The Wiseco John Penton: Motorcycle Race Report
Josh Strang Earns Second Penton GNCC Win

Josh Strang returned to racing following an injury and battled through tough conditions at the John Penton GNCC in taking the overall victory.


The Wiseco John Penton, round 7 of the 2022 Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series presented by Specialized, an AMA National Championship, concluded on Sunday May 22, 2022. From a warm humid morning to a slick rain-soaked Sunday afternoon, the Wiseco John Penton GNCC provided all the different elements on race weekend.

Strang, followed by Russell and Toth lead the Pro wave at the Penton GNCC.


As the XC1 Open Pro Class headed into the Ohio woods it was Babbitt’s Online/Monster Energy/Kawasaki Team Green’s Josh Strang taking home the $250 All Balls Racing Holeshot Award. From there on out Strang would lead the field and ultimately cross the line first for his second Penton GNCC win.

Coastal GasGas rider Ricky Russell battled in the lead group all day and finalized an second place finish at the Penton GNCC. Mack Faint photo.

After a tough start to the 2022 season Coastal GASGAS Factory Racing’s Ricky Russell was pushing hard to rebound and make his mark at the John Penton GNCC. Russell was steadily battling in the top three all event and ultimately securing second overall, his best finish thus far. Magna1 Motorsports/Husqvarna’s Jordan Ashburn is no stranger to putting his bike on the box. After securing a solid starting position and holding on to a top three spot during a majority of Sunday’s race, Ashburn was able to lock in a third-place overall finish at the Penton GNCC. Ashburn holds a strong second position in the overall standings.


FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Josh Toth finished just off the XC1 Open Pro podium with a fourth-place at the John Penton GNCC. It was Toth’s  fourth top-five finish of the season. Mack Faint photo.


Earning a solid fourth position on the day was FMF/KTM Factory Racing’s Joshua Toth who was putting on a fight to secure a podium spot. After coming off a third-place finish last round, Toth was looking to get out front early but after a slow start he found himself mid pack. Toth was finally able to find his flow mid-race and charged back to a fourth-place finish overall. Coming back after missing the Hoosier GNCC, Rev Motorsports/GASGAS Racing’s Grant Baylor ended the day with a fifth-place overall finish after multiple laps finding himself in a podium position.


Cody Barnes (center), Ryder Lafferty (right) and Liam Draper (left) rounded out the XC2 class top three. Photo: Ken Hill


In the XC2 250 Pro class it was Phoenix Racing’s Cody Barnes earning his first overall win of the season. Barnes put in a solid effort to take the XC2 lead and found himself picking off the XC1 class and finishing a sixth overall on the day.

Coastal GASGAS Factory Racing’s Ryder Lafferty put in a hard charge for the top spot but ended the day with a second-place XC2 class finish at the Penton GNCC. Tely Energy Racing/KTM’s Liam Draper found himself with another third-place ride for the season in Ohio.


Tayla Jones (center), Brandy Richards (right) and Rachael Archer (left) rounded out the WXC class top three. Photo: Ken Hill


At the end of Sunday’s AM race it was Rockstar Husqvarna/Surge Off-Road Coaching Team’s Tayla Jones taking the top spot on the box. After battling from a mid-pack start Jones was able to find herself in a third-place spot after lap one and continued to climb her way through the field. Jones would secure her third win of the 2022 season. Starting off the race strong was Fly Racing/FMF Racing/KTM Racing’s Brandy Richards grabbing the $100 Trail Jesters WXC Holeshot award, however she would tip over in turn three making her race a charge from the back of the pack for a second-place overall finish. AmPro Yamaha’s Rachael Archer was out front through two laps but ultimately could not hang on to the lead and secured a third-place overall finish. Trail Jesters KTM’s Korie Steede and Enduro Engineering/MEPMX/Fly Racing/KTM’s Mackenzie Tricker would finish the day fourth and fifth respectively.

The Wiseco John Penton Results and Points Standings
Millfield, Ohio
Round 7 of 13
Sunday, May 22, 2022

XC1 Pro Event Results:

  1. Josh Strang (KAW)
  2. Ricky Russell (GAS)
  3. Jordan Ashburn (HQV)
  4. Joshua Toth (KTM)
  5. Grant Baylor (GAS)
  6. Craig DeLong (HQV)
  7. Trevor Bollinger (HQV)
  8. Layne Michael (YAM)

*Overall National Championship Standings:

  1. Benjamin Kelley (180)
  2. Jordan Ashburn (136)
  3. Trevor Bollinger (118)
  4. Craig DeLong (108)
  5. Joshua Toth (95)
  6. Lyndon Snodgrass (94)
  7. Michael Witkowski (74)
  8. Josh Strang (70)
  9. Grant Baylor (69)
  10. Ryder Lafferty (62)

*Indicates that the Overall National Championship Standings will determine the 2022 National Champion.

XC2 250 Pro Event Results:

  1. Cody Barnes (HON)
  2. Ryder Lafferty (GAS)
  3. Liam Draper (KTM)
  4. Michael Witkowski (YAM)
  5. Lyndon Snodgrass (KAW)
  6. Jonathan Johnson (BET)
  7. Evan Smith (BET)
  8. Benjamin Herrera (KAW)
  9. Simon Johnson (KTM)
  10. Thorn Devlin (HQV)

XC2 250 Pro Series Standings:

  1. Lyndon Snodgrass (167)
  2. Michael Witkowski (147)
  3. Ryder Lafferty (127)
  4. Cody Barnes (109)
  5. Ruy Barbosa (107)
  6. Angus Riordan (102)
  7. Benjamin Herrera (94)
  8. Thorn Devlin (83)
  9. Liam Draper (83)
  10. Jonathan Johnson (81)



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