Thad Duvall Aims For Second-Straight Victory at Dunlop Tomahawk GNCC

Thad Duvall Aims For Second-Straight Victory at Dunlop Tomahawk GNCC

TimeSaturday, June 1, 2019 | 7:00 AM
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TimeSaturday, June 1, 2019 | 7:00 AM

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Thad Duvall Aims For Second-Straight Victory at Dunlop Tomahawk GNCC
Ben Kelley Looking to Keep XC2 Win Streak Alive 

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (June 1, 2019) – The 2019 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series presented by Specialized, an AMA National Championship, continues on Sunday, June 2 with the World's top competitors in off-road racing battling through the woods of New York at the 5th Annual Dunlop Tomahawk.

Rockstar Energy/Factory Husqvarna Racing’s Thad Duvall will be looking to take his second-straight win this weekend after earning a victory at the previous round. Duvall earned the win at Tomahawk two years ago, and is looking to take back that number one spot in New York. 

Thad Duvall is aiming to earn his second-straight win of the season. 
Thad Duvall is aiming to earn his second-straight win of the season.  Ken Hill

Coming through second overall two weeks after a hard-fought battle all day long was FMF/KTM Factory Racing’s Kailub Russell. As the series heads into the seventh round Russell remains the points leader, sitting 13 points ahead of Duvall. On Sunday, Russell will be aiming to earn his fourth overall win of the season and earn valuable points towards the National Championship. 

Earning another overall podium finish was Rockstar Energy/Factory Husqvarna Racing’s Trevor Bollinger. At the previous round, Bollinger led part of the race, and this weekend he is eager to make a run at the front of the pack for to earn his first career overall win. Last year at the Tomahawk event Bollinger was able to earn second overall, therefore he knows what it takes to run up front in New York.

Kailub Russell is hoping to take back the number one spot on Sunday afternoon.
Kailub Russell is hoping to take back the number one spot on Sunday afternoon. Ken Hill

Tely Energy Racing/KTM’s Steward Baylor Jr. came through fourth overall in Ohio, and will look to battle back onto the podium this weekend in New York. Baylor currently sits third in the points championship standings, and is aiming to earn valuable points towards his quest for the National Championship. 

Taking the fifth overall spot was Babbitt’s Online/Monster Energy/Kawasaki’s Josh Strang. This Sunday Strang will be aiming to finishing inside the top five and possibly battle for his first overall podium finish of the year. Strang’s teammate Jordan Ashburn was having a good race and even grabbed the holeshot, but was forced to end his race early. He is looking to redeem himself this weekend.

Josh Strang will be looking to battle at the front of the pack and earn his first overall podium finish of the season.
Josh Strang will be looking to battle at the front of the pack and earn his first overall podium finish of the season. Ken Hill

FMF/KTM Factory Racing’s Josh Toth came through sixth in his class and seventh overall at The John Penton GNCC. Toth who has had a pretty consistent year thus far, is looking to land on that overall podium again like he did at the X-Factor Whitetails event. AmPro Yamaha/Moose Racing/Parts Unlimited’s Ricky Russell finished eighth overall and seventh in the XC1 Open Pro class at the previous round. Russell, who recently returned to racing after an injury, is aiming to improve his standings and race to the best of his abilities for the remaining portion of the season.

Tely Energy Racing/KTM’s Grant Baylor is working his way back after also returning from an injury. Baylor finished ninth overall and eighth in XC1 at the Ohio race two weeks ago. This weekend Baylor is looking to battle throughout the day with his fellow competitors. Phoenix Honda Racing’s Andrew Delong earned 10th in his class and 11th overall on the weekend at The John Penton. Delong has been having a great year, and is looking to improve his results this weekend. Australia/Shoei Helmets/Atlas Braces’ Daniel Milner returned to the United States and rounded out the top 10 in XC1 Open Pro. 

