Morgantown, W. Va. – Cancelling an event is neither an easy nor popular call, especially in the world of motorcycle racing. Racer Productions understands with the increased cost of travel and other expenses that it’s become a much harder task to get to the races every weekend. With that being said, Racer deeply appreciates the continued support and loyalty that racers, fans and sponsors have shown to the Grand National Cross Country Series over the years.
This weekend’s Indiana course quickly went from “really good to really bad in a heartbeat,” as XC1 Pro ATV racer Adam McGill stated on Saturday’s podium. The deluge began during Saturday’s PM race and continued throughout the night to create some of the most unfavorable conditions, even by cross-country standards. Public safety is the number one concern of Racer Productions, and after consulting with local public safety officials, the decision became clear to cancel the event for the day.
“I’ve been a racer for 22 years and I’ve seen a lot of bad stuff, but this would probably rank in the top three worst races I’ve seen,” said 8-Time GNCC Champion Barry Hawk, who also constructed the Indy 100 course. “It would have been easy for us to say after the ATVs that we couldn’t do it, but we didn’t. We went out there and did everything we could to salvage a course. The straw that broke the camel’s back was when the creek crossing became impassable, taking out over half the track that we had laid out,” Hawk added.
GNCC Racing is a unique form of competition in that its’ racers take pride in completing obstacles that may consist of mud, water, rocks, hill-climbs and other extreme challenges along the way. However, once those obstacles become engulfed with water, they become dangerous for racers of all skill levels. Had a rider needed medical assistance, it would have been impossible for the medical crew to reach the injured rider in the muddy conditions and the ambulance to leave the facility.
“By Sunday, the water had risen so high that it washed the pipe out that we had put in to cross the creek. So that left the track to be only 4 miles long for the big bikes, meaning that the Pros would’ve been coming around before the rest of them were off the line, causing a huge danger to everyone,” Hawk explained.
“It was a fiasco. People couldn’t get into the facility to park, ambulances weren’t able to enter or leave the premises, and the track was impassible in several places. As a racer myself, I am confidant we did the right thing by cancelling the race,” Hawk said.
If you signed up for a bike class at the Indy 100 and did not get a refund, you will automatically be put on the pre-entry list for the next GNCC event you choose to attend. This event is tentatively being rescheduled and will be posted as soon as a final decision has been made.
For more information on the series, visit www.gnccracing.com.