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Cycle News 2019 Issue 39 October 1

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Duvall Survives Mason-Dixon GNCC R ound 11 of the 2019 Am- soil Grand National Cross Country Series, the Mason- Dixon GNCC, in Mount Morris, Pennsylvania, September 28-29, was a battle of attrition after bright sun and unseasonably hot weather turned the Pennsylvania soil into a choking, silty powder that worked its way into engines and carburetors causing one failure after another. The smothering silt didn't discriminate, either. Not even the top factory bikes were immune to its strangling suffocation, as many in the top 10 were affected, including series point leader Kai- lub Russell and Jordan Ashburn, who both combined to lead the majority of the three-hour race. Ashburn led three full laps of the race after taking over from early leader Kailub Russell, and held a comfortable lead going into the white-flag lap, but that's when his Monster Energy Bab- bitts Online Racing Kawasaki stopped in its tracks. "The bike just started losing a little bit of power right there towards the end of the fourth lap, and just like that it stopped," said Ashburn. "I just tried to get back into the pits, because I knew the filter was clogged, but I didn't make it. It's a bummer because we were the fastest guy out there, I felt like, today. We were on the hunt for a first win, but we'll be back." Kailub was lucky and only lost power, allowing him to limp his FMF-backed KTM back home for valuable points, although he dropped from first place, hav- ing taken back the lead when Ashburn dropped out on the final lap, to eventually finish sixth in the final results. The main beneficiary of the IN THE WIND P44 Thad Duvall won a hot and dusty Mason-Dixon GNCC, keeping his championship hopes alive. PHOTOS: KEN HILL

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