Kailub Russell earned his seventh win of the 2018 GNCC season at a wet and muddy Snowshoe, as Thad Duvall crashes out of contention. 

 

Snowshoe’s unique live engine start, modelled after the famed Blackwater 100 race, saw JCR/Honda’s Trevor Bollinger jumping out front with Tely Energy Racing/KTM’s Steward Baylor Jr. in tow and in the fog. 

As the leaders came through on lap one it was AmPro Yamaha’s Ricky Russell leading the way on adjusted time after starting from the second row.

FMF/KTM Factory Racing’s Kailub Russell and Rockstar Energy/Factory Husqvarna Racing’s Thad Duvall were running at the front and gained momentum in the treacherous conditions. 

Duvall and Russell would push themselves throughout the entire race but Duvall crashed and injured his wrist on lap seven, putting himself out the race but picking up 10th place in the results.

The unique live engine start modelled after the famed Blackwater 100 race saw JCR/Honda’s Trevor Bollinger jumping out front with Tely Energy Racing/KTM’s Steward Baylor Jr. in tow. As the leaders came through on lap one it was AmPro Yamaha’s Ricky Russell leading the way though on adjusted time after starting from the second row.

 

Snowshoe GNCC 2018 Pro start Enduro21 560

Photo Credit: Ken Hill

 

Russell and Rockstar Energy/Factory Husqvarna Racing’s Thad Duvall were running at the front of the pack and were able to gain momentum in the treacherous conditions. Duvall and Kailub Russell would push themselves throughout the entire race, unfortunately Duvall would suffer a wrist injury on lap seven ultimately making it unable for him to finish the race.

Grant Baylor pushed forward from a mid-pack start to claim second spot on the podium ahead of last round’s runner-up, Trevor Bollinger.

After leading the race for the first two laps, Ricky Russell would end up fourth in XC1 Open Pro. Steward Baylor Jr. rounded out the top five after riding with an injured knee. 

Cory Buttrick had his best finish of the season in sixth with teammate Layne Michael finishing seventh.

Josh Strang raced after welcoming his new baby boy, Maverick on Saturday morning. Strang would come through on lap one close to the back of the pack but would push forward during the three-hour race and finish eighth. 

GNCC welcomed two JNCC riders this weekend at the AMSOIL Snowshoe GNCC, Ren Ishidoya and Mai Ishimoto. Ishidoya raced in the XC1 Open Pro class, while Ishimoto raced in the Womens class.

 

Snowshoe GNCC 2018 Kailub Russell podium Enduro21 560

Photo Credit: Ken Hill

 

XC2 250 Pro Class

Trail Jesters/KTM’s Ben Kelley came away with the XC2 250 Pro class win after a gruelling battle on the mountain. FMF/KTM Factory Racing’s Josh Toth earned second place after the swapped the lead multiple times during the race. 

Jonathan Girroir earned his first XC2 250 Pro class podium ahead of  Austin Lee and Ryder Lafferty rounding out the top five.

 

Snowshoe GNCC 2018 XC250 podium Enduro21 560

Photo Credit: Ken Hill

 

XC3 125 Pro-Am Class

Coastal Racing/Husqvarna’s Alex Teagarden earned the FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am class win at Snowshoe after a long battle with the rest of the XC3 riders. FMF/Maxxis/RPM KTM’s Jesse Ansley and Raines Riding University’s Jason Raines rounded out the podium. Trail Jesters/KTM’s Christopher Bach made his return to racing and was running at the front before a mechanical issue forced him out on lap seven.

Sportsman A riders, Gary Fridley and Brad Bakken, took the first two positions in the 10am race. KR4/Husqvarna’s Tayla Jones took third overall and first in the WXC class. Fly Racing/Maxxis/Seat Concepts/KTM’s Becca Sheets made her return to racing after injuring her jaw at round six. Sheets would finish second in WXC and fourth overall in the morning. Beta USA’s Rachel Gutish was third.

Max Fernandez came through the fog first overall  in the Youth class and in the YXC1 Super Mini Sr. class. Peyton Whipkey earned second position, with Toby Cleveland third overall and class winner in the YXC2 Super Mini Jr. class. Canon Kuneff was fifth overall and class winner in 85cc (12-13).

 

Snowshoe GNCC 2018 womens podium Enduro21 560

Photo Credit: Ken Hill

 

XC1 Open Pro Event Results:

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

Overall National Championship Standings:

  1. Kailub Russell (256)
  2. Thad Duvall (202)
  3. Trevor Bollinger (164)
  4. Steward Baylor Jr. (149)
  5. Josh Strang (136)
  6. Ben Kelley (134)
  7. Josh Toth (121)
  8. Ricky Russell (109)
  9. Layne Michael (73)
  10. Craig Delong (72)

 

XC2 250 Pro Event Results:

  1. Ben Kelley (KTM)
  2. Josh Toth (KTM)
  3. Jonathan Girroir (SUZ)
  4. Austin Lee (HON)
  5. Ryder Lafferty (KTM)
  6. Mike Witkowski (BET)
  7. Zach Nolan (KTM)
  8. Jonathan Johnson (YAM)
  9. Pascal Rauchenecker (HQV)
  10. Zack Hayes (KTM)

 

XC2 250 Pro Series Standings:

  1. Ben Kelley (238)
  2. Josh Toth (225)
  3. Pascal Rauchenecker (145)
  4. Craig Delong (142)
  5. Austin Lee (131)
  6. Evan Smith (111)
  7. Jonathan Johnson (103)
  8. Liam Draper (98)
  9. Mike Witkowski (92)
  10. Zack Hayes (84)

 

GNCC Racing returns after a summer break on September 15/16 with the inaugural Parts Unlimited Black Sky GNCC in Harpursville, New York.

The Pro race was broadcast LIVE on RacerTV.com and can be viewed at the GNCC LIVE page. A highlight show featuring the event will be aired on the NBC Sports Network on Saturday, July 28 at 1:00 p.m.

For more information visit: gnccracing.com

 

Report: Kayla Oliver/GNCC Racing