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MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – The 2014 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Nation Series provided by Maxxis, an AMA Championship game, heads right into the last round of racing this Sunday, Oct. 26 with the 20th operating of the AMSOIL Ironman GNCC. Held in Crawfordsville, Indiana, Ironman is anticipated to attract among the largest groups of the season with its festival-like environment and pink livery in honor of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. With the XC1 Pro and XC2 Pro Lites Championships currently completed, rounded 13 will certainly be less about points as well as even more regarding pride as a deep area of ability is anticipated to contend in this year’s highly awaited period ending.

Josh Strang holds all the momentum from last round’s success going into the ending Photo: Hill

Lately crowned two-time GNCC National Champion Kailub Russell will again attempt his hand in putting an underpowered KTM 150XC two-stroke right into the center of the platform this Sunday, despite a highly competitive area outfitted with 450-and 350cc four-strokes, along with higher powered 250cc two-strokes in the XC1 Pro course. While it appears like an accomplishment that could not easily be completed, Russell almost pulled it off at the last round after an intense three-hour battle with Rocky Hill ATV * MC/N-Fab AmPro Yamaha’s Josh Strang. Nonetheless, after a hard-fought come-from-behind efficiency, Strang prevailed with a large victory for the Yamaha brand name, they was initially of the 2014 season. But possibly even more vital is the confidence increase that Strang has actually been searching for given that his championship-defending season in 2011. The Australian local has actually thrown his name back into the ring of heavy hitters who will certainly all be planning to assert the last success of the season, whether it’s for pride, points or even to secure the offer on a flight for following season.

Kailub Russell will certainly attempt to place a KTM 150XC into the center of the podium Image: Hillside

One biker that has actually verified his benefit this season is N-Fab/AmPro Yamaha’s Jordan Ashburn, that has actually been a strong podium competitor in the second half of the season. Ashburn has actually put forth one of one of the most consistent seasons of his professional career, where he currently sits third in the champion standings however the Tennessee native is searching for that first victory prior to the season mores than.

Jordan Ashburn is gunning for his first occupation victory at the period finale Picture: Hill

Along with the existing heavy hitters and also past GNCC Champions, the Ironman GNCC will welcome a full panel of notable bikers to the XC1 Pro line this weekend break. Formerly hurt Manufacturing facility FMF/KTM riders Charlie Mullins as well as Guardian Baylor have actually verified to be recouped and also all set to test the front-runners, while XC2 Pro Lites Champion Give Baylor will certainly make his XC1 launching this Sunday. Furthermore, Globe Enduro Champ and Italian native Alex Salvini will certainly complete in his first-ever GNCC under the JCR/Honda outdoor tents, together with his teammate for the weekend – Icelandic Enduro and Motocross Champ Kari Johnson. Australian Enduro Champ Daniel Milner will certainly also compete in his second GNCC of the season as N-Fab/AmPro Yamaha’s most recent addition, including even more of an international panache to the front row.

Charlie Mullins is back into the swing of points after a dual wrist injury previously in the period Photo: Hill

After sitting out 4 rounds this season with an injury, Mullins made an outstanding go back to racing last round with a solid fourth area generally. The 2011 champ even led a few laps early on and also is anticipated to be a big competitor this weekend break. In addition, two-time GNCC Champ Paul Whibley will certainly be seeking to contest the win aboard his N-Fab/AmPro Yamaha trip. Whibley experienced a few setbacks at the beginning of the period yet the New Zealand citizen has continuouslied garner strength as the season advances.

Chris Bach will certainly aim to excite the home town group with a podium finish at Ironman Image: Hillside

As an Indiana native, JCR/Honda’s Chris Bach heads right into the weekend with a home state advantage over the remainder of the area. With an all-new group and also producer behind him, Bach has actually presented a solid initiative regardless of a few unlucky issues in the process. Bach holds 8th area in the championship standings, simply behind Manufacturing facility Husqvarna’s Andrew DeLong.

KTM Assistance rider Give Baylor completed the XC2 Pro Lites Champion at the last round and also will shift his gears to the XC1 Pro course for the period ending, opening up a big area in the center of the XC2 platform. With Raines Riding University/Atlas Cycles’ Ricky Russell out with injury for the rest of the period, cyclists such as Trevor Bollinger and KR4 Arrive-N-Ride’s Nick Davis will certainly look to assume the placement. Bollinger as well as Davis have actually corresponded platform finishers this period, while RideMPS.com/ AMSOIL/Honda’s Layne Michael has tossed himself right into the mix numerous times.