XC2 250 Pro defending champion, Ben Kelley, is looking to keep his win streak alive this weekend and earn his seventh class win of the season.
XC2 250 Pro defending champion, Ben Kelley, is looking to keep his win streak alive this weekend and earn his seventh class win of the season. Ken Hill

In the XC2 250 Pro class Trail Jesters/KTM’s Ben Kelley is looking to keep his win streak going. Kelley has earned six-straight wins, and on Sunday afternoon will be battling for his seventh. Coastal Racing/Husqvarna’s Craig Delong came through second in the XC2 class, and this weekend Delong will be aiming to take that number one spot from Kelley. Evan Smith battled his way through and rounded out the XC2 podium.

Beta USA Factory Racing’s Cody Barnes earned another FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am class win. Barnes remains first in points and will be aiming to take another class win this weekend. Trail Jesters KTM’s Jesse Ansley came through second in the class, but will be aiming to take back that number one spot in the center of the podium. Coming through third in the class was Joe Marsh. This is Marsh’s first XC3 podium finish of the year. 

Riders expected to compete next weekend on motorcycles will be Paul Best (85cc 12-13), Jojo Bowden (XC2 250 Pro), Thomas Bowen (YXC1 Super Mini Sr.), Marina Cancro (Women), Hunter Cleveland (4-Stroke B Lites), Toby Cleveland (YXC1 Super Mini Sr.), Joe Dennison (85cc 7-11), Andrew Gross (250 A), Hanklin Hamilton (50cc Sr 6-7), Frank Messina (Senior A 40+), Kevin Monahan (Golden Masters A 60+), Dominick Morse (200 A) and Adam Odell (Vet C 30+). 

Jordan Ashburn (#127) grabbed the holeshot two weeks ago at The John Penton, and will be aiming to grab that extra $250 once again.
Jordan Ashburn (#127) grabbed the holeshot two weeks ago at The John Penton, and will be aiming to grab that extra $250 once again. Ken Hill

On Sunday, June 2, the motorcycles will take to the woods of New York 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.

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

The Wiseco John Penton 
Millfield, Ohio
Round 6 of 13
Sunday, May 19, 2019

XC1 Pro Event Results:

  1. Thad Duvall (HQV)
  2. Kailub Russell (KTM)
  3. Trevor Bollinger (HQV)
  4. Steward Baylor Jr. (KTM)
  5. Josh Strang (KAW)
  6. Josh Toth (KTM)
  7. Ricky Russell (YAM)
  8. Grant Baylor (KTM)
  9. Andrew Delong (HON)
  10. Daniel Milner (KTM)

*Overall National Championship Standings:

  1. Kailub Russell (165)
  2. Thad Duvall (152)
  3. Steward Baylor Jr. (123)
  4. Trevor Bollinger (111)
  5. Ben Kelley (93)
  6. Josh Strang (83)
  7. Josh Toth (81)
  8. Andrew Delong (65)
  9. Jordan Ashburn (58)
  10. Michael Witkowski (52)

*Indicates that the Overall National Championship Standings will determine the 2019 National Champion.

XC2 250 Pro Event Results:

  1. Benjamin Kelley (KTM)
  2. Craig Delong (HQV)
  3. Evan Smith (HQV)
  4. Austin Lee (HON)
  5. Michael Witkowski (BET)
  6. Liam Draper (KTM)
  7. Ben Parsons (HQV)
  8. Alex Teagarden (HQV)
  9. Samuel Evans (KTM)
  10. Jonathan Johnson (KAW)

XC2 250 Pro Series Standings:

  1. Benjamin Kelley (180)
  2. Michael Witkowski (119)
  3. Evan Smith (107)
  4. Austin Lee (91)
  5. Liam Draper (78)
  6. Ryder Lafferty (77)
  7. Jonathan Girroir (71)
  8. Jonathan Johnson (69)
  9. Zack Hayes (65)
  10. Alex Teagarden (65)

About GNCC Racing

The AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series presented by Specialized 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.

About eMTB Racing

The Specialized Turbo eMTB GNCC National Championship brings off-road racing and pedal-assist or electric bicycles together for an eight-round championship produced by Racer Productions. Much like a typical cross-country racing event, these races feature varied terrain featuring hills, rocks, roots, and more but are limited to electric, or pedal assist model mountain bikes only. 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-minute, taped-delayed telecasts on NBCSN, while Racer TV provides live streaming coverage of the 1 p.m. ATV and motorcycle races from each event. 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