ITP-Gncc-Report-Off-Road-3-21-13Ontario, California — Team ITP ATV and side-by-side vehicle racers earned four class victories, the morning overall and a total of eight podiums at round two of the 2013 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) series held at Aonia Pass in Washington, Ga. Leading the way was defending Super Senior (45+) class champion Dave Simmons who won his class and also took his second straight morning overall on ITP tires. Team ITP racers also notched its three other class victories in the afternoon session, taking the checkers in A 22+, A/B 40+ and College B (16-21).

“Team ITP had another great GNCC weekend earning four class victories. Of course class wins are wonderful, but when we consistently see many of our team riders earning podiums we’re very pleased. Having our racers earn podiums in different age groups, the 4×4 classes, on sport quads and in side by sides really shows that ITP is dedicated to the racer and product development no mater the vehicle,” said Pat McGuire, Public Relations / Race Support.

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.