The second round of the 2018 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series, an AMA National Championship, took place March 10-11 at Wild Boar GNCC in Palatka, Florida. With the season just beginning and tensions kept high, riders attempted to establish themselves as a series frontrunner over the weekend of racing.

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Photo Credit: Ken Hill | Courtesy of GNCC

Motorcycle Report

In the XC1 Open Pro class, the race began with Kaven Benoit taking the holeshot early on. By the time the racers entered the woods, Steward Baylor Jr. had taken over the lead and was closely followed by Josh Strang. Running order for the top two spots would stay the same until lap four when Kailub Russell worked his way back from a mid-pack start to take over the lead. With four of the six laps complete in what would end up being a three hour race, the riders had thinned out.

After his strong start, Josh Strang began to lose ground and fell back several positions. Meanwhile, both Thad Duvall and Trevor Bollinger made their way forward. Duvall and Bollinger jockeyed for position, both flirting with a potential podium finish, but Duvall remained ahead. At the checkers, Kailub Russell took his second 1st-place finish of the season, while Baylor landed in 2nd and Duvall finished 3rd. Bollinger finished in 4th place.

Russell took a commanding lead in the overall points race after his Wild Boar performance, collecting 60 total points just two races into the season. Baylor and Duvall currently stand in 2nd and 3rd, but the two riders are tied for 2nd place with 46 points.

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Photo Credit: Ken Hill | Courtesy of GNCC

Top 20 Overall Motorcycle Results

Pos. No.NameMachineClassPointsOverall Points
11WALKER FOWLER
YAM
XC1 Pro - ATV
3060
2521ADAM MCGILL
HON
XC1 Pro - ATV
2543
33JARROD M MCCLURE
HON
XC1 Pro - ATV
2137
44CHRIS M BORICH
SUZ XC1 Pro - ATV
1839
52BRYCEN NEAL
YAM
XC1 Pro - ATV
1641
6733COLE RICHARDSON
YAM
XC1 Pro - ATV
1529
7741WESTLEY WOLFE
SUZ
XC1 Pro - ATV
1429
89DEVON FEEHAN
HON
XC1 Pro - ATV
1324
98MARTIN CHRISTOFFERSON
HON
XC1 Pro - ATV
1219
1015TUCKER L WYATT
HON XC1 Pro - ATV
1115
117HUNTER HART
YAM
XC2 Pro Am - ATV
1010
1210JOHNNY GALLAGHER
YAM
XC1 Pro - ATV
921
13303MATTHEW LINDLE
HON
XC2 Pro Am - ATV
810
1412GREG S COVERT
YAM XC1 Pro - ATV
710
15712JOHN GLAUDA JR
YAM XC2 Pro Am - ATV
66
16703AUSTIN ABNEY
HON
XC2 Pro Am - ATV
514
17219BEN R KOWALEWSKI
HON
XC2 Pro Am - ATV
49
18191KENNY SHICK
YAM XC2 Pro Am - ATV
33
19714RONNIE RUSCH
YAMCollege A (16-21) - ATV
22
20252GABRIEL NAUD
YAM XC2 Pro Am - ATV
11

ATV Report

Once the race began, Walker Fowler made it clear that he intended to win Wild Boar in the same fashion he’d won Big Buck when he jumped out in front and battled Westley Wolfe for the holeshot. Westley held Fowler off and earned himself the holeshot, but Fowler ended up taking the lead by the time the pair reached the woods section of the course. Fowler maintained his lead, but Adam McGill pushed up through the field.

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Photo Credit: Ken Hill | Courtesy of GNCC

After closing the gap, McGill began to pressure Fowler but hit a stump and suffered a crash, ending his hopes of overtaking Fowler. Despite the crash, McGill maintained his 2nd-place position. The battle for 3rd heated up near the end of the race after Jarrod McClure pushed his way through the pack and began nipping at the heels of Chris Borich before passing him outright. The results at the finish line had Fowler taking 1st, McGill landing 2nd, and McClure rounding out the podium in 3rd.

Fowler’s back-to-back wins at Big Buck and Wild Boar gave 60 overall points and a commanding lead. Adam McGill stands in 2nd with 43 points and looks to be in for a fight with Brycen Neal who is in 3rd with 41 points. Borich and McClure are close behind the top three with 39 and 37 points respectively.

