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Kailub Russell Earns 40th Career-Victory

Kailub Russell Earns 40th Career-Victory in GNCC Racing at Ironman Season Finale

Round 13 – GNCC Series – October 30, 2016

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CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. – FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Kailub Russell earned his 40th career-victory in GNCC Racing on Sunday at the Ironman Grand National Cross Country finale in Indiana. His teammate, Russell Bobbitt, concluded the year with a strong top-five overall finish, while Kacy Martinez earned an impressive 2nd overall out of nearly 900 riders in the 10 a.m. race.

Held at Indiana’s famed Ironman Raceway, Round 13 of the GNCC Series showcased the largest rider turnout in the series’ history with a massive crowd of fans to match. While Kailub Russell wrapped up the XC1 Pro National Championship one round early, the four-time champion proved his winning desire with a hard-fought performance at the final round.

1 p.m. Race

As the green flag dropped, both Russell and Bobbitt got off to a mid-pack start as they entered the motocross section just outside the top five. By the end of the first lap, it was Russell out front aboard his KTM 350 XC-F, with Bobbitt close behind in 4th, also piloting a KTM 350 XC-F.

Russell was joined by Thad DuVall early on for the lead battle and by lap two the duo had built a sizable gap over the rest of the field. DuVall was able to get into the lead on lap four but a very determined Russell quickly charged back and overtook the top spot. Russell and DuVall continued to battle side-by-side into the final hour of racing but DuVall made a mistake that dropped him back to a 40-second deficit with two laps to go.

Russell was able to maintain his pace and consistency to ultimately finish 38 seconds ahead of DuVall to claim his 40th career-victory in GNCC Racing. Russell’s career milestone also serves as his 10th race win of the 13-round series, a feat that has never been done until now.

Kailub Russell: “It’s pretty cool to think that I’ve won 40 overalls since I started racing XC1 in 2011. The season has been good – 10 races is the most that anyone has won in a single season so I’m happy to make that happen along with a fourth GNCC title. The race was tough and Thad was riding really well in the first half but I just stayed focus on making good line choices and minimizing the mistakes and it paid off.”

Bobbitt maintained his 4th place position for the first half of the three-hour race but a small mistake in a slick rock section caused him to drop back a few positions on lap four. From there, the five-time National Enduro Champion climbed his way back up to the 5th place position, where he ultimately finished for the day.

Russell Bobbitt: “It was definitely rough out there but I had a lot of fun. I just tried to find the smoothest lines and connect things a little better. It was a pretty steady race – I know I have room to improve with GNCCs but a top five finish at the season finale is a good way to end the year and have a good stepping block into next season.”

Westfield Powersports/KTM-mounted Jordan Ashburn had a solid day of racing to ultimately finish 6th in the XC1 Pro Class, while SRT/KTM’s Cory Buttrick finished 9th. It was a tough ending to the day for SRT/KTM’s Steward Baylor Jr., who experienced a mechanical issue a few miles from the finish while running in the 3rd place position.

10 a.m. Race

In the 10 a.m. race, FMF KTM Factory Team rider Kacy Martinez powered her KTM 250 XC-F into a top three position off the start, where she engaged in a battle with Becca Sheets for the lead position. Martinez remained within striking distance of the leader all race until losing some time on the final lap due to lapped traffic. Martinez ultimately finished 2nd in the WXC Class and 2nd overall for the day.

Overall Results (XC1 Pro and XC2 Pro Lites Combined)

1. Kailub Russell – KTM
2. Thad DuVall
3. Grant Baylor
4. Ricky Russell
5. Russell Bobbitt – KTM
6. Jordan Ashburn – KTM
7. Benjamin Kelley
8. Layne Michael
9. Cory Buttrick – KTM
10. Vance Francis

WXC Results

1. Becca Sheets
2. Kacy Martinez – KTM
3. Mackenzie Tricker

Overall Point Standings

1. Kailub Russell (316)
2. Josh Strang (236)
3. Trevor Bollinger (166)
4. Jordan Ashburn (161)
5. Thad DuVall (155)
6. Steward Baylor Jr. (148)
7. Ricky Russell (141)
8. Craig DeLong (137)
9. Grant Baylor (132)
10. Layne Michael (122)

