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Washington, Ga. – With only five days to regroup after the opening round of racing, the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series returned to action for round two at The Maxxis General GNCC in Washington, Ga. It was an all-out battle for the podium positions, as the top seven ATV racers ran nose-to-tail for six laps of the grueling two-hour race.

Three time and defending ATV champion, Chris Borich, used his veteran knowledge to once again outmatch his opponents and secure the win at Aonia Pass MX Park. It wasn’t until XC1 rookie Walker Fowler ran into late-race mechanical issues that Borich was able to breathe easily, though.

“At the beginning of the race we were just having fun, I mean Wolf lead there for a little bit,” Borich said. “I passed him and he would pass me back and we joked around quite a bit. It was a fun time out there, I got to ride with pretty much all the top guys and it was just a fun time.”

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!”

St. Clairsville, OH -Chris Borich made a thrilling, last-lap pass on Brian Wolf to take an exciting, come-from-behind victory at the ITP Powerline Park GNCC, round 12 of the 2011 Can-Am Grand National Cross Series in St. Clairsville, Ohio.

The win marked the seventh time this year the Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider has graced the top step of the podium and it increased his already hefty lead in the series standings to a massive 36 points over Adam McGill with two rounds remaining on the schedule.

Dustin Canipe got the ball rolling by grabbing the holeshot at the start of the two-hour race, and by doing so, the Honda rider claimed the $250 Motosport.com Holeshot Award. It wasn’t long, however, before Wolf put his GT Thunder-backed Honda into the lead, eventually stretching his advantage to 40 seconds by the end of the opening lap.

And while Wolf ran solo out front, McGill and his Foremost Insurance/Warnert Racing Can-Am teammate Chris Bithell battled Borich for second – all three riders taking a turn at the runner-up spot.

Morgantown, W. Va. (September 20, 2011) – Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Chris Borich is well on his way to another championship title after his signature final-lap pass on Warnert Racing Can-Am riders Adam McGill and Chris Bithell last round at Unadilla. Borich now holds a thirty-six-point lead over McGill heading into round eleven of the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series at Mountain Ridge ATV Trails in Somerset, Pa. this weekend.

The thirty-six-point margin doesn’t fully reveal the season-long battles between Borich and McGill, or even the competition level within all the top five XC1 contenders. Chris Bithell has been exchanging podium positions with his Warnert Racing Can-Am teammate all season long and is now only ten points behind McGill for second place.

GT Thunder-backed Brian Wolf is the only rider besides Borich and McGill to claim an XC1 class win, and due to a couple strings of bad luck, Wolf is trailing Ballance Racing Yamaha’s Taylor Kiser by thirty-eight points in the championship standings. Kiser has consistently put his blue machine inside the top five and a race-win at Mountain Ridge would keep him in the running for the championship title.

New Berlin, NY -Chris Borich came out on top of a hard-fought battle with Chris Bithell and Adam McGill to top the XC1 division at this year’s Can-Am Unadilla GNCC in New Berlin, New York. However, it was XC2 rider Walker Fowler who claimed the overall victory, edging Borich on adjusted time by just over six seconds at the end of the two-hour race.

After getting off to a mid-pack start Borich moved into the lead midway into the race, the Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider hooking up with GT Thunder-backed Brian Wolf at the front as the two riders pulled away from the rest of the pack. However, due to the relatively short length of the course, it wasn’t long before the two front-runners ran into lappers, allowing Foremost Insurance/Warnert Racing Can-Am teammates Bithell and McGill to catch up. For the next few laps, the four front-runners took turns leading the race.

“It was a good battle once those guys caught up,” explained Borich. “Me, Wolf, Bithell and McGill were like a train, battling back and forth for awhile.”

On the final lap, Borich passed McGill when the Can-Am rider took a different line, which moved Borich into second behind Bithell. With less than half a mile to go in the race, Borich made a bold pass on Bithell to take the lead, jumping one of Unadilla’s huge motocross jumps.

