CORONA, Calif., (April 30, 2007) — The Monster Energy FAR (Fred Andrews Racing) Pro Circuit Kawasaki Off-Road Team wrapped up competition this past weekend at famed country music star Loretta Lynn’s ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., Round Five of the 2007 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country series, aka the “GNCCs.
Leading the charge for the Monster Energy/FAR program in the hot and dusty conditions in middle Tennessee was again Scott Watkins in the XC2 class. Watkins, last week’s winner at the Pirelli GNCC Big Buck (Union, S.C.). Though Watkins got out of the gate poorly (last place), his ‘never say die’ attitude got him back through the pack on the fast track layout for a top five (5th) place finish overall. And this despite a pretty gnarly first lap crash.
“I had to regroup and do the best I could, said Watkins. “It’s a long year and I need to stay healthy.
Watkins’ Monster Energy/FAR teammate, Cole Calkins, got out to a far better XC2 class start (3rd) and was running with the race leaders when he collided with a tree at the ten mile mark and broke his brake hose. The accident forced Calkins into the pits and, once he got back going and up to speed, he nailed a big rock and bent his front rotor to the point he couldn’t complete the race.
“I need to get some luck on my side one of these days, said Calkins.
Rounding out the XC2 racers was PA Allen, who crashed on the first lap, re-injured his back as was unable to finish the race.
In the premier XC1 class Monster Energy/FAR’s Jesse Robinson got out with the leaders (4th) and raced up front all day, eventually finishing 6th overall.
“I had a great start and that is what I needed to do on a dusty day like today, said Robinson. “I am looking forward to the next race.
Next up for the Monster Energy FAR Pro Circuit Kawasaki Off-Road is the Wiseco John Penton in Millfield, Ohio (May 12-13).
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