Borich-GNCC-Off-Road-6-27-13MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – Round 9 of the 2013 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series heads to Snowshoe Mountain Resort this weekend for the toughest, most spectacular and most unique race on the whole circuit, the AMSOIL Snowshoe GNCC. Four-time ATV champion Chris Borich leads the field into the final race before the summer break, but Saturday’s two-hour battle through the grueling woods of Snowshoe Mountain has the potential to shake things up in the XC1 class.

Set in the upscale ski village of West Virginia’s largest ski resort, this weekend’s Snowshoe GNCC promises to resurrect pieces of XC history with its live engine starts across the paved road located in the heart of Snowshoe’s village. The in town starts pay homage to the Blackwater 100-the original GNCC-where groups of five racers take off in five-second increments, making for a spectacular scene.

Because of the unique start and technical racecourse, the Snowshoe GNCC has been known to throw a twist in the race action. In fact, there have been three different overall winners at Snowshoe in the last four years. Maxxis-backed Chris Borich captured a hard-fought win over Reliable Tool Supply/Maxxis rider Chris Bithell in 2012, while Lonestar/Precision/ITP’s Adam McGill watched from the sidelines with a recovering injury. However, McGill took the Snowshoe victory in 2011 and that, coupled with his overall win at the previous round this season, could give McGill the momentum needed to make it two-in-a-row this Saturday.

Hurricane Mills, Tenn. (November 5, 2012) – In an all-out battle to the finish, Maxxis/Yoshimura’s Chris Borich took home the victory at Sunday’s Parts Unlimited Loretta Lynn’s GNCC finale. However, it wasn’t without tough competition from fellow XC1 class opponents. Borich was able to make a last-lap pass on Ballance Racing Yamaha’s Taylor Kiser to take over the lead and lock in his tenth win of the 2012 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country season in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.

It was Bowers/Coastal National Guard/Yokley Racing’s Jarrod McClure who secured the $250 Holeshot Award and jumped out to the early lead on the historic Loretta Lynn’s motocross track. McClure was followed by a whole slew of top runners, including JG Offroad/FRE/American Honda’s Brian Wolf who led the pack on Lap 1. However, it didn’t take for the lead position to change once again as Walker Fowler put his Ballance Racing Yamaha machine out front next.

Motoworks/Can-Am’s Chris Bithell experienced mechanical issues on the first lap that removed him from the lead battle early on. Bithell’s pit crew tried their best to salvage the day but unfortunately weren’t able to get back on the course.

St. Clairsville, Ohio – Round 11 of the 2012 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series hit eastern Ohio on Saturday for the 12th running of the ITP Powerline Park GNCC, one of the most iconic stops on the 13-race tour. West Virginia’s Adam McGill landed his first win of the season in front of hometown friends and family but Ohio’s own Walker Fowler, finishing only one second behind McGill, contested the win until the very end.

Ballance Racing Yamaha’s Fowler kicked off Saturday’s afternoon race with high intensity, battling Waynesburg Yamaha’s Jeff Pickens for the $250 Holeshot Award but it was Pickens who came out on top with his first holeshot of the season. However, Fowler was able to put himself out front on the opening lap and JG Offroad/FRE/American Honda’s Brian Wolf tucked in behind as the two began to gap the field early on. Wolf slowly faded back as riders like four-time GNCC champ Chris Borich continued to move towards the front.

Morgantown, W. Va. – Please join the GNCC community in celebrating the life of Glen “Jody” Pritchard this weekend at the ITP Powerline Park GNCC, Round 11 of the 2012 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series.

On Friday, October 5, Brian Wolf’s pit area will host another opportunity to help benefit the Pritchard Family from 3-5 p.m., where t-shirts, stickers and raffle tickets will be available for purchase. The raffle that began at Round 10 in New York will continue through the Ironman GNCC, where the grand drawing will take place. All proceeds will go directly to Ellen Pritchard and family.

New Berlin, N.Y. – The 2012 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series resumed from summer break Saturday with Round 10 of the 13-race tour, taking place at Unadilla in New Berlin, N.Y. In a hard-fought battle to the end, Maxxis/Yoshimura’s Chris Borich secured his ninth win of the season and went on to clinch his fourth consecutive XC1 Pro Class championship. Tireballs-backed rider Pat McGuire extended his points lead in the XC2 division after taking a big win over DeRisi Racing’s Braden Henthorn.

The Can-Am Unadilla GNCC is one of the most noted stops on the GNCC tour as it incorporates the historic “U1″ and “U2″ motocross tracks into the loamy dark soils of the New York woods. The race action lived up to the hype as the top XC1 contenders went neck-and-neck for one of the most pivotal races of the year. JG Offroad/FRE/American Honda’s Brian Wolf kicked off the afternoon by taking the $250 Holeshot Award and led the pack in the early stages. Right behind Wolf was Precision Motorsports/Lonestar Racing/Moto X Perts’ Adam McGill and soon Bowers/Coastal National Guard/Yokley Racing’s Jarrod McClure set in behind the leaders. The trio pushed their way out front on the opening lap, where McGill eventually got around Wolf for the lead. However, it didn’t take long for Borich to catch up and begin applying pressure for the lead position.
Borich claimed his ninth win of the season at Unadilla

Morgantown, W. Va. (September 12, 2012) – After a two-month summer break, the 2012 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series returns to action this weekend, September 15 and 16, for Round 10 of the 13-race series. Three-time ATV champion Chris Borich looks to wrap up his fourth consecutive title at Unadilla in New Berlin, N.Y., already sweeping eight of nine rounds this season.

