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Cycle News 2020 Issue 26 June 30

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OFF-ROAD GRAND NATIONAL CROSS-COUNTRY SERIES, PRESENTED BY SPECIALIZED ROUND 7 / JUNE 28, 2020 MILLFIELD, OHIO P54 BY SHAN MOORE PHOTOGRAPHY BY KEN HILL I t's quite appropriate that Kailub Russell won the John Penton GNCC on a factory KTM, since John Penton was the person who originally imported KTM motorcycles into the U.S., which, early on, were called Pentons. The John Penton GNCC is one of the lon- gest-running races of the series. Although he now lives in North Carolina, this is where Russell grew up, at the very track the John Penton is now held. Russell hadn't won here since 2016, and since he is retiring from GNCC racing at the end of the season, he was determined to finish off his final John Penton GNCC with a big win. And he did just that, taking a 59-second margin of victory ahead of Babbitt's Online/Monster Energy/Team Green Kawasaki's Josh Strang. Russell battled early-on with FMF/KTM teammate Ben Kelley and then ended the race leading Strang to the checkers. Strang kept Russell honest by not allowing him the luxury of having enough time to recover should he crash hard like he did at Camp Coker. Kailub Russell (1) chalked up his 66th career GNCC win but his first John Penton win since 2016. KAILUB RUSSELL CHALKS UP 66TH CAREER WIN RUSSELL MASTERS

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