When it comes to cross-country racing, reigning GNCC Racing champion Kailub Russell is the current boss of the game with four consecutive titles to his name.
With the 2017 championship getting underway this weekend in Union, South Carolina, the KTM rider begins his bid to make it five straight titles.
Granted, there’s some serious top talent in the XC1 category. And with a lot of guys tired of playing second best to Russell, the hunger is there to put a road block in the way of a potential fifth crown.
But Russell is a machine — a winning machine at that.
He’s learned fast how championships are won and if you look at his wins stats it makes for some jaw-dropping reading.
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Just last year he won 10 rounds from 13 starts in the form of two five-race win streaks.
In the 52 races passed since 2013, Russell has racked up a staggering 34 victories and has only twice finished outside the top three in the races he’s gone the full distance.
And of his five non scores during that timeframe, three were due to his 2015 knee injury.
In a series that runs from March to October, over 13 rounds, that’s quite the accomplishment and quite the record.
Winning another championship in 2017 will see him draw level with Scott Summers and match Ed Lojak as the only other rider to win five consecutive crowns.
Lojak still stands at the top of the pile with nine GNCC titles to his name, but with Russell having just turned 27 years old, we’re guessing he’s got a few more race wins left in the tank.