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2017 S.C. Big Buck GNCC Results

Cycle News Staff | March 6, 2017

2017 S.C. Big Buck GNCC Results – Steward Baylor got the 2017 Amsoil Grand National Cross Country Series started with a big win at the VP Racing Fuels Big Buck GNCC, March 5. It was the first career GNCC win for the SRT/KTM rider.

2017 S.C. Big Buck GNCC Results

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Steward Baylor (514) pulled away from defending champ Kailub Russell to win the 2017 GNCC opener in South Carolina. Photography by Ken Hill

Defending champ Kailub Russell (FMF/KTM) finished a hard-earned second and Ryan Sipes (Coastal Racing/Husqvarna) finished out the race in third.

Nearly 700 racers turned out for the series opener, making it crowded on the racecourse, and Josh Strang (Rockstar Energy/Factory Husqvarna) got things started by grabbing the All Balls Racing $250 Holeshot Award, but he came into the race with an ankle that was still not fully healed from an injury that he sustained while competing in last year’s ISDE. As a result, he couldn’t maintain the fast pace and started to drop back. At one point, he stopped to help an injured rider and eventually pulled out of the race.

Beta’s Jordan Ashburn led for a bit, then it was Russell’s turn to take the reigns, but Baylor was right behind him during the second lap of what would be a six-lap race. (Lap times were right around the 30-minute mark.)

Not long after taking the lead, Russell was delayed by a lapped rider right at the worst possible moment—on a hill. This allowed Baylor to take the lead, and Russell started the third lap 23 seconds behind Baylor.

Knowing Russell, the defending champ wasn’t far behind him, Baylor kicked it into high gear and focused on being smooth and fast in the S.C. woods. He actually put a second on Russell after the fourth lap and another five seconds on Russell after the fifth lap.

Russell just couldn’t gain any time on the flying Baylor.

2017 S.C. Big Buck GNCC Results

When the checkered flag came out after the sixth lap, Baylor had opened up his lead over Russell by another full minute, officially crossing the finish line 1:29.187 ahead of Russell.

“I knew coming into this race that Russell and [Thad] Duvall [who was fourth after the first lap] would be the guys to be with,” said Baylor. “I put myself in a position to ride with them. Once Russell made his mistake and I had a clear trail, I gave it everything I could to get a big lead knowing that every second counts, because Russell is the fastest guy on the line. I just knew I couldn’t make a mistake and it feels great to pull off my first win not only at the season opener, but also in front of my friends and family.”

Russell admitted that he just couldn’t catch Baylor once Baylor got into the lead.

“We had a pretty decent day—nothing special but nothing terrible—it was just kind of so-so. Stu was riding really well, he had the pressure on me there when I got into the lead and him and I were out front. I got tangled up with a lapper on the hill climb and dropped back to fou to do with the congested trail. He was well over two minutes behind Russell at the end of the race.

“I started in sixth but I eventually caught up with Baylor and Russell and was right on their back wheels when the lappers got pretty bad,” said Sipes. “They were both riding really good and when I lost them it was hard to make up time.”

The 2016 XC2 Champion, Trevor Bollinger made his XC1 debut and put his JCR Honda in fourth place at the finish. It was a day of playing catch-up for the Honda rider, as he completed the first lap in 10th place. By lap two he was in seventh, by lap three he was fourth, where he would stay for the duration of the race. He finished 25 seconds behind Sipes.

N-Fab/AmPro Yamaha’s Ricky Russell rounded out the top five. At one point in the race, he was 12th, but after halfway, he put in a charge that carried him up the leaderboard, finishing 36 seconds behind Bollinger.

Enduro champ Russell Bobbitt (FMF/KTM) was sixth, 41 seconds behind Ricky Russell, and Chris Bach, now riding a KTM after a few years on a Honda, was seventh. Grant Baylor (Husqvarna), Ashburn and Cory Buttrick (KTM) completed the top 10 in the XC1 class.

2017 S.C. Big Buck GNCC Results

to do with the congested trail. He was well over two minutes behind Russell at the end of the race.

“I started in sixth but I eventually caught up with Baylor and Russell and was right on their back wheels when the lappers got pretty bad,” said Sipes. “They were both riding really good and when I lost them it was hard to make up time.”

The 2016 XC2 Champion, Trevor Bollinger made his XC1 debut and put his JCR Honda in fourth place at the finish. It was a day of playing catch-up for the Honda rider, as he completed the first lap in 10th place. By lap two he was in seventh, by lap three he was fourth, where he would stay for the duration of the race. He finished 25 seconds behind Sipes.

