Press Release –
Daryl Rath and his Sportsman 850 XP EPS have been lurking right off the lead since the beginning of the 2010 GNCC Racing Season and this past weekend, at Big Buck they pounced on the 4×4 Open points lead.
Rath, who finished second at Big Buck, has been relentless racing the Sportsman 850 XP EPS. His first race of the season was the only race where he didnt place and he currently has one second and a two third place finishes in the series. He holds the lead at 72 points and feels the best is yet to come.
“I was really excited coming into this season, we worked very hard last year to get a solid platform with the Sportsman 850 XP EPS. I was able to take all the information we gained and start making the little changes needed to put this ATV up front,” said Daryl Rath. “We have progressed this program from the learning, development and trial stages to a racing stage, and our results are showing that. The fine tuning changes we are making now just keep enhancing the performance of the Sportsman 850 XP EPS. I think it will continue to improve as the season goes on, we are a contender.”
At Big Buck it seemed as dust was going to be the major obstacle to overcome, and it was.
The riders all had to fight for clear vision as they looked for a safe opportunity to pass and make up some ground. It made it extremely difficult in the high speed field sections where most of the passing opportunities were.
Rath had a strong start heading into the first turn where he caught a rock and broke his goggle lens allowing them to fill with dirt. A quick pit stop to swap them out lost him some valuable time and when he re-entered the track there were additional riders he needed to get through to get back up to the front of his class.
Rath continued to pick up the pace and finished with a second place in the
“4×4 Open” class and 16th overall in the AM session.
“Daryl has put a lot of hard work and time into his race Sportsman XP,” said Donna Beadle, race team manager for Polaris Racing. “It’s nice to see his work paying off and we look forward to an exciting race season.”