Russell Wins Limestone 100 GNCC
Springville, IN – Factory FMF/KTM rider Kailub Russell collected his fourth win of the season at the sixth round of the GNCC Series at the series newest Indiana venue.
Russell earned a mid-pack start behind his teammate, Charlie Mullins, who rounded the first lap in 2nd place. Russell quickly moved through the pack and soon found himself battling with Mullins for the lead. The two riders quickly pulled from the rest of the pack while swapping for the lead through the first half of the race.
On the fourth lap while battling for the lead, Mullins encountered a mechanical issue at the farthest point of the 10.5 mile course. His team rushed to him in order to provide assistance. He eventually received the help he needed but found himself one lap down and in 13th place when he reentered the course. With two laps left to make up positions, he set to work. He eventually made up two more positions and finished 11th overall for the day.
Meanwhile, Russell began to pull a larger lead over the XC1 class as each lap progressed. At the end of the 7 lap race he finished over a minute ahead of the 2nd place ride of Paul Whibley. Russell’s win moved him up in the overall point standings. Now six rounds into the series, he is tied for the championship points lead with Whibley.
KTM XC2 rider Steward Baylor suffered his first loss of the series. After working his KTM to the front of the pack from a bad start he suffered a mechanical issue while leading that cost him a lap. He eventually returned to the racing action and was able to salvage a 10th place result. Baylor still maintains a comfortable lead in the series point standings.
Factory FMF/KTM rider Maria Forsberg dominated the Women’s GNCC class once again. She walked away with her sixth win of the series to remain undefeated in the Women’s class. “It feels great to get another win,” remarked Forsberg. “The goal is to go undefeated in the women’s class and also capture the overall win the in the morning class. The team is behind me 100% and I believe both goals are within reach.”
Next Event: May 26-27, 2012 – Masontown, WV
Overall Results XC1 Class –
Kailub Russell – KTM
Rory Mead – KTM
Takeshi Koikeda – KTM
Jesse Groemm – KTM
Overall Results XC2 Class –
Michael McGinnis – KTM
Zach Nolan – KTM
Steward Baylor – KTM
Overall Results Women’s Class –
Maria Forsberg – KTM
Ashley Crouch – KTM
Hannah Otto – KTM
Rachel Gutish – KTM
Samantha Steiner – KTM
Dawn Silvia – KTM
Overall Point Standings XC1 Class –
Kailub Russell – 147
Paul Whibley – 147
Charlie Mullins – 121
Overall Point Standings XC2 Class –
Steward Baylor – 161
Jason Thomas – 118
Jesse Robinson – 111
Overall Point Standings Women’s Class –
Maria Forsberg – 120