borich-gncc-5-1-13MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (May 1, 2013) – When it comes to winning races, Maxxis-backed Chris Borich is as close to flawless as they come. The 4-Time GNCC champ has proven to outsmart and outlast his competition time and time again, sweeping the first four victories of the 2013 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series. Borich has a long season ahead in order to capture his fifth consecutive title, but the Pennsylvania native is also working toward a feat of his own as he continues to become one step closer to being the winningest GNCC racer of all time.

With 63 career wins to date, Borich is attempting to dethrone 9-Time champion Bill Ballance-who has 67 wins-to become the winningest ATV racer in GNCC history. Seven-Time ATV champ and 2003 bike champ Barry Hawk currently holds the all-time win record with a combined 68 wins between both disciplines, an achievement that could be reached and exceeded by Borich in 2013.

Borich-GNCC-Off-Road-3-18-13WASHINGTON, Ga. – Four-Time champion Chris Borich returned to his old ways Saturday at the Maxxis General GNCC, making an almost patented last-lap pass on Walker Fowler to take the win at Round 2 of the AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series. The front-runners were in a race of their own, finishing about five minutes ahead of the third place rider Johnny Gallagher, who appeared on the podium for the first time this season.

In fact, it’s been exactly one decade since Yamaha/GBC/HMF’s Gallagher made a podium speech, but the 35-year-old commented, “The General GNCC in 2003 was my last podium finish and I was up here with Bill Ballance and William Yokely. It’s been a long time and the faces have changed a little bit but man it still feels just as good!”

Oakland, KY – Round 5 of the AMA ATV Motocross National Championship Series made its way to Oakland, Ky., where defending champion John Natalie made history by sweeping the first-ever ATVMX night race at Ballance Moto X. The specially-designed night track was made up of technical whoop-sections and quick lap times, and the unique atmosphere made for a spectator-friendly weekend of racing.

Central Kentucky hosted a regular day of amateur racing at the home track of 9-Time GNCC ATV champion Bill Ballance, but the evening show brought an all-new element to the race program. The AMA Pro ATV class featured two motos under the lights, while the Pro-Am Production class highlighted the amateur portion of night racing, and the Women and 50cc Sr. (6-8) classes wrapped up their second motos under the lights.

Motoworks/Can-Am’s John Natalie kicked off the afternoon’s qualifying with high intensity as he took home the ATVRiders.com Fastest Qualifier Award for the first time this season. Natalie maintained his momentum as the gate dropped for Moto 1. It was Texas native Craig Porter who grabbed the SSi Decals Holeshot Award in Moto 1, but Natalie put himself into the lead position after getting around Porter and Chad Wienen on the opening lap.

Springville, Ind. – It wasn’t long ago that Chris Borich was chasing the likes of GNCC icons Bill Ballance and Barry Hawk through the XC1 Pro ranks, in hopes to one day become a multi-time champion too. But with three titles under his belt already, Borich is well on his way to a fourth as he’s swept five of the six rounds in the 2012 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series. Much speculation buzzed around this weekend’s new Dunlop Limestone 100 venue, which heightened the already tight-knit race action and created an even more level playing field in the ATV competition. But it was once again Chris Borich who showed true champion composure while mapping out a strategic lead in the final stretch of the two-hour race in southern Indiana.

Bowers/Coastal National Guard/Yokley Racing’s Jarrod McClure grabbed his second $250 Motosport.com Holeshot Award of the season through the windy turns of the Lawrence County Recreational Park, but some early carnage with AMA ATV Motocross Pro Derek Swartfager caused McClure to drop back a few positions. Swartfager got sideways heading into the woods and tagged a tree, stopping up a majority of the XC1 field behind. That’s when GBC/Cernics/HMF/Yamaha’s Johnny Gallagher, JG Offroad/FRE/American Honda’s Brian Wolf and BNR’s Kevin Yoho made their escape from the pack and began pulling a gap early on.

