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Josh Strang NABS HIS FIRST GNCC WIN OF 2021

Steward Baylor’s four-race win streak in the Grand National Cross Country Series is over, as is Josh Strang’s recent run of bad luck. Somewhere in the middle sits the ever-consistent Ben Kelley, who continues to lead the standings.

Strang took his Babbitt’s Online/Monster Energy/Kawasaki Team Green machine to the win after a hard-fought battle with Kelley that came down to the last lap. Kelley led as the white flag came out, but Strang made the move and they both pushed to the verge of exhaustion at the finish, with Strang emerging with the win by just six seconds. It was a hot and humid day and after three hours of racing, the leaders were spent.

“Oh man, it’s round seven now and I feel like I was capable of getting a win at the first round,” said Strang on RacerTV.com. “So to take seven races, I’m bummed out to say the least. The last two races haven’t been all that good for me, so to get a win today, I was pumped.

MAKE IT FOUR-STRAIGHT IN GNCC FOR STEWARD BAYLOR

Stu Baylor’s comeback attempt in the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series continues, now featuring four-straight wins. That’s just in GNCC, also, because Stu has spent his other weekend’s winning in AMA National Enduro and the U.S. Sprint Enduro Series. Baylor started the GNCC season in a huge hole after missing round one with injury, and struggling at round two with a clutch problem. It’s been all wins since, and after his fourth-straight over the weekend in Indiana, he knows the score.

“Five points,” he said, accurately calculating his deficit to series’ leader Ben Kelley.

On this day, Baylor’s stiffest competition down the stretch came from Kelley himself. After Baylor and his AmPro Yamaha teammate Layne Michael got out front early, Kelley put in a charge to get to second and bid for the win. Baylor had enough to hold him off.

BAYLOR TRAIN KEEPS ON ROLLING

Round five of the 2021 GNCC Racing season would see a return to Union, South Carolina’s Big Buck Farm for the Tiger Run GNCC. The Big Buck Farm hosted the season opening Big Buck GNCC back in February and for the first time ever would host two GNCC events in a single season. While the course and conditions were different from the opening round, the last name of the rider taking the overall win at the two events would be the same; except the first names would be different. Here are a few keynotes from the Tiger Run GNCC.

Stu Baylor GOES BACK-TO-BACK

Society Hill, South Carolina—The 2021 Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series presented by Specialized, an AMA National Championship, concluded round four, FMF Camp Coker Bullet, of racing on Sunday, March 28. After a brief rainstorm with high winds, conditions drastically changed throughout the course.

Steward Baylor’s march back into the GNCC title contention continues, as the AmPro Yamaha rider won his second-straight race in the series after missing round one with injury, and suffering clutch problems at round two. This one wasn’t easy though as Stu Baylor and Josh Strang battled the whole time, all the way down to the last lap. The pair would begin to pull away from the rest of the pack, while swapping the lead position multiple times. Strang would lead the way as the white flag came out, but as they headed towards the finish line it was Stu Baylor coming through to earn his second-straight win of the year. Strang would finish second just three seconds behind Stu Baylor.

Steward Baylor CAPTURES FIRST WIN OF 2021 AT THE GENERAL GNCC

Washington, Georgia—The Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series presented by Specialized, an AMA National Championship, completed round three of the 2021 season in Washington, Georgia at Aonia Pass MX with The Specialized General. Throughout the weekend the series saw 2,060 entries across Motorcycle, ATV and eMTB racing.

As the race got underway it was Magna1 Motorsports/Husqvarna’s Jordan Ashburnjumping out to grab the $250 All Balls Racing XC1 Open Pro Holeshot Award, but as the pack of eager racers made their way to timing and scoring on lap one it was Coastal GasGas Factory Racing’s Ricky Russell holding the early lead.

As they headed out for their second lap AmPro Yamaha’s Steward Baylor was on a mission to get to the front. Baylor would put his head down and push from a seventh place start to take over the lead as they came through on lap two. Baylor would continue to push himself as he held the lead. As he made his way around for the white flag, Baylor had over a minute lead. Baylor remained focused and crossed the finish line after three-hours of racing to take his first overall win of the 2021 season.

BEN KELLEY FIGHTS BACK AT WILD BOAR GNCC

Round two of the 2021 Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series presented by Specialized, an AMA National Championship, concluded with motorcycle racing on Sunday, March 7 in Palatka Florida. The world’s fastest off-road motorcycle racers would take to the sandy terrain of Florida at Hog Waller’s Mud. 

Getting a great jump off the line and earning himself the $250 All Balls Racing XC1 Holeshot Award was Magna1 Motorsports/Husqvarna’s Jordan Ashburn. After getting that early lead, Coastal GASGAS Factory Racing’s Ricky Russell would soon make a pass into the number one spot, holding onto it for the first two laps of racing.

