X Factor Whitetail GNCC Round 6 | RESULTS & PHOTOS

Postponement due to weather leads to wild, muddy racing

Podium at 2017 X Factor Whitetail GNCC
The Duvall claims his first win at the inaugural X Factor GNCC.Photo by Ken Hill

The Grand National Cross Country series could not catch a break as the inaugural round at the X Factor Whitetail ranch was postponed due to immense rainfall and the make up weekend would not get any mercy as the skies opened up and turned this incredible property into a quagmire forcing a drastic change to the race. With conditions reaching critical mass, the series opted to run the morning and afternoon races together with a shortened race length setting up one wild two-hour race that would feature skill levels from the fastest pros to novice riders on a very challenging 8-mile course. Deep and slick mud was waiting to take its toll on every rider in attendance as the flag dropped with the XC1 Pro’s taking to the track first. It was anyone’s guess as to who would be able to claw their way to the holeshot with Ricky Russell shooting out front and taking the lead. XC1 Champion Kailub Russell would suffer a bad start ad then go down prior to turn two setting up a very long race coming from behind in conditions not seen in quite some time.

Ricky Russell would lead as the shortened race allowed no room for error or time to make up ground. The shuffling through the ranks was constant with Thad Duvall pushing relentlessly as he ran down the leader and would soon take the lead and quickly put distance between himself and Russell. In the mix from the start was Josh Strang who has been slowly gaining ground on his season as his injuries heal and his strength returns. With lines opening up everywhere and lappers heavily in the mix, things got confusing and keeping track of who was who was a real challenge as every rider was coated in thick mud. The cheering at the finish line coming from the Duvall crew and fans let everyone know he had the lead and his first win of the 2017 season as he came slipping and sliding into take the checkered flag. The battle behind Duvall was over as well when Josh Strang put Ricky Russell behind him to take 2nd with Russell earning a very solid 3rd marking his first podium finish of the season.

XC2 would prove to be just as exciting as a hard charging Zach Nolan held off Mike Witkowski to claim the win with Craig DeLong claiming the final podium position. Nolan’s win would be a seasons best so far after struggling through the first 5 rounds. DeLong sits 2nd in XC2 points and has been fairly consistent this season but hasn’t been able to pull off a win.

The newly formed but now a fan favorite XC3 class went screaming off the line with all of the two stroke might the 125cc riders could hang on to! Into the first turn it was Jason Thomas who was eager to get out on the course and make his way to the front. Thomas put in an excellent ride in trying conditions to not only win the XC3 class but also would claim 8th overall. Finding the podium behind Thomas was Mark Heresco Jr. taking 2nd and a very enthusiastic David Quillen rounding out the podium with 3rd.

The series has only a few days to recover and regroup as everyone heads to Ohio for round 7, the John Penton over the May 27th & 28th weekend.

Ricky Russell at 2017 X Factor Whitetail GNCC
Ricky Russell puts his Yamaha out front early and takes the XC1 holeshot.Photo by Ken Hill
Kailub Russell at 2017 X Factor Whitetail GNCC
Kailub Russell's day started off bad and would be his worst race yet this season.Photo by Ken Hill
Zach Nolan at 2017 X Factor Whitetail GNCC
Zach Nolan pulls off the XC2 holeshot and takes the win here at the X Factor GNCC.Photo by Ken Hill
Jason Thomas at 2017 X Factor Whitetail GNCC
Jason Thomas pulls the holeshot in the FMF 125 XC3 Pro class and rides to the win.Photo by Ken Hill
Mackenzie Tricker at 2017 X Factor Whitetail GNCC
Mackenzie Tricker out front early in the WXC class.Photo by Ken Hill
Rachael Gutish at 2017 X Factor Whitetail GNCC
Rachael Gutish ducks some roost and would race to a podium finish in WXC.Photo by Ken Hill
Ricky Russell at 2017 X Factor Whitetail GNCC
Ricky Russell leading early in the race.Photo by Ken Hill
Thad Duvall at 2017 X Factor Whitetail GNCC
Thad Duvall working his way through the rough and wet conditions.Photo by Ken Hill
Trevor Bollinger at 2017 X Factor Whitetail GNCC
Trevor Bollinger on his way to a 6th place finish.Photo by Ken Hill
Ricky Russell at 2017 X Factor Whitetail GNCC
Ricky Russell pushing hard for a podium finish.Photo by Ken Hill
Josh Strang at 2017 X Factor Whitetail GNCC
Josh Strang finally back in the fight, taking 2nd in XC1 Pro.Photo by Ken Hill
Thad Duvall at 2017 X Factor Whitetail GNCC
Thad Duvall working his way through the Indiana ruts!Photo by Ken Hill
Ricky Russell at 2017 X Factor Whitetail GNCC
Ricky Russell looking for a good line.Photo by Ken Hill
Josh Strang at 2017 X Factor Whitetail GNCC
Josh Strang working past one of many lappers on his way to a podium finish.Photo by Ken Hill
Becca Sheets at 2017 X Factor Whitetail GNCC
WXC racer Becca Sheets powers to the win here at the X Factor GNCC.Photo by Ken Hill
Zach Nolan at 2017 X Factor Whitetail GNCC
Zach Nolan powering his way to the XC2 win.Photo by Ken Hill
Craig DeLong at 2017 X Factor Whitetail GNCC
Craig DeLong putting in the work to find the podium in XC2.Photo by Ken Hill
Jason Thomas at 2017 X Factor Whitetail GNCC
Jason Thomas won the OMA overall on Saturday, drove eight hours to the GNCC and cleaned house in the XC3 Pro-Am class taking the win and 8th overall.Photo by Ken Hill
Thad Duvall at 2017 X Factor Whitetail GNCC
Thad Duvall takes the win, his first of the 2017 season.Photo by Ken Hill

XC1 Pro
1. Thad Duvall
2. Josh Strang
3. Ricky Russell
4. Christopher Bach
5. Jordan Ashburn
6. Trevor Bollinger
7. Grant Baylor
8. Kailub Russell
9. Russell Bobbitt
10. Scott Grills

XC2 Pro Lites
1. Zach Nolan
2. Michael Witkowski
3. Craig DeLong
4. Joshua Toth
5. Austin Lee
6. Dylan Macritchie
7. Layne Michael
8. Jesper Borjessen
9. Samuel Evans
10. Zack Hayes

XC3 Pro Am
1. Jason Thomas
2. Mark Heresco
3. David Quillen
4. Dustin Gibson
5. Matthew Sims
6. Jaryn Williams
7. Hunter Neuwirth
8. Joshua Adkins