Thad Duvall Looks to Keep Momentum Rolling into Powerline Park

Thad Duvall Looks to Keep Momentum Rolling into Powerline Park

TimeThursday, October 11, 2018 | 12:30 PM
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TimeThursday, October 11, 2018 | 12:30 PM

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Kayla Olliver
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Thad Duvall Looks to Keep Momentum Rolling into Powerline Park
Championship Battles Heat Up as Series Heads into Penultimate Round

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (October 11, 2018) – This weekend, October 13 and 14, the AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series, an AMA National Championship, is set to invade St. Clairsville, Ohio for the 18th Annual Powerline Park GNCC.

Coming into this weekend fresh off his third overall win this season is Rockstar Energy/Factory Husqvarna Racing’s Thad Duvall. Two weeks ago, Duvall would battle throughout the duration of the race after grabbing the XC1 All Balls Racing Holeshot Award. As the series heads to the into the penultimate round, Duvall is looking to earn another overall win and close the gap between him and current points leader FMF/KTM Factory Racing’s Kailub Russell. 

Thad Duvall earned the overall win at the previous race, and is aiming to keep that momentum rolling into Powerline Park.
Thad Duvall earned the overall win at the previous race, and is aiming to keep that momentum rolling into Powerline Park. Ken Hill

Russell heads into this weekend with a 40-point lead after having his worst finish of the season at the Mason-Dixon GNCC in Pennsylvania. After suffering through a series of crashes, K. Russell would ultimately have to put himself in a good position to finish the race. With only two rounds remaining, K. Russell is aiming to earn his eighth win of the season and receive valuable points towards his sixth GNCC National Championship.

Tely Energy Racing/KTM’s Steward Baylor Jr. put in a great ride at round 11 at Mathews Farm. S. Baylor lead the way for the first four laps of the race, before Duvall would make the pass stick. After having what seemed to be a bad luck streak during the middle part of the season, S. Baylor is looking to battle at the front of the pack and earn his first win of the season as the series winds down.

Steward Baylor Jr. battled at the front of the pack at the Mason-Dixon GNCC, and is hoping to contend for the overall win this weekend.
Steward Baylor Jr. battled at the front of the pack at the Mason-Dixon GNCC, and is hoping to contend for the overall win this weekend. Ken Hill

Making his way to third overall from the second row, and taking the XC2 250 Pro class win was Trail Jesters KTM Racing’s Ben Kelley. Now with an 18-point gap, Kelley still leads the way in the points standings ahead of FMF/KTM Factory Racing’s Josh Toth. Both Kelley and Toth are the only two riders in the XC2 250 Pro class to earn a win thus far in the season, however Coastal Racing/Husqvarna’s Craig Delong and MCS Racing/SIDI/Arai-backed rider Jonathan Girroir are looking to battle for a win. 

Rockstar Energy/Factory Husqvarna Racing’s Josh Strang made his way onto the XC1 Open Pro podium with a third place in his class, and a fourth place finish overall at the previous round. This was Strang’s second appearance on the podium this season, and his first appearance with his newborn son, Maverick. Strang knows what it takes to run at the front of the pack, and he’s looking to hopefully earn that overall win this weekend.

Ben Kelley secured his first-ever overall podium position and is hoping to do the same on Sunday, October 14.
Ben Kelley secured his first-ever overall podium position and is hoping to do the same on Sunday, October 14. Ken Hill

Making the jump to the XC1 Open Pro class was Coastal Racing/Husqvarna’s Pascal Rauchenecker. After competing in the XC2 250 Pro class for the majority of the season, Rauchenecker felt like it was the right time to make the move and see where he stood with the XC1 riders. At the beginning of the season, Rauchenecker was battling at the front of the XC2 pack, and hoping to earn a win. However, after earning seventh overall and fifth in XC1, it looks like Rauchenecker will be contending for a win in no time. 

JCR/Honda’s Trevor Bollinger was putting in quite a good ride at the Mason-Dixon GNCC, running in the second and third position for most of the day. When the white flag came out Bollinger was still running in third, but misfortune would strike and Bollinger would fall back to sixth by the time the checkered flag flew. This weekend Bollinger is aiming to keep himself at the front and contend for an overall win. Tely Energy Racing/KTM’s Grant Baylor has had quite the up-and down year after experiencing two podium finishes and then races where he didn’t even make it into the top 10. As the series continues to wind down, G. Baylor is hoping to finish the year out on a high-note and land on the podium at the last two races.  

