Borich-GNCC-Off-Road-9-18-13AmPro Yamaha’s Walker Fowler has kept Borich honest all season long, claiming two overall wins against the champ thus far. In his sophomore year in the XC1 Pro class, Fowler continues to uphold his second place ranking while pushing towards the number one position.

Lonestar Racing/Precision/ITP’s Adam McGill surpassed Reliable Tool Supply/Maxxis’ Chris Bithell in the overall standings after Round 10, as a mechanical issue removed Bithell from competition early on. Despite a mid-race crash, McGill was able to salvage enough points to take over the third place position in the overall standings. With one overall win behind him, McGill has shown great speed this season but the West Virginia native hasn’t been able to maintain the consistency needed to contest the 2013 championship.

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.

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.