Thad Duvall Looking to Earn Second Straight Win
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (April 12, 2019) – The 2019 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series presented by Specialized, an AMA National Championship, continues in South Carolina for the 4th Annual CST Tires Camp Coker Bullet GNCC at Moree’s Sportsman’s Preserve on Sunday, April 14.
Rockstar Energy/Factory Husqvarna Racing’s Thad Duvall comes into this weekend after earning his first overall win of the season in North Carolina two weeks ago. Duvall currently sits second in the points standings, just eight points behind FMF/KTM Factory Racing’s Kailub Russell.
Russell continues to lead the points after earning a pair of second overall finishes, along with his victory at round two in Georgia. Russell is aiming for that top spot during this Sunday’s afternoon pro race, and he knows what it takes to win in the Camp Coker sand as he has earned the overall win here for the past three years.
After finishing on the overall podium for two consecutive races, Rockstar Energy/Factory Husqvarna Racing’s Trevor Bollinger is looking to battle for his first career overall win. Bollinger will definitely one to keep an eye on this weekend as he previously led multiple laps at round two, and has shown improvements each time the green flag flies.
This weekend Tely Energy Racing/KTM’s Steward Baylor Jr. is hoping to earn his second overall win of the season. Baylor Jr., who hails from South Carolina, earned the season opener win in the Florida sand, and with this race being sandy he is aiming for the top spot on the podium.
As the series continues, FMF/KTM Factory Racing’s Josh Toth has been showing progression in his first year of racing XC1 Open Pro. Toth broke into the top five overall at the previous round and is aiming to improve each weekend from there.
Trail Jesters KTM’s Ben Kelley continues to lead the way in the XC2 250 Pro class. Kelley has earned the three-straight wins, and this weekend he will be looking to keep that streak alive. Kelley is also looking to break into overall podium contention, and after finishing third overall at two rounds last year he has the confidence to do so.
Babbitt’s Online/Monster Energy/Kawasaki Jordan Ashburn and teammate, Josh Strang, finished seventh and eighth overall two weeks ago at the Steele Creek GNCC in North Carolina. The Kawasaki duo is hoping to battle at the front of the pack this Sunday, and hopefully contest for finishes inside the top five overall.
Trail Jesters KTM/MCS Racing/SSR Rider Development Johnathan Girrior and Beta USA Factory Racing’s Michael Witkowski rounded out the top 10 overall, but both are looking to put Kelley’s XC2 250 Pro class success to a stop.
The FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am class is currently being led by Beta USA Factory Racing’s Cody Barnes. Following Barnes in second is Trail Jesters KTM’s Jesse Ansley and Highland Temp Works/Offroad Riding Schools/Maxxis’ Jason Thomas in third. Barnes has earned the win at the past two races, however Ansley and Thomas are hungry for the win as the series heads into its fourth round.
The event will also treat fans to a live concert, as Monster Energy proudly presents AJ Sanders at the Camp Coker Bullet GNCC on Saturday, April 13th at 8:00 p.m. Admission to the concert is included with your gate admission purchase. Gate Admission for Adults (12 and over) is only $20, Kids (6-11) is $10 and 5 & under get in free! Come watch the fastest off-road racers in the world battle at Moree’s Sportsman’s Preserve and listen to some old school southern charm country music from AJ Sanders.
Not only will there be a live concert, but plenty of other activities for children and adults. On Saturday and Sunday from 11am – 11:30am the Pro ATV (Saturday) and Pro Bike (Sunday) athletes will host an autograph signing session on Pro Row. Fans will be able to meet their favorite pro rider, and get their picture taken with them. Then Saturday evening from 6pm – 7pm, the annual Camp Coker Fishing Tournament will take place, along with Team Faith Youth activities including an Easter Egg Hunt at 6pm. For the latest event information, click HERE.