“Bithell checked up and I knew I had to make a move so I thought, ‘okay, this is it,’ and I just hit it hammer-down,” said Borich.

At the finish, Borich took the checkers with about two seconds to spare over Bithell, with McGill finishing third another three seconds back.

While Borich battled for the XC1 win up front, Fowler cut loose from the rest of the XC2 pack – which started on row two – and concentrated on catching the XC1 riders. After hooking up with Ballance Racing Yamaha teammate Taylor Kiser at the halfway point of the race, Fowler was able to gain enough time to pull ahead of the XC1 riders on adjusted time and take the overall win.

“I really owe Taylor a whole lot for this win,” said Fowler. “I caught up with him with three laps to go. I led him a lap and then I pulled over and let him go and he set a really good pace and we picked up a lot of time. As soon as I tapped him he pulled over and started pushing me as hard as he could. I think the amount I won by… I owe that amount to Taylor.”

The Unadilla race marked the second time this year that Fowler has clamed the overall win, the first coming at the Rock Run in Pennsylvania. However, Borich was still pleased to have gained valuable points in the XC1 championship standings, and now leads McGill by a whopping 36 points in the XC1 title chase.

“It’s good to get the class win, but in the overall, I didn’t know Walker was that close [in overall time],” said Borich. “It’s so hard to keep your pace not knowing where someone is at. I’m looking forward to Walker moving up and actually having to race us head-to-head.”

Fowler also claimed the win in the XC2 class, making his ninth win in a row in the division, and wrapping up the 2011 Can-Am Grand National Cross Series XC2 class championship with four rounds remaining on the schedule.

Wolf, on the other hand, ran up front for most of the race, however, an incident on a gnarly uphill left the Honda rider in fourth at the end of the day.

“I was pretty consistent in second all day and then we were coming up the hill before the white flag lap and I got stuck on the hill behind Bithell and that’s when Borich and McGill got around me and I just couldn’t reel ‘em back in,” said Wolf.

Kiser finished fifth after coming back from a nasty crash in the first turn, finishing almost nine seconds behind Wolf.

Jarrod McClure put his Honda into sixth, ahead of FRE KTM’s Bryan Cook. Meanwhile, GT Thunder Yamaha rider Kevin Yoho was eighth after claiming the $250Motosport.com Holeshot Award at the start of the race.

Yamaha riders Jeffrey Pickens and Mark Notman rounded out the top 10.

Walker Fowler’s win in the XC2 class was somewhat anticlimactic, so most of the focus was on the battle for second place, which boiled down to part-time GNCC competitor Nathan Thomas on a Honda and Greg’s ATV & Cycle Yamaha rider’s Patrick McGuire. Thomas capitalized on a good start and settled into second early in the race. Meanwhile, McGuire worked his way into third during the later stages of the race and was not able to catch the New York rider.

Thomas ended up with second overall, his first-ever podium finish in GNCC competition, while McGuire rounded out the podium.

Blake Kramer was the lone Suzuki rider in the XC2 top 10, with a fourth place finish, while Yamaha-mounted Eric Wilczek grabbed his best finish of the year with a fifth.

Yamaha rider Matt Hanna took the $100Motosport.com Holeshot Award to start the race and then rode to a sixth, with Honda riders Martin Christofferson, Michael Lancaster, and Nathan Wallpe finishing seventh, eighth and ninth.

Meanwhile, Aarol Bright rounded out the top 10 on a KTM.

Braden Henthorn was the top finishing “non-Pro” rider, winning the College A (16-21) class on a Honda with a 15th overall finish.

In the A.M. race, Yamaha rider Dave Simmons won the $100 GT Thunder Amateur Overall and topped the Masters (50+) class as well, while Angel Atwell was the winner in the Women’s division.

Bryan Buckhannon edged fellow Can-Am rider Michael Swift to win the 4×4 Open race. Meanwhile Clifton Beasley beat Scott Day and Danny Jessee to win the U2 class. All three riders were on Can-Am.

