Russell Wins Big at Yadkin Valley Stomp

_____FMF/KTM Race Report - GNCC Round 6_

Yadkinville, NC - FMF/KTM rider Kailub Russell dominated the XC2 class while also impressing GNCC fans at the sixth round of the series by finishing 2nd overall in the XC1 class only missing the overall by a mere 9 seconds.

The Yadkin Valley Stomp was a decent race for all four FMF/KTM Team riders. Russell's teammate Steward Baylor nearly grabbed the holeshot off the XC2 line but bobbled right before the holeshot marker and settled for a top five start. Russell himself started from 2nd place and quickly moved into the lead. Once in the lead, Russell continued to turn the fastest laps of the day to eventually move into 2nd position behind XC1 leader Charles Mullins.

"It was so dusty here today," commented Russell. "Once I got through the majority of the XC1 riders, I had some open space and was finally able to make up some time as my visibility increased significantly."

Baylor ran as high as 2nd position in the XC2 class before a couple mistakes cost him to drop back to 4th in his class. "Baylor is improving each round. We know he can be a top three contender and we look forward to podium results for the second half of the season," remarked FMF/KTM Team Manager Antti Kallonen.

In the XC1 class, FMF/KTM rider Nate Kanney came around the first turn within the top five. His teammate, Cory Buttrick, didn't get his bike started as quickly but once going came blasting through the first turn to move up to the middle of the pack. He went wide on the second turn and passed another group of riders to soon be right behind his teammate near the top five.

As the race progressed both XC1 riders maintained there pace and rode a strong race through the tough conditions. Kanney held on to his top five position to finish 5th while Buttrick finished behind him in 6th despite a few last lap crashes.

To finish the day off well, RPM/KTM Women's rider Maria Forsberg dominated the early morning Women's class for the fifth time this season. Forsberg won her race by over three minutes and further strengthened her points lead on the field.

Next Race: May 23, 2010 - Somerset, PA

Overall Results (all classes combined) -
1) Charles Mullins
2) Kailub Russell - KTM
3) Paul Whibley
4) Glenn Kearney
5) Chris Bach - KTM
6) Nate Kanney - KTM
7) Cory Buttrick - KTM

8) Jason Thomas
9) Jesse Robinson - KTM
10) Steward Baylor - KTM

Overall Results XC1 Class -
1) Charles Mullins
2) Paul Whibley
3) Glenn Kearney
4) Chris Bach - KTM
5) Nate Kanney - KTM
6) Cory Buttrick - KTM

7) Barry Hawk
8) Jedediah Haines
9) Josh Strang
10) Eric Bailey

Overall Results XC2 Class -
1) Kailub Russell - KTM

2) Jason Thomas
3) Jesse Robinson - KTM
4) Steward Baylor - KTM

5) Scott Watkins
6) Mark Fortner
7) David Synder
8) Brian Lawson
9) Nicholas Hunter - KTM
10) Chris Spear

Women's Class -
1) Maria Forsberg - KTM

2) Mandi Mastin
3) Ashley Crouch
4) Leeann Bange
5) Emily Raines
6) Kelly Hall - KTM
7) Nina Cobb
8) Samantha Steiner - KTM
9) Shelby Rolen - KTM

10) Tayler Wright

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