RUSSELL CHASING GNCC BIG BUCK WIN
Kailub Russell looks for Big Buck win at round four of the GNCC series
KTM’s Kailub Russell remains undefeated in the XC1 Pro bike class as the 2015 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series presented by Maxxis, an AMA National Championship, heads to Union, South Carolina this Sunday for round four of the 13-race series.
Taking place at the iconic Big Buck Farm in Union, South Carolina, the 19th running of the VP Racing Fuels Big Buck GNCC is expected to draw in thousands of spectators to witness some of the most exciting obstacles that GNCC Racing has to offer.
With two-time GNCC National Champion Kailub Russell at the helm; the premier XC1 Pro class boasts a deep pool of talent this season, including 2010 GNCC National Champion Josh Strang.
The Husqvarna rider currently sits in second place in the championship standings following a string of runner-up results. In addition to Russell’s three consecutive wins, Strang has been the most consistent finisher thus far, where he looks to improve the only way he can – by landing on the centre of the podium.
Both Russell and Strang are two-time winners of the Big Buck GNCC, so each rider has the opportunity to become the first to grab a third victory in South Carolina.
Husqvarna’s Thad DuVall has had a stellar start to the new season, finishing 4-3-3 through the first three rounds. DuVall has two career overall victories under his belt and through an all-new program this season, the West Virginia native looks to expand that tally.
Reigning XC2 Pro Lites Champion Grant Baylor made the jump to the premier class this season and sits tied for fourth place in the early standings. With Yamaha backing, Baylor has made steady improvement on his overall finishes.
Baylor is actually tied with his Yamaha teammate Jordan Ashburn, who had a rocky start to the season with an eleventh place result at round one. Since then, Ashburn has returned to his old ways with two top-five performances at the last two rounds.
Honda’s Chris Bach sits seventh in the championship standings following a big crash at the last round, where he didn’t earn any championship points. The Indiana native who scored a podium finish at the season opener and fifth place at round two, looks to bounce back this weekend.
The XC2 Pro Lites Championship continues to heat up with intense racing and close points battles throughout the top five. KTM’s Jason Thomas leads the way in the championship standings with two consecutive wins but has an onslaught of young riders charging close behind.
Honda’s Layne Michael holds the second place position in the standings, just one point ahead of Husqvarna’s Nick Davis in third. Davis captured the season-opening win and a second place finish at round two, but an unfortunate mechanical issue at the last round dropped him substantially back in the point standings.
XC2 Pro Lites rookie Craig Delong sits in fourth place with a consistent string of finishes, while KTM’s Trevor Bollinger completes the top five.
Tune into enduro21.com on Sunday at 1 p.m. EST to catch LIVE coverage of the Pro Bike race.
*Overall National Championship Standings:
Kailub Russell (90)
Josh Strang (75)
Thad DuVall (60)
Grant Baylor (44)
Jordan Ashburn (44)
Jason Thomas (38)
Chris Bach (37)
Nick Davis (28)
Tyler Medaglia (26)
Craig DeLong (25)
*Indicates that the Overall National Championship Standings will determine the 2015 National Champion.
XC2 Series Standings:
Jason Thomas (81)
Layne Michael (56)
Nick Davis (55)
Craig Delong (52)
Trevor Bollinger (44)
Cory Buttrick (43)
Brad Bakken (34)
Callan May (27)
Scott Grills (26)
Phillipe Chaine (25)