Round six, the Dunlop High Point GNCC, of the 2020 Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series presented by Specialized, an AMA National Championship, concluded on Sunday, June 14 at High Point Raceway in Pennsylvania.
After seven laps and three-hours of racing it was FMF/KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Kailub Russell earning the overall win by 11.5 seconds. Russell just missed out on grabbing the XC1 holeshot, but wasted no time moving into lead as riders into the woods.
Russell maintained his lead for the duration of the race, clinching his fifth overall win of the season.
Starting at the back of the pack on lap one, Babbitt‰Ûªs Online/Monster Energy Kawasaki‰Ûªs Josh Strang was on a mission to get to the front and battle for another win. Strang made the necessary passes and moved into second place on the fourth lap; however Strang ran out of time to close the gap between Russell and himself.
After six rounds of racing, Strang sits 28 points behind Russell in the National Championship points standings.
FMF/KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Ben Kelley returned to racing after suffering a shoulder injury at the start of the season. Kelley made his way across the finish line in third overall after battling for the full length of the three-hour race. With his shoulder injury in the past, Kelley will be looking to battle at the front of the pack for the rest of the season.
Earning fourth overall at High Point was Babbitt‰Ûªs Online/Monster Energy Kawasaki‰Ûªs Jordan Ashburn. Ashburn has been having a great season, and currently sits third in the points standings.