Morgantown, W. Va. - Maxxis/Yoshimura’s Chris Borich is not just the defending champion heading into this weekend’s season opener of the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series at Westgate River Ranch in River Ranch, Florida. After three consecutive titles, Borich is paving his way into the GNCC record books, one race-win at a time, which means the 2012 tour could help paint an even bigger picture for the Pennsylvania native.

Since his first championship in 2009, Borich has won a staggering 30 out of 39 races in the XC1 ATV Pro class, leaving little room for his competition to shine. But domination is not new to this field. The previous GNCC ATV King, Bill Ballance, still holds the record with nine-straight titles and before Ballance, Barry Hawk won seven straight. So while Borich has a long way to go to match history, he’s ready to make some more of his own as the 2012 season gets underway.

“I’m feeling really prepared for the opening round after spending some time down here in Florida getting my program dialed in,” Borich said. “I feel good and the bike feels good so the only thing left to do is get to racing!”

Gosport, IN – Brian Wolf got his first-ever premier-class win at the inaugural running of the Indy 100 GNCC, round six of the 2011 Can-Am Grand National Cross Series in Gosport, Indiana.

The XC1 rookie put his GT Thunder-backed Honda ahead of Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Chris Borich and Foremost Insurance/Warnert Racing Can-Am’s Adam McGill at the end of the four-lap race, taking the checkered flag in a virtual downpour as a driving rainstorm moved overhead at the three-lap mark, turning the red Indiana farmland into slime.

“It’s unbelievable,” said Wolf. “I couldn’t believe things panned out like they did. I was just hoping to get on the box but I ended up in the middle of it.”

Jeffrey Pickens grabbed the holeshot to start the race and the $250 Motosport.com Holeshot Award that goes along with it. Meanwhile, Wolf was fourth behind Honda-mounted Jarrod McClure, McGill and Ballance Racing Yamaha’s Bill Ballance when the lead pack hit the woods for the first time.

“I snuck by Ballance in one of the fields,” said Wolf. “I sat behind McGill for about a half a lap and then he made a little mistake on a hill climb. Then I sat behind McClure for two laps and he made a mistake and I got around him. I never looked back after that.”

Borich, the series points leader, was behind the lead group after the start and he his work cut out for him when the rains came.

“I was sitting back in fifth or sixth after the start, just taking my time, but it was pretty hard to pass out there,” said Borich. “Every time I would get to the front I would get hung up or hit a little bottleneck and drop back.”

Borich finally worked his way into second just before the final lap, but by that time Wolf had built too much of a lead to for Borich to overcome in one lap. At the finish, Wolf took the win with 28 seconds to spare over the defending champ.

Rounding out the podium was McGill, who maintains second in the series points standings with the finish.

“This track went from being really good to really bad in a heartbeat, it was gnarly,” said McGill. “We pitted early and that worked out for us. When the rain came, I thought, “you’ve got to me kidding me. Mile-marker six was really bad and I thanks to all the folks who helped me out down there. It was crazy”

Taylor Kiser finished the mud-fest in fourth, moving the Ballance Racing Yamaha rider into a two-way tie with Chris Bithell for third overall in the series points. Meanwhile, local Honda rider Ryan Lane turned in a fantastic ride to finish fifth.

Donnie Ockerman put his JET Suspension Honda into sixth at the finish, beating out Ballance and FRE Racing KTM’s Bryan Cook, while GT Thunder rider Kevin Yoho and Foremost Insurance/Warnert Racing Can-Am rider Chris Bithell rounded out the top 10.

In the XC2 class, Walker Fowler extended his win streak to five, as the Ballance Racing Yamaha rider turned in another impressive ride after grabbing the $100Motosport.com Holeshot Award to start the race. The only flaw in Fowler’s race was when he got some barbed wire caught up in his bike. But he was soon on his way again, finishing the race with two minutes and forty seconds to spare over Greg’s ATV & Cycle Yamaha rider’s Patrick McGuire. The finish was McGuire’s best of the year and it bumped him from sixth to fourth in the XC2 standings.

Another Greg’s ATV & Cycle Yamaha rider, Gabe Phillips, finished third, edging out Honda-mounted Parker Jones for the spot.

