Union, S.C. (April 16, 2012) – It’s no longer a matter of earning stripes for Super B rider Kailub Russell, who locked down his third consecutive XC1 Pro class victory at Sunday’s VP Racing Fuels Big Buck GNCC, one of the most rugged stops on the 13-race circuit.
Russell has already proven he’s got what it takes to hang with former GNCC champs Charlie Mullins (2011) and Paul Whibley (2009); but after growing up through the GNCC youth ranks, the 22-year-old is quickly becoming the rider to beat in the 2012 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series.
Russell put a sizeable gap between himself and the Mullins/Whibley battle about midway through the three-hour race and he especially turned it up as the two-lap card fell. And that’s when the major twists started to take place for Mullins and Whibley, as they took turns getting stuck in the mud hole on the final two laps. Russell capitalized on their mistakes to extend his lead even more, as he seemed to have ridden a nearly flawless race through the rough and tumble South Carolina obstacles.
“Paul and Charlie kept me honest out there today and have been riding awesome all year, that’s why you’ve seen us all up here every weekend,” Russell said. “I’ve been putting in the work and it’s really starting to pay off, so I couldn’t be happier.”
Whibley was able to best Mullins once again for second place and the defending champ came through about a minute later for the final podium position.
“I actually went down in the 3.5 mud hole two laps in a row at the end,” said Mullins. “It was definitely a mistake on my part and I’m pretty frustrated, but we’ll come back next round and make up for it.”
Shenandoah Honda/Offroadchampion’s Thad DuVall put in another solid ride to capture fourth place, just shy of landing his first podium appearance this season. After riding Yamahas for so long, DuVall is finally becoming comfortable on his Honda 450 and the consistency is bringing him to the front more than ever before.
Round five of the 2012 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series heads to Park City, Kentucky, April 28 and 29 for The Can-Am Mammoth GNCC.
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XC1 Pro Results:
1 Kailub Russell (KTM)
2 Paul Whibley (YAM)
3 Charlie Mullins (KTM)
4 Thad DuVall (HON)
5 Rory Mead (KTM)
6 Garrett Edmisten (KAW)
7 Cory Buttrick (KTM)
8 Jimmy Jarrett (HON)
9 Jordan Ashburn (YAM)
10 Nathan Kanney (HON)