N-Fab/AmPro Yamaha’s Ricky Russell rounded out the top five. At one point in the race, he was 12th, but after halfway, he put in a charge that carried him up the leaderboard, finishing 36 seconds behind Bollinger.

Enduro champ Russell Bobbitt (FMF/KTM) was sixth, 41 seconds behind Ricky Russell, and Chris Bach, now riding a KTM after a few years on a Honda, was seventh. Grant Baylor (Husqvarna), Ashburn and Cory Buttrick (KTM) completed the top 10 in the XC1 class.

2017 S.C. Big Buck GNCC Results

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Josh Toth won the XC2 class. Photography by Ken Hill

In XC2, Joshua Toth (N-Fab/AmPro Yamaha) and Layne Michael (Coastal Racing Husqvarna) battled back and forth for the win. Toth led after lap one, than Michael took over four a couple of laps before Toth got back into the lead, which he kept for the rest of the race. Toth managed to pull away at the end and took the checkers 1:28.828 seconds ahead of Michael.

“I got off to a good start, and was able to work my way into the lead on the first lap,” said Toth. “I knew Michael was right behind me so I just kept pushing and it paid off.”

Craig DeLong (Coastal Racing Husqvarna) wasn’t far behind in third, followed by Michael Witkowski (KTM) and Austin Lee (Hon).

In the FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am class, Jack Edmondson (Coastal Racing) took the win, followed by Jason Thomas and former GNCC champ Paul Whibley (N-Fab/AmPro Yamaha).

Cody Barnes was the top Amateur-class rider. Evan Earl and Levi Keller joined Barnes on the podium.

In the WXC class, Tayla Jones (Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4 Arrive-N-Ride) grabbed the early lead and never looked back to take the win. However, Becca Sheets (Fly Racing/Maxxis/Seat Concepts/KTM) kept things close the whole way and had to settle for second.

MacKenzie Tricker (KTM) was third.

2017 S.C. Big Buck GNCC Results

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(Left to right) Kailub Russell, Steward Baylor and Ryan Sipes celebrate on the XC1 podium at the Big Buck GNCC.

2017 S.C. Big Buck GNCC Results

VP Racing Fuels Big Buck GNCC

Union, South Carolina

Round 1 of 13

Sunday, March 5

XC1 Open Pro Event Results:

  1. Steward Baylor Jr. (KTM)
  2. Kailub Russell (KTM)
  3. Ryan Sipes (HUS)
  4. Trevor Bollinger (HON)
  5. Ricky Russell (YAM)
  6. Russell Bobbitt (KTM)
  7. Chris Bach (KTM)
  8. Grant Baylor (HUS)
  9. Jordan Ashburn (BET)
  10. Cory Buttrick (KTM)

*Overall National Championship Standings:

  1. Steward Baylor Jr. (30)
  2. Kailub Russell (25)
  3. Ryan Sipes (21)
  4. Josh Toth (18)
  5. Trevor Bollinger (16)
  6. Ricky Russell (15)
  7. Russell Bobbitt (14)
  8. Layne Michael (13)
  9. Chris Bach (12)
  10. Grant Baylor (11)

*Indicates that the Overall National Championship Standings will determine the 2017 National Champion.

XC2 250 Pro Event Results:

  1. Josh Toth (YAM)
  2. Layne Michael (HUS)
  3. Craig Delong (HUS)
  4. Michael Witkowski (KTM)
  5. Austin Lee (HON)
  6. Benjamin Kelley (KTM)
  7. Chris Venditti (YAM)
  8. Jesse Groemm (KTM)
  9. Ryder Lafferty (KTM)
  10. Zack Hayes (KTM)

XC2 250 Pro Series Standings:

  1. Josh Toth (30)
  2. Layne Michael (25)
  3. Craig Delong (21)
  4. Michael Witkowski (18)
  5. Austin Lee (16)
  6. Benjamin Kelley (15)
  7. Chris Venditti (14)
  8. Jesse Groemm (13)
  9. Ryder Lafferty (12)
  10. Zack Hayes (11)

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2017 S.C. Big Buck GNCC Results

 

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Dante Oliveria was flying in the Pro2 Lites division.

In Pro 2 Lites, RPM/KTM’s Dante Oliveria won his fourth consecutive race. Austin Serpa and Clayton Hengeveld rounded out the podium.

