Cory Buttrick took a big win at the AAPG, the final round of the 2010 JNCC series held at the BigDeer circuit in Hiroshima, Japan. The Ohio rider was impressive on his FMF/KTM, lapping the field up to third place and finishing the race with a five cushion over defending JNCC champ and former All-Japan National Motocross Champion Takeshi Koikeda.
Koikeda, who rides for KTM Japan, led the race during the early going with pressure from Yamaha rider Kenji Suzuki, however, Buttrick took the lead before the end of the opening lap and never looked back. Suzuki and Koikeda stayed relatively close to Buttrick for the first 45 minutes, but then Buttrick picked up the pace and started pulling away, putting two minutes on the duo by the halfway mark of the race. Buttrick seemed to get stronger as the race wore on, and his final two laps on the seven-mile course were his fastest. At the finish, Buttrick took the checkered flag to the delight of a large crowd, pleased at the skill level demonstrated by the 19-year-old.
For his efforts Buttrick took home a check for 100,000 YEN and a special trophy commemorating his win.
“These was an extremely fun race,” Buttrick said. “It was a fast course with lots of fun jumps and I managed to go all race without a mishap. I want to thank the JNCC, Masami Hoshino, Tomo Miwa, and KTM Japan’s Michael Schano for giving me the chance to come to this race. It’s been an awesome experience. I also want to thank KTM North America, my mechanic Tony Hall and my girlfriend MacKenzie for all their support.”
Japan’s number two-ranked motocrosser Takase Tanaka, a works Kawasaki rider, finished the race in fourth, one lap down from Buttrick, while Taichi Tanaka finished fifth on his KTM.
JNCC President Masami Hoshino invited Buttrick to compete in the event, continuing a tradition of bringing American GNCC racers over to compete in the JNCC finale. Last year, American Nate Kanney won the event. In an exchange, two Japanese racers will compete in the opening rounds of the 2011 GNCC Series in March. For more information, please visit www.gnccracing.com.
Overall Results JNCC Final Round:
1. Cory Buttrick
2. Takeshi Koikeda
3. Kenji Suzuki
4. Takase Tanaka
5. Taichi Tanaka