For the second time this year, Ohio rider Josh Simmons (PIT) claimed the overall win in the Youth race, also winning the 90 Open (12-15) class in the process. Blaine Martin was second overall and second in the 90 Open (12-15) class.

The 2011 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series heads to Somerset, Pennsylvania for the Mountain Ridge GNCC on September 24 & 25. ATV racing will take place on Saturday, followed by bike racing on Sunday. For more information, please visit www.gnccracing.com.

XC1 Results:

1. Chris Borich (Suz)

2. Chris Bithell (CAN)

3. Adam McGill (CAN)

4. Brian Wolf (Hon)

5. Taylor Kiser (Yam)

6. Jarrod McClure (Hon)

7. Bryan Cook (KTM)

8. Kevin Yoho (Yam)

9. Jeffrey Pickens (Yam)

10. Mark Notman (Yam)

XC1 Standings:

1. Chris Borich (230/6 wins)

2. Adam McGill (194/2 wins)

3. Chris Bithell (184)

4. Taylor Kiser (177)

5. Brian Wolf (139)

6. Bryan Cook (132)

7. Jarrod McClure (126)

8. Donnie Ockerman (112)

9. Kevin Yoho (100)

10. Jeffrey Pickens (98)

XC2 Results:

1. Walker Fowler (Yam)

2. Nathan Thomas (Hon)

3. Patrick McGuire (Yam)

4. Blake Kramer (Suz)

5. Eric Wilczek (Yam)

6. Matt Hanna (Yam)

7. Martin Christofferson (Hon)

8. Michael Lancaster (Hon)

9. Nathan Wallpe (Hon)

10. Aarol Bright (KTM)

XC2 Standings:

1. Walker Fowler (270 points/9 wins)

2. Gabe Phillips (176)

3. Patrick McGuire (147)

4. Eric Hoyland (137)

5. Aarol Bright (133)

6. Matt Hanna (117)

7. Blake Kramer (99)

8. Dustin Canipe (98)

9. Parker Jones (96)

10. Richie Brown (89)

Motosport.com $250 XC1 holeshot – Kevin Yoho

Motosport.com $100 XC2 holeshot – Matt Hanna

Millfield, OH – After suffering a disappointing mechanical failure at the previous round in West Virginia, Chris Borich got back on top of the podium with a spectacular win at the Wiseco John Penton GNCC, round nine of the 2011 Can-Am Grand National Cross Series in Millfield, Ohio.

Borich battled race-long with Ballance Racing Yamaha’s Taylor Kiser, Foremost Insurance/Warnert Racing Can-Am’s Chris Bithell and GT Thunder-backed Brian Wolf before putting his Rockstar Makita Suzuki into the lead on the final lap to claim his fifth victory of the season and extended his lead in the series standings to an impressive 27 points heading into the summer break.

“That race at Snowshoe was kind of a bummer, it was just a freak deal and I thought we had at least a top two. You just can’t control things like that sometimes, but it’s good to come back strong here and get the win,” said Borich.

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

UNION, SC – Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Chris Borich got back to his winning ways and piloted his Suzuki QuadRacer R450 to the top step of the podium on Saturday at the Big Buck ATV GNCC, round four of the 2011 ATV Grand National Cross Series, in Union, SC.

Borich looked strong from the start at the Big Buck, moving his Suzuki into second place on lap two and then taking the lead from round three winner Adam McGill on lap three. From there, the Rockstar Makita Suzuki two-time series champ put the hammer down on the rough and dirty course, leaving the competition in the dust to claim his third win of the series.

“I was kind of bummed two weeks ago,” said Borich. “We rode our hearts out at the last race and pretty much had it won and then we had a problem on the last lap near the finish – so it was good to get this win today.”

“My Rockstar Makita Suzuki QuadRacer ran great today and I was able to pull away when I needed to,” added Borich. “McGill and I had a good battle going, so it was good to get the win. Coming up, we have Loretta Lynn’s and that’s always a good race for me.”