Morgantown, W. Va. (January 9, 2013) – Racer Productions announces today a change in the 2013 Grand National Cross Country Series schedule. After 29 remarkable years at the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., the oldest race on the GNCC circuit will not return to the schedule in 2013.

“Due to a scheduling conflict, the Loretta Lynn’s venue will not be on the GNCC schedule for 2013,” said GNCC Event Director, Dean VanLeeuwen. “Loretta’s has given us nearly 30 years of good racing and we’re looking forward to possibly returning to the ranch in the future.”

Hurricane Mills, TN – Factory FMF/KTM rider Maria Forsberg earned her thirteenth straight win at the final round of the GNCC Series held at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch. Her win at the ranch marked the end to a perfect GNCC season.

Forsberg has already set multiple records this year. Forsberg won gold at Women’s EnduroX for the second straight year at the summer X-Games. She then went on to wrap up her GNCC championship the following weekend four rounds early. Later in the season she would become the first female rider to overall the morning class in the GNCC Series. And after thirteen straight wins, she ended her season with a perfect score.

The talented factory rider has set the benchmark again for fellow women racers with the completion of the perfect season. However, her season is not done. Forsberg will head to Las Vegas, NV in mid-November to compete in the final round of the AMA EnduroCross Series where she currently leads the EnduroCross Women’s point standings. A top three finish at that event would secure another championship for Forsberg who is well on her way to a perfect year.

Corona, CA – November 5, 2012 – The Fred Andrews Racing FAR Husqvarna team faced a double-header this weekend with the GNCC series finale on Saturday followed by the final National Enduro of 2012 on Sunday. FAR Husky racers Andrew Delong and Nick Davis had their hands full between the two season-ending races, but managed to close out the year on a strong note.

The weekend started in Tennessee with the Loretta Lynn’s GNCC on Saturday. Andrew came into the last round of the season with one thing on his mind – WIN! Andrew and Nick both got out to a mid-pack start, but by the end of the second lap, Delong had worked his way into the lead. Nick was pushing his TC250 as hard as possible, and steadily working his way into the top-three.

Heading into the final lap, the FAR Husky team was looking at a 1-2 finish with Nick closing in on second place. While Andrew stayed in a solid lead, Nick’s day was about to take a turn for the worst. As Davis accelerated out of a turn his rear tire came off the rim. He was forced to head back to the pits for a new rear tire which relegated him to a 16th place finish.

Corona, CA – AMA EnduroCross racers were back at it in the Northwest, while the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series carried on in the Midwest. In both cases, Husqvarna racers once again battled with the best and secured top-ten finishes, including another podium for Andrew Delong in the XC2 division of the GNCC series.

The Ironman GNCC in Crawfordsville, Indiana was a muddy one as rain thoroughly soaked the course on Friday and Saturday. Delong and his Fred Andrews Racing (FAR) Husqvarna teammate Nick Davis got out to top-ten starts, and made their way through the pack. Andrew worked his way into second and was battling for the lead before a crash on lap three sent him over the bars. Adding insult to injury, the bike landed on top of him and seared a burn into his back. Fortunately a spectator heard him scream and helped get the bike off him. Being the hard charger he is, Andrew still rejoined the race, only losing a minute. He was able to push on to the finish and get his TC250 on the podium with third-place.

Corona, CA – What does it take to ride a rock-solid race for six days in a row? Just ask Husqvarna’s Andrew Delong who was able to do exactly that at the 2012 International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) in Saxony, Germany. Aboard a CH Racing TE310, Delong helped lead the U.S. Team to the Junior Trophy podium for a third-place finish, earning an individual gold in the process.

It wasn’t an easy week for Delong, who confessed he was struggling with a flu, but the FAR Husqvarna rider was able to battle the tough terrain, steep hills and long tests of the German Six Days to earn gold. With hardly a break, Husqvarna’s rising star is ready to jump back into action in the GNCC series and fight for the XC2 championship. Fortunately Delong had a few minutes this week to chat about his Six Day adventure before heading back to the races.

Masontown, WV – Factory FMF/KTM rider Kailub Russell earned 2nd overall at the seventh round of the GNCC Series after an all day battle for the lead.

