Rockstar Energy/Factory Husqvarna Racing’s Josh Strang jumped out to the early lead grabbing his third $250 All Balls Racing Holeshot Award of the year. N-Fab/AmPro Yamaha’s Ricky Russell accompanied Strang as they headed out of the first turn Strang’s teammate, Thad Duvall, also got off to a favorable start and made his way to the lead position by the two-mile mark. Duvall continued charging where he began to pull a gap on Strang and R Russell.
Russell made the pass for second on the Camp Coker motocross track, and by this time K Russell wasn’t far behind the podium contenders. Strang would also lose another position in the sand rollers to K Russell who was moving through the pack quick. By the conclusion of the second lap K Russell sat in second while Duvall maintained control of the lead. Duvall and K Russell maintained a consistent 20 second gap between themselves on the second lap, while R Russell found himself in a heated battle with Beta USA’s Jordan Ashburn. Before long, SRT/KTM’s Steward Baylor also found himself in the mix with R Russell and Ashburn. R Russell succumbd to the pressure of Ashburn in the final second of the moto track. With a semi-clear path, Ashburn began to separate himself from Baylor who now rode in fourth.
K Russell began to gain on Duvall around the mid-way point of the race after the dup both stopped for a regular pit stop. With much of the focus on Duvall and K Russell, Baylor managed to slide his way into a podium position and begin to make up for lost time.Once the two-lap board was out, Duvall and K Russell were rubbing plastic as they approached the pro pits. K Russell made the pass for the lead, but pulled in his pit for a splash of gas, while Duvall neglected to stop where he took back over the lead.With only four miles remaining in the race, K Russell stole the lead away from Duvall. After leading the past six laps, Duvall didn’t stop the fight until disaster struck and he ran out of gas on the motocross track. A KTM crew member was quick to help Duvall and he was back on-track before Baylor could catch up.
Duvall rode the next mile until approaching his team members who gave him another quick fill up to get him through the rest of the course. After following Duvall the whole race, K Russell crossed the finish line in a champion fashion, taking his fourth-straight overall win. Duvall and Baylor rounded out the overall podium.
“It was a good day, I just wasn’t flowing at the beginning, those guys gapped me in the first lap and a half and once I got to second I knew I was going to have my work cut out for me, but I just put my head down and kept charging,” said K Russell. “I went to work all day, chipped away at it and never gave up. Thad was riding well so it’s going to be an interesting rest of the season for sure. These guys are keeping me on my toes and making me strive a little harder so it’s time to raise the bar again and it’s time to get better.”
The XC2 250 Pro division saw some of the closest racing action all day. In the end it would be the N-Fab/AmPro Yamaha rider Josh Toth taking his fifth win of the season. Solid Performance KTM’s Jesse Groemm made his way back to the podium in second, and Coastal Racing/Husqvarna’s Craig Delong worked his way from outside the top ten to round out the overall podium in third.
The FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am class podium had a shake-up with Jason Thomas taking the top spot on the box. Thomas excelled under pressure from Coastal Racing/Husqvarna and current points leader Jack Edmondson who had to settle for second. SRT/KTM’s Mark Heresco Jr. followed in third. Cody Barnes finished 23rd overall along with his 250 A class win, a result that was good enough to earn him the top amateur honors.
The WXC class made a clean sweep for the overall podium in the 10 a.m. race. Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4/Husqvarna’s Tayla Jones remains undefeated with five wins. Fly Racing/Maxxis/Seat Concepts/KTM’s Becca Sheets and Trail Jesters/KTM’s Mackenzie Tricker rounded out the overall podium.
The first race of the day was the 8 a.m. youth division where Zack Davidson took his fifth-straight overall win after chasing down Peyton Whipkey who finished second. Super Mini Jr. (12-13) class winner Michael Beeler Jr. followed with third overall.
Photos K Hill.
XC1 Open Pro Event Results:
Kailub Russell (KTM) Thad Duvall (HSQ) Steward Baylor (KTM) Ricky Russell (YAM) Josh Strang (HSQ) Jordan Ashburn (BET) Grant Baylor (HSQ) Russell Bobbitt (KTM) Ryan Sipes (HSQ) Trevor Bollinger (HON)
Kailub Russell (145) Steward Baylor (114) Thad Duvall (100) Ricky Russell (75) Josh Toth (74) Trevor Bollinger (57) Jordan Ashburn (56) Russell Bobbitt (54) Grant Baylor (53) Josh Strang (46)
XC2 250 Pro Event Results:
Josh Toth (YAM) Jesse Groemm (KTM) Craig Delong (HSQ) Layne Michael (HSQ) Mike Witkowski (KTM) Ben Kelley (KTM) Zack Hayes (KTM) Dylan Macritchie (KTM) Trevor Barrett (YAM) Brendan Riordan (YAM) XC2 250 Pro Series Standings:
Josh Toth (140) Craig Delong (101) Mike Witkowski (92) Jesse Groemm (92) Layne Michael (92) Austin Lee (68) Zack Hayes (67) Ben Kelley (63) Trevor Barrett (48) Sam Evans (41) FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am Event Results:
Jason Thomas (HSQ) Jack Edmondson (HSQ) Mark Heresco Jr. (KTM) Devan Welch (YAM) Hunter Neuwirth (HSQ) Josh Adkins (YAM) Jaryn Williams (YAM) FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am Points Standings:
Jack Edmondson (145) Jason Thomas (126) Mark Heresco Jr. (91) Hunter Neuwirth (86) Paul Whibley (67) Jaryn Williams (65) Josh Adkins (58) Devan Welch (45) Dustin Gibson (43) Nate Smith (29)