The sixth round of the 2019 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series presented by Specialized, an AMA National Championship, took place Sunday, May 19, with the 30th Annual Wiseco John Penton GNCC in Millfield, Ohio.
The world's fastest off-road racers were put to the test as hot and humid race conditions presented themselves. However, at the end of the grueling three-hour race Rockstar Energy/Factory Husqvarna Racing's Thad Duvall found himself earning his second victory of the season.
Once the green flag waved, Babbitt's Online/Monster Energy/Kawasaki's Jordan Ashburn found himself in the front grabbing the $250 All Balls Racing Holeshot Award and leading the rest of the XC1 Open Pro competitors into the woods. Ashburn would continue to lead the opening lap, coming through timing and scoring first with Tely Energy Racing/KTM's Steward Baylor Jr. coming through 1.96 seconds behind him.
Duvall and FMF/KTM Factory Racing's Kailub Russell came through third and fourth on the opening lap, just seconds behind the two front-runners. Both Duvall and K. Russell were eager to get to the front of the pack and try to put a gap on the field, as they knew the race was going to be a tough one as the minutes continued to click away.
As the race wore on, Duvall and K. Russell battled their way to the front where they would both remain for the duration of the race. Both would swap positions for the lead multiple times, but as the duo came around on the fifth lap another rider had worked his way into the lead position. Rockstar Energy/Factory Husqvarna Racing's Trevor Bollinger had made his way into the lead after running third for majority of the race.