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Snapshots from the Wild Boar GNCC

| 19 March 2015 2:22 pm

GNCC Grand National Cross Country Series
Round 1: Moose Racing Wild Boar GNCC at Rodman Plantation

Story and Photos by Kurt Bauer
PALATKA, FL, MAR. 7-8, 2015

Round one of the Grand National Cross Country Series was held at the 6,000- acre Rodman Plantation, located in north central Florida, near the town of Palatka. The soil here consisted of sand and a black-clay mix. The last time the GNCC raced here was back in 2003.

After Jordan Ashburn got the holeshot, Kailub Russell wasted no time taking the lead. Russell charged out into the point position after getting through the first two mud bogs with no trouble.

After the first lap, it was Russell with a comfortable lead, followed by Josh Strang and Thad Duvall. Chris Bach was in fifth, but he passed Ryan Sipes and Duvall for third.

Strang would hold on to second, and Bach would complete the podium, with Duvall right on Bach’s rear fender on the final lap.

Kevin Rookstool, who’d competed in EnduroCross on Friday and Supercross on Saturday, had a good start and ran in the top 10 for the first three laps, but he would finish in 14th.

Nick Davis won the XC2 class, finishing sixth overall.

Here are some photographic highlights of the event. Results follow the photos…

Kaleb Ward (538) grabs the 250cc A holeshot.

Kaleb Ward (538) grabs the 250cc A holeshot.

A moment later, John Day steps off his bike.

A moment later, John Day steps off his bike.

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Off the Pro start, Jordan Ashburn (3) absconds with the holeshot, with “Wildman” Wally Palmer (27) right next to him.

Off the Pro start, Jordan Ashburn (3) absconds with the holeshot, with “Wildman” Wally Palmer (27) right next to him.

Josh Strang (2) roosts past the carnage in the mud bog.

Josh Strang (2) roosts past the carnage in the mud bog.

Kevin Rookstool (123) jumps the mud bog. He contested three races in three days.

Kevin Rookstool (123) jumps the mud bog. He contested three races in three days.

Chris Bach (9) in action.

Chris Bach (9) in action.

Chris Bach (9) takes his turn in the mud bog.

Chris Bach (9) takes his turn in the mud bog.

Thad Duvall hammers it in the Florida pines.

Thad Duvall hammers it in the Florida pines.

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Kailub Russell makes a pit stop for some water.

Kailub Russell makes a pit stop for some water.

Thad Duvall (989) chased Bach for a podium finish but couldn’t make the pass and ended up just seconds behind in fourth.

Thad Duvall (989) chased Bach for a podium finish but couldn’t make the pass and ended up just seconds behind in fourth.

Johnny Campbell Racing’s Chris Bach (9) was the third-place Pro rider.

Johnny Campbell Racing’s Chris Bach (9) was the third-place Pro rider.

Josh Strang (2) at speed through the trees on his way to a runner-up finish.

Josh Strang (2) at speed through the trees on his way to a runner-up finish.

Kailub Russell (1), winner of the opening round of the GNCC Series.

Kailub Russell (1), winner of the opening round of the GNCC Series.

Moose Racing Wild Boar GNCC at Rodman Plantation
Palatka, Florida
Results: March 8, 2015 (Round 1)

PRO: 1. Kailub Russell (KTM); 2. Josh Strang (Hsq); 3. Christopher Bach (Hon); 4. Thad Duvall (Hsq); 5. Tyler Medaglia (Hsq).

XC2: 1. Nick Davis (Hsq); 2. Ricky Russell (Yam); 3. Jason Thomas (KTM); 4. Tegan Temple (KTM); 5. Craig DeLong.

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