THAD DUVALL DOMINATES THE WISECO JOHN PENTON GNCC

The 2018 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series, an AMA National Championship, took over Sunday Creek Raceway in Millfield, Ohio for round seven, The Wiseco John Penton GNCC this past weekend. With temperatures in the high 80’s, it was said to have felt like 100+ degrees as the 1 p.m. Pro race took off on Sunday, May 27.

Rockstar Energy/Factory Husqvarna Racing’s Thad Duvall found himself at the front of the pack early, and never looked back. Duvall earned his second win of the season, and now sits 15 points behind FMF/KTM Factory Racing’s Kailub Russell in the National Championship points standings.

XC1 RESULTS

1. Thad Duvall (HQV)
2. Josh Strang (HQV)
3. Kailub Russell (KTM)
4. Steward Baylor Jr. (KTM)
5. Jordan Ashburn (BET)
6. Ricky Russell (YAM)
7. Trevor Bollinger (HON)
8. Cory Buttrick (HQV)
9. Andrew Delong (GAS)
10. Layne Michael (HQV)

Thad Duval John Penton GNCC
Thad Duvall earned his second win of the season in dominating fashion.


RACE REPORT

Rockstar Energy/Factory Husqvarna Racing’s Josh Strang grabbed the $250 All Balls Racing Holeshot Award, but was closely followed by teammate Duvall as they headed into the woods. Duvall would make the pass early, and lead the way through the rugged racecourse. Coming through timing and scoring on lap one, Duvall had a 39 minute and 12 second lap time but maintained a 2.6 second lead over Tely Energy Racing/KTM’s Grant Baylor.

Duvall and G. Baylor would hold the first and second spots for the first three laps, however G. Baylor found himself stuck in one of the toughest portions throughout the course, the Penton section, on lap four. G. Baylor was ultimately unable to finish the race, allowing Strang to move into the second overall position for the remaining two laps. Strang came through the finish in second overall, earning his first podium finish of the season.

Russell found himself having an up-and-down kind of race. After having trouble firing his bike on the start, K. Russell would charge through the pack to come around in third on lap one. Then on the second lap he was forced to pit early for a new set of gloves after plunging into a water section. K. Russell would swap third and fourth place positions majority of the race, before holding onto the third place position. However, a hard-charge would put K. Russell only two seconds behind second place finisher when the checkered flag came out.

After starting the race in the tenth place position, Tely Energy Racing/KTM’s Steward Baylor Jr. put his head down and pushed hard through the first three laps. Making the pass for fourth a little over the halfway point in the race, S. Baylor Jr. continued to charge through the rough course. Unable to catch the top three, S. Baylor crossed the finish line in fourth overall.

Beta USA’s Jordan Ashburn put in one of his best rides at The John Penton this past Sunday. Ashburn started the race mid-pack, but managed to make his way through for a top five finish in the XC1 Open Pro class. AmPro Yamaha’s Ricky Russell found himself in the sixth place position majority of the race, but would find himself battling back on the third lap to ultimately finish sixth.

Josh Strang (#114) and Kailub Russell (#1) had a battle going on the last lap of the race this past Sunday.
Josh Strang (#114) and Kailub Russell (#1) had a battle going on the last lap of the race this past Sunday.

Not having the race he was hoping for was JCR/Honda’s Trevor Bollinger. After having a consistent start to the season, Bollinger found himself outside of the top five in the XC1 Open Pro class at round seven. Bollinger earned a seventh place in XC1, and ninth overall. He currently still sits fourth in the championship standings.

KR4/Husqvarna’s Cory Buttrick put in another consistent race in his home state of Ohio, finishing eighth in the XC1 Open Pro class. Following Buttrick was GasGas/FAR’s Andrew Delong in the ninth place position. Delong has been steadily improving, and earned his first two top 10 finishes in the last two races. Buttrick’s teammate, Layne Michael found himself in the tenth place position. However, Michael would suffer from some issues on lap three and was unable to complete the fifth and final lap of the race.

XC1 POINTS STANDING 

1. Kailub Russell (196)
2. Thad Duvall (181)
3. Steward Baylor Jr. (135)
4. Trevor Bollinger (118)
5. Josh Strang (111)
6. Ben Kelley (105)
7. Josh Toth (90)
8. Ricky Russell (78)
9. Jordan Ashburn (61)
10. Craig Delong (58)

Nick Davis (#927) earned the XC2 250 Pro holeshot award. -Ken Hill
Nick Davis (#927) earned the XC2 250 Pro holeshot award. -Ken Hill

XC2 250 PRO RESULTS

1. Josh Toth (KTM)
2. Ben Kelley (KTM)
3. Craig Delong (HQV)
4. Austin Lee (HON)
5. Nick Davis (GAS)
6. Evan Smith (HQV)
7. Zach Nolan (KTM)
8. Sam Evans (KTM)
9. Zack Hayes (KTM)
10. Jonathan Johnson (YAM)

XC2 250 PRO SERIES STANDINGS

1. Ben Kelley (190)
2. Josh Toth (170)
3. Craig Delong (117)
4. Pascal Rauchenecker (112)
5. Austin Lee (101)
6. Evan Smith (89)
7. Liam Draper (82)
8. Nick Davis (81)
9. Jonathan Johnson (75)
10. Michael Witkowski (66)

2018 GNCC SERIES | EXTENDED COVERAGE

About GNCC Racing
The AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series is America’s premier off-road racing series. Founded in 1975, the 13-round championship is produced exclusively by Racer Productions. Cross-country racing is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. The grueling three-hour GNCC races lead as many as 2,400 riders through tracks ranging in length from eight to 12 miles. With varied terrain, including hills, woods, mud, dirt, rocks and motocross sections, GNCC events are tests of both survival and speed. The series draws talent from all over the U.S., Central America, South America, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. GNCC Racing is televised weekly on NBC Sports and RacerTV.com. For more information, please visit www.gnccracing.com.

How to Watch
Racer TV and NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) are the official homes for coverage of the AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) events. All 13 rounds, from the season opening Big Buck GNCC in South Carolina to the finale at Ironman Raceway in Indiana, will air in 30-minue; taped-delayed telecasts on NBCSN, while Racer TV provides live streaming coverage of the 1 p.m. ATV and motorcycle races from each event, in addition to the six UTV rounds. Catch all the action at http://www.nbcsports.com/ and http://www.racertv.com/.

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