Top 20 Overall ATV Results

Pos.No.NameMachineClassPointsSeries Points
11
KAILUB K RUSSELL
KTM
XC1 Open Pro - Bike
3060
2514
STEWARD BAYLOR JR
KTM
XC1 Open Pro - Bike
2546
3989
THADDEUS DUVALL
HQVXC1 Open Pro - Bike
2146
4530
BENJAMIN M KELLEY
KTM
XC2 250 Pro - Bike
1832
5206
JOSHUA M TOTH
KTM
XC2 250 Pro - Bike
1631
6739
TREVOR BOLLINGER
HONXC1 Open Pro - Bike
1533
7523
LAYNE MICHAEL
HQVXC1 Open Pro - Bike
1427
8117
PASCAL RAUCHENECKER
HQVXC2 250 Pro - Bike
1325
9114
JOSH V STRANG
HQVXC1 Open Pro - Bike
1228
108
CRAIG B DELONG
HQVXC2 250 Pro - Bike
1120
11212
RICKY A RUSSELL
YAMXC1 Open Pro - Bike
1020
12123
AUSTIN LEE
HONXC2 250 Pro - Bike
920
13314
GRANT BAYLOR
KTM
XC1 Open Pro - Bike
814
14282
MICHAEL WITKOWSKI
BET
XC2 250 Pro - Bike
77
15121
CORY BUTTRICK
HQVXC1 Open Pro - Bike
66
16228
BRENDAN RIORDAN
YAM
XC2 250 Pro - Bike
55
1717
JESSE GROEMM
KTM
XC1 Open Pro - Bike
44
1837
JESSE ANSLEY
KTM
XC3 125 Pro-Am - Bike
33
19198
LIAM DRAPER
HQVXC2 250 Pro - Bike
23
20722
ZACK HAYES
KTM
XC2 250 Pro - Bike
11
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Photo Credit: Ken Hill | Courtesy of GNCC

UTV Report

UTV racing at Wild Boar was exciting and jam-packed with over 100 entrants ready to line up. When the checkered flag came out, Kevin Trantham came across the line in 1st. Cody Miller, the defending national champ, came in 2nd, while Hunter Miller, his brother, rounded out the podium in 3rd.

The two Miller brothers both had great results and incredibly close times that were within four tenths of a second from each other. Walker Fowler was only about 14 seconds off the Millers’ pace, but even with that impressive performance, he finished just off the podium in 4th.

Kevin Trantham’s performance earned him 30 points on the weekend for a total of 39 overall. H. Miller and Fowler earned 21 and 18 points respectively, also giving the two riders 39 total points. So while Collin Truett is still holding onto his lead with 41 points, Trantham, H. Miller, and Fowler are in a three-way tie for 2nd.

Top 20 Overall UTV Results

Pos.No.NameMachineClassPointsSeries Points
14KEVIN TRANTHAM
POL
UXC1 Pro Turbo - UTV
3039
21CODY MILLER
YAM
UXC1 Pro Turbo - UTV
2525
32HUNTER MILLER
CAN
UXC1 Pro Turbo - UTV
2139
413WALKER FOWLER
YAM
UXC1 Pro Turbo - UTV
1839
517COLLIN TRUETT
POLUXC2 Pro - UTV
1641
66SEAN BOGDAN
POLUXC1 Pro Turbo - UTV
1515
712MICHAEL SWIFT
POLUXC1 Pro Turbo - UTV
1428
8623ERIC PALOMAKI
YAM UXC3 Pro-Am - UTV
1313
9333CJ GREAVES
YAMUXC2 Pro - UTV
1212
10126SCOTTIE LAWRENCE
CAN
UXC3 Pro-Am - UTV
1124
11122SHAWN HESS
YAMUXC2 Pro - UTV
1010
1214MATT ZEILER
CANUXC2 Pro - UTV
916
13222COHL SECOY
YAM
UXC1 Pro Turbo - UTV
88
14706DWIGHT POLLARD
CAN
UXC3 Pro-Am - UTV
713
15614JEREMY WALLIS
CAN
UXC3 Pro-Am - UTV
617
16101MATTHEW KEESEE
POL
UXC3 Pro-Am - UTV
55
1777ROBERT BOYNTON
CAN
UXC2 Pro - UTV
47
18420LUKE SHEPHERD
CAN
UXC3 Pro-Am - UTV
315
19116SPENCER MODLIN
CAN
UXC2 Pro - UTV
22
2016JASON WATT
CAN
UXC2 Pro - UTV
11
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Photo Credit: Ken Hill | Courtesy of GNCC