MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (June 18, 2015) – The 2015 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series presented by Maxxis, an AMA National Championship, heads to Snowshoe Mountain Resort for the AMSOIL Snowshoe GNCC this weekend, June 20-21. The ninth round serves as a pinnacle moment in the 13-race championship as it is one last chance for riders to build confidence before heading into the two-month summer break. For Factory FMF/KTM racer and current points leader Kailub Russell, momentum hasn’t been a problem this season as the defending champion looks to notch his eighth win of the season.
The Snowshoe GNCC is the roughest, most spectacular and most unique race on the entire GNCC circuit, as the race is set in the upscale ski village at West Virginia’s largest ski resort, Snowshoe Mountain. However, with all the beauty that Snowshoe has to offer, there are a whole slew of obstacles to keep racers on their toes. Deep mud bogs, massive tree roots and hills are enough to stop almost everyone.
This season Russell will attempt to become the second person to win three consecutive bike championships since Scott Summers dominated from 1990-1992. Russell made history last year by becoming the next back-to-back champion on the bike since the UK’s David Knight in 2008 and 2009, and the next American-born champion to win back-to-back championships since Rodney Smith in 2001 and 2002.
There are just five rounds remaining in the 2015 season, and a hard-charging field of competitors looking to stand atop the center of the podium. Russell has been a dominating force this season, winning all but one race so far, but as everyone knows anything can happen at the AMSOIL Snowshoe GNCC.
N-Fab AmPro Yamaha’s Grant Baylor has had quite the season, finishing as high as second and as low as 10th. Baylor has run up front with Russell and swapped positions more than once with the current points leader. Baylor currently sits second in the points championship, but is looking to earn his first overall win in the XC1 Pro class.
JCR Honda’s Chris Bach got his first taste of winning this season at round six in New York. Bach has had his ups and downs this season, but will be looking to run up front again and earn that spot in the center of the podium.
Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4/FAR’s Thad DuVall will look to earn the overall win this weekend in front of his hometown crowd. After some bad luck at rounds four and six, DuVall currently holds the fifth-place position in the point standings, just two points behind Sipes. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Josh Strang was plagued with a shoulder injury, causing him to ride cautiously at round six and eight and ultimately sit out round seven. Strang looks to be gaining his strength back each weekend and even captured the XC1 All Balls Racing Holeshot award at the Wiseco John Penton just two weeks ago.
Youth bike racing takes place Sunday at 8 a.m., followed by amateurs and Women at 10 a.m., while the top amateurs and pros race at 1 p.m. Local racers are invited to compete at this event, as GNCC Racing offers classes for riders of all skill and experience levels. The amateur racer entry fee is $40 and riders can sign up at the track.
Adult (12+) gate admission is $25 for the full weekend and $15 for kids (6-11). Kids five and under are free. All admission includes a ski-lift ticket. For more information on the series, please visit www.gnccracing.com.
Tune into RacerTV.com on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET to catch LIVE coverage of the Pro Bike race at Round 9. For more information on GNCC Live coverage, visit www.racertv.com. A highlight show featuring the event will air on NBC Sports Network on Saturday, November 21 at 5:00 p.m.