WXC Point Standings

1. Becca Sheets (178)
2. Kacy Martinez (172)
3. Brooke Cosner (165)
4. Kendall Lafollette (135)
5. Shelby Rolen (134)

Kailub Russell and Kacy Martinez Score Big Wins at John Penton GNCC

FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Kailub Russell and Kacy Martinez Score Big Wins at John Penton GNCC

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Round 7 – GNCC Series – May 29, 2016

MILLFIELD, Ohio – It was a successful day of racing for the FMF KTM Factory Racing Team as Kailub Russell and Kacy Martinez each scored an overall victory in their respective divisions at Round 7 of the GNCC Series. In addition to its success on the track, the entire FMF KTM Factory Racing Team was on hand all day to support and encourage Youth off-road racers for the 12th Annual KTM Youth Day at the John Penton GNCC.

The John Penton GNCC offered a rough course for riders on Sunday afternoon, showcasing many ruts, breaking bumps and high speed sections, while taking place in hot and humid conditions. In the 1 p.m. race, Russell fired his KTM 350 XC-F right away to capture the XC1 Pro Class holeshot and early lead.

The three-time GNCC National Champion immediately began to sprint in hopes of opening a gap on the rest of the field. However, Russell made a mistake and blew a turn, where he got caught up in a bunch of trees and ultimately lost two positions. After remounting, Russell reclaimed the front position and went back to work in establishing a comfortable lead over the rest of the field.

Russell maintained a steady gap through the first half of the race until the 2nd place rider of Josh Strang put on a charge to close the gap. Russell responded by dropping the hammer in the final two laps, where he ultimately finished over two-minutes ahead of Strang.

“I knew Josh was starting to make a charge near the end so I dropped the hammer and tried to create a bigger gap on him,” Russell said. “The track conditions were perfect today. It’s always fun to race at the John Penton GNCC, I’ve got a lot of friends here and it was nice to come back to my grandpa’s farm.”

FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Russell Bobbitt, current National Enduro Series points leader, joined his teammates for Round 7 of the GNCC Series where he finished 6th in the XC1 Pro Class and 10th overall. After getting a good jump off the line aboard his KTM 250 XC-F, Bobbitt got pinched off the start to begin the race at the back of the pack.

Bobbitt made up some ground early on but a crash sent him back once again after spending time re-entering the course where he came off. From there, Bobbitt worked his way back up to 6th and despite a couple of small crashes, the Georgia native finished solid in 6th place. Bobbitt has plans to race a majority of the remaining GNCC rounds as a replacement rider for the recently retired Charlie Mullins.

In the 10 a.m. race, FMF KTM Factory Team rider Kacy Martinez immediately put her KTM 250 XC-F out front after grabbing the WXC holeshot and early lead. Australian rider Tayla Jones passed Martinez for the lead on lap one and the duo continued to battle as Martinez got back around Jones on the same lap.

Martinez eventually settled into a comfortable lead over Jones, where she maintained her position for a majority of the race. Jones made a charge on lap four, where she came within 35 seconds of the leader Martinez but in the end, Martinez extended the gap to over one-minute as the checkered flag flew.

“It feels good to be on top of the box again,” Martinez said. “I had a couple struggles the last few rounds but I stayed with Charlie Mullins the week before this to train and work on some things and I felt really good today.”

Next Event: Odessa, New York – June 12, 2016

Overall Results (XC1 Pro and XC2 Pro Lites Combined)