Pascal Rauchenecker finished seventh overall in his XC1 Open Pro debut, and he is now hoping to contend for a top five finish.
Pascal Rauchenecker finished seventh overall in his XC1 Open Pro debut, and he is now hoping to contend for a top five finish. Ken Hill

In the FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am class, FMF/Maxxis/RPM KTM’s Jesse Ansley continues to lead the way after earning his fifth win of the season in Pennsylvania. Coastal Racing/Husqvarna’s Alex Teagarden has moved himself up to second in the points standings, just 36 points behind Ansley. Yamaha’s Jason Raines sustained an injury and his return has been questionable, which left the door open for many other riders to land on the podium. Tely Energy Racing/KTM’s Zach Nolan, who normally runs in the XC2 250 Pro class, found himself on a 125 and running in third at the Mason-Dixon GNCC. Nolan, who is from the area, went on to earn his first podium finish of the season followed by MCS Racing/Kenda Tire/Moose Racing’s Cody Barnes.

Local riders expected to compete this weekend on motorcycles will be: Jacob Barnes (Open B), Nick Barnes (Super Senior B 45+), Cope Beckert (Open A), Alexander Patterson (200 C Schoolboy 12-15), Bryan Rico (Vet C 30+), Ryan Slopko (FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am), Kyle Butler (250 C Schoolboy 14-17), Blayke Coler (200 C 16+), Mark Randolph (Golden Masters 60+), Ryan Kerr (Open B), Aiden Burt (Open B), Drew Norris (Open B), Nathan Ziklo (Junior A/B 25+), Noah Stewart (250 A), Tyler Soriano (Open A), Adam Prysmont (Masters C 50+), Gary Byers (Senior C 40+), Becca Sheets (WXC), Kyle Prysmont (250 B) and Dakoda Devore (250 A). 

Alex Teagarden moved himself up to second in the points standings for the FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am as we head into the last two rounds.
Alex Teagarden moved himself up to second in the points standings for the FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am as we head into the last two rounds. Ken Hill

The motorcycles will take to the woods of Ohio following the same race schedule of youth racing action starting the day off at 8 a.m., women and amateur riders’ race at 10 a.m. and the pros and top amateurs will start at 1 p.m.

This weekend is co-sanctioned with WEXCR,  a series that produces local racing events in Southern Ohio and West Virginia, and will ultimately bring out a full slate of local racers. Local riders are invited and encouraged to compete in the event, as GNCC Racing offers classes for riders of all skill and experience levels. The amateur race entry fee is $50 if racers pre-enter or sign up at the track. 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 five and under are free for the full weekend (Saturday through Sunday), with pro pit access and pro autographs at no additional charge.

The 1 p.m. pro races will be broadcast LIVE on the Internet via RacerTV on www.racertv.com both days. A highlight show featuring the event will air on NBC Sports Network on Sunday, November 11 at 3 p.m. EST.

The Powerline Mudhole is the most popular spot, where riders have the option of jumping over a section of mud, or taking the easier (but longer) way around.
The Powerline Mudhole is the most popular spot, where riders have the option of jumping over a section of mud, or taking the easier (but longer) way around. Ken Hill

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 social media channels, along with receiving the most up-to-date news and exclusive content.

Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Mason-Dixon GNCC
Mount Morris, Pennsylvania
Round 11 of 13
Sunday, September 30

XC1 Open Pro Event Results:

  1. Thad Duvall (HQV)
  2. Steward Baylor Jr. (KTM)
  3. Josh Strang (HQV)
  4. Kailub Russell (KTM)
  5. Pascal Rauchenecker (HQV)
  6. Trevor Bollinger (HON)
  7. Grant Baylor (KTM)
  8. Ricky Russell (YAM)
  9. Layne Michael (HQV)
  10. Cory Buttrick (HQV)

*Overall National Championship Standings:

  1. Kailub Russell (272)
  2. Thad Duvall (232)
  3. Trevor Bollinger (177)
  4. Steward Baylor Jr. (174)
  5. Ben Kelley (155)
  6. Josh Strang (154)
  7. Josh Toth (136)
  8. Ricky Russell (117)
  9. Grant Baylor (83)
  10. Craig Delong (82)

*Indicates that the Overall National Championship Standings will determine the 2018 National Champion.

XC2 250 Pro Event Results:

  1. Ben Kelley (KTM)
  2. Josh Toth (KTM)
  3. Jonathan Girroir (SUZ)
  4. Craig Delong (HQV)
  5. Michael Witkowski (BET)
  6. Evan Smith (HQV)
  7. Liam Draper (HQV)
  8. Austin Lee (HON)
  9. Brendan Riordan (YAM)
  10. Jonathan Johnson (YAM)

XC2 250 Pro Series Standings:

  1. Ben Kelley (268)
  2. Josh Toth (250)
  3. Craig Delong (160)
  4. Pascal Rauchenecker (145)
  5. Austin Lee (144)
  6. Evan Smith (126)
  7. Jonathan Johnson (114)
  8. Liam Draper (112)
  9. Mike Witkowski (108)
  10. Zack Hayes (93)

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