Husqvarna-Delong-GNCC-9-24-13Murrieta, CA – Fred Andrews Racing Husqvarna’s Andrew DeLong has officially started a new win streak in the GNCC series, having taken his second consecutive win in the XC2 Pro class! DeLong piloted his TXC250R to a dominant win in Foxburg, Pennsylvania at round 11 of the 2013 series.

A new stop on the tour, the “Gusher” GNCC lived up to his name having received a deluge of rain on Saturday afternoon – but the series crew was able to turn the track into one of the best of the season after having spent the morning making a new 10-mile course. DeLong got out to a mid-pack start and got to work pushing toward the front of the XC2 class. He quickly got into the lead only to give it up with a crash on lap 3. Fortunately DeLong regained the lead and put the hammer down to build a 47-second buffer over second place by the time the white flag came out. DeLong cruised to the win, and also managed to end his day in fifth place overall!

Kailub-Russell-GNCC-Win-9-23-13Foxburg, PA – Factory FMF/KTM rider Kailub Russell took his fifth consecutive win of the season in the GNCC XC1 class and strengthened his points lead in the series while his teammate Maria Forsberg won her seventh race of the year in the GNCC Women’s class at the eleventh round of the GNCC Series, dubbed “The Gusher.”

Track conditions were muddy from the three inches of rain received the night before the event and Forsberg got the worst of it as she lined up for the morning race. She jumped off to a decent start and quickly worked her way up front and into the lead. She led every lap of the morning race, continuously putting time on the rest of the riders. When the checkered flag flew she easily coasted to a victory by a margin of 9 minutes and 10 seconds over the next closest female competitor. Her time was also decent enough to give her the overall for the day out of all morning classes.

Mullins-Team-AMA-Champion-9-16-13Lynnville, IN – Factory FMF/KTM rider Charlie Mullins was crowned the 2013 Rekluse/AMA National Enduro Champion after winning the ninth round of the series to clinch the title one round early.

Mullins was on the gas all day as he won the first two special tests and tied for the lead in the third. At the halfway point he had already accumulated a minute lead on the field as the riders headed toward the fourth test of the afternoon. He finished second in the next two tests and the rebounded to take the win in the final test session to win the overall and his second career AMA National Enduro title.

GNCC-Racing-Logo-4-17-13MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – Round 10 of the 2013 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series took place this past weekend at the legendary Unadilla Raceway in New Berlin for the ninth running of the Can-Am Unadilla GNCC. Located in western New York’s hotbed of off-road racing, the Unadilla GNCC drew in an astonishing number of 1,971 ATV and motorcycle entries, marking the largest rider attended event in the 38-year history of GNCC Racing.

This comes after the highly successful season in 2012, where the Grand National Cross Country Series generated the second largest total of rider entries in the history of the series. With over 10% increase in participation from the previous year, the 2012 season nearly topped the all-time high mark set in 2007.

Buckhannon-4x4-Can-Am-5-8-13Valcourt, Québec, May 8, 2013 – Can-Am ATV and side-by-side racers won numerous classes and earned several podium finishes at various off-road events in the U.S. and Canada. Highlighted by Team UXC Racing / Can-Am X-Team racer Michael Swift’s morning overall and U2 class win, Can-Am 4×4 ATV racers won five morning classes at a soggy round five of the 2013 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country held in Kentucky. Team Hendershot Performance won the Pro SxS race at round three of the American Woods Racing Championship Series in Pennsylvania. Maverick™ 1000R side-by-side team Murray Motorsports finished third in the SxS Pro class at the Best In The Desert Silver State 300 in Nevada. In the Courses VTT series in Canada, a Maverick pilot earned a podium position while three Can-Am DS 450 racers swept the ATV Pro class.

“Can-Am 4×4 racers dominated the murky Mammoth GNCC event, winning five classes. I was pleased to see Can-Am Renegade racer Michael Swift win his class, the morning overall and prove that sportsmanship is alive and well in our sport,” said Jimmie O’Dell, Race Manager, Can-Am. “Our Can-Am Maverick 1000R racers continue to make strides in the new side-by-side vehicle, winning two events and earning podium finishes in others.”

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.

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.

Delong-GNCC-3-13-13Corona, CA – March 13, 2013 – Andrew DeLong and the Fred Andrews Racing Husqvarna team sent a strong message to their fellow XC2 competitors at the opening round of the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series by taking a commanding win at the River Ranch, Florida event. DeLong finished the three-hour race with over a one-minute lead, having worked his way into fifth overall, demonstrating that he is a clear threat to the XC2 title this season.

DeLong had his work cut out for him after crashing in the second turn and heading into the first lap nearly dead last. “We have seen AD come from last and win so we were not too worried,” commented team manager Fred Andrews. “Three hours in the sand is a strong man’s race.”

Paso Robles, Calif. – Lazer Star Lights – a global manufacturer for off-road LED light bars and performance lighting accessories – recently announced a new sponsorship agreement with Can-Am Factory ATV Race Teams for the 2013 season.

“We couldn’t be more excited to work with Can-Am’s Factory teams and riders,” says Lazer Star Lights, “It’s a testament to both the quality of our lights, and Can-Am’s trust in our products to help win championships.”

Can-Am Factory Teams compete across multiple series and races including, AMA ATV Motocross Championship, AMSOIL GNCC, WORCS, SCORE, and Best In The Desert.

Lazer Star Lights will equip the  Factory Can-Am Teams with a variety of LX LED light bars for their race and support vehicles. Lazer Star will have presence on racer jersey’s, in the pits on Can-Am Factory trailers, and on banner displays.

Corona, CA – Husqvarna Motorcycles North America (HMNA) enjoyed a very successful racing season in 2012, filled with highlights including Cory Graffunder’s X Games medal, and XC2 racer Andrew Delong’s historic overall podium finishes in the GNCC series. HMNA is proud to welcome back both Graffunder and Delong in 2013, along with accomplished team members who are poised for another landmark year.

On the “left side” of the U.S., Cory Graffunder will head up Husqvarna’s racing efforts. The Canadian faces an eventful season in 2013 with two AMA national championships on his calendar, as well as four global X Games events! The AMA EnduroCross Series is foremost on Graffunder’s radar this year. Select extreme off-road events like King of the Motos and Last Dog Standing will also keep him occupied in 2013, along with defending his number one plate in the AMA West Hare Scrambles Championship Series.