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Cycle News 2020 Issue 41 October 13

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Russell Clinches Eighth Straight GNCC Title K ailub Russell, who announced at the beginning of the 2020 season that his would be his last, will go out on top, as he clinched his eighth straight GNCC title at the Mason-Dixon GNCC (round 11 of 12) in Taylortown, Pennsylva- nia, October 11. Russell came into the race dinged up, having injured his knee at the previous race in Ohio, but he gritted out the three- hour race, finishing third overall, which was more than enough to clinch the championship with one race left on the calendar. "To win one title is tough and to back it up is even harder, so to keep it going and go eight- straight is unreal," the long-time FMF KTM rider, Russell, said. "I never would have dreamed it was an actual possibility. There are too many variables in off-road racing—there's too much going on, too much time out there on the track and too many differ- ent conditions. Today, the track today was completely brutal. If we wouldn't have done two [pre- cautionary] filter swaps, there's no way we would have made it—it was pure silt from the drop of the gate. I banged myself up a couple weeks ago at the last race, and I was a little unsure of how it was going to go but we took it easy the last couple of weeks, and I really just wanted to get this thing out of the way so I just kept my nose to the ground today and we were able to make it happen. I have to give it up to the whole team, without Antti [Kallonen, FMF KTM Team IN THE WIND P56 Kailub Russell clinched his eighth consecutive GNCC title at the Mason-Dixon GNCC in Pennsylvania. PHOTOS: KEN HILL

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