Thursday, March 31, 2011



After a wet build-up in the area, round 3 of the AMA GNCC series at Steele Creek in North Carolina looked as though it was going to be a soggy one. The track was hilly with a red clay base, together with a flowing lay-out along the river and a famous bridge to go under.

Knowing that he really needed a good start to keep with the front runners, Ashley’s class had a grid of 21 riders and was the third class to start after the Pro line.

Heading into the bush mid-pack, Ash was working his way through the field when a mistake sent him over the edge of the track and down a steep scrubby embankment. Having to drag and manhandle his bike back up on the track, the two classes behind Ashley’s passed him before he could get going again. He set off, coming through the first lap in 20th position, he pushed on with making his way back into the points. Lap two saw him in 12th place in class and estimating he had passed around 40 riders to get there, he kept going.

Lap three had him in tenth, lap four he was ninth, lap five he was eighth and with a big push on lap six saw him take three more positions and reach fifth place.

The final lap seven didn’t see any improvement and he finished a well-earned fifth in class, but well down the order at 48th out of the 242 starters, still not a bad effort.

“At least I had plenty of practice at passing people today!” Ash said after the race.

Aussie Suzuki rider Josh Strang took the outright honors in a titanic battle with KTM’s Charlie Mullins, who dropped his bike in the last corner before the finish.

Ash would like to thank the following people and companies for their support: Josh Strang, the Watts family, Costanzo Racing Suspension, Force Accessories, Maxxis tyres, Fly gear , Shoei helmets , Sidi boots, Motorcycling Australia, The Butler training facility-Florida & Rock.

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