1. Kailub Russell – KTM

2. Josh Strang

3. Thad DuVall

4. Ricky Russell

5. Craig DeLong

6. Layne Michael

7. Michael Witkowski – KTM

8. Steward Baylor Jr. – KTM

9. Trevor Bollinger

10. Russell Bobbitt – KTM

Results WXC Class

1. Kacy Martinez – KTM

2. Tayla Jones

3. Becca Sheets

Overall Point Standings

1. Kailub Russell (196)

2. Josh Strang (167)

3. Chris Bach (105)

4. Trevor Bollinger (89)

5. Jordan Ashburn (84)

6. Craig DeLong (81)

7. Daniel Milner (80)

8. Steward Baylor Jr. (75)

9. Thad DuVall (74)

10. Ryan Sipes (66)

Overall Point Standings WXC

1. Becca Sheets (130)

2. Brooke Cosner (126)

3. Kacy Martinez (120)

Kailub Russell Secures Fourth Consecutive Victory at the Limestone 100 GNCC

Kailub Russell Secures Fourth Consecutive Victory at the Limestone 100 GNCC

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GNCC Round 6 – May 15

SPRINGVILLE, Ind. – FMF KTM Factory Team rider Kailub Russell captured his fourth consecutive victory of the season on Sunday at Round 6 of the 2016 Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series in Springville, Indiana. After three grueling hours of battle, Russell executed an impressive last-lap pass on Josh Strang to ultimately secure the lead just moments before the checkered flag.

The Limestone GNCC saw heavy rainfall throughout the day on Saturday, making for muddy conditions on Sunday afternoon. In the XC1 Pro race, Russell got a decent jump off the line but he soon came together with Josh Strang on the slick off-camber straight-away, where he fell back to a mid-pack start. Russell quickly bounced back and made his way up to the front, where he engaged in a four-way battle for the lead with Thad DuVall, Josh Strang and Jordan Ashburn.

The front-runners swapped the lead several times throughout the three-hour race, with three different riders leading the way during the last three laps. With his eyes set on the lead position, Russell made a few mistakes late in the race that kept him in the 2nd place position heading into the final lap of racing.

As the white flag flew it was Strang who led the way, followed closely by Russell and DuVall but a quick pit stop then allowed DuVall to jump out front with the checkered flag in sight. However, things quickly changed as Strang reclaimed the lead with Russell on his tail heading into the final moments of the race. With about one mile left to go, Russell made a spectacular pass on Strang to reclaim the lead and ultimately earn his fourth consecutive victory this season.

“Coming into the last lap and the finish area I was almost settling for second because there was nowhere to pass, but Josh took a different line than I did and I got a good drive and good traction to get around the outside.”

Russell added, “It was a really tough day – the track was gnarly but it was fun and challenging,” Russell said. “It was really hard to lead, it was much easier to follow but those are the ones that are the most fun to race!”

In the 10 a.m. race, FMF KTM Factory Team rider Kacy Martinez got a good jump off the line and grabbed the lead after the first corner. Unfortunately due to the rough track conditions and slick rocks, Martinez got hung up and fell back to 3rd on lap two before making her way back into the 2nd place position.

Martinez then ran into an issue when she stalled the bike and couldn’t get it started, where she sat for about 40 minutes. After falling outside of the top ten, Martinez bounced back and charged her way into 7th place, where she salvaged some championship points for the day.

Next Event: Springville, Indiana – May 15, 2016

Overall Results (XC1 Pro and XC2 Pro Lites Combined)

1. Kailub Russell – KTM

2. Josh Strang

3. Thad DuVall

4. Jordan Ashburn – KTM

5. Chris Bach

6. Trevor Bollinger

7. Craig DeLong

8. Benjamin Kelley

9. Joshua Toth

10. Daniel Milner

Results WXC Class

1. Brooke Cosner

2. Tayla Jones

3. Becca Sheets

4. Sarah Baldwin

5. Allie Spurgeon – KTM

6. Samantha Steiner

7. Kacy Martinez – KTM

Overall Point Standings

1. Kailub Russell (166)

2. Josh Strang (142)

3. Chris Bach (105)

4. Jordan Ashburn (84)

5. Daniel Milner (80)

6. Trevor Bollinger (77)

7. Ryan Sipes (66)

8. Craig DeLong (65)

9. Steward Baylor Jr. (62)

10. Thad DuVall (53)

Overall Point Standings WXC

1. Becca Sheets (112)

2. Brooke Cosner (109)

3. Kacy Martinez (100)

Kailub Russell Claims Victory at Round 3 of GNCC Series

KAILUB RUSSELL CLAIMS FIRST VICTORY OF THE SEASON AT ROUND 3 OF THE GNCC SERIES

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MORGANTON, N.C. – Less than six months into recovery from an off-season knee surgery, FMF KTM Factory Team rider Kailub Russell earned his first victory of the season at Round 3 of the 2016 Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series in Morganton, North Carolina.

