New Berlin, New York was jam-packed with America's fastest off-road racers as they competed in the 13th Annual Parts Unlimited Unadilla GNCC at the famous Unadilla MX this weekend, Sunday, September 10.
At the end of the three-hour race, it was FMF/KTM Factory Racing's Kailub Russell claiming the win at the tenth round of the 43rd Annual AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series presented by Maxxis, an AMA National Championship.
With anticipation at an all-time high with the return of racing after a two-month "summer break" hiatus, it was N-Fab/AmPro Yamaha's Ricky Russell rocketing off the start to claim the $250 All Balls Racing Holeshot Award. Even though FMF/KTM Factory Racing's Russell Bobbitt was second through the holeshot, it would be Beta USA's Jordan Ashburn in the runner-up position as they entered the woods.
As the group settled into pace on the first lap, R Russell continue to lead with pressure from Coastal Racing/Husqvarna's Ryan Sipes. Throughout the remainder of the first lap they continued swapping positions, but when they checked through scoring for the first time it was R Russell accredited with the lead. K Russell was in third after working his way through the pack after getting a bad start.
The FMF Powerpoint came to be the biggest obstacle of the race throughout the entire three hours. Once K Russell secured the lead, it didn't last long due to becoming victim of the hill climb. R Russell was so close to him that when K Russell went down, he was stuck right behind him - this allowed Ashburn to move into the lead.
K Russell and R Russell quickly recovered and moved back into second and third behind Ashburn on lap four. K Russell took the lead back on the fourth lap and attempted to gap his competitors, where he neglected to pit and keep going for an additional lap. R Russell also skipped his pit and passed Ashburn, who did pit, for second.
R Russell kept the momentum rolling and passed K Russell again on the fifth lap, but K Russell was back into the lead when they jumped the Sky Shot obstacle on the motocross track. Unfortunately Sipes was forced to end his race early after suffering from tendinitis that occurred at the ISDE.