Without a doubt, the best race of the day took place in the XC2 Pro Lites class between Powersport Grafx team riders Kailub Russell and Cory Buttrick. The XC2 race started with Russell grabbing the $100 Thumpertalk.com holeshot award with his teammate Buttrick close on his heels. Buttrick and Russell quickly began to set a blistering pace, pulling away from the rest of the XC2 field and passing their way through the XC1 Pro class in the process. At the end of the first lap, the pair were over 20 seconds ahead of the 3rd place rider. Russell and Buttrick traded positions often, with Buttrick doing a lot of the leading and pace setting that pulled the teammates out to over a 2 minute lead by the end of the 4th lap.
On the 6th lap, disaster struck for Buttrick as mousse foam tube in his rear wheel became dislodged resulting in Buttrick being forced to exit the track, head to the pits, then return to the spot he left, dropping him out of the top-3 in the class. Cory put his head down and put on the charge of a lifetime on the last lap and ended up passing his way back into 2nd place with two turns left in the race. Russell was able to cruise into the finish for his 2nd victory of the season in the class. Russell finished the day in a season-best 6th place overall position and Buttrick came through in 8th place overall. Russell's finish secured him 3rd place in the overall season points, a mere 2 points behind 2nd.
Jordan Ashburn returned to GNCC racing aboard his KTM 450SXF and went immediately back to his winning ways in the Open A class. Jordan took a commanding win by over 4 minutes and led every lap except for the first. Ashburn's impressive ride landed him the day's Top Overall Amateur award with a 13th place overall finish. We would like to thank our sponsor partners: KTM, PowersportGrafx, KTM Hard Equipment, KTM Genuine Spare Parts, Pirelli, SCOTT goggles, Alpinestars, FMF, IMS products, Motorex, NGK, Synergy Seals, and CV4 products.
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