GNCC-ATV-Off-Road-4-16-13MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (April 16, 2013) – Four-Time GNCC champion Chris Borich heads into Round 4 of the 2013 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series with a perfect score atop the championship point standings. And perhaps his flawless record makes the target on his back even bigger as the fastest cross-country ATV racers in the country prepare to dethrone the champ this weekend at the VP Racing Fuels Big Buck GNCC in Union, South Carolina.

The most consistent runner-up to Borich thus far is AmPro Yamaha’s Walker Fowler, who currently holds second place in the overall standings. Fowler finished just shy of the podium at Round 3 and will be looking for redemption this weekend in South Carolina.

Borich-GNCC-Off-Road-4-8-13Morganton, N.C. – Four-Time champion Chris Borich proved his merit once again at Saturday’s FMF Steele Creek GNCC, where he swept his third consecutive win of the 2013 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country season. Although Borich only lead two of the six laps, he surely made them count when besting his teammate Chris Bithell in the final moments of the two-hour race.

Thousands of spectators were in attendance for Round 3 of the 13-race series and there wasn’t a shortage of racing action at the picturesque Steele Creek Campground in Morganton, North Carolina.

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!”

GNCC-Borich-3-12-13River Ranch, Fla. (March 11, 2013) – Four-time GNCC champion Chris Borich picked up where he left off in his championship winning season in 2012, capturing the win at Round 1 of the 2013 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series in River Ranch, Florida. In a hard fought two-hour battle to the finish, West Virginia’s Adam McGill and Ohio’s Walker Fowler rounded out Sunday’s podium behind Borich at the 4th Annual Moose Racing Westgate River Ranch GNCC.

XC1 Pro class rookie Braden Henthorn grabbed the first holeshot of the 2013 season aboard his Team Woodhead/DeRisi Racing Honda machine, battling with teammate Eric Hoyland early on. However, it wasn’t long before the GNCC veterans of Lonestar Racing/Precision/ITP’s Adam McGill and reigning champion Chris Borich took over the lead battle, followed closely by fellow Maxxis-backed rider Chris Bithell. The trio flip-flopped for the lead throughout a majority of the two-hour race before Borich eventually set a pace that was hard to match up front.

Borich’s new Suzuki counterpart, Chris Bithell, made the switch to yellow in 2013 and the Pennsylvania boy held the pressure on Borich in the beginning of the race and the two began to gap the field around the halfway point. McGill eventually put himself between the Suzuki duo, where they remained until the checkered flag.

AmPro Yamaha’s Walker Fowler experienced carnage in the first corner, setting the young Ohio native to the back of the pack right off the start. It didn’t take long for Fowler to push his way inside the top five, eventually contesting the podium battle by the end of the two-hour competition.

Pennsylvania’s Jarrod McClure debuted his all-new JB Offroad/Can-Am ride this weekend; staying inside the top five all day. McClure battled with Fowler early on before experiencing a small machine issue that caused his Can-Am team to fall back a few positions, maintaining fifth for the day.

Waynesburg Yamaha’s Jeff Pickens kicked off the season with a sixth place finish, edging out BNR’s Kevin Yoho, who is fresh off a pre-season injury that kept him off the machine for the weeks leading up to Round 1. Rookies Braden Henthorn and Greg’s ATV & Cycles rider Gabe Phillips made the jump to XC1 this season, finishing eighth and ninth respectively in their pro class debut at River Ranch. Yamaha/GBC/HMF’s Johnny Gallagher rounded out the top ten.

The XC2 Pro Am division was all about the rookies on Sunday as Ohio’s Brycen Neal grabbed the win in only his second-ever Pro Am competition. Similarly, Florida’s Landon Wolfe finished on top of the podium in his second appearance in the Pro Am division, taking second place for the day. However, it was Ohio’s Josh Merritt who got off to an early lead in the five-lap race but Merritt began to drop back midway through the race, eventually finishing ninth in the class.

Pennsylvania’s Thomas Koontz Jr. seized the opportunity and grabbed the third and final position on the podium. Defending Pro Am champ Patrick McGuire struggled throughout the two-hour opener, ultimately finishing fifth behind Indiana’s Fred Marley.

The 2013 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series continues March 12 in River Ranch, Fla., with the 4th Annual Moose Racing River Ranch GNCC with bike racing. For more information on the series, visit www.gnccracing.com.

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XC1 Pro Results:
Chris Borich (SUZ)
Adam McGill (HON)
Walker Fowler (YAM)
Chris Bithell (SUZ)
Jarrod McClure (CAN)
Jeff Pickens (YAM)
Kevin Yoho (YAM)
Braden Henthorn (HON)
Gabe Phillips (YAM)
Johnny Gallagher (YAM)

XC2 Pro Am Results:
Brycen Neal (HON)
Landon Wolfe (SUZ)
Thomas Koontz Jr. (HON)
Fred Marley (HON)
Patrick McGuire (YAM)
Chad Jones (HON)
Michael Lancaster (HON)
Blake Kramer (YAM)
Joshua Merritt (YAM)
Randy Hamilton (HON)

XC1 Pro Standings:
Chris Borich (30)
Adam McGill (25)
Walker Fowler (21)
Chris Bithell (18)
Jarrod McClure (16)
Jeff Pickens (15)
Kevin Yoho (14)
Braden Henthorn (13)
Gabe Phillips (12)
Johnny Gallagher (11)

XC2 Pro Am Standings:
Brycen Neal (30)
Landon Wolfe (25)
Thomas Koontz Jr. (21)
Fred Marley (18)
Patrick McGuire (16)
Chad Jones (15)
Michael Lancaster (14)
Blake Kramer (13)
Joshua Merritt (12)
Randy Hamilton (11)

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 Motosport.com 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.

Crawfordsville, Ind. – Nearly 10,000 spectators attended Saturday’s Amsoil Ironman GNCC, Round 12 of the 13-race Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series. Ballance Racing Yamaha’s Walker Fowler secured his first-career XC1 Pro class win in Crawfordsville, Ind., but it didn’t come easy for the rookie. Heavy rains leading up to the event made for an unpredictable 11-mile course, filled with plenty of deep mud pits and rocky hill climbs, ultimately leading up to a five-way battle for the lead in the final moments of the intense two-hour race.

Indiana’s very own Craig Bowman grabbed his first $250 Motosport.com Holeshot Award of the season, leading a stacked field of competitors on the opening lap. Bowers/Coastal National Guard/Yokley Racing’s Jarrod McClure was the first to take over the lead on Lap 1, beginning a constant trade-off that would highlight at least four different leaders throughout the afternoon.

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 Motosport.com 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. (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.

Millfield, Ohio – With temperatures over the 100-degree mark, Sunday Creek Raceway hosted Round 9 of the 2012 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series in sunny southern Ohio. Amidst the warm temperatures, Chris Borich was still able to extend his points lead by grabbing his sixth consecutive win in the XC1 Pro ATV class, while Adam McGill and Walker Fowler battled to the final moments in order to secure podium finishes at The Wiseco John Penton GNCC.

The John Penton historically serves as the final stop before the series takes a break over the summer months, and for good reason as the blistering heat of early July intensified the already grueling two-hour competition. Precision Motorsports/Lonestar Racing/Moto X Perts’ Adam McGill was rearing to go in his first full race back from injury, taking the $250 Motosport.com Holeshot Award and putting himself into the lead-pack right away. Ballance Racing Yamaha’s Taylor Kiser took control of the opening lap as he led McGill and Borich through Lap 1-where Kiser and Borich set in for their first pit-while McGill chose to keep his momentum rolling into the second place position.

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.