THE MAMMOTH; Park City, KY — It’s always an interesting adventure to compete at a brand new venue. When the 2012 Grand National Cross Country tour arrived at Park Mammoth Resort in the rolling hills of south-central Kentucky, everyone was faced with trying to learn new trails and figure out an ideal machine setup. Racers and mechanics took their closest guess — because no pre-riding is allowed in GNCC racing — and then hoped for the best when the green flag flew.

Luckily the Team ITP riders had a number of options to choose from when it came to tires. And whether they chose from the Holeshot or QuadCross XC line, they knew they’d have the traction, handling, ride and durability to help them make it to the top of the results sheets.

Doing just that was Dave Simmons (Yam), who captured yet another overall amateur morning race victory. On what turned out to be a mostly tight and technical course, Simmons led the way ahead of nearly 240 other athletes in a wide variety of classes. This performance marked the fifth time in a row he’s won the Super Senior 45+ class in 2012, and was his third morning overall of the season.

Also waving the flag for ITP and graybeards alike on this hot and somewhat dusty day was Glenn McConnell (Yam), who was once again victorious in the Masters 50+ and 16th overall. That’s four wins in a row now, and McConnell is closing in on the points lead despite skipping the season opener.

ITP continues to contend in numerous classes in this year’s Grand National Cross Country Championship Series. In the XC1 Pro division, the Foremost Insurance/Warnert Can-Am duo of Adam McGill and Chris Bithell have been consistent frontrunners on a combination of ITP Holeshot GNCC and QuadCross XC tires. Following round 10 in Unadilla, New York, where Bithell was 2nd and McGill 3rd, they are 2-3 in the point standings, with McGill (right) holding a 10-point edge.

Patrick McGuire has been consistently quick in the XC2 Pro Am class, notching five top-5s (with three podium appearances). His third place at Unadilla put him into third place in the standings.

Angel Atwell charged to her second Women’s class victory of the season at Unadilla (second overall in the morning Amateur class competition), and currently holds a strong second place in her division’s points with three events remaining on the schedule.

COSHOCTON, OH– After this weekend’s John Penton event, it is time for summer break! “I know the summer break is welcomed and in most cases needed” commented McNemar, owner of Greg’s ATV & Cycle “but the break is bitter sweet for our team as we are anxious to get back out there and make up for this past weekend.”

In the Women’s class Angel Atwell was able to grab a great start following only her niece Kristen into the first corner. She was able to gain the lead and would retain it for nearly the entire first lap. At the end of that first lap Angel’s quad would begin to bog down and back fire which would, unfortunately, lead to her machine completely dying on the course early in the second lap. The culprit would be unforeseen electrical problems which the team has already addressed and corrected. With this finish, Angel is currently 3rd in the Women’s class points standing’s.

As if Angel’s electrical problems were not enough, the Greg’s ATV Team would struggle in the afternoon event as well. Gabe Phillips would get off to a decent start only to get tangled up and take a nasty spill in the second corner. The entire XC2 class would be long gone by the time he was able to get himself and his machine going again. Gabe would put in a remarkable ride; he would pick riders off one by one as the day progressed. He would end the day just shy of the podium in 4th place. Pat McGuire would put in another solid ride, holding onto 2nd for the majority of the afternoon. On the last lap Pat would continue to push forward only to throw a chain, which ended his day with a 16th place finish. Matt Hanna also had a great race going only to lose a battery mid way through the event. He was able to come into the pits where the team was able to make the needed repair but the damage had been done. He would push forward to salvage as many points as possible, he would finish 7thfor the day.

On a positive note, Greg’s ATV support rider Mike Lancaster earned his first PM Race Podium finish with a 3rd in the XC2 class. Over the course of the past few years Greg’s ATV has helped many riders earn their first ever national podium appearance in the XC2 class including Gabe Phillips, Matt Hanna, Pat McGuire and now they have added Mike to that list.

“Although this had to be collectively one of the worst races of the year for our team we are still holding our heads high” commented McNemar “it was a shame we were struck with the bad luck so close to home but we will utilize the break to better ourselves and come back swinging in September.”

Greg’s ATV & Cycle Team would like to thank all of their team sponsors:
Gabe Phillips: Waynesburg Yamaha, ATV Four Play, HMF, MSD Powersports, Custom Axis, Maxxis, HiPer, Silkolene, Quad Tech, Fasst Co., BlingStar, Tire Balls, IMS, Pro Taper, CP Pistons, Precision, Houser-Racing, PowerMadd, X Country Photos, Scott USA, G4 graphics.
Matt Hanna: BlingStar, Silkolene, Moose Racing, HMF, HiPer, Phil Coles Fitness, Pro Graphx, Pro Taper, PowerMadd.
Pat McGuire: Tireballs, Clarke MFG, Offroad Motorsports, Rekluse, Wiseco, JB Racing, Fasst Co, PowerMadd, BlingStar, HMF, Precision, Silkolene, Spider Grips, ITP, Pro Graphx and X Country Photos.
Angel Atwell: Laeger’s, Axis, ITP, HiPer, Big Gun, Fasst Co., Quad Tech, DP Brakes, Dirt Works, CP Pistons, DeRisi Racing, PowerMadd, Moose Racing, Sun Star, IMS, Galfer, BlingStar, Precision, Spider Graph, C&L Companies, Haladog Skid Plates and X Country Photos.

To view more details and learn about Greg’s ATV and Cycle please visit www.gregsatv.com or contact Greg’s ATV & Cycle directly at 740-622-9988