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.”
Both Kailub Russell and Kacy Martinez took the win in their respective classes at the GNCC Round 7 event in Masontown, WV. Russell started his race in domineering fashion with a massive holeshot, but was bogged down in a rock section that allowed Ryan Sipes to pass him. Kailub and Ryan swapped the lead for the next three laps, but after the two racers came in for their pit stop, Russell was able to pull a 26 second gap on Sipes, and took the win going away. Martinez also had an uphill battle as she lost her lead in a tricky rock section that ended up putting her a minute and a half down on the competition. Martinez came charging back though, and reclaimed the lead and the win with over a minute gap to her nearest competitor.
The GNCC racing series continues in Millfield, OH on June 7th.
Kailub Russell earned 2nd overall at the sixth round of the GNCC Series to further increase his point lead in the championship standings. His teammate, Kacy Martinez, also increased her lead in the standings after claiming her fifth win of the season in the WXC class. The GNCC series picks up again on May 24th in Masontown WV.
Kailub Russell extended his win streak to five-in-a-row this weekend in Springville, Indiana. It was no walk through the daisies however as Russell crashed in the second turn of lap 1 and had to battle his way back to the front. Russell also had his hands full fighting off assaults by Grant Baylor through the entirety of the race. The GNCC series resumes May 9 and 10 in Odessa, New York.
KTM ThorMX rider Kailub Russell remains undefeated in the 2015 GNCC Series after claiming his fourth consecutive win at the Big Buck GNCC. Russell dominated the Big Buck GNCC from start to finish, leading the entire race and finishing with a minute between himself and second place.
Kacy Martinez finished second in the WXC class and maintains the championship points lead. The GNCC series picks up again April 26 in Springville, IN.
ThorMX KTM Factory rider Kailub Russell took his third consecutive win in a row to remain undefeated in the GNCC Series. Russell rode a flawless race to the checkered flag with a dominant 38 second lead over his competitors. Fellow teammate Kacy Martinez also remained undefeated in the women’s class, taking her third win of the series. Now with three rounds into the series, she leads the championship by 8 points. The next GNCC event picks up in Union, SC on April 12, 2015.
Thor KTM Factory Team rider Kailub Russell took another dominating win to make it two in a row for the first two rounds of the GNCC Series. Russell had a great jump off the start of the XC1 Pro class and pulled the holeshot as the riders rounded the first corner. Russell got bogged down in a few mud holes, but battled his way to an impressive win by over 2 minutes.
In the WXC class, Martinez pulled the holeshot and took the early lead. She had built a sizeable margin between herself and second place before she got stuck in a mud hole, then fell back to sixth. Martinez raced forward and on the final lap managed to battle her way to the top of the podium. This marks Martinez’s second consecutive win for the season.
Round 3 of the GNCC series picks up March 28th in Morganton, NC.
KTM Factory riders Kailub Russell and Kacy Martinez took wins at the opening round of the GNCC Series in the XC1 Pro and WXC classes respectively.
Russell got a great start off the line in the XC1 Pro class and quickly took the lead. He held it for the entire race and won with over two minutes between himself and second place.
Martinez began with a 10th place start, but passed for the lead within the first two miles. Once in the lead, she checked out and pulled almost two minutes over the next closest women’s rider.
The GNCC rider’s will now head to Washington, GA to compete in round 2 of the series on March 15, 2015
Thor KTM Factory rider Kailub Russell earned his career-best National Enduro finish with a 2nd overall this past weekend at the Sumter Enduro in South Carolina.