in one piece.”

Whibley is supported by Yamaha Motor New Zealand, AmPro Yamaha, Monster Energy, Shoei, Sidi, Smith, MSR G2, Asterisk, Moto SR, Vortex Ignitions, EC3D, Bush Riders MCC, Spectro, Acerbis, DID, JT sprockets, Leatt, Kenda, Sargent Motorcycles, Yamaha NZ, Bikesportnz.com, Unibiker and Tire balls.

May is supported by Yamaha Motor New Zealand, Kiwi Rider magazine, BikesportNZ.com, MotoSR, Golden Tyres, Fox, Graphic Creation, GYTR and Yamalube.

Words and photo by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com

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