Thor’s Charlie Mullins and Kailub Russell put on a show for the fans as the duo raced back and forth in the final miles of the opening round of the GNCC in River Ranch, Fla. In the end, Mullins came out with the win, while Russell was just seconds behind to earn the runner-up spot.
In the XC2 class, Grant Baylor put in a solid effort during the grueling three-hour race to finish fifth. Earlier in the day, reigning Women’s class champion Maria Forsberg came from behind in the early laps of the race to finish on the podium in third.
The GNCC riders don’t get much time to rest with Round 2 just days away on March 17 at Aonia Pass MX in Washington, Ga.