Video highlights from Tomahawk GNCC round seven of the 2019 series which turned out to be yet another mudder – Russell wins and Ben Kelley impresses with third overall.

 

Kailub Russell fought through the mud to get his fourth win of the 2019 GNCC season in front of Thad Duvall and Steward Baylor Jr in XC1 Pro class but an impressive ride from Ben Kelley on the KTM 250F makes it to third overall. 

The KTM rider Kailub Russell got himself back at the top after the defeat he suffered in the previous GNCC round. The rainfall and the though opposition from Thad Duvall didn’t make victory easy for the KTM rider. Russell got the early lead after getting the holeshot but was quickly joined by Duvall and the duo exchanged the first position on multiple occasions.

When the final hour of racing clocked in, Russell got back to the front and didn’t let it go. Duvall pulled a last lap charge but he only managed to get the gap down to 16 seconds and was finally runner-up to Russell. Steward Baylor didn’t have a great start and was 12th on the opening lap but after some hard work he secured the last podium spot.

 
Tomahawk GNCC 2019 Pro podium 560
 

Flying Ben Kelley tops the XC2 Pro class and gets third overall

We are getting used to see Ben Kelley at the top of the XC2 Pro class, he has won every race contested to date, but this weekend he proved that he has what it takes to fight with the big dogs. Thirsty to show what he is capable of the KTM rider went all out from the start of the race and was able to clinch a third overall, as well as his class win. Craig DeLong and Mike Witkowski followed him on the podium. 

 
Tomahawk GNCC 2019 XC 2 560
 

FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am win for class newcomer Nick Davis

Nick Davis made his first appearance in the series since retirement from professional racing and came, saw and conquered. Davis put up a pace that was only early followed by Jesse Ansley and made it to the finish line with a one-minute advantage over him. Cody Barnes was third and has now his advantage on the point cut to eight.

Tayla Jones back at the top in WXC

Tayla Jones redeemed herself after the bad luck that she had in the previous round and got her fifth win this season. After an average star she caught Becca Sheets and the two of them rode together for a couple of laps when Jones made her move and was the first one to see the chequered flag. Sheets had a solid run in second and stills maintain the lead in the points, but Jones is closing by and is now only two points down. Rachel Archer managed to be third once more.  

 
Tomahawk GNCC 2019 Womens podium 560
 

XC1 Pro Event Results:

  1. Kailub Russell (KTM)
  2. Thad Duvall (HQV)
  3. Steward Baylor (KTM)
  4. Trevor Bollinger (HQV)
  5. Ricky Russell (YAM)
  6. Cory Buttrick (HQV)
  7. Josh Toth (KTM)
  8. Andrew Delong (HON)
  9. Josh Strang (KAW)
  10. Lyndon Snodgrass (KTM)

Overall National Championship Standings:

  1. Kailub Russell (195)
  2. Thad Duvall (177)
  3. Steward Baylor (141)
  4. Trevor Bollinger (127)
  5. Ben Kelley (114)
  6. Josh Strang (92)
  7. Josh Toth (92)
  8. Andrew Delong (75)
  9. Michael Witkowski (64)
  10. Jordan Ashburn (58)

XC2 250 Pro Event Results:

  1. Ben Kelley (KTM)
  2. Craig Delong (HQV)
  3. Michael Witkowski (BET)
  4. Austin Lee (HON)
  5. Ben Bouwens (YAM)
  6. Ryder Lafferty (KTM)
  7. Jonathan Johnson (KAW)
  8. Alex Teagarden (HQV)
  9. Liam Draper (KTM)
  10. Evan Smith (HQV)

XC2 250 Pro Series Standings:

  1. Ben Kelley (210)
  2. Michael Witkowski (140)
  3. Evan Smith (118)
  4. Austin Lee (109)
  5. Ryder Lafferty (93)
  6. Liam Draper (90) 
  7. Craig Delong (88)
  8. Jonathan Johnson (83)
  9. Alex Teagarden (78)
  10. Jonathan Girroir (71)  

 

The race was broadcast live on RacerTV and can be viewed as an archived video on GNCC Live website. A highlight show will be broadcasted also on the NBC Sports Network on August 31. 

Next stop for the GNCC series is the AMSOIL Snowshoe GNCC in Snowshoe, West Virginia, in June 22-23.

More information: GNCC.com

 

 
Photo credit: Ken Hill
 
 
 
 
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