News 26 May 2015

Russell returns to top of GNCC podium at Rocky Mountain

Australian Strang and Milner both absent from round seven.

Image: Ken Hill.

Image: Ken Hill.

Round seven of the 2015 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series presented by Maxxis took place at Marvin’s Mountaintop in Masontown, West Virginia for the Rocky Mountain ATV MC Mountaineer Run GNCC.

Factory FMF/KTM’s Kailub Russell returned to the top step of the XC1 Pro class podium, fending off AirGroup/Rockstar Energy/Husqvarna’s Ryan Sipes for the victory while Thad DuVall finished an impressive third.

“We kind of went back and fourth a few times the next couple laps and it was just tough the first few laps reading the trail and not knowing where some rocks were that you could hit,” said Russell.

Russell holds the championship lead, 79 points ahead of N-Fab/AmPro Yamaha’s Grant Baylor. Meanwhile Australia’s Josh Strang missed the round with a shoulder injury and slipped back to third in the standings but tied with Baylor.

Daniel Milner also sat out the round following a difficult start to his season, returning to Australia in a bid to regain 100 percent health before continuing on in the series.

The 2015 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series resumes 7 June with the Wiseco John Penton in Millfield, Ohio.

2015 Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series
Round seven – Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Mountaineer Run

XC1 Pro results:
1. Kailub Russell
2. Ryan Sipes
3. Thaddeus Duvall
4. Grant Baylor
5. Christopher Bach
6. Jordan Ashburn
7. Steward Baylor Jr
8. Andrew Delong
9. Adam Bonneur
10. Takeshi Koikeda

XC1 Pro championship standings:
1. Kailub Russell 205
2. Grant Baylor 129
3. Josh Strang (AUS) 129
4. Thaddeus Duvall 124
5. Christopher Bach 122
6. Ryan Sipes 114
7. Jordan Ashburn 96
8. Takeshi Koikeda 79
9. Adam Bonneur 77
10. Christopher Douglas 75
12. Daniel Milner (AUS) 54

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