Kailub Russell overcame a mistake-filled opening lap to claim his second victory in as many races of the 2018 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country series this past weekend in Palatka, Florida. After crashing multiple times, the FMF KTM rider finally settled into a groove at the midway point of the race and began working his way to the front.
With a lap and a half to go in the three-hour race, Russell passed Tely Energy Racing’s Steward Baylor to take the lead. From there, the North Carolina rider held his ground to claim a 16-second win over Baylor while Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Thad Duvall rounded out the podium.
Trail Jesters KTM Racing’s Ben Kelley took advantage of a hard crash by FMF KTM’s Josh Toth to finish fourth overall and first in the XC2 250 Pro class, while Toth regrouped to finish second and fifth overall.