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Coastal Racing ATV Team Report: Big Buck GNCC
Brycen Neal kicks off GNCC Season with a Podium Finish

Morgantown, WV (3/7/2017) - Coastal Racing / Answer / Maxxis / Waynesburg Yamaha ATV rider Brycen Neal kicked off the 2017 Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series in a big way over the weekend as he captured a 3rd place finish at the Big Buck GNCC opener.

Neal powered himself into a top-five position off the start as he immediately engaged in battle with the front-runners. By the end of lap one, Neal sat in the 4th place position with his sights set on a podium finish at the opening round. As the race wore on, Neal only got stronger as he pulled himself to within one second of the 3rd place rider by the third lap.

Brycen Neal Coastal Racing
Coastal Racing's Brycen Neal is all smiles with a podium finish at Round One of the GNCC Series at Big Buck

As the white flag came out Neal turned it up a notch to vault himself into the 3rd place position as he continued his push toward the front. The Ohio native put in a solid charge in the second half of the two-hour race to finish only seven seconds behind 2nd place to capture 3rd overall at the opening round.

"I got off to a mid-pack start and it was a freight train of a battle for most of the race," Neal said. "I rode a little tight for the first half, where I wasn't used to the clay conditions but the second half of the race I was able to wick it up and track down the 3rd spot on the podium and finish only a handful of seconds away from 2nd overall. It was a great building block to begin with for the rest of the season and I'm looking forward to the rough and hot conditions in Florida!"

Eli Kiger Coastal Racing
Eli Kiger had a tough day of fighting through the pack, salvaging 7th place

Neal's Coastal Racing/Answer/Maxxis/Waynesburg Yamaha teammate, Eli Kiger, returned to racing at the season opener after a couple of injuries kept him sidelined for the latter part of the 2016 season. Kiger rounded the first turn in the back of the pack, where he came through on the opening lap in 17th place in the College A (16-21) class. Kiger climbed his way up to 10th on the opening lap until high-siding his ATV heading into the field section.

Kiger remounted but lost substantial time in the process of crashing and was forced to pick his way through the pack once gain. Despite the setback, Kiger put forth a valiant effort to climb his way back inside the top-ten, where he finished 7th for the day.

Drew Landers Coastal Racing
Drew Landers experienced bad luck at Round 1 after fighting for the lead

"After I wrecked it took me a few minutes to get going again - I fell back to dead last in class and behind half of the class behind me," Kiger said. "After that I had to pick my way through the Junior A class for the rest of the first lap and finally started picking off riders in my own class. Unfortunately I put out myself so far back on the first lap I could only make it up to 7th in class after a hard-fought day."

Drew Landers, the team's newest addition on the ATV side, lined up with Kiger in the College A (16-21) class where he jumped into the 2nd place position on the opening lap. While battling for the lead position, Landers unfortunately experienced a derailed chain and wasn't able to finish the rest of the race. The Tennessee native will look to rebound this Saturday in Florida for Round 2.

Next ATV Event: GNCC Round 2 - March 11, 2017

Results from the Big Buck GNCC - Saturday, March 4

XC1 Pro ATV Results

1. Walker Fowler
2. Jarrod McClure
3. Brycen Neal (YAM)
4. Chris Borich
5. Adam McGill

College A (16-21) ATV Results

1. John Glauda Jr.
2. Corey Silverthorn
3. Kalab Hagan
4. Tanner Walker
5. Morgan Flannery
6. Body Lamoreaux
7. Eli Kiger (YAM)

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