The seventh round of the 2016 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) series presented by Maxxis, an AMA National Championship, took place today, May 29, with The 27th Annual Wiseco John Penton GNCC at the popular Sunday Creek Raceway in Millfield, Ohio.
Some of the world's fastest off-road racers were put to the test facing hot and humid race conditions, but at the end of the grueling three-hour race FMF/KTM Factory Racing's Kailub Russell would find himself in the middle of the box further extending his win streak to five-in-a-row.
Once the green flag waved to signify the start of the 1 p.m. Pro race, Russell would find himself in the lead grabbing the $250 All Balls Racing Holeshot Award and leading the way into the Ohio woods. Russell would maintain the lead as he checked in to timing and scoring for the first time, with Westfield Powersports KTM Presented by Moose Racing's Jordan Ashburn and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing/Bel-Ray's Josh Strang behind him in second and third.
However, it would not take long for the defending champion to recover and take back over the lead by the time the second lap concluded. Once Russell was back into the lead he slowly began to pull away, leaving a battle for second between Strang and Ashburn that would last through the second lap until Strang was able to clear the way and set his sights on Russell, who by that time had a fairly large gap on the rest of the field.