Kailub Russell finished on the podium at the ninth round of the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series to clinch the 2015 championship title and become the first rider in the history of off-road racing to claim the GNCC and National Enduro Championships in the same season.
Russell, who injured his knee at the 90th running of the ISDE event two weeks ago, managed to secure the GNCC Championship last weekend. Then just one week later, he earned a podium result at the National Enduro that allowed him to wrap up the series championship one round early.
Not only did Russell make history as the first off-road rider to clinch the GNCC and National Enduro Championships in the same season, but he and his fatherJeff Russell also became the first father and son duo to have won championships in the same series.
Kailub Russell was crowned the 2015 GNCC Champion after an impressive fourth place result at round ten of the series just one week after injuring his knee.
Russell debated whether or not to compete in the GNCC race after injuring his knee at the ISDE race one week ago. However, with the title on the line he suited up and gave it all he had to come home with a top five result while wrapping up the championship title three rounds early. Russell got off to a good start and put in a couple decent sprint laps early on to secure a place inside the top ten. “I knew I needed to be inside the top ten to clinch the title so I went to work early to put myself in position,” stated Russell. Near the halfway mark, he stepped up his game and began creeping up on the top five riders. On the final lap he was able to move into fourth place and secure the championship.
“It was a good day,” stated the champion. “If I was going to write down on paper what I wanted to do, this would have been it. I was able to manage the race pretty well today and I had a lot of fun on the track. I’m very honored to win another championship and am grateful to my team, my family and my friends that have helped support me this season.”
In spite of the grueling muddy conditions, Thomas Covington took the overall MX2 win at the MXGP of Leon, Mexico. It was the first moto win and overall victory for the American rider. In moto 1 Covington had a solid start to the race and battled in the slippery mud to a fourth place finish. In moto 2 Covington wicked it up a notch, and lead from the second lap to the checkered flag, securing his top spot of the podium. Covington is looking to carry this momentum forward to his home race and the MXGP season finale at Glen Helen Raceway, CA next weekend.