Kailub Russell continued his 100 per cent winning record in the 2018 Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series at Wild Boar last weekend. Ben Kelley earned his first-ever XC2 250 Pro class win.

Pro Class

Kaven Benoit bagged the $250 All Balls Racing holeshot award but wasn’t out front long as Steward Baylor took over the lead heading into the woods.

Baylor would battle through the first couple laps, and hold onto the lead until the fourth lap, when Russell would take over until the chequered flag.


GNCC 2018 Wild Boar Josh Strang Enduro21 560

Photo Credit: Ken Hill


Josh Strang also got a good start, holding second position for the first three out of six laps. Strang would ultimately drop to sixth though at the end of the three-hour race.

Thad Duvall fought back from a mid-pack start, occasionally contending for the third and fourth position before eventually rounding out the podium at the Moose Racing Wild Boar GNCC. 

Trevor Bollinger moved up throughout the race, battling for a podium position at one point, but would finish with a fourth place finish. Layne Michael had a decent Sunday afternoon in Florida too. Michael come around on lap one in 10th, but battled successfully up to fifth place by the flag.

XC2 Pro Class

Ben Kelley earned his first-ever XC2 250 Pro class win after battling Josh Toth back and forth all afternoon. Kelley eventually came through with enough of a lead in the last couple miles.


GNCC 2018 Wild Boar Ben Kelley Enduro21 560

Photo Credit: Ken Hill


Pascal Rauchenecker held down the third place throughout the three-hour race in Florida. Rauchenecker finished third at the Big Buck and Wild Boar GNCC races, and looks to be a rider to keep an eye on in the future rounds.

XC3 125 Pro-Am Class

Florida native Jesse Ansley found himself in the first place position at the halfway mark of the XC3 race and did not look back taking his first class win.


GNCC 2018 Wild Boar Jesse Ansley Enduro21 560

Photo Credit: Ken Hill


Bryce Koster would take home the overall amateur honours after winning the Open A class followed by Brewer Cawley and Chase Hayes of the 250 A class.

Korie Steede took the holeshot and lead as the Women's race headed into the woods. When they came through the finish after lap one Tayla Jones followed by Becca Sheets and Rachel Gutish in third.

Jones, Sheets and Gutish would remain in the top three positions throughout the five lap race, and Jones would earn her second win the season.

In the Youth race Peyton Whipkey brought home his second overall win of the season, and YXC1 Super Mini Sr (14-15) class win.

Grant Davis would finish an impressive second overall after starting from the second row in the YXC2 Super Mini Jr (12-13) class. Max Fernandez finished out the day third overall and second in his class.

The 2018 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series resumes in one week March 17 and 18, in Washington, Georgia with The Maxxis General GNCC. 

XC1 Open Pro Event Results:

  1. Kailub Russell (KTM)
  2. Steward Baylor Jr (KTM)
  3. Thad Duvall (HQV)
  4. Trevor Bollinger (HON)
  5. Layne Michael (HQV)
  6. Josh Strang (HQV)
  7. Ricky Russell (YAM)
  8. Grant Baylor (KTM)
  9. Cory Buttrick (HQV)
  10. Jesse Groemm (KTM)

Overall National Championship Standings:

  1. Kailub Russell (60)
  2. Steward Baylor Jr (46)
  3. Thad Duvall (46)
  4. Trevor Bollinger (33)
  5. Ben Kelley (32)
  6. Josh Toth (31)
  7. Josh Strang (28)
  8. Layne Michael (27)
  9. Pascal Rauchenecker (25)
  10. Austin Lee (20)

XC2 250 Pro Event Results:

  1. Ben Kelley (KTM)
  2. Josh Toth (KTM)
  3. Pascal Rauchenecker (HQV)
  4. Craig Delong (HQV)
  5. Austin Lee (HON)
  6. Mike Witkowski (BET)
  7. Brendan Riordan (YAM)
  8. Liam Draper (HQV)
  9. Zack Hayes (KTM)
  10. Trevor Barrett (YAM)

XC2 250 Pro Series Standings:

  1. Ben Kelley (55)
  2. Josh Toth (55)
  3. Pascal Rauchnecker (42)
  4. Austin Lee (34)
  5. Craig Delong (34)
  6. Liam Draper (25)
  7. Trevor Barrett 24)
  8. Zack Hayes (20)
  9. Ryder Lafferty (16)
  10. Mike Witkowski (15)



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