JOSH STRANG CRASHES WITH RUSSELL AND WINS

Here are two press releases regarding the Tomahawk GNCC. One from Husky, the other from KTM. They are both positive, though uniquely different considering Husky’s guy won, and KTM’s got taken out by the Husky guy and then didn’t finish because his machine was broken! 

 

ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING’S JOSH STRANG WINS AT TOMAHAWK GNCC

 

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The Tomahawk GNCC, Round 8, took place this past weekend in Odessa, NY. The course was roughly 11 miles and included a lot of fast sections with loose embedded rock throughout the course. Conditions were really dry and very dusty which played havoc on the riders vision.

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Josh Strang got a good start off the line and rounded the first corner in 2nd place. As the leaders entered the woods, Strang quickly made the pass into the lead, and by the end of lap 1 he was 9 seconds ahead of 2nd place.

Over the next several laps, Josh Strang was out front and in control of the race. He was clicking off smooth, consistent, and safe laps while maintaining his lead. On the 2nd to last lap Strang was in the sights of his competition and his lead started to shrink as the white flag flew. Josh Strang was able overcome the charge charge on the final lap for a well fought win. His win gave him the overall series points lead.

“Today went great! I got into the lead early and was able to stay up front all day. The whole team worked hard and we had an awesome time at this round.” Said Josh Strang.

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Andrew DeLong did not participate in this round due to a previously sustained injury.

Here’s KTM’s press release; with a little different slant since Kailub Russell caught and passed Strang on the last lap, only to come together where both crashed and Kailub’s bike became unrideable. Josh went on to win and now holds a one point lead in the GNCC series points chase. 

 

FACTORY FMF KTM RACING TEAM REPORT: TOMAHAWK GNCC

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Round 8 of the GNCC Series took place on Sunday in Alpine, New York where Factory FMF KTM Factory Racing Team’s Kailub Russell put forth an impressive come-from-behind performance to climb from dead last to 1st place before another rider collided with him on the final lap, leaving his bike too damaged to finish the race. Russell’s teammate, Russell Bobbitt, finished 5th place in the XC1 Pro Class, while Kacy Martinez captured 2nd place in the WXC division.

On lap three, Russell made the pass on Bobbitt to take over 2nd place where he immediately upped the pace, cutting the deficit to Strang in half by making up 13 seconds in one lap. From there, Russell continued his charge to the front as he came within six seconds of the leader as the white flag came out to signal one lap to go.

Russell gave it his all during the final lap of the race as he caught and passed Strang to take over the lead with about five miles to go. However, as Strang attempted to reclaim the lead he collided with Russell and both riders went down. Russell received the worst of it as he hit a tree at such high impact that his motorcycle was broken beyond repair. Strang was able to remount and finish the race out front, while Russell was unable to finish the race.

 

Overall Results (XC1 Pro and XC2 Pro Lites Combined) –

  1. Josh Strang
  2. Grant Baylor
  3. Jordan Ashburn – KTM
  4. Trevor Bollinger
  5. Ricky Russell
  6. Jesse Groemm – KTM
  7. Layne Michael
  8. Russell Bobbitt – KTM
  9. Craig DeLong
  10. Josh Toth – KTM

Overall Point Standings

  1. Josh Strang (197)
  2. Kailub Russell (196)
  3. Trevor Bollinger (107)
  4. Chris Bach (105)
  5. Jordan Ashburn (105)
  6. Craig DeLong (93)
  7. Thad DuVall (84)
  8. Steward Baylor Jr. (83)
  9. Grant Baylor (81)
  10. Ricky Russell (80)

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