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Kailub Russell Wins Round 10 of GNCC at Unadilla

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NEW BERLIN, N.Y. - New Berlin, New York was jam-packed with America's fastest off-road racers as they competed in the 13th Annual Parts Unlimited Unadilla GNCC at the famous Unadilla MX this weekend, Sunday, September 10. At the end of the three-hour race, it was FMF/KTM Factory Racing's Kailub Russell claiming the win at the 10th round of the 43rd Annual AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series presented by Maxxis, an AMA National Championship.

With anticipation at an all-time high with the return of racing after a two-month "summer break" hiatus, it was N-Fab/AmPro Yamaha's Ricky Russell rocketing off the start to claim the $250 All Balls Racing Holeshot Award. Even though FMF/KTM Factory Racing's Russell Bobbitt was second through the holeshot, it would be Beta USA's Jordan Ashburn in the runner-up position as they entered the woods.

Ricky Russell took home the $250 All Balls Racing Holeshot Award.
Ricky Russell took home the $250 All Balls Racing Holeshot Award. Ken Hill

As the group settled into pace on the first lap, R. Russell continue to lead with pressure from Coastal Racing/Husqvarna's Ryan Sipes. Throughout the remainder of the first lap they continued to swap positions, but when they checked through scoring for the first time it was R. Russell accredited with the lead. K. Russell was in third after working his way through the pack after getting a bad start.

The FMF Powerpoint came to be the biggest obstacle of the race throughout the entire three hours. Once K. Russell secured the lead, it didn't last long due to becoming victim of the hill climb. R. Russell was so close to him that when K. Russell went down, he was stuck right behind him—this allowed Ashburn to move into the lead.

Overall Podium: (2) Stew Baylor, (1) Kailub Russell. (3) Layne Michael.
Overall Podium: (2) Stew Baylor, (1) Kailub Russell. (3) Layne Michael. Ken Hill

K. Russell and R. Russell quickly recovered and moved back into second and third behind Ashburn on lap four. K. Russell took the lead back on the fourth lap and attempted to gap his competitors, where he neglected to pit and keep going for an additional lap. R. Russell also skipped his pit and passed Ashburn, who did pit, for second.

R. Russell kept the momentum rolling and passed K. Russell again on the fifth lap, but K. Russell was back into the lead when they jumped the Sky Shot obstacle on the motocross track. Unfortunately Sipes was forced to end his race early after suffering from tendinitis that occurred at the ISDE.

Stew Baylor charged through the pack to finish second overall.
Stew Baylor charged through the pack to finish second overall.
Ken Hill

When the race reached the halfway point, SRT/KTM's Stew Baylor had put himself in podium contention and began pushing to catch R. Russell. When the two-lap board came out, Baylor moved in second behind K. Russell. R. Russell struggled up the FMF Powerpoint again, but still sat in third.

K. Russell was the first rider through the finish, taking the overall win with Baylor following in second, but attention was turned to the third overall position where the XC2 250 Pro class leaders were in contention. R. Russell was pushed to the finish by JCR Honda's Trevor Bollinger.

However, Coastal Racing/Husqvarna's Layne Michael was awarded with third overall on adjusted time. Trail Jesters/KTM Racing's Ben Kelley was in a close second in class and fifth overall. R. Russell finished third in XC1 Pro and fifth overall, and Bollinger finished sixth overall and just off the XC1 podium in fourth. Ashburn, Toth, and Bobbitt rounded out the top 10 overall.

Layne Michael finished an impressive third overall along with winning the XC2 250 Pro class.
Layne Michael finished an impressive third overall along with winning the XC2 250 Pro class.
Ken Hill

Rockstar Energy/Factory Husqvarna Racing's Josh Strang bobbled into a mud hole on the second lap and had to take an extra long pit stop to get a fresh set of gloves. However, more bad luck came Strang's way and he was forced to end his race early with a mechanical issue.

Zach Nolan found himself in a favorable position to earn the $100 Hot Cams XC2 Holeshot Award, and finished the race in 13th. Nate Smith was accredited with the FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am class holeshot.

Jason Thomas, N-Fab N-Fab/AmPro Yamaha's Paul Whibley and Rocky Mountain ATV/MC/KR4/ Husqvarna Team's Hunter Neuwirth stood on the box for the FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am class.

FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am Class: (2) Paul Whibley, (1) Jason Thomas, (3) Hunter Neuwirth. 
FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am Class: (2) Paul Whibley, (1) Jason Thomas, (3) Hunter Neuwirth. 
Ken Hill

With 15th overall Alex Teagarden was awarded the top amateur award. Levi Keller and Jonathan Johnson followed in second and third for the amateur overall podium in the 1:00 p.m. Pro Race.

