GNCC Bike XC2 Series – Round 11 Lafayette, TN

Up, from the result of two class wins by XC2 rider Kailub Russell and Women’s rider Maria Forsberg but down after Nathan Kanney crashed hard effectively ending his season.

In the XC2 class, Russell, the current point’s leader and reigning Champion, was given the chance to prove just why he is the top rider in this class. Russell started near last after not being able to start his bike on the line and came up through the pack in an impressive manner. By the second lap, Russell had taken over the lead and never looked back. Russell would go on to take his seventh win this season and finish 5th overall in the combined results. Russell now leads the series by 22 points with two rounds left.

Russell’s younger teammate, Steward Baylor, had the early lead on the the first lap. While in the lead the 16 year-old rider crashed resulting in a broken brake pedal. Baylor returned to the pits to get it repaired and reentered the race in almost dead last. He came through the pack with amazing speed and was able to move up to 4th position. On the final lap, Baylor began to reel in 3rd place rider Jason Thomas. Baylor was all over him on the final section just barely missing out on the podium position. Baylor crossed the line in 4th place just 3 seconds behind Thomas.

Overall Results XC2 Class
1. Kailub Russell – KTM
2. Jesse Robinson – KTM
3. Jason Thomas
4. Steward Baylor – KTM
5. Scott Watkins
6. Dustin Gibson – KTM
7. Nick Davis – KTM
8. Zach Nolan – KTM
Overall XC2 Point Standings
1. Kailub Russell – 283
2. Jason Thomas – 261
3. Jesse Robinson – 236
4. Scott Watkins – 205
5. Steward Baylor – 180

RPM/KTM rider, Forsberg, was up first in the morning Women’s class. In typical fashion, she once again dominated the race. She earned her 10th win this season after crossing the finish line in 1st place 8 minutes ahead of her next closest competitor! Needless to say, Forsberg has secured the Championship in that class after 10 of 11 race wins.

Overall Results Women’s Class
1. Maria Forsberg – KTM
2. Mandi Mastin
3. Ashley Crouch
4. Leeann Bange
5. Samantha Steiner – KTM
6. Kelly Hall – KTM
7. Dawn Silvia – KTM
8. Veronica Martin – KTM
Overall Women’s Standings
1. Maria Forsberg – 160
2. Mandi Mastin – 152
3. Ashley Crouch – 141
4. Leeann Bange – 141
5. Samantha Steiner – 127

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