Russell Runs Off With Big Buck Win

Cycle News Staff | April 16, 2012

Kailub Russell made it three wins in a row in the 2012 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series after a dominate performance at the Big Buck GNCC in Union, South Carolina, April 16. After DNFing the opening round and winning the next three, Russell is now just two points behind series leader Paul Whibley.

Kailub Russell rode off with the Big Buck GNCC win in South Carolina.

Kailub Russell rode off with the Big Buck GNCC win in South Carolina.

Russell, on the FMF KTM 350 XC-W, passed holeshotter Whibley and took command early on but waited until the final two laps of the race before he really put this one away, eventually taking the checkered flag over a minute ahead of Whibley, on the FMF/Am-Pro Yamaha, and over two minutes ahead of third-place finisher Charlie Mullins on the FMF KTM.

Fourth overall was XC2 Pro Lites winner Steward Bayler Jr. who has won every round in his class so far.

Fourth in the XC1 Pro class went to Shenandoah/Offroadchampion Honda’s Thad DuVall.

New Zealand’s Rory Mead (KTM) was fifth in class, followed by Kawasaki rider Garrett Edmisten, KTM’s Cory Buttrick, JG Offroad Honda’s Jimmy Jarrett, FMF/Am-Pro Yamaha’s Jordan Ashburn and JG Offroad Honda’s Nathan Kanney.

Second in the XC2 Pro Lites class went to FAR Husqvarna’s Andrew Delong, followed by his former teammate Jason Thomas, who is now riding a private KTM.

Yamaha pilot Brad Bakken and Husaberg’s Jesse Robinson rounded out the top five in the XC2 Pro Lites division.