GRANT BAYLOR SURPRISES IN GNCC OPENER

Plenty of bench racing before the season began in regards to the vacant Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series throne. Kailub Russell had retired from the series after winning eight-straight titles, and there were many contenders for this year’s crown, including Steward Baylor. But few probably had Stu's younger brother Grant Baylor at the top of their list. While making his debut on the new KLM Milwaukee GasGas team, Grant notched the second win of his GNCC career, firing first in what promises to be a wild season.

Season End - The Success of Team Babbitt's at Supercross

The 2020 Supercross season was a weird one. With Covid-19 stopping the races halfway through the season, Team Babbitt's riders perservered through a season no one could have ever predicted. 

Straight From Arenacross: Round 2 Hobbs, NM 2020

KYLE PETERS IS VICTORIOUS IN HOBBS

And With a 450 Pro Sport Win, He Moves into First Overall

AX-Defending Champion Jace Owen Wins Big in Loveland

DEFENDING CHAMPION JACE OWEN WINS BIG IN LOVELAND

And Newcomer to Series Starts Strong, Narrowly Trailing Owen Overall

Another Successful Year at Loretta Lynn's for Kawasaki Team Green

CONGRATS ARE IN ORDER FOR MICHIGAN TEAM GREEN RIDER - #70 JOHN GREWE 

Foothill Ranch, Calif. (August 5, 2019) – Kawasaki Team Green™ wrapped up the 37th Annual AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships at Loretta Lynn’s Dude Ranch, in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee with plenty to celebrate.

John Grewe once again won the Masters 50+ championship for the fourth consecutive year. Grewe also placed his Babbitt’s Online Kawasaki KX™450 on the podium with a second overall in the Senior 40+ class with 2-2-2 scores!

 

Babbitt's Online/Monster Energy/Kawasaki Team Green's Josh Strang Podiums at Sprint Enduro

Foothill Ranch, Calif. (March 5, 2019) -Babbitt's Online/Monster Energy®/Kawasaki Team Green™ lined up this past weekend for the second round of the Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series at Moccasin Creek in Blackshear, Georgia. Defending series champion, Josh Strang took on the 12 different tests over the two days of racing and was able to land on the overall podium in second place

Kawasaki Off-Road Teams Podium from Coast to Coast - FullGas R1

Foothill Ranch, Calif. (February 12, 2019) -  The Babbitt's Online/Monster Energy®/Kawasaki team made its off-road racing debut this weekend at the opening round of the Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series at the GTR Complex in Gaston, South Carolina. Defending series champion, Josh Strang took on the 12 different tests over the two days of racing and was able to land on the podium in second place overall.

Kawasaki Team Green Establishes Off-Road Racing Efforts with Babbitt's Online

 Foothill Ranch, Calif. (December 2, 2018) – Following the team introduction at the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) banquet, Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. is pleased to introduce the Babbitt’s/Monster Energy®/Kawasaki Team Green™ effort that will field two XC-1 class riders in the 2019 GNCC and Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series. With this effort, Kawasaki will continue a long and successful racing relationship with Team Babbitt’s where they captured eight of the last nine AMA Arenacross Championships from 2010-2018. Joining the team aboard his all-new KX™450 motorcycle will be former GNCC XC-1 Champion and current Full Gas Sprint Enduro Champion Josh Strang.

Las Vegas Recap | GPF Lites | Race Report 2018

The 2018 Amsoil Arenacross series wrapped up Friday night in Las Vegas. The GPF team came in to Vegas with a shot at winning the East and West Lites titles. 

Round 12 | Las Vegas, NV | Race Report 2018

Team Babbitts/Monster Energy®/Kawasaki rider Jacob Hayes raced his KX™250F to a 2-1 finish Friday night to earn the 2018 AMA Arenacross Championship at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Round 11 | Reno, NV | Race Report 2018

With only one round of the 2018 AMA Arenacross Championship remaining, Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy®/Kawasaki rider Jacob Hayes closed in on the 250AX championship points lead moving to within only a single point as he finished the night in a three-way tie for the overall win but was credited third, just behind fellow Kawasaki rider Travis Sewell. 

Portland Recap | GPF Lites | Race Report 2018

Round 10 of the Amsoil Arenacross series hit Portland, Oregon last Saturday and was another solid weekend for the GPF/Babbitt’s/MMCR/Monster Energy Team. 

Round 10 | Portland, OR | Race Report 2018

Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy®/Kawasaki heavyweight Jacob Hayes holds his second place position in the 250AX Class Championship Standings by a meager four points after finishing second overall for the night. Kawasaki rider Mason Kerr and GPF Babbitt’s Online Kawasaki’s Ryan Breece finished second and third in the AX Lites West Class.

