GNCC-Mullins-4-22-13UNION, S.C. – The battle for the 2013 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series Championship heated up once again as Charlie Mullins and Kailub Russell went head-to-head for a little more than just bragging rights in their Factory FMF/KTM team pit. After three demanding hours of competition at the VP Racing Fuels Big Buck GNCC, it was Mullins who came away with the Round 4 victory, thus extending his early points lead over Russell.

The GNCC Series made its 17th Annual stop at the Big Buck Farms where the incredible race action paralleled a festive atmosphere surrounding the Union, S.C. area. With over 1200 riders in attendance throughout the weekend, the already rough and tumble Big Buck GNCC course became even more grueling by Sunday afternoon’s race.

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.

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)

Morgantown, W. Va. (November 6, 2012) – This season marked an incredible year of racing in the 2012 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series. The 13-round series wrapped up last weekend at the Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., where AmPro Yamaha’s Paul Whibley secured his second XC1 Pro class title, while KR4 Performance’s Jason Thomas clinched his first XC2 Pro Lites title on the motorcycle side. While XC1 Pro ATV champion Chris Borich wrapped up his fourth consecutive title earlier in the season, Tireballs-backed Patrick McGuire secured his first XC2 Pro Am championship at the season finale.

But the XC1 and XC2 class champions are just part of the 2012 GNCC Championship roll call. In GNCC, the afternoon race consists of not only Pro and Pro Am classes, but also the “A” and “B” classes – making for a fast-paced afternoon of racing from the first row to the last. On ATV’s, Brycen Neal claimed the competitive College A (16-21) class title by only six points over Landon Wolfe, finishing as the Top Amateur of the afternoon race. Other “A” class champions include Fred Marley in Junior A (22+), Todd Demaree in Vet A (28+) and Senior A (38+) champion Tom Wright.

Hurricane Mills, Tenn – It was a head-to-head battle at Saturday’s Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series finale between AmPro Yamaha’s Paul Whibley and FMF/KTM’s Kailub Russell in the XC1 Pro class. After a nearly flawless race at the Parts Unlimited Loretta Lynn’s GNCC, Whibley went on to win the season finale and secure his second-career title.

Whibley kicked off the afternoon by grabbing his thirteenth straight $250 MotoSport.com Holeshot Award, getting out front early on. Meanwhile, Whibley’s championship rival, Russell, was held up in the first corner after getting tangled with another rider off the start. Although Russell began the opening lap in nearly last place, he managed to work his way into fourth place by the start of Lap 2.

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.

CASAR, NC – Team DeRisi Racing joined over 10,000 other racers and spectators at the infamous Ironman GNCC in Crawfordsville, IN.  Round 12 of the series greeted racers with nasty mudholes, deep water crossings, and the toughest hillclimbs that they have encountered all season.  Team DeRisi was prepared for the challenge and anxious to chalk up a few more wins.

Braden Henthorn has found himself in a fierce battle for the XC2 ProAm Championship.  Heading into this race, he was holding 2nd in points and was looking for a win to close the gap on the leader.  Braden had a good start and quickly found himself inside the top five.  On lap 3, Braden took over the lead and began to gap the field.  He continued to ride smart and went on to win his fourth race of the season.  Braden now holds the XC2 points lead by six points going into the final round.

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.

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 Motosport.com 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