Factory FMF/KTM rider Kailub Russell made history this past weekend by claiming the 2015 Kenda AMA National Enduro Championship, just one week after securing the AMA-sanctioned AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country National Championship.
Becomes first to clinch both championships in the same year
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (September 28, 2015) - Factory FMF/KTM rider Kailub Russell made history this past weekend by claiming the 2015 Kenda AMA National Enduro Championship, just one week after securing the AMA-sanctioned AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country National Championship. Russell is the first racer in the history of off-road racing to clinch both the GNCC and National Enduro Championships in the same season.
Both championships come after the official announcement that Russell had, in fact, torn his ACL during the International Six Days Enduro in Slovakia just two weeks ago. Pushing through his injury, Russell was able to finish on the podium this past weekend at round nine of the National Enduro Championship with a third place overall.
Kailub Russell earned the 2015 GNCC and National Enduro Championships just one week apart from each other. Photo: Shan Moore
"A few weeks ago when I hurt my knee," Russell said. "I wasn't sure what I would be able to do with the two championships I had on the line. I am so thankful I was able to ride through this injury and win these championships. I had a great season, and I am very grateful to my team for their support."
In addition to becoming the first rider to ever claim the GNCC and National Enduro championships in the same season, the National Enduro championship is also historically significant as he and his father, Jeff Russell, became the first ever father and son duo to claim AMA National Enduro Championships.
Kailub and Jeff Russell have become the only father son duo to earn National Enduro Championships. Photo: Shan Moore
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About GNCC Racing
The AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series presented by Maxxis is America's premier off-road racing series. Founded in 1975, the 13-round championship is produced exclusively by Racer Productions. Cross-country racing is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. The grueling three-hour GNCC races lead as many as 2,000 riders through tracks ranging in length from eight to 12 miles. With varied terrain, including hills, woods, mud, dirt, rocks and motocross sections, GNCC events are tests of both survival and speed. The series draws talent from all over the U.S., Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. GNCC Racing is televised weekly on NBC Sports and RacerTV.com. For more information, please visit www.gnccracing.com.