“Focus” On Phoenix Racing
Noah Mickelson Clinches Championship at Mountaineer GNCC
Salisbury, NC (10/13/2019) – Phoenix Racing Honda ATV rider Noah Mickelson clinched a championship during the Mountaineer GNCC at Summit Bechtel Reserve in Beckley, WV. In the motorcycle classes, Andrew Delong was seventh in XC1 Open Pro, while Austin Lee finished fourth in XC2. Haedyn Mickelson finished eighth in 4X4 Pro ATV.
The race was held on brand-new trails in the Appalachian Mountains. The nine-mile loop finished a mix of high-speed tracks and technical sections that featured rocks, trees and uncovered tree roots.
In College A, Noah Mickelson had trouble at the start and came out of the gate at the end of the field. Quickly getting to work, he took the lead at the end of the first lap and fell back to second on the following lap. He finished second, netting his ninth podium of the season, and unofficially clinched the championship.
“I was close to last coming out of the start, but I made to the lead by the end of the first lap,” said Noah Mickelson. “I lost the lead and followed the leader for a few laps. On the final lap I got stuck in a tree, but I held on for second. I couldn’t have done it without the Maxxis tires and Elka suspension.”
Delong had the speed of the top riders and rode an excellent race to finish seventh in XC1 Open Pro motorcycle. After challenging in the top five all race, he settled back two spots. He is seventh in points going into the final round.
“I had a lot of speed and I felt I could have been on the podium,” said Delong. “I just had trouble getting into a rhythm. The last two laps I ran pretty well, and I was competitive with the top guys. My bike was awesome. The tires worked great and I had great power. I felt better than I have in a while. The team worked well. We had great pit stops.”
Lee ran in the top three in XC2 250 Pro motorcycle for most of the race and was challenging for the top spot when a suspension issue slowed his charge. He fell back to fourth on the final lap but did excellent work to remain competitive.
“With two to go I had a rear suspension issue and I couldn’t push really hard, so I got caught on the last lap,” said Lee. “We were battling for the entire last lap. I felt like I could have won the race.”
The Phoenix Racing team will finish out the 2019 season with the season finale Ironman GNCC at Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, IN.