Russell’s teammate, Charlie Mullins, made his first GNCC appearance of the season following an ongoing injury, where he shot out of the dead engine start to capture the XC1 Pro Class holeshot and early lead. Russell was forced to play catch up from the beginning as he struggled to fire his bike on the start. However, it didn’t take long for the reigning champion to work his way to the front, where he jumped into the second place position behind Mullins on the opening lap.

Russell made the pass on Mullins to take over the lead on lap two but a slight bobble by Russell on lap three allowed Chris Bach to get around him for the lead position. Meanwhile, while running inside the top five, Mullins experienced a hard-impact landing in the mud hole that ultimately ended his day due to his recovery status.

Halfway through the three-hour race, Russell had worked his way past Bach to overtake the lead. From there, Russell began to put a gap on the second place position, which then became points leader Josh Strang. Russell was able to maintain a comfortable gap over Strang throughout the end of the race, where he ultimately finished over a minute ahead of the runner-up.

“It was a tough day to get going. I choked on the start, gave it too much gas and the bike didn’t fire,” Russell said. “I was able to sneak to the inside and make some passes to get behind Charlie [Mullins] on the first lap. Chris [Bach] caught up and got around me and from there I kind of bided my time and picked my way around lappers. I was able to fall into a groove and then I rode a smooth rest of the race.”

Russell now sits nine points behind Strang in the XC1 Pro Championship standings.

FMF KTM Factory Team rider Kacy Martinez continues to lead the point standings in the WXC division following a close second place finish at Round 3. Martinez got off to an early lead in the two-hour race but through a series of back-and-forth scenarios with competitor Becca Sheets, Martinez ultimately came short of the win.

Next Event: Union, South Carolina – April 17, 2016

Overall Results (XC1 Pro and XC2 Pro Lites Combined)

1. Kailub Russell – KTM

2. Josh Strang

3. Chris Bach

4. Ryan Sipes

5. Trevor Bollinger

6. Layne Michael

7. Daniel Milner

8. Craig DeLong

9. Jordan Ashburn – KTM

10. Grant Baylor

Results WXC Class

1. Becca Sheets

2. Kacy Martinez – KTM

3. Brooke Cosner

4. Rachel Gutish – KTM

Overall Point Standings

1. Josh Strang (85)

2. Kailub Russell (76)

3. Daniel Milner (51)

4. Trevor Bollinger (49)

5. Ryan Sipes (48)

6. Chris Bach (46)

7. Steward Baylor Jr. (37)

8. Grant Baylor (35)

9. Craig DeLong (26)

10. Jesse Groemm (25)

Overall Point Standings WXC

1. Kacy Martinez (59)

2. Becca Sheets (58)

3. Brooke Cosner (53)

Kailub Russell Earns 30th Career Victory

Kailub Russell Earns 30th Career Victory at a Challenging Snowshoe GNCC
Kacy Martinez Clinches WXC Championship at Round 9

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Snowshoe, W. Va. – FMF KTM Factory rider Kailub Russell earned his eighth victory of the season at Sunday’s Snowshoe GNCC in West Virginia, a race that is arguably deemed the toughest of the 13-race series. Earlier in the day, Russell’s teammate Kacy Martinez clinched her second straight WXC title with her eighth win of the season as well.

Heavy rainfall in the weeks leading up to Sunday’s race presented extreme conditions on the already challenging race course. Slick rocks and tree roots made up a majority of the 13-mile course but it was the infamous “Howard” mud hole that proved to be the most difficult obstacle of the afternoon.

In a unique live-engine starting procedure, Kailub Russell took off from the front row alongside four other riders. The reigning XC1 Pro Class Champion quickly put himself into the lead on the opening lap where he swapped that position with Ryan Sipes early on.

Thad DuVall then interjected himself into the mix, where he took over the lead on lap three, with Russell only 11 seconds behind in second. DuVall and Russell put on an exciting battle for the remainder of the afternoon, staying within five seconds of each other heading into the final two laps of the race. As the two-lap card fell, Russell powered his way into the lead and continued to put a gap on DuVall as the race closed out.

