Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing' Thad Duvall sprinted early and stormed to victory at the John Penton GNCC, putting a temporary hold on Kailub Russell's domination of the Grand National Cross Country Series.

“It is an awesome feeling to take the trophy home in front of all my friends and family,” Duvall said. “The track was rutted and muddy, the heat didn’t help either. I powered through and felt good all day.”

Thad's Rockstar Energy Husqvarna teammate Josh Strang finished second, bumping Russell to third overall after three hours and 14 minutes of racing.

“I definitely didn’t make it easy on myself today,” Russell admitted. “I made quite a few mistakes and couldn’t stay off the ground, but I guess if you can get yourself on the podium on a bad day, that’s still a good day for the championship.”

Duvall dominated the Ohio race, crossing the finish line with more than two minutes to spare ahead of his teammate Strang.Darrin Chapman

2018 John Penton GNCC Overall Results

Position Rider Brand
1 Thad Duvall Husqvarna
2 Josh Strang Husqvarna
3 Kailub Russell KTM
4 Steward Baylor KTM
5 Jordan Ashburn Beta
6 Ricky Russell Yamaha
7 Trevor Bollinger Honda
8 Cory Buttrick Husqvarna
9 Andrew Delong GasGas
10 Layne Michael Husqvarna
Strang held off a strong, last-second push by Kailub Russell to secure the runner-up slot, his best finish of the season.Darrin Chapman
Josh Toth won the XC2 250 Pro class with a fifth overall finish, moving him closer to point leader Ben Kelley in the XC2 standings.Darrin Chapman

2018 GNCC Point Standings

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Kailub Russell KTM 196
2 Thad Duvall Husqvarna 181
3 Steward Baylor KTM 135
4 Trevor Bollinger Honda 118
5 Josh Strang Husqvarna 111
6 Ben Kelley KTM 105
7 Josh Toth KTM 90
8 Ricky Russell Yamaha 78
9 Jordan Ashburn Beta 61
10 Craig Delong Husqvarna 58
Beta USA’s Jordan Ashburn put in one of his best rides at The John Penton this past Sunday. Ashburn started the race mid-pack but managed to make his way through for a top-five finish in the XC1 Open Pro class.Darrin Chapman
Kelley finished seventh overall and second in the XC2 250 Pro division, but still maintains a 20-point lead over Toth in the class standings.Darrin Chapman
GasGas/FAR’s Nick Davis got a good jump off the second row and grabbed the $100 Hot Cams Holeshot Award.Darrin Chapman
Delong held the lead in the XC2 250 Pro class for the first three laps and ultimately finished 10th overall.Darrin Chapman
After starting the race in the 10th-place position, Tely Energy Racing KTM's Steward Baylor Jr. put his head down and pushed hard to finish fourth.Darrin Chapman
The win was Duvall’s second of the series and it moved him to within 15 points of Russell in the overall standings.Darrin Chapman