St. Clairsville, Ohio – Temperatures were a bit on the chilly side in eastern Ohio as Round 11 of the 2012 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series made its way to St. Clairsville, Ohio for the ITP Powerline Park GNCC. Factory FMF/KTM’s Kailub Russell bounced back from a tough loss last round to secure his fifth win of the season, now sitting within four points of current points leader Paul Whibley in the championship standings.
As if cold temperatures and challenging obstacles-such as the infamous “Powerline Mud Hole” and the tricky “Rock Garden”-weren’t grueling enough, scattered rainfall became yet another factor early in the three-hour afternoon race. AmPro Yamaha’s Paul Whibley continued his holeshot tradition by once again grabbing the $250 Motosport.com Holeshot Award where he led the opening lap with Factory FMF/KTM teammates Kailub Russell and Charlie Mullins close behind. However, things began to turn sour for Whibley around the halfway point as the current points leader began a series of crashes that caused him to significantly lose time on the leaders as the race wore on. Since Russell was able to land his first-ever XC1 win at Powerline Park in 2011, his confidence looked to be at an all time high this weekend.