Russell ultimately finished one minute and 20 seconds ahead of DuVall to capture his eighth victory of the season and his 30th career win in GNCC, where he sits third on the all-time wins list behind Rodney Smith with 33 wins.

“I knew it was going to be a tough day after walking the track in the morning,” Russell said. “I had a fun day racing with Thad, he had a lot of good lines and I had some better ones in places so we kind of complemented each other all day. I’m glad I was able to put down a couple solid laps at the end to break away from him and get the win.”

Russell’s west coast teammate and member of the USA ISDE World Trophy Team, Taylor Robert, joined him at the ninth round, where he earned an impressive sixth place finish in the XC1 Pro class in his first-ever GNCC race.

FMF KTM Factory rider Kacy Martinez captured her eighth win of the season in a very challenging two and a half-hour race, thus clinching the 2015 WXC Championship with four rounds left to go. Martinez battled with KTM rider Rachel Gutish early in the race but the now two-time WXC Champion put her head down on the final lap and finished over 30 seconds ahead of second place.

“It feels great to capture the championship a few rounds early for the second year in a row,” stated Martinez. “My team built me an amazing bike and I have had a successful season because of that. I am looking forward to the remaining rounds.”

Next Event: New Berlin, New York – September 20, 2015

Overall Results (XC1 Pro and XC2 Pro Lites Combined)

1. Kailub Russell – KTM
2. Thad DuVall
3. Jordan Ashburn
4. Chris Bach
5. Jason Thomas – KTM
6. Trevor Bollinger
7. Grant Baylor
8. Taylor Robert – KTM
9. Steward Baylor Jr. – KTM
10. Daniel Milner

Overall Results WXC Class

1. Kacy Martinez – KTM
2. Rachel Gutish – KTM
3. Brooke Cosner
4. Ashley Copeland – KTM
5. Becca Sheets
6. Felicia Robichaud
7. Natasha Lachapelle – KTM
8. Cassidy Brown – KTM
9. Jessica Patterson
10. Taylor Johnson – KTM
Overall Point Standings XC1 Pro –
1. Kailub Russell (265)
2. Grant Baylor (161)
3. Thad DuVall (145)

Overall Point Standings WXC

1. Kacy Martinez (179) *CHAMPION
2. Becca Sheets (160)
3. Rachel Gutish (145)

Kailub Russell Earns First Career National Enduro Win

Kailub Russell Earns First Career National Enduro Win

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Park Hills, MO – FMF KTM Factory rider Kailub Russell took his first career Kenda AMA National Enduro win at the fifth round of the season after winning four of six special tests.

The current championship point’s leader started the race off just as he had the previous rounds with a first test win. “I always ride good at the beginning of the race,” stated Russell. “The difference is today I was able to ride good through the end and earn my first win.”

Russell won four special tests on his way to his first victory. Despite the slick conditions from some rain in the early morning, Russell was able to navigate the course cleanly aboard his new Factory Edition motorcycle to put together an impressive ride. His win at this round increases his point lead to 23 points at the halfway point of the series.

His teammate, Russell Bobbitt, and winner of the previous National Enduro round, had an up and down day. “I just never seemed to adjust to the bike or course conditions today,” stated Bobbitt. Bobbitt had his best test section in the fourth section of the day and his overall times earned him 5th overall. He is now tied for 2nd in the point standings.

Also just missing the podium was KTM support rider Steward Baylor. The KTM pilot had a solid run throughout the day to finish 4th overall.

Next Event: Upton, WY – June 14, 2015

Overall Results

1. Kailub Russell – KTM
2. Grant Baylor
3. Andrew DeLong
4. Steward Baylor – KTM
5. Russell Bobbitt – KTM
6. Ryan Sipes
7. Trevor Bollinger – KTM
8. Craig DeLong
9. Evan Smith – KTM
10. Brad Bakken

Overall Point Standings

1. Kailub Russell – 105
2. Steward Baylor – 82
3. Russell Bobbitt – 82