Wolf Wins MotorcycleUSA.com Snowshoe GNCC

Jun. 28, 2010 By Press Release
Brian Wolf claimed $10,000 with the win. Photo: Shan Moore

Snowshoe, WV - Although the results are still unofficial, it appears that Brian Wolf will be $10,000 richer after winning the prestigiousMotorcycleUSA.com Snowshoe GNCC in Snowshoe, West Virginia - round nine of the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series. This is the second year in a row that the HMF Honda rider has claimed the top prize at this race, despite the fact that he's an XC2 Pro-Am rider. What made it even more exciting was that Wolf battled back and forth with eventual Pro class winner Chris Borich in a thrilling race that was only decided in the final few miles.

The Snowshoe GNCC is a special event in that $50,000 bonus money is paid out based on the overall finish of the race, and factoring in a time differential (the XC2 class started a minute-and-a-half behind the XC1 class, Wolf was awarded the overall win despite physically crossing the finish line behind Borich. In the meantime, Borich went home with a $5,000 check for finishing second overall, while another XC2 rider, Walker Fowler, claimed $3000 for finishing third overall.

"This is crazy," said Wolf. "I never thought it was possible to win this two years in a row. I guess you just play the game and see what happens. This is the toughest race of the year and it's just a matter of who can play the game the longest. Nobody wants to run hard though this stuff and take chances and we built this bike so we could run hard and take chances and that's what we did today."

The overall results are pending and will be reviewed by the AMA the first of the week based on a report that the XC2 riders took an inadvertent "alternate" line during the first two miles of the course, although Racer Production's Tim Cotter made it clear that "no one appears to have taken a different line to intentionally gain an advantage."

In the meantime, Borich extended his lead in the XC1 division by taking his seventh win of the year, putting his Yoshimura Suzuki across the line nearly a minute and a half ahead of Yamaha rider Donnie Ockerman, while Can-Am's Adam McGill finished third.

"I got the holeshot and I really didn't want to lead, then all of a sudden the Pro-Am guys came out of nowhere," said Borich. "I knew it was going to be a long day because Wolf was riding pretty good, he had some pretty good lines out there. I got the lead on the final lap and put the hammer down and tried top make up as much time as I could but it wasn't enough for the overall. It was kind of a survival race out there but I was able to add to my points cushion for the championship so it was a good race."

Ockerman's runner-up finish marked his best of the year and his third podium of the year. The Illinois rider made the best of a good start and it paid off.

"I knew those guys had horsepower on me so I start outside and cut inside in the first turn and it worked out - I was third when we went into the woods," said Ockerman. "I just kind of followed everyone on the first lap and kept the hammer down for the rest of the race."

Despite getting off to a poor start, McGill worked his way into third by the end of the two-hour race.

"No matter what you do it seems it's the wrong move or the wrong decision," said McGill. "It just seemed everything I did today was wrong, but that's racing."

Taylor Kiser kept himself in the championship hunt by putting his Ballance Racing Yamaha into the fourth place position in the XC1 class, while Can-Am's Chris Bithell rounded out the top five.

FRE/KTM's Bryan Cook finished sixth, with Polaris rider Jarrod McClure finishing seventh ahead of a trio of Yamaha riders: Brandon Sommers, Jeffrey Pickens and Johnny Gallagher.

In addition to the overall win, Brian Wolf also topped the XC2 division - his third win of the year - leaving him 10 points ahead of Walker Fowler in the XC2 points standings.

"I'm super-pumped with third overall, I've never done that before, so this is cool," said Fowler. "I didn't really know where I was all day, I didn't check the scoring monitor."

FRE/KTM's Josh Kirkland finished third, with Kevin Yoho (Yam) and round-five winner Gabe Phillips (Yam) rounding out the top five.

In the morning race, U2 class rider Clifton Beasley took the overall win on his Can-Am - his first time to do so - and by doing so also claimed the GT Thunder ATV Amateur $100 Overall Award. Beasley finish a little over a minute ahead of Women's winner Traci Cecco. Meanwhile, another U2 rider, James Miller (CAN), was third overall.

In the Youth race, Marshal Goings took the overall win and topped the 90 Modified (12-15) division in the process.

Racing resumes tomorrow at the MotorcycleUSA.com Snowshoe GNCC, with a full slate of motorcycle classes.

XC1 Results:

1. Chris Borich (Suz)

2. Don Ockerman (Yam)

3. Adam McGill (CAN)

4. Taylor Kiser (Yam)

5. Chris Bithell (CAN)

6. Bryan Cook (KTM)

7. Jarrod McClure (POL)

8. Brandon Sommers (Yam)

9. Jeffrey Pickens (Yam)

10. Johnny Gallagher (Yam)

XC1 Standings:

1. Chris Borich (256/7 wins)

2. Taylor Kiser (216/1 win)

3. Adam McGill 178)

4. Don Ockerman (150)

5. Chris Bithell (145/1 win)

6. Johnny Gallagher (118)

7. Bryan Cook (116)

8. Brandon Sommers (105)

9. Jeffrey Pickens (104)

10. Jarrod McClure (95)

XC2 Results:

1. Brian Wolf (Hon)

2. Walker Fowler (Yam)

3. Josh Kirkland (KTM)

4. Kevin Yoho (Yam)

5. Gabe Phillips (Yam)

6. Blake Kramer (Suz)

7. Mark Notman (Yam)

8. Eric Hoyland (Yam)

9. Nathan Thomas (Hon)

10. Joey Margueria (POL)

XC2 Standings:

1. Brian Wolf (196/3 wins)

2. Walker Fowler (186/3 wins)

3. Josh Kirkland (178/1 win)

4. Kevin Yoho (168)

5. Gabe Phillips (157/1 win)

6. Eric Hoyland (119/1 win)

7. Corbin Knox (113)

8. Mark Notman (107)

9. Blake Kramer (102)

10. Dustin Canipe (99)

GT Thunder - Clifton Beasley

About GNCC Racing:

The Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series is America's premier off-road racing series. Founded in 1979, 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 1,800 riders through tracks ranging in length from eight to 12 miles, competing for more than $3 million in prizes. With varied terrain, including hills, woods, mud, dirt, rocks and motocross sections, GNCC events are tests of both survival and speed. For more information, please visit http://www.gnccracing.com/.

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