Fifth through seventh positions went to Aarol Bright (KTM), Dustin Canipe (Hon), and Matt Pierce (Yam). Meanwhile, Honda rider Eric Hoyland finished ninth ahead of KTM riders Joshua Beavers and Richie Brown.

Kolton Burd was the top finishing “non-Pro” rider, winning the College A (16-21) class with a 21st overall finish.

In the A.M. race, Michael Swift (CAN) won the $100 GT Thunder Amateur Overall and topped the 4×4 Open class as well. Clifton Beasley (CAN) was second overall and first U2 rider, while Traci Cecco (Yam) won the Women’s division with a third overall finish.

Daryl Rath (POL) and Josh Day (CAN) rounded out the 4×4 Open podium. Meanwhile, Scott Day (CAN) and Jordan Phillips (CAN) were second and third respectively in the U2 division.

Travis Mader (Yam) topped John Rowling (Suz) and Justin Finley (Hon) to win the Sportsman A class.

Hunter Hart (Cob) got back on the winning track after finishing second at the Big Buck, taking the overall victory in the Youth race. Hart also won the 90 Open (8-11) division.

Second overall and first in the 90 Modified (12-15) went to Charlie Welch (DRR), with Alyssa Oplinger (Yam) taking third overall and winning the Girls (8-15) class.

The 90 Limited (11-15) class was won by Thomas Owen (APX), with Tyler Weltich (APX) and Brendan Golding (KYM) finishing second and third.

The UTVs took to a muddy track after the afternoon race, with Team NC Powersports (CAN) taking the overall victory, in addition to the win in the Open Modified class. Team Costal/National Guard (POL) finished second overall and second in Open Modified, with Team Hendershot (POL) finishing third in both the overall and Open Modified divisions.

The Open Limited class saw a Can-Am sweep of the podium with Team Travalena finishing first ahead of Team Held and ATV Parts Plus Stafford Racing.

John Trackside won the Single Seat class, beating fellow Honda riders Guy Trackside and Michael Doolittle.

In the Lites race, Team Faith (Yam) beat Team RMS Racing (Kaw).

The 2011 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series heads to Patton, Pennsylvania for the Rock Run GNCC on May 28 & 29. ATV racing will take place on Saturday, followed by bike racing on Sunday. For more information, please visit www.gnccracing.com.

 

XC1 Results:

1. Brian Wolf (Hon)

2. Chris Borich (Suz)

3. Adam McGill (CAN)

4. Taylor Kiser (Yam)

5. Ryan Lane (Hon)

6. Donnie Ockerman (Hon)

7. Bill Ballance (Yam)

8. Bryan Cook (KTM)

9. Kevin Yoho (Yam)

10. Chris Bithell (Can)

 

XC1 Standings:

1. Chris Borich (131 points/3 wins)

2. Adam McGill (115/1 win)

3. Chris Bithell (100)

4. Taylor Kiser (100)

5. Brian Wolf (75/1 win)

6. Bryan Cook (72)

7. Jarrod McClure (72)

8. Donnie Ockerman (68)

9. Kevin Yoho (61)

10. Jeffrey Pickens (51)

 

XC2 Results:

1. Walker Fowler (Yam)

2. Patrick McGuire (Yam)

3. Gabe Phillips (Yam)

4. Parker Jones (Hon)’

5. Aarol Bright (KTM)

6. Dustin Canipe (Hon)

7. Matt Pierce (Yam)

8. Eric Hoyland (Hon)

9. Joshua Beavers (KTM)

10. Richie Brown (KTM)

 

XC2 Standings:

1. Walker Fowler (150 points/5 wins)

2. Gabe Phillips (101)

3. Eric Hoyland (89)

4. Patrick McGuire (84)

5. Parker Jones (84)

6. Aarol Bright (82)

7. Dustin Canipe (74)

8. Richie Brown (64)

9. Nathan Wallpe (57)

10. Matt Hanna (55)

 

Motosport.com $250 XC1 holeshot – Jeffrey Pickens

Motosport.com $100 XC2 holeshot – Walker Fowler