Morgantown, W. Va. (September 6, 2011) – The 2011 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series returns to racing this weekend, September 10 and 11, after a short summer break in the schedule. Unadilla Valley Sports Center will play host to round 10 of the series; a pivotal point in the 13-round tour as championships begin to take form and every point makes a difference.
An intense battle is unfolding for the XC1 bike championship between two of this year’s most dominant riders, FMF Makita Suzuki’s Josh Strang and FMF KTM’s Charlie Mullins. After seven rounds of action, only fourteen points separate the two front-runners and each rider will be looking for a clutch win at Unadilla this weekend.
New York native Nathan Kanney will also be competing in his home state for a podium position amongst some of the fastest riders in off-road racing. Kanney currently sits fourth in the point standings, finishing as high as second place in the XC1 class this year.
In the XC2 division, Steward Baylor Jr. holds a 31-point lead over F.A.R Husqvarna’s Jason Thomas after seven rounds of racing. Andrew DeLong and Jesse Robinson currently sit only one point apart for the third position, and just eleven points away from the second spot of Jason Thomas.
In addition to a panel of youth classes available on both the ATV and bike schedule, the Unadilla GNCC also offers “Pee Wee” classes to kids ages (4-6). This event is uniquely co-sanctioned with the Western New York Offroad Association (WNYOA), featuring several young racers from the Western New York area who are competing for points in their local series in addition to earning points at a national GNCC event.
ATVs will compete throughout the day on Saturday, September 10, with 50cc youth classes beginning at 2 p.m., and dirt bikes will race all day Sunday, September 11. Local riders are invited to race the event as well, as GNCC racing offers classes for riders of all skill and experience levels. The amateur racer entry fee is $40 and riders can sign up at the track.
Spectator passes run $15 for the full weekend, with pro pit access and pro autographs at no additional charge. On both Saturday and Sunday, youth riders race at 8 a.m., beginner riders race at 10 a.m., and the top amateurs and the pros race at 1 p.m.
For more information and directions to the event, please visit http://www.gnccracing.com..