Video highlights from the 2019 GNCC finale at the Ironman Raceway where Ben Kelley got his second XC1 Pro win of the season and Tayla Jones clinched the WXC title. 

 

The 2019 GNCC championship came to an end this past Sunday, October 27, at the Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana, where Ben Kelley got his second XC1 Open Pro win of the season among slick and tacky conditions.

Kelley got the lead on lap one and went on to post faster lap times as the race progressed to take his second XC1 Pro win in a row – though some of the top guns in GNCC, including Kelley’s team-mate Kailub Russell, will face some fierce competition next year from the 2019 XC2 champion. 

 
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Rockstar Energy Factory Husqvarna Racing’s Trevor Bollinger battled at the front of the pack for the duration of the race to finish second, making it his fifth podium finish of the season and securing the fourth place in the points standings. 

After a bad start Steward Baylor ran in fifth and sixth places for the majority of the race before capitalizing on the last lap to take third overall. The result secured third place in the final points standings for Baylor. 

 
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Second-straight win for Craig Delong in the XC2 250 Pro class

Craig Delong secured his second-straight win in the XC2 250 Pro class at the Ironman GNCC while also finishing eighth overall. Delong swapped positions multiple times through the race but managed to hold on to first and end his season on a high. 

Liam Draper made it to second place at the season’s finale after putting a strong fight throughout the race. Jonathan Johnson impressed everyone by landing the last podium spot with only a couple hours on a brand new bike, making it also his first ever XC2 podium finish.

First XC3 125 Pro-Am win for Chase Colville

After a handful podium finishes during the season Chase Colville was able to go a gear up at the last round to clinch his first XC3 125 Pro-Am win. Nathan Ferderer and Logan Kittock finished second and third respectively. 

 
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Third WXC title for Tayla Jones 

Despite finishing fourth, Tayla Jones earned enough points to grab the 2019 WXC title ramping her championship count up to three. The Ironman GNCC win went for Mackenzie Tricker with Rachael Archer second and Becca Sheets third. 

Ironman GNCC XC1 Pro results:

  1. Ben Kelley (KTM)
  2. Trevor Bollinger (HQV)
  3. Steward Baylor Jr. (KTM)
  4. Grant Baylor (KTM)
  5. Josh Toth (KTM)
  6. Jordan Ashburn (KAW)
  7. Josh Strang (KAW)
  8. Andrew Delong (HON)
  9. Ricky Russell (YAM)
  10. Layne Michael (HQV)

 

XC1 Pro championship standings:

  1. Kailub Russell (295)
  2. Thad Duvall (258)
  3. Steward Baylor (219)
  4. Trevor Bollinger (203)
  5. Josh Strang (152)
  6. Ricky Russell (151)
  7. Andrew Delong (145)
  8. Josh Toth (143)
  9. Jordan Ashburn (132)
  10. Grant Baylor (113)

 

XC2 250 Pro 2019 series standings:

  1. Benjamin Kelley (300)
  2. Craig Delong (248)
  3. Michael Witkowski (217)
  4. Evan Smith (215)
  5. Liam Draper (205)
  6. Austin Lee (198)
  7. Ryder Lafferty (171)
  8. Jonathan Johnson (158)
  9. Alex Teagarden (150)
  10. Samuel Evans (128)

 

XC3 125 Pro-Am series standings:

  1. Jesse Ansley (305)
  2. Cody Barnes (234)
  3. Chase Colville (224)
  4. Joe Marsh (178)
  5. Jason Lipscomb (139)
  6. Jake Froman (137)
  7. Jason Thomas (72)
  8. Michael Delosa (69)
  9. Michael Beeler (65)
  10. Talon Soenksen (56)

  

WMX series standings: 

  1. Tayla Jones (279)
  2. Becca Sheets (270)
  3. Mackenzie Tricker (227)
  4. Rachael Archer (207)
  5. Korie Steede (163)
  6. Shyann Phelps (150)
  7. Annelisa Davis (136)
  8. Elizabeth Perez (122)
  9. Rachel Gutish (104)
  10. Shelby Rolen (96)

 

More information and full results: GNCCracing.com 

 
Photo credit: Ken Hill 
 
 
 
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