Whibley Extends Lead   5 Apr 2012

New Zealand’s Paul Whibley has finished runner-up at round three of the Grand National Cross-country Championships in the United States, extending his lead at the top of the standings.

The Yamaha ace from Pahiatua won the opening round of the series in Florida in March and managed another podium finish with a third placing at round two in Washington a fortnight ago.

But his second-place finish at round three at Steele Creek, North Carolina, at the weekend has now given him a seven-point advantage at the top of the championship standings, ahead of American ace Kailub Russell, who won the day at Steele Creek.

Another New Zealander, Wellington’s Rory Mead, finished 11th at the weekend. Coupled with his third-placing at round one and eighth overall result at round two, Yamaha’s New Zealand enduro champion Mead is now sixth in the championship rankings.

“When the green flag waved, I again grabbed the holeshot,” said Whibley.

“The track was very choppy and had a lot a square edges going up and down many of the steep hills.

“I could feel my arms tightening up and tried to ride as relaxed as possible, but, near the end of the first lap was overtaken by Kailub Russell and Charlie Mullins. I latched onto them for another lap trying to shake the arm pump but could not hold their pace with my arms so tight.

“I slid back into the pack, ending up buried in about sixth position.

“After the fuel stop, I began to loosen up and found myself regaining some time on Charlie. Soon catching him and moving by. I then was battling Cory Buttrick and Thad Duvall for a podium position. With two laps to go, I slotted into second but Cory was determined not to let me have the position without a fight.

“The white flag came out and I started to put some daylight between Cory and myself. I claimed second spot in the XC1 class but there was no denying Kailub the win. He rode a strong and calculated race.”

The next round is set for Union, South Carolina, next weekend (April 14-15).

Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com

(Bikesport NZ)

Add a comment

Bookmark and Share

News

Christchurch continuing to bounce back

23 Sep 2016 Canterbury Earthquake
New Zealand Government Hon Gerry BrownleeMinister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration   23 September... more

Local Government reforms extension

23 Sep 2016 News
New Zealand Government Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-IigaMinister of Local Government 23 September 2016 The Minister of Local Government ... more

Business

RBNZ pushes for new quarterly disclosure regime

23 Sep 2016 Business News
Article - BusinessDesk Friday 23 September 2016 12:47 PM RBNZ pushes for new quarterly disclosure regime By Paul McBeth Sept. 23 ... more

McClay says prospects for Indonesia trade good

23 Sep 2016 Business News
New Zealand Government Hon Todd McClayMinister of Trade 22 September 2016 Minister of Trade Todd McClay says he is encouraged by... more

Living

Young New Zealanders Making Films For Good

18 Jul 2016 Lifestyle
The Outlook for Someday Young New Zealanders Making Films For Good What does sustainability mean to you? Since 2007 The Outlook for... more

Review: NZ's Pitch Black - live in London

8 Jul 2016 Entertainment By Charlotte Everett
20 years after their debut at The Gathering, Pitch Black have satiated a packed venue of fans at London’s Oslo, in... more

Property

Auckland house prices are stabilising Barfoot says

3 Aug 2016 Property By Sophie Boot
Wednesday 03 August 2016 10:30 AM Auckland house prices are stabilising, may have plateaued, Barfoot says Aug. 3 (BusinessDesk) -... more

NZ home values rise at fastest quarterly pace in 12 years

2 Aug 2016 Property By Tina Morrison
Article - BusinessDesk NZ home values rise at fastest quarterly pace in 12 years By Tina Morrison Aug. 2 (BusinessDesk) - New... more

Migration

Kiwis could be affected by tighter UK rules

30 Mar 2016 Migration By Audrey Young
British High Commissioner Jonathan Sinclair is defending changes to skilled migrant rules for Britain but suggests they won't affect... more

Immigrants' attitudes to corruption worries SFO

17 Feb 2016 Migration By Sophie Boot
Feb. 17 (BusinessDesk) - New Zealand's record inbound migration has undermined the country's squeaky-clean reputation because of an... more

Travel

Newer, faster and simpler eGates for Wellington

25 Aug 2016 Travel & Tourism
New Zealand Government   Hon Wagner using the new eGates at Wellington Airport.... more

NZ guest nights jump to a record in June amid tourism boom

10 Aug 2016 Travel & Tourism By Tina Morrison
Article - BusinessDesk Wednesday 10 August 2016 12:19 PM Aug. 10 (BusinessDesk) - New Zealand accommodation providers had their... more

Sport

Stars to hit the court for FAST5 Ferns

23 Sep 2016 Netball
Netball NZ Stars to hit the court for FAST5 Ferns Friday 23 September, 2016The FAST5 Ferns will be eyeing off a fourth straight title... more

Columns

Gordon Campbell on the end game in Spain

25 Aug 2016 Opinion
Column - Gordon Campbell   Gordon Campbell on the end game in Spain First published on Werewolf more

Gordon Campbell on the Impotence of the Reserve Bank

11 Aug 2016 Opinion
Column - Gordon Campbell   Gordon Campbell on the Impotence of the Reserve Bank First published on Werewolf more

Kiwi Success

New appointment to FSANZ Board

29 Aug 2016 Appointments
New Zealand Government Hon Jo Goodhew Minister for Food Safety   29 August 2016 Jane Lancaster has been appointed to the Food ... more

Appointments to New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO

12 Aug 2016 Appointments
New Zealand Government Hon Hekia ParataMinister of Education 12 August 2016 Appointments to New Zealand National Commission for... more

Recruitment

Jobs growth continues to be strong

3 Aug 2016 Recruitment
New Zealand Government Hon Steven Joyce Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment 3 August 2016 Jobs growth continues... more

NZ private sector wage inflation misses expectations in June

3 Aug 2016 State of the Market Report By Paul McBeth
Wednesday 03 August 2016 11:57 AM NZ private sector wage inflation misses expectations in June quarter Aug. 3 (BusinessDesk) - New... more

s