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AMSOIL GNCC Racing Heads to Florida for the Moose Racing Wild Boar GNCC
Kailub Russell Leads the Points Chase
MORGANTOWN, W.Va (March 9, 2018) – After a close battle at the opening round just two weeks ago, the 2018 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series, an AMA National Championship, continues this weekend, March 10 and 11, in Palatka, Florida. The Moose Racing Wild Boar GNCC will play host to the second race of the 13-round series.
Each year the Wild Boar GNCC is held in conjunction with Daytona Beach’s “Bike Week” festivities, which contributes to a unique and large crowd. Industry personnel, long-time series followers and local race enthusiasts will all gather this Sunday to watch the GNCC series continue. At the season opening round, defending series champion FMF/KTM Factory Racing’s Kailub Russell would claim the race win. Interestingly enough, this marked just the second time in the five-time champion’s career that he has been able to claim the win at the season opener.
The race win did not come easy for Russell, as last year’s championship runner-up, Rockstar Energy Factory Husqvarna Racing’s Thad Duvall, would make it a race-long battle with Russell. Duvall showed that his 2017 race season was no fluke, as he would challenge for the race win down to the wire, finishing in second place just a little over one-second behind Russell. With two-weeks to prepare for the rough and rugged Florida terrain, Duvall will be looking to rebound and challenge for the race win once again.
Tely Energy Racing/KTM’s Steward Baylor would also start the 2018 season on a high note with a third place finish in the opening round. Baylor is no stranger to the Florida terrain and considers himself to be a strong rider in sandy conditions. With a history of strong finishes in Florida GNCC rounds throughout his career, there is no doubt that Baylor could be in contention for the race win.
JCR Honda-backed rider, Trevor Bollinger would run in podium contention for much of the opening round. The 2016 XC2 250 Pro class champion enters his sophomore season in the XC1 Open Pro class in 2018 and is looking for strong finishes. Bollinger is obviously hungry for his first-ever overall win, but will also be looking to build up to that win by claiming his first-ever XC1 Open Pro class podium. If his speed at the opening round is an indication of his potential in the 2018 season, then Bollinger is likely to find himself in contention for race wins soon.
2010 GNCC National Champion and Rockstar Energy/Factory Husqvarna Racing’s Josh Strang, had an up and down 2017 season as he fought through an injury and other issues that kept him from performing at his full potential. He would begin the 2018 season strong by claiming the XC1 Open Pro class holeshot at round one and run in podium contention for much of the race. Strang would hold on to finish a solid fifth place in the opening round and will be looking to return to his old form soon.
Last season’s XC2 250 Pro class champion, FMF/KTM Factory Racing’s Josh Toth, would have an excellent opening round claiming the XC2 250 Pro class win and finish an impressive sixth place overall. As we enter round two, Toth will be looking to begin a win streak as he searches for his second XC2 250 Pro class championship. Also strong in the XC2 250 Pro class at the opening round was Trail Jesters KTM Racing’s Ben Kelley who took second place in class and seventh overall.
KR4/Husqvarna’s Layne Michael would make his XC1 Open Pro class debut at the season opening round and it proved to be quite successful, as he would finish sixth place in the XC1 class and eighth place overall. XC2 250 Pro class racers Coastal Racing/Husqvarna’s Pascal Rauchenecker and M&E Honda/FLY Racing/Maxxis’ Austin Lee would round out the top ten overall, and also finish third and fourth place in the XC2 250 Pro class, respectively. Both of these riders will be back and looking to gun for the XC2 class podium at the Wild Boar.
Sunday’s race schedule is as follows: Youth Bike racing begins at 8 a.m., followed by amateurs and women at 10 a.m. and pros and top amateurs at 1 p.m.
The amateur race entry fee is only $50, and youth race entry fee is only $30. To learn more about GNCC Racing, refer to the GNCC 101 webpage.
Spectator passes run $20 for adults and $10 for children (6-11), and kids 5 and under are free for the full weekend (Saturday through Sunday), with pro pit access and pro autographs at no additional charge.
To get to the track from Highway 17 South, take Route 19 South to Route 310 West. Continue driving past the Rodman Plantation sign. Turn right approximately two miles at the Hog Waller sign.
The 1 p.m. pro races will be broadcast LIVE on the Internet via Racer TV on www.racertv.com both days. A highlight show featuring the event will air on NBC Sports Network on Saturday, April 21 at 5:30 p.m.
All local racers are invited to compete at the Wild Boar GNCC, as GNCC Racing offers classes for riders of all skill and experience levels. The amateur race entry fee $50 when riders sign up at the track. To learn more about GNCC Racing please visit the GNCC101 webpage.
Local racers expected to compete this Sunday will be Mike Veach (Masters A 50+), Mel Cunningham (Silver Masters B 55+), Tucker Hopson (250 C College 18-24), Brian Hart (Vet C 30+), Bill Pitts (Super Senior C 45+), Jesse Ansley (FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am), Landon Lynn (200 A), and Allen Linville (Vet A 30+).Tune in to RacerTV.com on Saturday at 1 p.m. EST to catch LIVE streaming of the Pro Bike race. For more information on GNCC LIVE coverage, visit www.racertv.com. A highlight show featuring the event will air on NBC Sports Network on Saturday, April 29, at 5:00 p.m.
For more information on the GNCC series, visit the official website at www.gnccracing.com or call (304) 284-0084. Join the conversation on the series Facebook page, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and be sure to always hashtag #GNCC.
Previous Round Results and Points Standings
VP Racing Fuels Big Buck GNCC
Union, South Carolina
Round 1 of 13
Sunday, February 25
XC1 Open Pro Event Results:
- Kailub Russell (KTM)
- Thad Duvall (HQV)
- Steward Baylor Jr (KTM)
- Trevor Bollinger (HON)
- Josh Strang (HQV)
- Layne Michael (HQV)
- Ricky Russell (YAM)
- Cory Buttrick (HQV)
- Jordan Ashburn (BET)
- Grant Baylor (KTM)
*Overall National Championship Standings:
- Kailub Russell (30)
- Thad Duvall (25)
- Steward Baylor Jr (21)
- Trevor Bollinger (18)
- Josh Strang (16)
- Josh Toth (15)
- Ben Kelley (14)
- Layne Michael (13)
- Pascal Rauchenecker (12)
- Austin Lee (11)
*Indicates that the Overall National Championship Standings will determine the 2017 National Champion.
XC2 250 Pro Event Results:
- Josh Toth (KTM)
- Ben Kelley (KTM)
- Pascal Rauchenecker (HQV)
- Austin Lee (HON)
- Craig Delong (HQV)
- Evan Smith (HQV)
- Jonathan Johnson (YAM)
- Trevor Barrett (YAM)
- Liam Draper (HQV)
- Cole Mattison (YAM)
XC2 250 Pro Series Standings:
- Josh Toth (30)
- Ben Kelley (25)
- Pascal Rauchenecker (21)
- Austin Lee (18)
- Craig Delong (16)
- Evan Smith (15)
- Jonathan Johnson (14)
- Trevor Barrett (13)
- Liam Draper (12)
- Cole Mattison (11)
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/.
About the American Motorcyclist Association
Founded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world's largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders' interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year. The AMA also provides money-saving discounts on products and services for its members. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com. Not a member? Join the AMA today: www.americanmotorcyclist.com/membership/join.