Kailub Russell wins GNCC as Josh Strang salvages sixth

Mackenzie Tricker and  Tayla Jones claim WXC class podiums in South Carolina.

The 2016 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series presented by Maxxis, an AMA National Championship, continued today, with the Inaugural CST Tires Camp Coker Bullet GNCC at Moree’s Hunting Preserve.

The new venue located in Society Hill, South Carolina, was an instant hit among racers and fans, but the lighting storm also made quite the impression forcing the race being cut short to two hours to accommodate the deteriorating track that quickly became impassable with the substantial amount of rain that occurred prior to the start.

The GNCC Track Crew worked diligently to completely re-route the race track for the pro race and once the flag flew on the grueling six-lap race it was FMF/KTM Factory Racing’s Kailub Russell who landed on the middle of the box and took home the inaugural win.

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing/Bel-Ray’s Josh Strang jumped out to the early lead, however fell to the back of the pack after getting stuck in a mud hole. He’d eventually finish sixth, one spot ahead of fellow Australian Daniel Milner (N-Fab/AmPro Yamaha).

Obermeyer/MCS Racing Suzuki/Kenda/Fly Racing’s Makenzie Tricker would make a last minute pass on Bonzi/RideMPS.com/Yamaha-backed Brooke Cosner to claim the WXC and overall win, with Cosner holding the second place position. After leading the first lap of the race, N-Fab/AmPro Yamaha’s Tayla Jones rounded out the top three.

The 2016 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series resumes 14-15 May with the Limestone 100 GNCC in Springville, Indiana.