GNCC Bike XC2 Series – Round 3 Morganton, NC

FMF/KTM rider Kailub Russell dominated the XC2 class and finished an impressive 3rd place in the overall standings at the FMF Steele Creek GNCC.

The XC2 class was the talk of the day as FMF/KTM rider and reigning XC2 Champion, Kailub Russell dominated the class to take home the win and an impressive 3rd place finish in the overall standings. Russell started the race in 2nd place behind Jason Thomas. Within the first two laps the riders battled close to one another. After the first pit stop, Russell was able to make the pass stick and started to pull away from Thomas. On lap 3, Russell turned the fastest lap time of the entire race. “I felt great today and I seemed to ride better as the race progressed,” stated Russell. “I had a strong ride and am glad to be back on top.”

Russell’s XC2 teammate, Steward Baylor, is improving each week. He started within the top five and raced there the majority of the day. He suffered one crash which dropped him to 6th but he was able to work his way back up to 4th by the end of the race. “I am improving each round. I have struggled with crashes at the first three rounds, but I think once I keep it on two wheels I can definitely land on the podium,” remarked Baylor.
Results
POS. RIDER MANUFACT. NAT.
1 1 Kailub Russell KTM
2 7 Jason Thomas Yamaha
3 10 Scott Watkins Kawasaki
4 538 Steward Baylor KTM
5 13 Jesse Robinson KTM
Standings
POS. RIDER MANUFACT. NAT. POINTS
1 1 Kailub Russell KTM 81
2 7 Jason Thomas Yamaha 80
3 13 Jesse Robinson KTM 62
4 538 Steward Baylor KTM 50
5 10 Scott Watkins Kawasaki 49
Next Event: Union, SC – April 10-11, 2010

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