Russell had a bad jump off the line but quickly made up time and was able to complete the first lap in 3rd place. His teammate, Charlie Mullins, had a better start and was sitting in 2nd position behind KTM support rider Rory Mead after the first lap. The three KTM riders battled out front with Mead holding down the lead for the first two laps.

When Mead had to pit on the start of lap three, Russell inherited the lead. Unfortunately, he suffered a crash after sliding out in a tight right-hand corner at the end of the pit row and passed the lead to Mullins. The reigning champion raced on while Russell recovered and found himself back in 2nd place. A lap later, Mullins suffered a mechanical problem that caused him to DNF the race. This handed the lead back to Russell briefly before Paul Whibley was able to make a pass to takeover the number one spot.

Russell and Whibley rode wheel to wheel through the remaining laps of the race. On the final lap, Russell tried every move he had in order to get around Whibley and ended up making a mistake that caused him to go off course and lose time. He recovered to finish the race in 2nd place. Now seven rounds into the series he sits 5 points down from Whibley in the overall series point standings.

Springville, IN – Factory FMF/KTM rider Kailub Russell collected his fourth win of the season at the sixth round of the GNCC Series at the series newest Indiana venue.

Russell earned a mid-pack start behind his teammate, Charlie Mullins, who rounded the first lap in 2nd place. Russell quickly moved through the pack and soon found himself battling with Mullins for the lead. The two riders quickly pulled from the rest of the pack while swapping for the lead through the first half of the race.

On the fourth lap while battling for the lead, Mullins encountered a mechanical issue at the farthest point of the 10.5 mile course. His team rushed to him in order to provide assistance. He eventually received the help he needed but found himself one lap down and in 13th place when he reentered the course. With two laps left to make up positions, he set to work. He eventually made up two more positions and finished 11th overall for the day.

Meanwhile, Russell began to pull a larger lead over the XC1 class as each lap progressed. At the end of the 7 lap race he finished over a minute ahead of the 2nd place ride of Paul Whibley. Russell’s win moved him up in the overall point standings. Now six rounds into the series, he is tied for the championship points lead with Whibley.

KTM XC2 rider Steward Baylor suffered his first loss of the series. After working his KTM to the front of the pack from a bad start he suffered a mechanical issue while leading that cost him a lap. He eventually returned to the racing action and was able to salvage a 10th place result. Baylor still maintains a comfortable lead in the series point standings.

Factory FMF/KTM rider Maria Forsberg dominated the Women’s GNCC class once again. She walked away with her sixth win of the series to remain undefeated in the Women’s class. “It feels great to get another win,” remarked Forsberg. “The goal is to go undefeated in the women’s class and also capture the overall win the in the morning class. The team is behind me 100% and I believe both goals are within reach.”

Union, SC – Factory FMF/KTM rider Maria Forsberg captured her fourth win in the Women’s GNCC class to remain undefeated in the series at the fourth round of the GNCC Series dubbed the Big Buck GNCC.

Forsberg got a great start and led every lap of the competition to claim her fourth victory. Her margin of victory was an impressive five minutes and fifty-one seconds. Forsberg also landed on the overall podium for the second race in a row.

“My goal this year is to overall the morning class,” remarked Forsberg. “I came close at the third round just missing it by four seconds and today I got third. I am hoping a can make it happen at the next round.”

Next Event: Park City, KY – April 29, 2012

Overall Results Women’s Class
1.    Maria Forsberg
2.    Ashley Copeland
3.    Hannah Otto
4.    Emily Raines
5.    Leeann Bange
6.    Rebecca Sheets
7.    Jordon Milbauer
8.    Rachel Gutish
9.    Allie Spurgeon
10.    Samantha Steiner
11.    Mandi Mastin
12.    Samantha Fisher
13.    Dawn Silvia
14.    Sarah Baldwin

Overall Points Women’s Class
1.    Maria Forsberg – 80
2.    Hannah Otto – 71
3.    Leeann Bange – 61

Minneapolis, February 2, 2012 –Polaris comes into the 2012 race season with teams competing in the Grand National Cross Country series (GNCC), World Off-Road Championship series (WORCS), Best in the Desert (BITD) and Mud racing. Polaris also will continue to offer their ATV racing contingency program and has added a Side-by-Side contingency for the BITD series.

