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Ricky Russell gets first career overall win at the AMSOIL Snowshoe GNCC

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Snowshoe Mountain hosted the eighth round of the 2017 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) series presented by Maxxis, an AMA National Championship, this past weekend, June 25.

The rough and rugged conditions created a grueling track for the AMSOIL Snowshoe GNCC that lived up to the nickname of ‰ÛÏAmerica‰Ûªs Toughest Race.‰Û
Overall Podium: (2) Josh Toth, (1) Ricky Russell, (3) Thad Duvall. Credit: Ken Hill
R Russell checked through timing and scoring for the third time with no goggles, but the Washington State native‰Ûªs demeanor was calm and collective as he rode his way to a pit stop for fresh goggles and a splash of gas. The Russell duo, Duvall and Toth remained in close proximity for the first half of the race.

The infamous Howard‰Ûªs Hole played out to be the turning point in the race, where all three front runners took a different line. Unfortunately for K Russell, his selection wasn‰Ûªt ideal, and both R Russell and Toth got around him.

The N-Fab/AmPro Yamaha teammates continued leading the way, while Duvall consistently rode in third. Not much changed between the podium contenders once the two-lap board came out. R Russell raced his way to his first-ever overall victory atop of Snowshoe Mountain.

‰ÛÏI really have no words,‰Û
Thad Duvall rode his way to a third place finish in his home state of West Virginia. Credit: Ken Hill
Beta USA‰Ûªs Jordan Ashburn put forth an impressive ride, where he finished just off the XC1 Open Pro podium, and fifth overall, after starting outside of the top-ten. After leading the first lap on adjusted time, JCR Honda‰Ûªs Trevor Bollinger maintained a steady pace to finish the race in sixth overall.

Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4/ Husqvarna‰Ûªs Grant Baylor and SRT/KTM‰Ûªs Steward Baylor followed in seventh and eighth overall. RPM/KTM‰Ûªs Chris Bach rounded out the top-10 overall.

With Toth holding the top spot in the XC2 250 Pro class, Coastal Racing/Husqvarna teammates, Craig Delong and Layne Michael, rounded out the class podium. JCR Honda‰Ûªs Austin Lee and Solid Performance KTM‰Ûªs Jesse Groemm followed in respectable fourth and fifth place finishes. Jason Thomas, Hunter Neuwirth and David Quilled filled the FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am class podium.
Josh Toth had his best ride to date - finishing second overall and first in the XC2 250 Pro division. Credit: Ken Hill
After finishing 22nd overall, Levi Keller earned top amateur honors along with the Open A class win. Coastal Racing/Husqvarna‰Ûªs Alex Teagarden and Jonathan Johnson took home second and third in the amateur overall podium.

The 2017 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series continues in two weeks, July 8 and 9, with the Wiseco John Penton GNCC at Sunday Creek Raceway in Millfield, Ohio.

Main Photo: Ricky Russell raced his way to his first-ever overall victory at Snowshoe Mountain.
Credit: Ken Hill
10 a.m. Overall Podium: (2) Tayla Jones, (1) Carl LeBlond, (3) Becca Sheets.
XC1 Open Pro Event Results:
1. Ricky Russell (YAM)
2. Thad Duvall (HSQ)
3. Kailub Russell (KTM)
4. Jordan Ashburn (BET)
5. Trevor Bollinger (HON)
6. Grant Baylor (HSQ)
7. Steward Baylor (KTM)
8. Chris Bach (KTM)
9. Ryan Sipes (HSQ)
10. Russell Bobbitt (KTM)

Overall National Championship Standings:
1. Kailub Russell (184)
2. Thad Duvall (177)
3. Steward Baylor (152)
4. Ricky Russell (135)
5. Josh Toth (126)
6. Jordan Ashburn (99)
7. Grant Baylor (89)
8. Josh Strang (89)
9. Trevor Bollinger (87)
10. Craig Delong (77)

XC2 250 Pro Event Results:
1. Josh Toth (YAM)
2. Layne Michael (HSQ)
3. Craig Delong (HSQ)
4. Austin Lee (HON)
5. Jesse Groemm (KTM)
6. Zach Nolan (KTM)
7. Mike Witkowski (KTM)
8. Nick Davis (BET)
9. Brendan Riordan (YAM)
10. Ryder Lafferty (KTM)

XC2 250 Pro Series Standings:
1. Josh Toth (218)
2. Craig Delong (165)
3. Layne Michael (156)
4. Mike Witkowski (143)
5. Jesse Groemm (125)
6. Austin Lee (112)
7. Ben Kelley (100)
8. Zack Hayes (98)
9. Sam Evans (72)

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