Thor Riders Fill Out GNCC Podium with Russell and Forsberg Emerging Victorious

Thor’s Kailub Russell backed up his win at the seventh round of the GNCC season with another impressive ride at Round 8 in Masontown, W. Va. Russell had his work cut out for him as he headed into the woods close to last off the start, but he was able to gain control of the race by end of the first lap. After seven grueling laps on the muddy, technical track Russell came across the finish over three minutes ahead of second place. Russell’s new win-streak and consistency throughout the season has helped place him second in the championship standings, just five points out of the lead.

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The rider Russell is chasing in the points is teammate and fellow Thor MX rider Charlie Mullins, who put up a fight on the final lap of the race to come away with a podium finish in third. Mullins’ four wins and three additional podium finishes so far this season have kept him out front in the championship chase.

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Thor’s XC2 rider Grant Baylor made it to the podium for the sixth time this season, but it didn’t come easy. Baylor came around the first lap in seventh place and continued to charge over the course of the three-hour race to finish in the runner-up spot. Baylor currently leads the XC2 class standings and has a 14-point lead over second.

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Women’s class rider Maria Forsberg collected her fifth win of the season during the morning races, helping her to move back atop the standings into a tie for first. In addition to capturing the huge win in her class, Forsberg also earned her best overall result of the season in third.

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The next GNCC will also take place in West Virginia at the resort community of Snowshoe from June 29-30, 2013.Photos: digitaloffroad.com