Oliveria nabbed the holeshot and was never seriously challenged, but his race was nearly over before it started.

“Maxxis saved the day,” said Oliveria. “I noticed I had a tire Mousse [inner tube] issue while going to the starting line and they took my tire off and changed it.”

Serpa challenged Oliveria but faded late in the tough test. “I thought I had the holeshot, but Dante jumped in front of me,” said Serpa. “He put some time on me. I was slowly getting some of that time back, but, at the end, I was really looking for the checkers. It was a tough race.”

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Brandy Richards topped Saturday’s Women’s Pro first moto.

After a double-header weekend of racing at the Crazy Horse Campground for the WORCS Pro Women racers, Tatum Sik maintained her points lead after scoring two podium finishes. Brandy Richards won Saturday’s race and sits second in points. Tarah Gieger, Britney Gallegos and Lauren Woods round out the top five.

Sik shook off a shoulder injury after falling in practice to finish third in Saturday’s race and second Sunday. She currently holds a 14-point lead over Richards in the Championship.

“I went down hard,” said Sik. “I’m just glad to be on the podium. I wasn’t even sure I could ride, so to be able to ride that well, I’m stoked. It’s been a rough season. I had a great round at Taft and I’ve been struggling ever since. I had a huge crash at Primm, one at South Point and now one at Havasu. It’s been pretty tough, but I’ve managed to be on the podium every round.”

Interestingly, she’s racing an eight-year old Suzuki RM-Z250 given to her by Travis Pastrana. “After my get off at Primm, we had to completely rebuild the bike,” said Sik. “I went to test it at Glen Helen the day before the next race, and the crank broke. I had an old bike that Pastrana gave me seven years ago, so that’s what I raced.”

Brandy Richards, who is from Lake Havasu, is a 15-year veteran and in her third year as a WORCS Pro. Given that she’s only 19 that means she’s been racing since she was four! Richards won Saturday’s race, marking her third consecutive victory, but she had a hard crash in Sunday’s event, which ended her win streak while leading. She ended up fourth and is second in points despite missing the first round with a knee injury.

“I love the tracks and the atmosphere here in WORCS, and winning in your hometown is the best feeling,” said Richards. “In the second race, I was trying to pass a lapper, caught a soft spot on a berm and went over the bars hard. I’m really sore. I’m pretty disappointed, but I hope that I can come back better.”

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Tara Geiger won the Women’s Pro race on Sunday. It was her first win in WORCS.

Geiger won her first ever WORCS Pro Women’s race Sunday. She battled with Sik in both races, bringing back memories of racing her in motocross. She is in her first full season of WORCS competition.

“Tatum and I had some fun battles,” said Geiger of her victory. “I got past her early, and then let off a little too much and she passed me. She stalled at the finish line about halfway through and I took the lead for good there. It was a fun race. The track was getting really rough and the lappers were tough for the last 15 minutes, so it was about being smart and not make a silly mistake. She passed me in the lake section. It was kind of refreshing, actually.”

Brittany Gallegos put together a fourth-place finish in Saturday’s race, but a hard get off resulted in a DNF on Sunday.

“It happens to the best of us. We’ll take it for what it is and move on,” said Gallegos of her crash. “I went to hit one of the tables, hit a square edge and went right over the bars. I kept running, but the bike caught up to me and took me out. My leg is hurt pretty bad and my knee is pretty torn up, but we’ll have to see.”

RESULTS

PRO

  1. Justin Wallis (Bet)
  2. Justin Jones (Hon)
  3. Travis Coy (KTM)
  4. Robby Bell (Kaw)
  5. Gary Sutherlin (KTM)
  6. Blayne Thompson (Yam)
  7. Justin Seeds (Kaw)
  8. Colton Udall
  9. Mark Samuels
  10. Dalton Shirey (Hus)

PRO2

  1. Carlen Gardener (KTM)
  2. Josh Mosiman (Hus)
  3. Cody Schafer (Kaw)
  4. Logan Chambers (KTM)
  5. Travis Damon (Hon)

PRO2 LITES

  1. Dante Oliveira (KTM)
  2. Austin Serpa (KTM)
  3. Clayton Hengeveld (Kaw)
  4. Mason Ottersberg (Hus)
  5. Preston Campbell (Hon)

WOMEN PRO

  1. Tarah Gieger (Hon)
  2. Tatum Sik (Hon)
  3. Mica Diaz (Suz)
  4. Brandy Richards (KTM)

 

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