RELIVE – GNCC ROUND SEVEN
Re-watch live coverage from round seven of the GNCC series where KTM’s Kailub Russell took victory following a titanic battle with Husqvarna’s Ryan Sipes
Round seven of the 2015 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series presented by Maxxis, an AMA National Championship took place at Marvin’s Mountaintop in Masontown, West Virginia for the 4th annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Mountaineer Run GNCC.
Factory FMF/KTM’s Kailub Russell got the jump off the starting line to claim the $250 All Balls Racing Holeshot Award, and headed into the woods leading the XC1 Pro class. But Russell would face a battle with AirGroup/Rockstar Energy/Husqvarna’s Ryan Sipes, swapping positions multiple times.
“We kind of went back and fourth a few times the next couple laps and it was just tough the first few laps reading the trail and not knowing where some rocks were that you could hit,” said Russell.
On lap three, Russell made a pass stick and saw him go on to take the checkers and his sixth overall win this season. He now holds the championship points, 79 points ahead of N-Fab/AmPro Yamaha’s Grant Baylor.
Ryan Sipes has been on a steady incline as he continues to show improvement each round. Sipes lead the first two laps and battled with the defending champion Russell. He earned his best finish of his GNCC career at the Mountaineer Run with a second overall.
“Kailub and myself had a good time out front there, that pace was fun definitely wore me out towards the end of the race,” said Sipes.
Rocky Mountain’s Thad DuVall finished an impressive third place overall after crashing two weeks ago in New York. He started the day mid-pack, but made a two-lap charge to finish in third place.
Grant Baylor began the day just outside the top five but pushed his way through the pack to land just outside of the overall podium. Baylor moves into second place in the championship point’s standings with his fourth place finish and due to the absence of Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Josh Strang.
Strang, who raced in New York, was noticeably absent in West Virginia due to a separated shoulder he suffered while practicing just before that previous race.
After winning two weeks ago in New York, JCR Honda’s Chris Bach started out just inside the top five, before battling with Baylor and ultimately receiving a fifth place finish.
Baylor’s teammate Jordan Ashburn held down the sixth place position in XC1 and seventh overall until the chequered flag flew.
After mechanical issues at the last round and a DNF, Moto Tech KTM’s Steward Baylor put in an impressive ride to finish seventh in XC1 and ninth overall.
Husqvarna’s Andrew DeLong had a great jump off the starting line – heading into the woods around third. DeLong ran third the first two laps, before pulling into the pits Losing valuable time and positions he finished his day fifteenth overall, but eighth in the XC1 class.
FLY’s Adam Bonneur ran inside the top ten all afternoon, swapping positions with FLY/Factory Connection’s Chris Douglas. Bonneur finished the Mountaineer Run GNCC ninth in XC1, while Honda’s Takeshi Koikeda rounded out the top ten in XC1.
In the XC2 Pro Lites class, Husqvarna’s Craig DeLong earned the $100 Hot Cams XC2 Holeshot Award. DirtWise KLIM’s Jason Thomas moved into the lead until a timely pit-stop on lap five to change Thomas’ back tyre.
Husqvarna’s Nick Davis started the day in second behind Thomas. Davis pressured Thomas for five laps, and then moved into the lead. Davis would not look back and claimed his second win of the season.
Yamaha’s Ricky Russell continued his consistent season with a second place finish in the XC2 class, and eighth overall. Tegan Temple followed up his first podium finish in New York with another podium result in West Virginia with third.
The 2015 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series resumes June 6 and 7 with the Wiseco John Penton in Millfield, OH.
For more information on the series, visit www.gnccracing.com.