However, there’s still a chance for Ballance Racing Yamaha’s Taylor Kiser as he sits within striking distance of the defending champ with four rounds remaining. Kiser is the only rider besides Borich to get a race-win this season and the Florida native has his sights set on contending the championship until the very end.

Ballance Racing Yamaha’s Walker Fowler sits only five points behind his teammate, Kiser, in the championship point standings. Fowler has put forth an impressive rookie season in the ATV Pro class, and the young gun has shown he has what it takes to be competitive at the highest level.

Morgantown, W. Va. – After eight rounds of the 2012 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series, Pennsylvania’s Chris Borich holds a commanding lead in the XC1 Pro ATV division. However, the championship battle is anything but over as the top five contenders are still within striking distance with five races remaining in the 2012 season. This weekend the series heads to Sunday Creek Raceway for the Wiseco John Penton GNCC, and the Ohio natives might just have something for the 3-Time champ in their home state.

Ballance Racing Yamaha’s Walker Fowler is one Ohio native looking to score his first victory of 2012 this weekend in the Buckeye state. Fowler has a handful of podium finishes already and a close second place in Round 5 has given the Pro Class rookie a taste for victory that he is determined to get before the season is over. Sunday Creek Raceway hosts a variety of terrain that Fowler has grown up riding and racing and the familiar motocross track will give him an additional advantage over the field.

Fowler’s Ballance Racing teammate Taylor Kiser holds the second place position to Borich with one win under his belt. Kiser has put up a strong fight in the first eight rounds and sits with the most podium finishes (5) aside from Borich’s perfect sweep on the box.

Snowshoe, W. Va. – Brian Wolf’s aggressive racing style has almost become synonymous with the Snowshoe GNCC, the most grueling stop on the 13-round Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series. Wolf has had his fair share of good times on Snowshoe Mountain—including two overall wins in 2009 and 2010—but in the last two years, Wolf has run into issues that have hindered his ability to complete in the full two-hour race. After leading much of the 2012 Snowshoe GNCC, Wolf experienced yet another mechanical issue on the final lap, leaving Chris Borich to secure his seventh victory of the season in the XC1 Pro ATV class. West Virginia’s Gabe Phillips went on to grab his fourth victory in the XC2 Pro Am division.

JG Offroad/FRE/American Honda’s Brian Wolf immediately put himself into the lead at the beginning of the two-hour race and by the end of Lap 1 Wolf had stretched the lead to nearly one-minute over Ballance Racing Yamaha’s Walker Fowler and Maxxis/Yoshimura’s Chris Borich. Fowler ran into some issues midway through the race, pushing the young gun outside the top five for quite some time.

“At one point I think I was all the way back to sixth and I guess I figured that was as good as I could do today, but before I knew it I had caught up with [Chris] Bithell and Borich,” Fowler said. “The mud holes were getting wider and deeper so it was getting a little more difficult to maneuver around, but the fans were awesome today in helping all of us get through!”

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 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.

Union, S.C. – Expectations were high heading into round four of the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series after Chris Borich and Taylor Kiser banged bars all the way through the final moments of an intense two-hour battle in North Carolina, resulting in Kiser’s first win in two years and consequently giving Borich his first loss of the season. The defending champ switched things up this time and pulled off yet another exciting win as he edged out 2011 runner-up Adam McGill by only two seconds in a less dramatic—but just as intense—finish at the 2012 VP Racing Fuels Big Buck GNCC in Union, South Carolina.

The stage was set for Kiser continue his streak as he quickly grabbed the $250 Holeshot Award, gapping Ballance Racing Yamaha teammate Walker Fowler and JG Offroad/FRE/American Honda’s Brian Wolf from the get-go. Wolf and Fowler are no strangers in battle as the two former XC2 champions went head-to-head for years in the Pro Am division, but this time the intensity took over and the two riders came together just after the finish area. Wolf took the short end at first when he went sailing to the ground, but it was Fowler who ultimately suffered when his ATV quit working shortly after he passed Wolf for second. It didn’t take long for Fowler to figure out the mechanical issue wasn’t fixable and the track crew towed him into the pits.

And things only got worse for the Ballance Racing crew when they learned that Kiser’s ATV had also quit running within minutes of his teammate’s incident. After putting a sizeable gap on the rest of the field, Kiser made a quick attempt to run on foot towards the pit, but ended up getting towed in right behind Fowler and neither rider was able to make it back out to salvage any points for the day.