News 27 May 2014

Strang podiums, McCormack in Mountaineer Run GNCC top 10

Australian duo feature as KTM's Kailub Russell wins.

Image: Ken Hill.

Image: Ken Hill.

Australian duo Josh Strang and Tom McCormack put in strong performances at the seventh round of the 2014 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) in the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Mountaineer Run.

Reigning XC1 Pro Class Champion Kailub Russell led the three-hour race from start to finish en route to his fourth win of the season, from factory FMF/KTM teammate Charlie Mullins by almost two minutes.

Rocky Mountain ATV/MC N-Fab AmPro Yamaha’s Strang rebounded from a bad start to climb to third after overcoming teammate Jordan Ashburn on the final lap, eventually edging him out by less than a second. He now sits third in the standings, 42 points from Russell in second.

Active8 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) regular Tom McCormack made his second GNCC appearance, claiming a credible 10th in the XC1 Pro ranks as he stepped up to a YZ450F for his US showing.

2014 Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series
Round seven – Masontown, WV

XC1 Pro results:
1. Kailub Russell
2. Charlie Mullins
3. Josh Strang (AUS)
4. Jordan Ashburn
5. Andrew Delong
6. Chris Bach
7. Jason Thomas
8. Paul Whibley
9. Ryan Sipes
10. Tom McCormack (AUS)

Championship standings:
1. Charlie Mullins 181
2. Kailub Russell 178
3. Josh Strang (AUS) 136
4. Jordan Ashburn 117
5. Paul Whibley 115
6. Andrew Delong 89
7. Chris Bach 88
8. Steward Baylor Jr 85
9. Thad Duvall 84
10. Takeshi Koikeda 83
15. Tom McCormack (AUS) 11

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