By: GNCC Racing
MORGANTOWN, W.Va (June 9, 2016) – The Second Annual Dunlop Tomahawk GNCC will take place this weekend, June 11-12, at the Seneca Highlands in Odessa, N.Y. This race serves as round eight of the 2016 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series presented by Maxxis, an AMA National Championship.
FMF/KTM Factory Racing’s Kailub Russell heads into this weekend with a five-race winning streak behind him and, while he will strive to add another win to his resume, the defending champion reports that he’s never been able to get past a five-race streak.
“I’ve never made it six in a row,” said Russell. “Number five has always been the hump to get over, so I think the last three years I’ve won five in a row, but never six. It’s time we go home and do some homework and come out prepared.”
One rider who will attempt to capitalize on Russell’s comment is Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing/Bel-Ray’s Josh Strang. Although Strang only completed one lap at the inaugural Tomahawk GNCC, the 2010 champion is eager to earn valuable points toward this year’s National Championship where he sits ranked second.
“Unfortunately I was only able to do one lap at the Tomahawk GNCC last year,” said Strang. “It was pretty dry, but still pretty fun. I’m not sure what the weather will be like, but we’ll see how it is and it would be good to get a win there considering I didn’t really get to race it last year.”
Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4 Arrive-N-Ride Team’s Thad Duvall travels to New York sitting ninth in points, but Duvall has slowly been climbing up the points scale after having a rough start to his season. With three podiums behind him, the West Virginia native is eager to earn his first win of the season.
“We’re heading into New York this weekend and I really liked the track last year,” said Duvall. “I actually led over half of the race last year until I lost my brakes. It’s somewhat gnarly and rocky there and those are conditions I excel in, so it should be a good race.”
Westfield Powersports KTM Presented by Moose Racing’s Jordan Ashburn moves into this round ranked fifth in points with SRT/KTM/Kenda Tires’ Steward Baylor Jr. behind him by only nine points. Both riders will be aiming for a podium finish, and their recent results prove that they will be top contenders on Saturday.
After a three-round hiatus, Coastal Racing/Rockstar/Husqvarna’s Ryan Sipes will be making his return to the GNCC circuit after fully recovering from a finger injury, which required surgery. Before his injury, Sipes had ridden some impressive races where he hadn’t finished outside of the top 10, and in 2015 Sipes found himself on the podium at the inaugural Tomahawk GNCC. The Kentucky native will look to repeat his success again this year.
Obermeyer/MCS Racing Suzuki/Kenda/Fly Racing’s Ricky Russell finished just off the podium in fourth at the previous round. Russell has a couple of All Balls Racing Holeshot Awards behind him this year, but is still searching for his first podium.
Sunday’s race schedule is as follows: youth bike racing begins at 8 a.m., followed by amateurs and women at 10 a.m. and pros and top amateurs at 1 p.m.
Adult (12+) gate admission is $20 for the full weekend and $10 for kids (6-11), with kids five and under free. Gate admission includes pro pit access and pro autographs at no additional charge. Camping will be available to racers only.
This weekend is co-sanctioned with WNYOA, a series that produces local racing events in New York, and will ultimately bring out a full slate of local racers. All local racers are invited to compete at this event, as GNCC Racing offers classes for riders of all skill and experience levels. The amateur race entry fee is $40 and riders can sign up at the track.
For a complete schedule of the weekend’s activities, please visit the Dunlop Tomahawk GNCC event page on the series website by clicking here.
Tune into RacerTV.com on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET to catch LIVE coverage of the Pro Bike race. For more information on GNCC Live coverage, visit www.racertv.com.