Kailub Russell Comes Out On Top At The X-Factor Whitetails GNCC

Five wins in six races for the KTM ace

FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Kailub Russell continues his run of wins in the Grand National Cross Country Series after adding his fifth win in six races at the X-Factor Whitetails race in Peru, Indiana. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Thad Duvall, the only other rider to garner a win in 2018, finished a close second, while Tely Energy Racing KTM’s Grant Baylor grabbed his first podium of the season on third. Here’s a look at this past weekend’s race.

Tely Energy Racing’s Steward Baylor (#514) grabbed the XC1 holeshot to kick off the XC1 race, followed by AmPro Yamaha’s Ricky Russell (212) and FMF KTM’s Kailub Russell (1).Darrin Chapman
After grabbing the holeshot at the start of the race, Steward Baylor took a strong early lead and appeared to be heading to his first win of the season. However, a broken footpeg at the end of the first hour dropped the South Carolinian back to fourth for the day.Darrin Chapman
After battling with Thad Duvall during the final hour of the race, Kailub Russell crossed the finish line with six seconds to spare over the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna rider. With the win, Russell extended his lead in the championship standings to 24 points.Darrin Chapman
After getting off to a slow start, Grant Baylor came from the rear of the pack to finish third overall. Remarkably, the Tely Energy KTM rider was just two weeks removed from surgery to repair a broken bone in his hand.Darrin Chapman
Tayla Jones claimed her fifth win of the series in Indiana. The KR4 Husqvarna rider now holds a 32-point lead over Becca Sheets in the division.Darrin Chapman
Duvall shows off for the fans before the start of the race. Duvall made a pass for the lead in the final hour when Russell bobbled, but Russell retaliated a few turns later and retook the lead.Darrin Chapman
Trevor Bollinger has been a consistent top-five performer in 2018. The JCR Honda rider sits fourth overall in the series standings.Darrin Chapman
FMF KTM Factory Racing's Josh Toth would take his third win of the season, but not without some intense battles with FMF KTM’s Ben Kelley and Coastal Racing Husqvarna’s Craig DeLong throughout the three-hour race.Darrin Chapman
Austin Lee finished fourth in the XC Pro 2 class and 11th overall.Darrin Chapman
Russell leads Duvall to the finish on the final lap of the three-hour, seven-lap race.Darrin Chapman

2018 X-Factor Whitetails GNCC Overall Results

Position Rider Brand
1 Kailub Russell KTM
2 Thad Duvall Husqvarna
3 Grant Baylor KTM
4 Steward Baylor KTM
5 Trevor Bollinger Honda
6 Josh Strang Husqvarna
7 Ricky Russell Yamaha
8 Josh Toth KTM
9 Ben Kelley KTM
10 Craig Delong Husqvarna

2018 GNCC Racing Point Standings

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Kailub Russell KTM 175
2 Thad Duvall Husqvarna 151
3 Steward Baylor KTM 117
4 Trevor Bollinger Honda 106
5 Ben Kelley KTM 91
6 Josh Strang Husqvarna 86
7 Josh Toth KTM 74
8 Ricky Russell Yamaha 65
9 Pascal Rauchenecker Husqvarna 53
10 Layne Michael Husqvarna 52