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Kailub Russell Claims Win at GNCC Season Ender | News

Factory Racing’s Kailub Russell stood atop the podium and earned his 47th career overall win, making him the all-time winningest bike GNCC rider, at the final round of the 2017 series in Indiana.

It was N-Fab/AmPro Yamaha’s Ricky Russell who snagged the $250 All Balls Racing Holeshot Award once the race started, but K Russell quickly stole the lead and headed into the woods in first. R Russell wasn’t ready to settle for second and took back the lead after K Russell made a small bobble.

After a three-round hiatus due to injury, all eyes were on Rockstar Energy/Factory Husqvarna Racing’s Thad Duvall who had worked his way into third. When the Russell duo reached Twin Hills they were wheel-to-wheel and had a small gap on Duvall.

R Russell was the first to check into timing and scoring, with K Russell not even a second behind him. K Russell worked his way back to the front again during the mid-way point of the second lap, but R Russell remained in the hunt and kept K Russell honest.

Kailub Russell

Duvall secured the second place position on the third lap and the top three contenders became a little more distant until the last lap when Duvall turned up the competition level. Unfortunately, he couldn’t make the pass on K Russell who ended up claiming the last win of the season. This victory marked K Russell’s 47th career win, breaking Scott Summers bike all-time wins record.

Although he finished as the runner-up, Duvall’s comeback ride provided that he will be back in full force next year as he makes his bid for the title. R Russell rounded out the top three overall. Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4/ Husqvarna’s Grant Baylor had one of his best rides of the season, where he narrowly missed the podium in fourth, and Josh Strang raced his Rockstar Energy/Factory Husqvarna Racing-backed machine into the top five.

“I’ve worked super hard up until this point, and I have a lot of people around me,” said five-time GNCC champion, Kailub Russell. “It’s just the attitude that I bring to the race track that allows me to be so successful and never give up. To take the most wins away from Scott [Summers] is pretty awesome. I grew up watching those guys race so it’s pretty surreal.”

“I’m a little disappointed in second, because I thought I had the win in me,” explained Duvall. “It took me a couple laps to get going, I was pretty timid with my wrist at first. I haven’t ridden that pace for a couple months now, but once I got going I just kind of stayed even.”

Thad Duvall

XC1 Open Pro Event Results:

1. Kailub Russell (KTM)
2. Thad Duvall (HSQ)
3. Ricky Russell (YAM)
4. Grant Baylor (HSQ)
5. Josh Strang (HSQ)

*Overall National Championship Standings:
1. Kailub Russell (320)
2. Thad Duvall (227)
3. Ricky Russell (220)
4. Steward Baylor (207)
5. Josh Toth (192)
6. Grant Baylor (180)
7. Trevor Bollinger (152)
8. Craig Delong (141)
9. Layne Michael (140)
10. Josh Strang (130)