Russell and Strang are Tied in National Championship Standings as They Head to Inagural CST Tires Camp Coker Bullet GNCC

Russell and Strang are tied and Bollinger strives to stay undefeated

MORGANTOWN, W.Va (April 28, 2016)—The 2016 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series presented by Maxxis, an AMA National Championship, returns to the Palmetto State this weekend, April 30 and May 1, for the Inaugural CST Tires Camp Coker Bullet GNCC to be held at the popular Moree's Sportsman's Preserve in Society Hill, South Carolina. The newest addition on the 13-round GNCC circuit is no stranger to racing due to the fact that many motocross races were once held on the property. However, since then the racing facility has been closed, meaning this weekend is the only time that ATVs and dirt bikes will be on the property, making this a truly special event.

FMF/KTM Factory Racing's Kailub Russell and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing/Bel-Ray's Josh Strang come into this weekend currently tied for first in the points championship standings. Both racers have found themselves on the center step of the box twice the season, but Russell recently had a standout performance at the last round and will look to use that momentum to repeat his success this Sunday. The three-time and defending champion has had a rocky start to the beginning of his season, but seems to have reached a turning point.

"I'm really excited for this round," said Russell. "We've never been there before so no one knows what to expect, but I hear it's kind of sandy, and the racing should be pretty tight because the trails will be all-new and fresh."

Kailub Russell is looking to earn his third straight win and take over the championship points lead.
Kailub Russell is looking to earn his third straight win and take over the championship points lead.Photo Courtesy of AMSOIL GNCC Racing and Ken Hill

This weekend marks the first time that an off-road race has been held at the facility which will put the entire XC1 Pro class on an equal playing field. Strang, the 2010 National Champion, is known for his ability to quickly adjust to unfamiliar racing surfaces. Strang took home the win at the Inaugural Maxxis Cannonball GNCC earlier this year and will strive to do the same this weekend while he continues his quest for the National Championship.

"The last track was pretty fast, and I'm expecting this weekend to be a little more technical," said Strang. "Overall I think it will be good to experience a new track and see what it has to offer."

JCR Honda/Lucas Oil/Maxxis/FLY Racing's Chris Bach is on a podium streak taking a third and second place at the last two rounds. The only thing missing from Bach's season is an overall win. The Indiana native has suffered from lingering issues that resulted from a crash earlier this season, but it looks as if things are back on-track for Bach leading into Society Hill.

"I like the sand," said Bach. "I had a good ride going in Florida and felt really comfortable. I always like going to a new track where no one knows the terrain because it puts us all on a level playing field. It worked out to my advantage at the new race in New York last year and I was able to get the win there so hopefully that happens again this weekend."

After back-to-back podium finishes, Chris Bach hopes to earn his first overall win.
After back-to-back podium finishes, Chris Bach hopes to earn his first overall win.Photo Courtesy of AMSOIL GNCC Racing and Ken Hill

Unfortunately, one of the top podium contenders will be missing from the XC1 Pro lineup this Sunday. Coastal Racing/Rockstar/Husqvarna's Ryan Sipes recently underwent surgery from an injury he sustained at a race last weekend that resulted in a broken pinky. Sipes plans to return for the next round at Indiana.

Sitting just five points behind Sipes is N-Fab/AmPro Yamaha's Daniel Milner. Milner found himself on the box at the season opener in Florida where he used his experience in the sandy terrain to his advantage. The XC1 Pro division will find themselves facing another sand round this weekend, and even though the track will not be as rough as Florida it will still play a role in deciding the National Champion. Milner heads into this weekend with hopes to land another podium finish and move up in the championship points standings.

Perhaps the two racers with the most experience in the race conditions this weekend are the Baylor brothers. N-Fab/AmPro Yamaha's Grant Baylor had his season best finish at the last round with a sixth place. However, the 2015 runner-up is eager to improve that score and find himself on the box. SRT/KTM/Kenda Tires-backed Steward Baylor Jr. holds the eighth place position as they move into the fifth round, just one place behind Grant.

After an impressive top five finish, Westfield Powersports KTM Presented by Moose Racing's Jordan Ashburn has moved inside the top ten in points where he currently sits in ninth. At the last round, Ashburn charged to the front and led a couple of laps and the Tennessee native will be a man on a mission this weekend as he aims for his first podium finish of the season.