“Polaris is excited for another year of ATV and Side-by-Side Racing,” said Donna Beadle, race team manager for Polaris’ Off-Road Division. “We had a great 2011 winning several championships and we expect 2012 to be another successful year.”

National Guard/Polaris/Coastal Racing
Polaris will continue to support National Guard/Polaris/Coastal racing for 2012. William Yokley took the GNCC and WORCS championships in his National Guard RANGER RZR XP 900 and will look to four-peat in the GNCC series this year. Yokley’s teammate, Scott Kiger finished third in the GNCC “Open Modified” class in his RZR XP and is back for 2012.

Rath Racing
Rath Racing is back for a third year to race the RZR XP in GNCC. Daryl Rath continues to dial in his RZR XP and will race the “Open Modified” Side-by-Side class.

Team Hendershot
Polaris has added Team Hendershot to their GNCC race team for 2012. Team Hendershot finished second overall in their RZR XP in the GNCC “Open Modified” class behind William Yokley. They will race the RZR XP for 2012.

Jagged X
Jagged X is back for 2012 for a run at the Best in the Desert championship, racing the familiar No.1919, with a newly built RZR XP 4.  Brandon Schueler, Chad Riccio, Blake Van de Loo and Mike West look to recapture the championship for 2012. Jagged X also has signed 2011 BITD Champion, Matt Parks to run with the team this year in a second RZR XP 4. Both new RZR’s will be revealed at the Mint 400, in March. Parks started the 2012 BITD series out on a high note winning the “Pro UTV class,” at the Parker 250, in January.

Walker Evans
RJ Anderson will switch gears this year and race the WORCS series with his new Walker Evans RZR XP. Anderson raced a few WORC races in 2011 and ended up winning the final race of the season in the “SxS 1” class. He looks to capture the championship for 2012.

High Lifter
Team High Lifter-Polaris Racing will be muddin’ on Polaris’ once again for 2012. Racers include Brian Haughton, Josh Monroe and Adam Schumaker and will race the Sportsman XP 850, Sportsman 550, RANGER XPs and RANGER RZRs.

Polaris Contingency
Polaris also will continue to offer an ATV race contingency program, in three ATV racing series, GNCC, WORCS and the Heartland Challenge, and has added a side-by-side contingency in the Best in the Desert Series. The total purse is more than $85,000. Racers must race 2008 or newer Sportsman XP 850 or Sportsman 550 ATVs for the ATV contingency and must run the Pro 1 class in a RANGER RZR product in Best in the Desert. More information and complete rules about Polaris’ racing contingencies can be found at www.polarisfactoryracing.com.

Sumter, SC – The 17 year-old, Steward Baylor, continues to impress off-road fans with his fast-speed and technical abilities on his KTM motorcycle at such a young age. Today he stepped up his game again when he took his first-ever pro career AMA National Enduro Series win.

Baylor has been setting records throughout his teenage years in the GNCC Series and he was most recently crowned the GNCC XC2 Lites Champion in 2011. He took the past two and half months that made up the off-season and trained hard to come out to the opening round of the AMA National Enduro Series in Sumter, SC and make himself and his Ride PG/KTM Team a threat for the championship.

The Georgia native was impressive from the start to the end of the race. He took three of the six special test wins in order to claim his first victory. He was strong in each section only making a mistake in the fourth test where he hit his head on a tree branch that he wasn’t able to duck under. Luckily, he was okay and came back to finish second fastest in the fifth special test and first in the final test.

“It feels great to come out to the first round and get the win,” remarked Baylor. “I have been training really hard over the past year to increase my sprint speed and I think it shows today. I’d like to thank my team and my family for their help to get me to this level in my racing.”

Joining Baylor on the podium was 8-time National Enduro Champion Mike Lafferty finishing in the runner-up position and fellow KTM rider Charlie Mullins who put his FMF/KTM on the final podium step.