Park City, Ky. (April 30, 2012) – New Zealand’s Rory Mead (right) came into round five of the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series as a silent sleeper, especially since he’s shown the ability to conquer courses with a heavy technical aspect. The Can-Am Mammoth GNCC pumped up the potential to throw some curve balls into the overall points race with a unique “old school” GNCC course that accompanied some of the most grueling obstacles this circuit has seen in a long time. Trail Boss Jeff Russell and his crew cut around 10 miles of fresh trail at the all-new Park Mammoth Resort in Park City, Kentucky and it was anyone’s game on the overall win, especially from the XC1 Pro division.

WMR/KTM’s Rory Mead got out front right away after following fellow kiwi Paul Whibley on the first lap. Whibley once again grabbed the $250 Motosport.com Holeshot Award aboard his AmPro Yamaha YZF450 and battled with Mead early on, but it wasn’t long before defending champ Charlie Mullins made his way through the pack from a bad start. Whibley and Factory FMF/KTM’s Mullins went back and fourth throughout the three-hour race, battling hard for the second place position. At times, the veteran duo would catch up to the leader and then Mead used the KTM 300 two-stroke to his advantage as he gained time in the tight rocky sections of the course. Mead’s win at The Mammoth marked the first overall win on a two-stroke since Nate Kanney’s performance at the 2008 Ironman. This was a big feat both for Mead and his two-stroke machine.

Morgantown, W. Va. – Racer Productions is proud to announce the 2011 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series Youth Overall champions in both the ATV and bike disciplines. Congrats out to Newfield, New York’s Hunter Hart for claiming the ATV Youth Championship title and Bedford, Indiana’s Austin Lee for taking the Youth bike championship.

Hunter Hart dominated the ATV 90 Open (8-11) class all season long, sweeping every round except for his home state race at Unadilla when he sat out with a broken arm. Hart healed up and continued to edge out tough competition including Cody Collier, Blaine Martin, Zachary Jones, Josh Simmons and Charlie Welch – all who contested Hart for the Overall lead until the final round of racing. Hart, an 11-year-old sixth grader, goes down in GNCC Racing history as the youngest Youth Overall champion on the circuit.

On the bike side, Austin Lee won 11 of 13 races to claim the Super Mini (12-13) class championship over Ohio’s Kevin Sutphin, the runner-up. While concentrating on beating out his class competition, Lee battled with front-runners of Super Mini (14-15) Levi Keller and Anthony Stone for the Overall Youth title. The championship came down to the final two races at the first-ever Parts Unlimited Loretta Lynn’s GNCC double-header, and Lee performed under pressure with first and second place scores in the final two races, giving him the 2011 Youth championship title.

“GNCC Youth racers are the future of the sport and Racer Productions would like to congratulate all Youth competitors on a well-done 2011 season!” said Trail Boss Jeff Russell.

Youth ATV racers compete on Saturday mornings at 8 a.m. for one hour on a specially designed course throughout the woods, mimicking the very same obstacles that GNCC Pros see in the afternoon race. Youth bikes compete for 90 minutes, beginning at 8 a.m. on Sunday mornings and also follow the same course format as the Youth ATVs.

Austin Lee, Hunter Hart and the rest of the 2011 GNCC Champions will be honored at this year’s GNCC Awards Banquet December 2 and 3 in Morgantown, W. Va. at the Waterfront Place Hotel and Convention Center. The top 10 ATV racers in each class will receive awards on Friday, December 2 and the bikes will celebrate on Saturday, December 3. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. each night and advanced reservations are required. For more information on the banquet or to reserve a room at the Waterfront Place Hotel, please visit the 2011 Awards Banquet Page.

About GNCC Racing
The Can-Am Grand National Cross Country series is America’s premier off-road racing series. Founded in 1979, the 13-round championship is produced exclusively by Racer Productions. Cross-country racing is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. The grueling three-hour GNCC races lead as many as 1,500 riders through tracks ranging in length from eight to 12 miles. With varied terrain, including hills, woods, mud, dirt, rocks and motocross sections, GNCC events are tests of both survival and speed. Riders compete for more than $3 million in prize money, which draws talent from all over the U.S., Europe, Australia and New Zealand. GNCC Racing is televised and airs every week on the Versus Network. For more information, please visit www.gnccracing.com.

Morgantown, W. Va (May 26, 2011) – Racer Productions, producer of the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series, is pleased to announce updates to the 2011 series schedule today. The updated schedule includes the announcement of the T.B.A location in September, as well as make-up dates for the Loretta Lynn and Indy 100 races, which were rained out.

Round 11 of the series will take place at the Mountain Ridge ATV Trails in Somerset, Pa., September 24 and 25. Mountain Ridge returns to the GNCC schedule for the fifth year in a row.

“We are excited to announce the return of Mountain Ridge to the 2011 GNCC schedule,” said Trail Boss Jeff Russell. “Somerset is a great location and we couldn’t be more excited to bring the GNCC racers and fans to the Pennsylvania area once again this year.”

The Loretta Lynn and Indy 100 GNCCs, hosted at Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. and Gosport, Ind., respectively, both cancelled due to flooding, have been rescheduled for the weekend of November 4-6. The rescheduled November race will mark the first-ever double header in GNCC history. Bikes are scheduled to race on Friday, November 4 and then again on Sunday, November 6. ATV racing will resume on the regularly scheduled Saturday, in between the two days of bike racing.

“There has never been a double header GNCC as long as I’ve been racing so I’m excited to see it unfold at Loretta’s this year,” said Barry Hawk, 8-Time GNCC Champion and track crewmember. “With increased travel expenses, we decided to hold a double header so families wouldn’t have to make an additional trip to make-up the Indy 100 bike race,” Hawk added.

Friday’s race will be the Indy 100 make-up bike race, while Saturday and Sunday will be the Loretta Lynn make-up weekend race, co-sanctioned by the AMA East National Hare Scramble (NEHS). The 50cc bike class will race on Saturday evening, in conjunction with the NEHS.

Furthermore, an additional throwaway has been added to account for the unusual scheduling. Amateur bike class championships will now be determined by the rider’s best finishes in a minimum number of 8 events, rather than the previous 9 events. A rider must now enter a minimum of 8 events to be eligible for series awards and national class ranking, as Racer Productions realizes that not all riders can attend Friday’s race. The additional throwaway affects only the amateur bike classes.

The 2011 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series heads to Patton, Pa., this weekend, May 28 and 29, for the first annual Rock Run GNCC. ATV racing will take place on Saturday, followed by bike racing on Sunday. For more information, please visit www.gnccracing.com