Full video highlights and race report from the Snowshoe GNCC round eight of the series which saw Kailub Russell get his fifth win of the season but not without a fight from Steward Baylor.

 

Kailub Russell had another hard-fought win at the eight round of the 2019 GNCC series with Steward Baylor and Ricky Russell completing the podium in XC1 Pro and a flying Ben Kelley grabbed the XC2 win and came home third on the road. 

Kailub Russell got the holeshot but it was Ricky Russell who lead the field for the first half of the race with Kailub, Baylor and Kelley close by. At the halfway part of the race Baylor took the lead and the battle for the win began. 

Baylor had it in the bag leading the last lap but a lapper on one of the final climbs allowed Kailub by to secure the win. Ricky Russell got fourth overall which was enough for him to get the last podium spot on the XC1 Pro class. 

Championship overall second placed rider, Thad Duvall was forced to pull out of the race when he punctured the radiator in the middle of the forest. 

 
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Ben Kelley continues his dominance in XC2 Pro 

Having won every round to date, Ben Kelley is all set for XC2 Pro title as it looks like no-one can match his performances this season. Snowshoe also saw Kelley secure his second overall podium result of the series, showing everyone that he has what it takes to fight with the big boys. Craig Delong and Liam Draper joined him on the XC2 podium but finished six minutes behind. 

 
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Cody Barnes back to the top at the FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am

Cody Barnes got his fourth win of the season at the Snowshoe GNCC and has extended his lead in the points to 13. His major rival in the series, Jesse Ansley, got into second place from the start and the gap maintained until the chequered flag. Chase Colville had his second podium finish of the season in third place. 

Becca Sheets wins the WXC class

Becca Sheets got her third win of the season in front of Rachel Archer and Mackenzie Tricker. Sheets holds a healthy lead of 32 points in the championship after her closest rival, Tayla Jones, missed the race due to broken fingers after a crash during training.

XC1 Pro results:

  1. Kailub Russell (KTM)
  2. Steward Baylor Jr. (KTM)
  3. Ricky Russell (YAM)
  4. Jordan Ashburn (KAW)
  5. Grant Baylor (KTM)
  6. Cory Buttrick (HQV)
  7. Andrew Delong (HON)
  8. Josh Strang (KAW)
  9. Thad Duvall (HQV)

Overall GNCC Championship standings:

  1. Kailub Russell (225)
  2. Thad Duvall (177)
  3. Steward Baylor Jr. (166)
  4. Trevor Bollinger (127)
  5. Josh Strang (92)
  6. Josh Toth (92)
  7. Andrew Delong (86)
  8. Jordan Ashburn (74)
  9. Cory Buttrick (61)
  10. Ricky Russell (61)

XC2 250 Pro results:

  1. Ben Kelley
  2. Craig Delong
  3. Liam Draper
  4. Alex Teagarden 
  5. Ryder Lafferty 
  6. Ben Parsons
  7. Philippe Chaine
  8. Jonathan Johnson 
  9. Austin Lee
  10. Zack Hayes

XC2 250 Pro series standings:

  1. Ben Kelley (240)
  2. Michael Witkowski (148)
  3. Evan Smith (125)
  4. Austin Lee (121)
  5. Craig Delong (113)
  6. Liam Draper (111)
  7. Ryder Lafferty (109)
  8. Jonathan Johnson (96)
  9. Alex Teagarden (96)
  10. Samuel Evans (78)

 

Next stop for the GNCC series is the High Voltage GNCC in Dilliner, Pennsylvania, in July 6-7.

More GNCC information and full results: GNCC.com

Full race playback: RacerTV.com

 
Photo credit: Ken Hill
 
 
 
 
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