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Cycle News 2024 Issue 12 March 26

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West Beats the East at Camp Coker GNCC N GPC and former WORCS Champion Dante Oliveira became the third different win- ner in four rounds at this year's very competitive Grand National Cross Country Series, holding off a race-long challenge by FMF/ KTM Factory rider Johnny Girroir to win the Camp Coker Bullet GNCC held at Moree's Sports - man's Preserve in Society Hill, South Carolina, on March 24. Babbitt's Online Monster Energy Kawasaki's Grant Baylor was third, while his brother, Red Bear Rocky Mountain Kawasaki's Steward Baylor, was a close fourth. After battling with Girroir dur - ing the first few turns, Oliveira led the remainder of the three- hour event to take home his first- ever GNCC win. Girroir pushed Oliveira hard during the entire race and pulled to just under two seconds at the finish, making for an exciting finish. The fast and "less-than-techni- cal" course suited Oliveira's West Coast riding style perfectly. "Man, I heard from everybody, Coker is your round, Coker is your round," said Oliveira. "So, I got out there and got a great start and put the hammer down. I charged where I could and just managed where I could. There were some sections where John- ny was definitely a lot quicker in the tighter stuff, but it was so hard to pass. There weren't as many options as there usually are out here. So, I was able just to keep control in the tight stuff, and then every time it opened up, I'd just give it the beans and held on. "It definitely feels good, but this style was kind of my style. It was just choppy, nasty, whoops. It feels great to come out here and get a win after being 12th place the last couple of rounds. I'm stoked with it. If I could go WIND IN THE P36 The West Coast's Dante Oliveira (KTM) was the surprise winner at the Camp Coker GNCC in South Carolina. PHOTOS: KEN HILL

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