Russell Bobbitt topped the Spider XC in Tennessee. Photography by John Gasso.

Back from injury, Russell Bobbitt claimed the overall win at the Spider XC in Tennessee. Photography by John Gasso.

It started out hot, humid and dusty at the OMA Nationals’ Spider Cross-Country in Camden, Tennessee, July 13-14, but a midrace rainstorm left parts of the course slick and even more difficult for the racers. But it wasn’t too difficult for Russell Bobbitt who set a quick pace and pushed hard to gap the field and lead the event from wire-to-wire.

After Bobbitt nabbed the FMF Holeshot, fellow Husaberg rider Nick Fahringer latched on to the back wheel of Bobbitt’s Factory FMF Husaberg and never let go.

“It was a tough battle,” said Bobbitt. “He [Fahringer] pushed me all the way to the end. We had a good battle pretty much for two hours and 15 minutes.”

AmPro Yamaha racer Jordan Ashburn completed the Pro podium, followed by Pro 2-class winner Michael Williams in fourth place overall. The 30-39 A winner, Dustin Gibson, rounded out the top five after making a last-lap pass stick on Open A winner Steve Leivan, the last racer to complete six laps of the arduous trails.

RESULTS

OVERALL

1. Russell Bobbitt (Hbg)

2. Nick Fahringer (Hbg)

3. Jordan Ashburn (Yam)

4. Michael Williams        (KTM)

5. Dustin Gibson (KTM)

6. Steve Leivan (KTM)

7. Jeff Cowan (KTM)

8. Ryan Morphew (KTM)

9. Seth Duncan (Yam)

10. Larry Silvia (KTM)

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