Sign of the  Lap Times: GNCC

Sign of the Lap Times: GNCC

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With one of the most closely contested points battles in XC1 Class history coming down the stretch run, massive crowds embarked on Powerline Park in St. Clairsville, Ohio for round twelve of the Can-Am Grand National Cross Series (GNCC). Points leader Charlie Mullins had built a 17-point lead over defending champion Josh Strang, with Paul Whibley trying to stay within striking distance—25 points down—and 30 points are available for a race win. But this round would belong to XC1 rookie Kailub Russell. After getting around Mullins on the second lap—due to Mullins stalling his bike—Russell would cruise home to his first career XC1 overall, with Mullins recovering to finish second, and extending his points lead in the process.

With Russell spoiling the championship party—and Mullins running a clear-cut second—the battle for championship hopes was raging between Strang and Whibley, with Thad DuVall playing the role of spoiler. The three would bang bars all race long with DuVall and Whibley bringing the ruckus all the way to the final corner with Whibley getting pushed out wide and colliding head first into a small tree. Whibley would recover to outlast Strang, but lost valuable championship points with his fourth place finish. Mullins now holds a 26-point lead over Strang and a 32-point lead over Whibley with just three rounds remaining.

In the XC2 Pro Lites class Jordan Ashburn’s three-race winning streak came to a halt as points leader Steward Baylor Jr. lead start to finish to extend his already commanding points lead. Ashburn would finish second with Jason Thomas rounding out the podium.

Now onto the lap charts, brought to you by Motion Pro, to see how it all broke down.

GNCC
XC1 Pro Class

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Rider
1 1
24:22.516
5
Kailub Russell
2
3 24:30.036 7
Thad DuVall
3 4 24:37.609 5
Paul Whibley
4 2 24:44.047 2
Charlie Mullins
5 5 24:48.875 6
Josh Strang
6 11 25:01.140 2
Cory Buttrick
7 6 25:32.828 2
Jimmy Jarrett
8
7 25:38.360 4
Mike Lafferty
9 9 25:42.281 2
Jesse Robinson
10 10 25:44.500 2
Scott Watkins
11 7
25:46.204 2
Mike Lafferty
12 13 26:25.032 3
Jedediah Haines
13 12
26:49.171 2
Eric Bailey


XC2 Pro Lites Class

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Rider
1 1 25:14.828 2 Steward Baylor Jr
2
2
25:33.734 2 Jordan Ashburn
3 5
25:44.703 2 Andrew Delong
4 6
25:48.219 2 Morgan Moss
5 3
25:52.953 2 Jason Thomas
6 13
26:06.625 2 Ted Mullins
7 4
26:10.250 2 Rory Mead
8
8
26:36.203 2 AJ Stewart
9 17
26:36.328 2 Cody Gragg
10 7
26:43.031 2 Nick Davis
11 15
26:51.891 3 Ryan Echols
12 9
26:53.797 2 Steven Squire
13 18
27:01.750 3 Zack Nolan
14 10
27:05.672 2 Ryan Lojak
15 12
27:20.657 2 Michael McGinnis
16 11
27:42.282 3 Zach Smith
17 14
29:03.453 2 Trevor Cobb
18 16
29:31.219 4 Jared Jordan
19 19
34:31.093 2 David Kilgore

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Russell would set the fastest lap of the day en route to his first career victory
Photo: Shan Moore

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