The 2016 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) series presented by Maxxis, an AMA National Championship, continued today, June 12, with the Second Annual Dunlop Tomahawk GNCC.
Racers and fans from across the world converged in Odessa, New York to witness Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing/Bel-Ray's Josh Strang claim the coveted win.
When the green flag waved SRT/KTM/Kenda Tires' Cory Buttrick found himself getting a quick jump off the line and earning the $250 All Balls Racing Holeshot Award, but it wouldn't take long for Strang to transition in the lead as they entered the woods.
Meanwhile, FMF/KTM Factory Racing's Kailub Russell and Westfield Powersports KTM Presented by Moose Racing's Jordan Ashburn both struggled to get off the start and were buried toward the back of the pack.
Strang continued to hold onto the lead as they checked through timing and scoring for the first time after a quick lap. Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4 Arrive-N-Ride Team's Thad Duvall and FMF/KTM Factory Racing's Russell Bobbitt trailed in second and third.
The dusty conditions began to take their toll when Duvall faced an unfortunate situation in an open field section when he was clotheslined by a string that was marking a turn. This incident put Duvall back into eleventh.