Fri. Apr 19th, 2019

2019 Camp Coker Bullet GNCC Race Report

FMF KTM Manufacturing facility Racing’s Kailub Russell turned the primary rider to attain a second win within the 2019 AmsOil Grand Nationwide Cross Nation Sequence by edging out Rockstar Power Husqvarna Manufacturing facility Racing’s Thad Duvall for the win on the Camp Coker Bullet GNCC at Moree’s Sportsman’s Protect in Society Hill, South Carolina. After 4 rounds, Russell has two wins, whereas Duvall and Tely Power Racing KTM’s Steward Baylor Jr. every have one.

The Camp Coker Bullet GNCC was an thrilling one, with Russell, Duvall, and Baylor battling for the lead throughout the early phases of the race. At one level, Baylor suffered issues and dropped off the tempo, however then charged to get proper again into the battle, shifting from sixth to second behind Russell, earlier than having issues once more. A tough rain early within the race proved to be a problem for the rivals, and compelled a lot of the discipline to cease for goggles on the primary lap.

“That rain was fairly gnarly there for some time,” Russell stated. “It appeared prefer it was raining fairly exhausting. It won’t have been, however going quick in it feels prefer it’s actually pounding on you, nevertheless it made the observe higher. [There were] quite a lot of strains.”

Russell sprinted out to the early lead however was not capable of shake Duvall, who stayed on the KTM rider’s rear fender for a lot of the race. Heading into the ultimate lap, Russell held the lead with Duvall in second and Baylor in third, whereas Rockstar Power Husqvarna Manufacturing facility Racing’s Trevor Bollinger and Babbitt’s/Monster Power/Kawasaki’s Josh Strang rounded out the highest 5.

“Kailub type of gapped me at first of the final lap,” Duvall stated. “I used to be capable of catch him when he type of acquired tied up with a lapper, after which it was on from there. It was a full-on dash.”

Duvall was lower than two bike lengths behind Russell heading into the ultimate few turns, however he was not shut sufficient to attempt to make a cross. Russell crossed the end with lower than a second benefit over Duvall.

“I put the hammer down throughout the first three laps or so and I attempted to see if I may get away, however after that we simply type of cruised as a result of he was staying with me,” Russell stated. “It was a brutal race, and it feels good to get the win.”

Duvall backed up his win from the earlier spherical with a stable runner-up end at Camp Coker. “Truly, I must be proud of second, however I’m just a bit disillusioned,” Duvall stated. “I felt like I put in a very good race. I simply wasn’t very comfy all day, so to get second is sweet.”

Baylor turned a number of the quickest laps of the afternoon en route to 3rd, however couldn’t shake the gremlins which have plagued him in 2019. “I’m not glad in any respect with my race,” Baylor stated. “We simply had extra points. I used to be taking part in catch-up all day. I had three gas stops, which is irritating. We want an even bigger tank. We simply had another points there on the finish. I’m not proud of it. We’re going to return again stronger subsequent time. I don’t like third.”

Bollinger spent a lot of the race alone in fourth. On the finish of three hours of racing, the North Carolina rider completed one step off the rostrum, a minute and a half behind Baylor. Strang rounded out the highest 5, whereas Path Jesters Racing KTM’s Ben Kelley remained good within the XC2 250 Professional class by claiming his fourth straight class win with a sixth total end.

Claiming his greatest end of the 12 months, Andrew Delong put his Phoenix Racing Honda into seventh total, simply 23 seconds forward of Coastal Racing Husqvarna-backed Layne Michael. Beta USA’s Mike Witkowski rounded out the highest 10 and completed second within the XC2 250 Professional division. Phoenix Racing Honda’s Austin Lee turned in a very good efficiency for 11th total and third within the XC2 250 Professional class.

Within the FMF XC3 125 Professional-Am class, Path Jesters KTM’s Jesse Ansley claimed the win over Beta USA’s Cody Barnes. Ansley was 14th total this weekend, whereas Barnes was second within the class with a 19th total end. Yamaha-mounted Anthony Federico was third within the class with a 30th total end.

FMF KTM Manufacturing facility Racing’s Josh Toth DNF’d the race and it was reported that he crashed and hit his head. With 4 rounds within the books, Russell sits atop the general collection standings, whereas Duvall sits 13 factors again in second. Third total belongs to Baylor, one other 10 factors again.

2019 Camp Coker Bullet GNCC General Outcomes

Place
Rider
Model
1
Kailub Russell
KTM
2
Thad Duvall
Husqvarna
three
Steward Baylor Jr.
KTM
four
Trevor Bollinger
Husqvarna
5
Josh Strang
Kawasaki
6
Ben Kelley
KTM
7
Andrew Delong
Honda
eight
Jordan Ashburn
Kawasaki
9
Layne Michael
Husqvarna
10
Mike Witkowski
Beta

2019 GNCC General Level Standings

Place
Rider
Model
Factors
1
Kailub Russell
KTM
110
2
Thad Duvall
Husqvarna
97
three
Steward Baylor Jr.
KTM
87
four
Trevor Bollinger
Husqvarna
80
5
Ben Kelley
KTM
62
6
Josh Strang
Kawasaki
59
7
Jordan Ashburn
Kawasaki
49
eight
Josh Toth
KTM
46
9
Mike Witkowski
Beta
43
 
Andrew Delong
Honda
43

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