The WXC division dominated the 10:00 a.m. overall standings.  Fly Racing/Maxxis/Seat Concepts/KTM's Becca Sheets kept Rocky Mountain ATV/MC/KR4/Husqvarna Team-backed Tayla Jones honest, but had to settle for second. Jones' win vaulted her to the top of the championship standings where she secured the #1 plate three rounds early. The Motorcycle Shop/Kenda/Bell/V3 Off-Road's Brooke Cosner finished third overall, respectively.

Tayla Jones took home the WXC win along with the #1 plate.
Tayla Jones took home the WXC win along with the #1 plate.
Ken Hill

Michael Beeler Jr. had an exceptional race in the youth division, winning the overall on adjusted time and crossing the line physically in second after starting on the second row. Super Mini Sr. class winner Zack Davidson placed second overall and Peyton Whipkey rounded out the podium.

The 1:00 p.m. race was broadcast live in its entirety on RacerTV.com and can be viewed as an archived video now by visiting the GNCC LIVE page online. A highlight show featuring the event will air on NBC Sports Network on Saturday, October 28 at 4:30 p.m.

Michael Beeler topped the youth charts after starting on the second row.
Michael Beeler topped the youth charts after starting on the second row.
Ken Hill

The 2017 Amsoil Grand National Cross Country Series travels to Masontown, West Virginia, in two weeks for the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Mountaineer Run GNCC on September 23 and 24.

XC1 Overall Results

OVERALL FINISH RIDER BIKE
1st Kailub Russell KTM
2nd Steward Baylor Jr. KTM
3rd Ricky Russell Yamaha
4th Trevor Bollinger Honda
5th Jordan Ashburn Beta
6th Russell Bobbitt KTM
7th Grant Baylor Husqvarna
8th Philippe Chaine KTM
9th Josh Strang Husqvarna
10th Ryan Sipes Husqvarna

XC2 Overall Results

OVERALL FINISH RIDER BIKE
1st Layne Michael Husqvarna
2nd Benjamin Kelley KTM
3rd Craig Delong Husqvarna
4th Joshua Toth Yamaha
5th Austin Lee Honda
6th Michael Witkowski KTM
7th Ryder Lafferty KTM
8th Brendan Riordan Yamaha
9th Zack Hayes KTM
10th Trevor Barrett Yamaha

XC3 Overall Results

OVERALL FINISH RIDER BIKE
1st Jason Thomas Husqvarna
2nd Paul Whibley Yamaha
3rd Hunter Neuwirth Husqvarna
4th Luke Renzland Yamaha
5th Michael Stryker KTM
6th Nate Smith Husqvarna
7th Conor Sheridan KTM
8th Mark Heresco Jr. KTM
9th Jack Edmondson Husqvarna
10th Joshua Adkins Yamaha

WXC Overall Results

FINISH RIDER BIKE
1st Tayla Jones Husqvarna
2nd Becca Sheets KTM
3rd Brooke Cosner Yamaha
4th Shyann Phelps KTM
5th Samantha Steiner KTM
6th Kelsey Saltar KTM
7th Taylor Johnston KTM
8th Sheryl Pratt Husqvarna
9th Mackenzie Tricker KTM

XC1 Championship Standings

STANDING RIDER POINTS
1st Kailub Russell 235
2nd Thad DuVall 202
3rd Steward Baylor Jr. 177
4th Ricky Russell 163
5th Grant Baylor 129
6th Trevor Bollinger 119
7th Jordan Ashburn 112
8th Russell Bobbitt 96
9th Christopher Bach 89
10th Josh Strang 89

XC2 Championship Standings

STANDING RIDER POINTS
1st Joshua Toth 261
2nd Layne Michael 216
3rd Craig Delong 207
4th Micael Witkowski 174
5th Benjamin Kelley 143
6th Austin Lee 142
7th Jesse Groemm 140
8th Zack Hayes 121
9th Samuel evans 95
10th Zach Nolan 87

XC3 Championship Standings

STANDING RIDER POINTS
1st Jason Thomas 262
2nd Hunter Neuwirth 201
3rd Mark Heresco Jr. 193
4th Jack Edmondson 157
5th Joshua Adkins 126
6th Jaryn Williams 124
7th Devan Welch 97
8th Paul Whibley 92
9th Nate Smith 62
10th Dustin Gibson 61

WXC Championship Standings

STANDING RIDER POINTS
1st Tayla Jones 180
2nd Becca Sheets 171
3rd Mackenzie Tricker 156
4th Brooke Cosner 104
5th Rachel Gutish 100
6th Kendall LaFollette 80
7th Shelby Rolen 74
8th Taylor Johnston 46
9th Natasha LaChapelle 31
10th Rachael Archer 30