60th career win for Kailub Russell at Black Sky GNCC

KTM USA rider Kailub Russell took his 60th career win and sixth win of the season at the Black Sky GNCC after a tight battle with Ricky Russell and Thad Duvall. 

 

Kailub Russell clinched his 60th career win and sixth win of the 2019 season at the Black Sky GNCC after a race-long battle with Ricky Russell. Thad Duvall completed the podium after having to regroup and make a pass late on Steward Baylor. 

Fourth by the end of the first lap, Kailub Russell made his way to the front before taking the lead on lap three. He tried opening a gap just before going down on the fifth lap and having to play catch-up again. 

The pair of Russell’s continued to swap the lead during the last three laps of the race and as they emerged from the woods towards the chequered flag Kailub made one last pass to claim the win – his 60th career win.

“I’m happy to get the win today, especially up north because I don’t ever come up here and ride this kind of terrain – it’s tough, challenging and hard on your body.” Said Russell. 

“It’s also hard to be in a league of your own at a track like this, it’s really easy to make mistakes and you have to be really cautious. Ricky was riding really well today, I never could get away from him but I was riding pretty good and just trying to hit everything clean and it all worked out.”

Thad Duvall had to work hard after finding himself in seventh for the majority of the race. As the race developed, Duvall found a good rhythm and put in a last lap charge he was able to grab the last podium spot away from Steward Baylor.  

 
Thad Duvall Black Sky GNCC 2019 560
 

250 Pro class National title for Ben Kelley

A superb 2019 season for Ben Kelley concluded with his 10th straight class win to clinch the 250 Pro class championship title. After making the pass on Craig Delong, Kelley never looked back and pushed to win in class and finish fifth overall. Delong would settle for second and Evan Smith worked his way up from a ninth place start to the last podium spot. 

 
Ben Kelley Black Sky GNCC 2019 560
 

Jesse Ansley wins the FMF XC3 125cc class 

Jesse Ansley got his fifth win of the season at the Black Sky GNCC and has now taken the points lead thanks to Cody Barnes’ absence. Chase Colville earned himself a second place while Jake Froman made his second appearance on the podium this season with a third place finish. 

WXC class win for Tayla Jones

It was Becca Sheets who was out front for the opening stages of the Black Sky GNCC but Tayla Jones managed to get by and pulled an 11 seconds gap by the race . Rachel Archer continued her podium form with a third place. 

 
Tayla Jones Black Sky GNCC 2019 560
 

XC1 Pro results:

  1. Kailub Russell (KTM)
  2. Ricky Russell (YAM)
  3. Thad Duvall (HQV)
  4. Steward Baylor Jr. (KTM)
  5. Jordan Ashburn (KAW)
  6. Trevor Bollinger (HQV)
  7. Grant Baylor (KTM)
  8. Layne Michael (HQV)
  9. Andrew Delong (HON)
  10. Brendan Riordan (GAS)

Overall 2019 GNCC Championship standings:

  1. Kailub Russell (280)
  2. Thad Duvall (228)
  3. Steward Baylor Jr. (198)
  4. Ben Kelley (166)
  5. Trevor Bollinger (141)
  6. Josh Strang (113)
  7. Jordan Ashburn (107)
  8. Andrew Delong (103)
  9. Ricky Russell (98)
  10. Josh Toth (92)

XC2 250 Pro results:

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

XC2 250 Pro 2019 series standings:

  1. Ben Kelley (270)
  2. Michael Witkowski (173)
  3. Craig Delong (163)
  4. Evan Smith (155)
  5. Austin Lee (143)
  6. Liam Draper (135)
  7. Ryder Lafferty (127)
  8. Jonathan Johnson (119)
  9. Alex Teagarden (113)
  10. Ben Parsons (98)

 

Next stop for the GNCC series is the Mason-Dixon GNCC in Mount Morris, Pennsylvania, in September 28 - 29.

 

More GNCC information and full results: GNCC.com 

Full race playback: RacerTV.com

 
Photo Credit: Ken Hill
 
 
 
 
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