Wichita Recap | GPF Lites | Race Report 2018

It was another near perfect weekend for the GPF AX team in Wichita Saturday night for the 9th round of the Amsoil Arenacross series. 

Round 9 | Wichita, KS | Race Report 2018

The 2018 AMA Arenacross Championship returned to action at the Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas on Saturday night for the second round of the Race to the Cup. Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy®/Kawasaki rider Jacob Hayes returned to the winners circle by topping the 250AX Class, and earned an additional championship point by winning the Head 2 Head Challenge, moving within a single point of the championship points lead. 

Nampa Recap | GPF Lites | Race Report 2018

Was another great weekend for the GPF team as the Arenacross series visited Nampa, ID Saturday night. 


Team riders, Ryan Breece and Isaac Teasdale dominated the Lites class going 1-2 in timed Qualifying, winning their respective heat races, and Ryan Breece winning the main event with Teasdale 2nd. 

Round 8 | Nampa, ID | Race Report 2018

The Ford Idaho Center in Nampa, Idaho hosted the first round of the 2018 AMA Arenacross Race to the Cup this weekend as the points reset for the final five rounds. Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy®/Kawasaki rider Jacob Hayes returned to action and raced his KX™250F to a second place podium finish, while Idaho native Ryan Breece collected his first 250AX Class podium and second consecutive AX Lites West Coast Class victory. 

Round 7 | Denver, CO | Race Report 2018

After a month long break, the AMA Arenacross Championship returned to action for Round 7 at the Denver Coliseum in Denver, Colorado. Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy®/Kawasaki rider Gavin Faith raced his KX™250F to a 2-1 finish for second overall and now leads the 250AX Rider Points Standings...

Denver Recap | GPF Lites | Race Report 2018

Ryan Breece returned to action with the team to defend his Lites West title and he did not disappoint. Ryan would lead every lap in the Lites class in his heat race and the main event handily...

Florence Recap | GPF Lites | Race Report 2018

Round 6 of the Amsoil Arenacross series visited Florence, SC this weekend. Team ride Isaac Teasdale was on fire dominating the Lites Arenacross class and even double classing making his first appearance of the season in AX class. 

Round 6 | Florence, SC | Race Report 2018

The sixth round of the AMA Arenacross Championship was hosted at the Florence Civic Center in Florence, South Carolina with Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy®/Kawasaki rider Jacob Hayes entering the night as the 250AX points leader and red plate carrier.

Round 5 | Madison, WI | Race Report 2018

Foothill Ranch, Calif. (February 11, 2018) – After a weekend off, the 2018 AMA Arenacross season resumed with Round 5 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Madison, Wisconsin, with Kawasaki once again on top. 

Round 4 | Greensboro, NC | Race Report 2018

Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy/Kawasaki continued its flawless run through the first four rounds of the 2018 AMA Arenacross Championship as Gavin Faith and Jacob Hayes exchanged main events wins in the 250AX Class.

Round 3 | Wilkes Barre, PA | Race Report 2018

After competing for the win with Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy/Kawasaki teammate Gavin Faith in the first two rounds, Jacob Hayes took his first victory of the 2018 AMA Arenacross season at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.  Click to read the entire article...

Worcester Recap | GPF Lites | Race Report 2018

Round two of the Amsoil Arenacross series took the team to Worcester, MA over the weekend.   Click to read the entire race recap.

Round 2 | Worcester, MA | Race Report 2018

After capturing the 2018 AMA Arenacross season opening victory, Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy/Kawasaki wasted no time jumping out to the early lead at Round 2, as Gavin Faith and Jacob Hayes finished first and second in 250AX Heat 1...  Click to read the entire article.

Dayton Recap | GPF Lites | Race Report 2018

After a long off season round 1 of the Amsoil Arenacross series kicked off in Dayton, OH. GPF team riders Isaac Teasdale and Richard Jackson hit the track ready to go quickly securing some fast timed qualifying laps.   Click here to read the entire report...

Round 1 | Dayton, OH | Race Report 2018

Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy®/Kawasaki rider and two-time defending series champion, Gavin Faith, captured the overall win for the AMSOIL Arenacross season opener in Dayton, Ohio.  Click here to read the entire report...

Kawasaki Team Green Recap: Loretta Lynn's 2017

The elite Kawasaki Team Green™ roster wrapped up the 36th Annual AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee with much to celebrate. Collectively, Team Green left the ranch with an astonishing seven championships along with Monster Energy® Kawasaki Team Green rider Garrett Marchbanks earning the coveted AMA Amateur Rider of the Year award. Familiarly known as “Loretta Lynn’s”, the week at the Ranch gives a glimpse as to who will become the future of the sport.

