MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (June 7, 2015) – After working his way through the XC1 Pro ATV pack on Saturday, N-Fab/AmPro Yamaha/Maxxis/Lonestar’s Walker Fowler came from behind to claim his fourth win at round eight of the 2015 AMOSIL Grand National Cross Country Series presented by Maxxis, an AMA National Championship, while reigning XC1 Pro Bike champion Kailub Russell led the three-hour race from start to finish en route to his seventh win of the season,
In XC1 Pro ATV racing, Fowler currently holds the second-place position in the points championship, and now sits 22 points behind current points leader CST/PirateMX.com/LSR/DeRisi/Tireblocks/SG’s Adam McGill. McGill didn’t have the start he was looking for, crashed in the first turn and headed into the woods deep in the XC1 Pro ATV pack.
Bithell Racing/Maxxis/Precision’s Chris Bithell earned another $250 AMSOIL Holeshot Award, and led the pack into the woods. He held the lead for the first two laps of the race before falling to the pressure of Fowler, and suffering a mechanical issue on lap four that caused him to drop back to position 12 for the remaining laps.
Fowler pulled away from the rest of the XC1 Pro pack, holding the lead for the last half of the race and taking the checkers after five laps. McGill crossed the finish in second place, 31 seconds after Fowler, followed by Maxxis/B.Neal Motorsports’ Brycen Neal. Neal started the race in sixth, and worked his way through the pack ultimately passing Team Maxxis’ Chris Borich on the last lap.
Showhauler/Maxxis/Cycle Barn’s Landon Wolfe had his best finish of the season with a fourth in XC1. Wolfe started the race in seventh and worked his way through the pack to fourth on the last lap. Borich crossed the line in fifth after working his way up from an eighth-place start. He appeared to have some difficulties on the last lap, dropping two positions before the checkered flag.
Fasttrax/Wolf Racing’s Brian Wolf finished in sixth place, while GBC/Yamaha/HMF’s Johnny Gallagher finished in seventh. Maxxis/BNR/Moose’s Josh Merritt, JMR/ATVRiders.com’s Jarrod McClure and BNR/GBC’s Kevin Yoho rounded out the XC1 Pro top 10.
In the XC2 ATV Pro Am class, N-Fab/AmPro Yamaha/Maxxis/Lonestar’s Cole Richardson continued his dominance at the Wiseco John Penton GNCC. RYCO Racing’s Cody Collier had another impressive ride in Ohio, finishing second in XC2 and 11th overall. Coastal/Waynesburg Yamaha’s Blake Tornes had his best finish of his season with a third in the XC2 and a 14th overall.
In XC1 Pro Bike racing, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Josh Strang was on the gas as the green flag flew, grabbing the $250 All Balls Racing XC1 Holeshot Award before falling back on lap four for a 12th-place finish. Factory FMF/KTM’s Kailub Russell was close in tow coming into the second corner, and made the move into the lead during the opening lap.
AirGroup/Rockstar Energy/Husqvarna’s Ryan Sipes followed Russell for a second-place finish.
The excitement came just behind Russell and Sipes as N-Fab AmPro Yamaha’s Grant Baylor and Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4/FAR’s Thad DuVall made a charge through the pack. DuVall battled with Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Andrew DeLong on laps two through four before making the pass stick on lap five. DuVall set his sights on Baylor during the last two laps, pressuring him all the way to the flag. Baylor crossed the finish one second ahead of DuVall.
DeLong captured fifth for the day. Not far behind was N-Fab AmPro Yamaha’s Jordan Ashburn, who captured the sixth-place position, followed by Moto-Tech KTM’s Steward Baylor in seventh. JCR Honda’s Chris Bach came in eighth, while HR Motorsports/Honda’s Takeshi Koikeda came in ninth. Maxxis/Fly/Factory Connection’s Chris Douglas rounded out the top 10.
In XC2 Pro Bike Lites, Husqvarna Support Rider Craig DeLong grabbed the $100 Hot Cams Holeshot Award and was first to head into the woods. As the XC2 riders finished the race, ATV*MC/KR4/FAR’s Nick Davis captured his third victory of the season. DirtWise/Maxxis/KLIM’s Jason Thomas finished the race 21 second behind Davis, earning second place, followed by Raines Riding University/Atlas Yamaha/OffRoadViking.com’s Ricky Russell in third. XC2 rookie, DeLong crossed the line in fourth followed by MCS Racing Callan May, who earned his best finish of the season with a fifth-place result.
The 2015 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series resumes June 20-21 with the AMSOIL Snowshoe in Snowshoe, W.Va. For more information on the series, visit www.gnccracing.com.