Local racers expected to compete this weekend on motorcycles will be Zack Hayes (XC2 250 Pro), Chase Hayes (250 A), Steward Baylor Jr. (XC1 Open Pro), Grant Baylor (XC1 Open Pro), David Graham (Silver Masters B), Jacob Kintz (250 A), Johnlee Campbell (250 A), Hudson Harris (65cc 10-11), Cameron Holloway (Open C College 16-24), Terrell Holloway (Masters B 50+), Nolan Osteen (200 B), Andrew Segars (85cc 7-11), Raymie Segars (200 C 16+), Hector Snethen (Super Senior B 45+), James Will (4-Stroke C Lites), Devin Pomianowski (Open A), Andrew Post (YXC1 Super Mini Sr. 14-15), Kennie Webb (Super Vet C 35+), Nicholas Marlowe (125 B/C), Todd Vess (Super Senior A 45+), Ben Thomason (250 C Schoolboy 14-17), Ben Sherboneau (Vet C 30+) and Austin Sentell (4-Stroke C Lites).
Sunday, April 14, the motorcycles will take to the woods of South Carolina with youth racing action starting the day off at 8 a.m., followed by women and amateur riders’ race at 10 a.m. and then the pros and top amateurs will begin at 1 p.m.
Spectator passes run $20 for adults and $10 for children (6-11), and kids 5 and under are free for the full weekend (Saturday through Sunday), with pro pit access and pro autographs at no additional charge.
The 2 p.m. and 1 p.m. pro races will be broadcast LIVE on the Internet via Racer TV on www.racertv.com both days. A highlight show featuring the event will air on NBC Sports Network on Saturday, June 23 at 2:00 p.m.
For more information on the GNCC 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 #GNCC.
Previous Round Results and Points Standings
FMF Steele Creek GNCC
Morganton, North Carolina
Round 3 of 13
XC1 Pro Event Results:
- Thad Duvall (HQV)
- Kailub Russell (KTM)
- Trevor Bollinger (HQV)
- Steward Baylor Jr. (KTM)
- Josh Toth (KTM)
- Jordan Ashburn (KAW)
- Josh Strang (KAW)
- Cory Buttrick (YAM)
- Andrew Delong (HON)
- Layne Michael (HQV)
*Overall National Championship Standings:
- Kailub Russell (80)
- Thad Duvall (72)
- Steward Baylor Jr. (66)
- Trevor Bollinger (62)
- Ben Kelley (47)
- Josh Toth (46)
- Josh Strang (43)
- Jordan Ashburm (36)
- Jonathan Girroir (35)
- Michael Witkowski (32)
*Indicates that the Overall National Championship Standings will determine the 2019 National Champion.
XC2 250 Pro Event Results:
- Benjamin Kelley (KTM)
- Jonathan Girroir (KTM)
- Michael Witkowski (BET)
- Evan Smith (HQV)
- Liam Draper (KTM)
- Austin Lee (HON)
- Ryder Lafferty (KTM)
- Alex Teagarden (HQV)
- Samuel Evans (KTM)
- Jonathan Johnson (KAW)
XC2 250 Pro Series Standings:
- Benjamin Kelley (90)
- Jonathan Girroir (71)
- Evan Smith (61)
- Michael Witkowski (60)
- Ryder Lafferty (38)
- Liam Draper (37)
- Jonathan Johnson (35)
- Alex Teagarden (34)
- Zack Hayes (33)
- Tegan Temple (32)
About GNCC Racing
The AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series presented by Specialized 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 2,400 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., Central America, South America, 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.
How to Watch
Racer TV and NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) are the official homes for coverage of the AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) events. All 13 rounds, from the season opening Big Buck GNCC in South Carolina to the finale at Ironman Raceway in Indiana, will air in 30-minute, taped-delayed telecasts on NBCSN, while Racer TV provides live streaming coverage of the 1 p.m. ATV and motorcycle races from each event. Catch all the action at http://www.nbcsports.com/ and http://www.racertv.com/.
About the American Motorcyclist Association
Founded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders’ interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year. The AMA also provides money-saving discounts on products and services for its members. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com. Not a member? Join the AMA today: www.americanmotorcyclist.com/membership/join.