Russell grabbed the holeshot at the start of the race but Buttrick was right behind him and passed for the lead as they rounded the first few turns. The two teammates continued to switch the lead position throughout the entire race. “Each lap we were waiting to see who it would be. Both riders had an extraordinary race today,” commented Shock Doctor/KTM Team Manager Antti Kallonen.
Buttrick was leading as the riders headed into their last lap and when the checkered flag flew Russell came out on top with Buttrick right behind in 2nd. KTM support rider Jake Korn finished an impressive 5th overall.
In the XC-2 class Kurt Caselli got a great start rounding the first turn in 2nd place. His teammate, Nate Kanney, had trouble getting his KTM fired right away and was back a bit further in 9th position. By the end of the first lap Kanney had already passed up to 5th place. Caselli got a banner caught in his wheel and had to pull over to get in untangled. When he reentered the track he was outside of the top ten. Kanney soon passed another rider to move into 4th. Unfortunately, right before the halfway point, Kanney hit a tree head on and waited before remounting to make sure he was okay. He continued to try to race for a while longer but eventually pulled off for further evaluation. Caselli charged forward and finished 6th.
Next Event: Snowshoe, WV June 27-28, 2009
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