kind of surprised to see that I won the first two tests ,” said Grant . “ In the last test I overshot a turn , went down into a ditch and buried my bike . It probably took me at least 40 seconds to get out , so I was really worried there for a second . It was a mile or two in , and by the time I got out , the guys on my row had already caught me and passed me . I was in there for a little while , so I was happy when I finished and saw that I won .”
DeLong ’ s runner-up finish marked the Pennsylvania rider ’ s best finish of the season .
“ After the rain we got last night , it was not that bad until the last test and the skies opened up again ,” said DeLong . “ I had never ridden anything like that . That was interesting , but I had a lot of fun . I was smiling and I ’ m pleased with the outcome .”
DeLong ’ s Rockstar Energy Husqvarna teammate Trevor Bollinger rounded out the podium in his first race back since injuring his hand in June .
“ I started out third on the first test ,” said Bollinger . “ I think I made a couple mistakes in the second test , but from there , we were pretty consistent . Luckily , it landed me on the box . I missed the last two rounds with my hand . So , to come back at these and get on the podium … I think it ’ s my second career podium , so it feels good .”
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