LIMESTONE 100 GNCC: ALL RUSSELL

Grant Baylor keeps getting closer to a win, this week he improved one position aboard his N-fab AmPro Yamaha keeping Russell honest all race long and bringing home second place
Grant Baylor keeps getting closer to a win. This week he improved one position aboard his N-fab AmPro Yamaha keeping Russell honest all race long and bringing home second place.

Round 5 of the 2015 Amzoil GNCC series took place at  at the Lawrence County Recreation Facility, which is owned and operated by the ABATE group of Indiana. The Limestone 100 is one of the newer venues of the series, but it had a very familiar winner. Red Bull KTM’s Kailub Russell extended his win streak with a convincing victory. But it didn’t have to go that way. Kailub fell in the second turn and had to pass every single rider in the XC1 Pro class.

Starting in the back had its advantages. The course was pounded by rain the day before, forcing course marshal Barry Hawk to create most of the course overnight. Some of the previous day’s ATV sections were used and some were all new. The leaders were forced to make line decisions on the fly and a wrong choice could lead straight to a mudhole. Overall, though, much of the course was in surprisingly good condition. The soil at The Limestone is a t mix of brown top soil and gray clay similar to Ohio, but it’s much rockier than the Ironman (the GNCC’s next stop in Indiana, scheduled for fall).

The Ampro Yamaha team looked good, especially in the early laps. Jordan Ashburn was the quickest draw and got the holeshot with Grant Baylor close behind. After a lap it was FAR’s Thad Duvall in front. By then, Russell was already among the frontrunners, with Husqvarna’s Andrew DeLong glued to him.

N-fab AmPro Yamaha’s Jordan Ashburn got the holeshot and ran up front but a couple mistakes cost him some time and he lost touch with the lead pack.
N-fab AmPro Yamaha’s Jordan Ashburn got the holeshot and ran up front but a couple mistakes cost him some time and he lost touch with the lead pack.

The muddy conditions took their toll over the next three hours. Daniel Milner and Steward Baylor both dropped out of the race with bike trouble, and Takeshi Koikeda spent almost a lap working on his bike. In the end, Russell survived it all to take his fifth win in five starts. Grant Baylor finished a close second with Duvall third. In the XC2 class, Ryder Lafferty got the holeshot, then surrendered the lead to Trevor Bollinger. Eventually Jason Thomas took over and then led the charge to the finish. For more results, go to www.gnccracing.com.

XC1 Event Results:

  1. Kailub Russell (KTM)
  2. Grant Baylor (YAM)
  3. Thad DuVall (HSQ)
  4. Josh Strang (HSQ)
  5. Jordan Ashburn (YAM)
  6. Ryan Sipes (HSQ)
  7. Chris Bach (HON)
  8. Andrew DeLong (HSQ)
  9. Chris Douglas (KTM)
  10. Adam Bonneur (KTM)
JCR Honda rider Chris Bach rode solid but lost some time early and was never able to make it up on the front runners.
JCR Honda rider Chris Bach rode solid but lost some time early and was never able to make it up on the front runners.

*Overall National Championship Standings:

  1. Kailub Russell (150)
  2. Josh Strang (118)
  3. Grant Baylor (90)
  4. Thad DuVall (81)
  5. Chris Bach (69)
  6. Jordan Ashburn (60)
  7. Ryan Sipes (51)
  8. Jason Thomas (50)
  9. Craig DeLong (47)
  10. Trevor Bollinger (42)

*Indicates that the Overall National Championship Standings will determine the 2015 National Champion.

Dirt Wise, KTM rider Jason Thomas was blazing fast in the XC-2 class taking the win in convincing fashion over Craig Delong and Ricky Russell.
Dirt Wise KTM rider Jason Thomas was blazing fast in the XC-2 class, taking the win in convincing fashion over Craig Delong and Ricky Russell.

XC2 Event Results:

  1. Jason Thomas (KTM)
  2. Craig DeLong (HSQ)
  3. Ricky Russell (YAM)
  4. Trevor Bollinger (KTM)
  5. Tegan Temple (KTM)
  6. Austin Lee (YAM)
  7. Cory Buttrick (BET)
  8. Jesse Groemm (BET)
  9. Ryder Lafferty (HSQ)
  10. Philippe Chaine (KTM)
Thad Duvall looked strong on his Husqvarna leading a large portion of the race until going down hard. He ended up on the podium in third
Thad Duvall looked strong on his Husqvarna, leading a large portion of the race until going down hard. He ended up on the podium in third

XC2 Series Standings:

  1. Jason Thomas (119)
  2. Craig Delong (95)
  3. Layne Michael (91)
  4. Trevor Bollinger (83)
  5. Ricky Russell (76)
  6. Cory Buttrick (69)
  7. Nick Davis (57)
  8. Austin Lee (51)
  9. Scott Grills (50)
  10. Callan May (46)
    This was the site all over the race course no matter what skill level.
    This was the sight all over the race course no matter what skill level.
    The ruts at the Limestone 100 just look scary!
    The ruts at the Limestone 100 just look scary!

     

    Ryan Sipes continues to sharpen his GNCC skills and it looks like its only a matter of time before he puts it all together for a win.
    Ryan Sipes continues to sharpen his GNCC skills and it looks like it’s only a matter of time before he puts it all together for a win.

    Factory Rockstar Energy Husqvarna rider Josh Strange was with the lead pack but admitted he rode a little conservative because of the course conditions. He finished a solid fourth place
    Factory Rockstar Energy Husqvarna rider Josh Strange was with the lead pack but admitted he rode a little conservative because of the course conditions. He finished a solid fourth place.

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