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Shane Watts wins Steele Creek GNCC on whisper-quiet Two-Stroke

by JohnNicholas on 03/25/2010

This press release was discovered by an eagle-eyed two-stroke fan from Brazil. Thanks Edward!

Please note that it barely mentions that Shane was on a two-stroke 200 with a “DB Snorkel”. Also that he finished ahead of a Suzuki RMZ-450 four-stroke. So not only was Shane’s bike a two-stroke, but it was world’s quieter than any of the competition. This is super important in today’s environment where noise has become a huge challenge for motorcyclists world-wide.

Former World Enduro and US GNCC Pro Champion Shane Watts scored a sensational Overall victory, riding his KTM 200XCW in the hotly contested morning race at Round 3 of the 2010 GNCC series, held in perfect conditions near Morganton, NC on March 21.

Watts had conducted one of his hugely popular DirtWise Riding schools in New Jersey on the two days previous to the race, thus he spent most of Saturday night driving the 10 hours back home, with the race then a further one hour drive from there. The lack of sleep was not going to deny him the victory though.

After taking the checkers Watts enthusiastically said, “What a great ride out there today. Conditions were perfect and I rode strong but well within my comfort zone. Literally I had such a smooth ride out there thanks to the killer suspension settings that Stillwell Performance provided me. Combined with the Carbon Raptor Factory fork tube coatings I got such a plush ride over the usual nasty bumps found at a
GNCC race.”

“Today was my first time using the “db snorkel”, which is a significant noise reducing component that mounts onto the end of my FMF Qstealth silencer. The db snorkel ( was awesome in performance, really helping to keep the exhaust noise to a complete minimum, yet it didn’t affect the performance of the engine at all. It was magnificent as evidenced by the fact that I was only
beaten off the start and to the first corner by a CR500!!! By far I had the quietest bike out there today.

Land closure through noise is a huge issue for dirtbike riders, so I want to make a statement with this result and show leadership to all offroad
enthusiasts that it is truly possible to have great engine performance but have a hugely decreased noise impact on the rest of society. I want to have somewhere to ride my KTM for many years to come so that’s why I’ll continue to use the “db snorkel” at all times in the future.”

Shane Watts and his DirtWise Academy of Offroad Riding schools and Instructional DVDs are supported by, DirtBaby, Dirt Tricks Sprockets and rotors, Fun Mart Cycles, Stillwell Performance Suspension, Extremeion/Carbon Raptor Factory fork tube coatings, dB Snorkel, GPR Stabilizers, Domino Grips from, IMS fuel tanks and footpegs, Fasst Co. Flexx Handlebars, Maxxis, and DeCal Works.

A portion of each student’s tuition fee to the DirtWise Academy of Offroad Riding schools is donated to the Blue Ribbon Coalition and the RiderDown Foundation.
Visit for more info on how to register for upcoming schools and to sign up for the periodical “Watts Happening” Newsletter, or to purchase Volume #1 (How to master Mud, Sand, and Rough Ground technique) in the new DirtWise Advanced Instructional Riding DVD series, on sale now. Along with the original DirtWise Instructional DVD which covers over 25 different general Offroad riding skills and trail situations, there is also additional merchandise available to purchase on our website such as DirtBaby “track ready” baby apparel and more!