Washington, GA – Factory FMF/KTM rider and the reigning GNCC champion, Kailub Russell, took a hard fought win at the second round of the GNCC Series on a very slick and muddy course dubbed “The General.”
The reigning champion had his share of difficulties at the opening round of the series a week prior finishing a disappointing 14th overall. He more than made up for it at the second round of the series, where he once again came from behind, but this time to take the win.
Russell was dead last off the start line but quickly made his way through the pack to move into 5th place by the end of the first lap. His teammate, and the winner of the first round, Charlie Mullins, was alongside him in the battle up front sitting in 2nd place. The top five riders battled it out for the next few laps swapping the lead each time one rider stopped for goggles or got stuck in a mud hole allowing the others to get by.
“It was such a mess out there,” stated Russell. “The rainfall caused standing water and mud all over the track so it was almost impossible to read lines. I tried to ride a smart race in order to make as few mistakes as possible which ended up paying off in the end.”
Mullins led for the second and third laps before he got stuck on the fourth lap of the race. He lost a lot of time after he got stuck which dropped him back to 5th place in his class. That allowed Russell to move ahead out front. Russell went on to lead the final two laps of the race to take the win by only a 4 second margin over XC2 Pro Lites rider Grant Baylor. The KTM support rider and reigning XC2 Pro Lites champion, put together a tremendous ride through the mud-covered course to nearly overall the race. He won his class by an impressive margin and finished 2nd overall for the day.
His older brother, Steward Baylor, was not as fortunate. Baylor got stuck in the mud on the last lap and fell back a few positions to finish the race in 8th place. Mullins was able to hang on to 5th place in his class and 6th in the overall score. After two rounds, Mullins still holds the points lead over Paul Whibley in second and Russell in third.
Next Event: Morganton, NC – March 29-30, 2014
Overall Results (XC1 Pro and XC2 Pro Lites combined) –
1. Kailub Russell – KTM
2. Grant Baylor – KTM
3. Jordan Ashburn
4. Paul Whibley
5. Josh Strang
6. Charlie Mullins – KTM
7. Rory Mead – KTM
8. Steward Baylor – KTM
9. Chris Bach
10. Trevor Bollinger
Overall Point Standings XC1 Pro Class –
1. Charlie Mullins – 45
2. Paul Whibley – 43
3. Kailub Russell – 37
Overall Point Standings XC2 Pro Lites Class –
1. Rory Mead – 55
2. Grant Baylor – 45
3. Ricky Russell – 43