After finishing fifth at the previous round, Jordan Ashburn will have his eyes set on a podium finish this weekend.
After finishing fifth at the previous round, Jordan Ashburn will have his eyes set on a podium finish this weekend.Photo Courtesy of AMSOIL GNCC Racing and Ken Hill

In the XC2 Pro Lites division, JCR Honda/Lucas Oil/Maxxis/FLY Racing's Trevor Bollinger remains undefeated after sweeping the first four rounds. The North Carolina native has had nothing short of an impressive season where majority of the races he has worked his way through the pack to come out on top at the end of the three-hour race. However, Coastal Racing/Husqvarna/MSR's Craig Delong follows close behind him and has shown great speed and consistency with three podium finishes. Beta USA/Fly Racing/Kenda Tires' teammates Jesse Groemm and Tegan Temple come into this round sitting third and fourth. Indiana native Austin Lee and Coastal Racing/Husqvarna's Layne Michael head into this Sunday's race tied for fifth.

"My plan for this weekend is to get another podium, if not a win," said Bollinger. "The sand typically isn't my strong suit, but I'm going to do the best I can and try to make it five-in-a-row."

Layne Michael is looking to earn a spot on the podium this weekend in South Carolina.
Layne Michael is looking to earn a spot on the podium this weekend in South Carolina.Photo Courtesy of AMSOIL GNCC Racing and Ken Hill

Sunday's race schedule is as follows: Youth Bike racing begins at 8 a.m., followed by amateurs and women at 10 a.m. and pros and top amateurs at 1 p.m.

Adult (12+) gate admission is $20 for the full weekend and $10 for kids (6-11), with kids five and under free. Gate admission includes pro pit access and pro autographs at no additional charge.

Local racers are invited to compete at this event, as GNCC Racing offers classes for riders of all skill and experience levels. The amateur racer entry fee is $40 and riders can sign up at the track. Local racers expected to compete this Sunday will be Jay Grimes (Masters B 50+), siblings Cassidy (WXC) and Owen Brown (200 C 16+), Kyle Parker (200 C 16+), siblings Andrew (65 7-9) and Raymie Segars (85 12-13), Johnny Thomas (Elite Masters 65+) and TJ Weber (200 B).

For a complete schedule of the weekend's activities, please visit the Camp Coker Bullet GNCC event page on the series website by clicking HERE.

Tune into RacerTV.com on Sunday at 1 p.m. EST to catch LIVE coverage of the Pro Bike race. For more information on GNCC Live coverage, visit www.racertv.com.

For more information on the series, visit the official website at www.gnccracing.com or call (304) 284-0084. Join the conversation on the series Facebook page, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and be sure to always hashtag #GNCCLIVE.

Previous Round Results and Points Standings

VP Racing Fuels Big Buck GNCC Union, South Carolina Round 4 of 13 Sunday, April 17

XC1 Pro Event Results:
1. Kailub Russell (KTM)
2. Chris Bach (HON)
3. Josh Strang (HSQ)
4. Ryan Sipes (HSQ)
5. Jordan Ashburn (KTM)
6. Grant Baylor (YAM)
7. Ricky Russell (SUZ)
8. Daniel Milner (YAM)
9. Steward Baylor Jr. (KTM)
10. Jason Thomas (YAM)

Overall National Championship Standings:
1. Kailub Russell (106)
2. Josh Strang (106)
3. Chris Bach (71)
4. Ryan Sipes (66)
5. Trevor Bollinger (62)
6. Daniel Milner (61)
7. Grant Baylor (50)
8. Steward Baylor Jr. (46)
9. Jordan Ashburn (41)
10. Craig Delong (38)

*Indicates that the Overall National Championship Standings will determine the 2016 National Champion.

XC2 Pro Lites Event Results:
1. Trevor Bollinger (HON)
2. Craig Delong (HSQ)
3. Jesse Groemm (BET)
4. Austin Lee (YAM)
5. Tegan Temple (BET)
6. Michael Witkowski (KTM)
7. Vance Francis (HON)
8. Mark Heresco Jr. (KTM)
9. Joshua Toth (KTM)
10. Samuel Evans (YAM)

XC2 Pro Lites Series Standings:
1. Trevor Bollinger (120)
2. Craig Delong (83)
3. Jesse Groemm (78)
4. Tegan Temple (66)
5. Austin Lee (52)
6. Layne Michael (52)
7. Trevor Barrett (49)
8. Benjamin Kelley (47)
9. Zack Hayes (43)
10. Samuel Evans (42)

About GNCC Racing
The AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series presented by Maxxis is America's premier off-road racing series. Founded in 1975, the 13-round championship is produced exclusively by Racer Productions. Cross-country racing is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. The grueling three-hour GNCC races lead as many as 2,000 riders through tracks ranging in length from eight to 12 miles. With varied terrain, including hills, woods, mud, dirt, rocks and motocross sections, GNCC events are tests of both survival and speed. The series draws talent from all over the U.S., Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. GNCC Racing is televised weekly on NBC Sports and RacerTV.com. For more information, please visit www.gnccracing.com.