Vegas Recap | GPF Lites | 2017

The final round of the 2017 Amsoil Arenacross series took place Friday night in Las Vegas for the east/west shootout finale. Lites West rider Ryan Breece came into Vegas tied for ...

Round 14 | Las Vegas, NV | Race Report

Designs rider Gavin Faith rode his KX™250F to his second consecutive 250AX AMSOIL Arenacross Championship. Ryan Breece followed suit and went on to win the 250AX Lites West Championship, while the young Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green rider Jett Reynolds captured the Supermini title on his KX™100.

Denver Recap | GPF Lites | 2017

This was also the penultimate round of the Lites West championship where Team GPF rider Ryan Breece entered the night just two points out of first place...

Round 13 | Denver, CO | Race Report

Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki Presented by AP Designs riders Gavin Faith and Travis Sewell raced to two podium finishes in Denver, Colorado.

Sacramento Recap | GPF Lites | 2017

Our Lites West rider, Ryan Breece, came into Sacramento 2nd in points and just one spot out of the lead...

Round 12 | Sacramento, CA | Race Report

Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki Presented by AP Designs rider Gavin Faith raced to an overall podium at Round 4 of the 2017 AMSOIL Arenacross Race to the Ricky Carmichael Cup, increasing his points lead...

Round 11 | Reno, NV | Race Report

From the moment Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki Presented by AP Designs rider Gavin Faith hit the track, there was no stopping him...

Round 10 | Portland, OR | Race Report

Foothill Ranch, CA (March 19, 2017) – Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki Presented by AP Designs started off the 2017 AMSOIL Arenacross Race to the Ricky Carmichael Cup with a huge victory by defending champion Gavin Faith aboard his Kawasaki KX™250F...

Round 9 | New Orleans, LA | Race Report

Travis Sewell and his KX™250F earned the holeshot and a hard fought victory in Main Event 2...

Round 8 | Southaven, MS | Race Report

Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki Presented by AP Designs rider Gavin Faith took a hard fought overall podium on Night One...

Round 7 | Atlanta, GA | Race Report

The first ever MotoFest began on Friday night with Round 7 of the AMSOIL Arenacross Championship inside the Georgia Dome

Round 6 | Kansas City, MO | Race Report

Podium Finish for Kawasaki’s Gavin Faith in Kansas City...

Round 7 | Kansas City, MO | Race Report | GPF AX Lites

GPF's west coast rider Ryan Breece joined the team just a few weeks ago after recovering from a off season injury...

Round 5 | Louisville, KY | Race Report

Faith Sweeps in Louisville...

Round 5 | Nashville, TN | Race Report | GPF AX Lites

GPF team riders, Jacob Williamson and Cody Williams, came out swinging in timed practice jumping to the top of the leaderboard of the Lites Arenacross class...

Round 4 | Nashville, TN | Race Report

Faith Captures Third Podium Finish in Nashville...

Round 3 & 4 | Baltimore, MD | Race Report | GPF AX Lites

Rounds 3 and 4 of the Amsoil Arenacross series took place in Baltimore, MD on Friday and Saturday nights.

Round 3 | Baltimore, MD | Race Report

January 21, 2017 | Royal Farms Arena | Baltimore, Md. Foothill Ranch, CA (January 22, 2017) – Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki presented by AP Designs rolled into Royal Farms Arena chasing their first win of the 2017 AMSOIL Arenacross season...

Round 2 | Grand Rapids, MI | Race Report

Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy®/AMSOIL/Kawasaki Rider Faith Wins Head 2 Head Challenge in Grand Rapids...

Round 2 | Grand Rapids, MI | Race Report | GPF AX Lites

Jacob Williamson and Cody Williams came out swinging at round 2 of the Arenacross series in Grand Rapids, Michigan Saturday night...

Round 1 | Cincinnati, OH | Race Report | GPF AX Lites

Round 1 of AMA Amsoil Arenacross took place in Cincinnati, Ohio Saturday night. The GPF team returned to the series for first time in six years were able to continue their success in the Arenacross Lites class....

Round 1 | Cincinnati, OH | Race Report

Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy®/AMSOIL Kawasaki Kicks-Off 2017 on the Podium

LV Race Report: Top 3 Spots Claimed

Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki and the KX250F Claim the Top Three Spots in Arenacross Championship

LV Pre Race Report: Preparing to Take Home the Championship

The Babbitt’s/Monster Energy®/AMSOIL Kawasaki team of Gavin Faith, Chris Blose and Jacob Hayes have been a consistent threat...

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