PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) congratulates the U.S. Junior Motocross Team for its title at the 2011 FIM Junior Motocross World Championships in Cingoli, Italy, on Aug. 13-14. The teams from Great Britain and Italy finished second and third, respectively.

In addition to the team title, U.S. rider Joey Savatgy earned the individual world championship in the 125cc class at the event.

Savatgy, who is supported by Rockstar Energy Suzuki, was joined on the team by Yamaha amateur support rider Chris Alldredge from Powell Butte, Ore., in the 125cc class; Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green riders Mark Worth from Queen Creek, Ariz., and Chase Bell from Cairo, Ga., in the 85cc class; and Gabriel Jairala from San Antonio, Texas, and Derek Drake from San Luis Obispo, Calif., competing in the 65cc class on KTM 65s.

Other U.S. riders were Rockstar Suzuki Josh Mosiman from Sebastopol, Calif., and Red Bull/Yamaha sponsored Matt Bisceglia from Weatherford, Texas, both in the 125cc class. In the 85cc class were Rockstar Suzuki rider Michael Mosiman from Sebastopol, Calif., and Suzuki rider Tyler Rosa from Perris, Calif.

“Winning back-to-back team world championships is an unbelievable accomplishment that requires a tremendous amount of effort from everybody involved,” said AMA Motocross Manager Kip Bigelow, referring to the 2010 title the team won in France. “The riders represented the United States with honor, and I am so proud of each one of them. This accomplishment could not have happened without the support from our sponsors: Cernics Racing, Dunlop Tires, Monster Energy Team Green Kawasaki, Yamaha Motor Corporation, KTM and Bonamigo Suzuki.”

The title race went down to the closing moments of the final 125cc moto, which Savatgy won despite suffering a flat tire with four laps to go.

“Obviously the event was a success for our team,” said U.S. Team Manager Ryan Holliday, Kawasaki Team Green’s motocross supervisor. “The goal was to win, and we accomplished that. Each rider played a part in the team’s victory, and it was great to see everyone work together for a common goal. It was fun to be a part of this, and hopefully the riders will have great memories of this experience.”

Bell finished second in the 85cc class with a 3-1 moto score, just losing out on the overall to Latavia’s Pauls Jonass. Another notable ride was put in by 65cc rider Jairala, Bigelow said. Jairala struggled with poor starts but remained focused on the team title, finishing 9-16 in his motos and 10th overall.

“After track watering during intermission, all the 65cc riders found the conditions less than perfect,” Bigelow said. “Jairala came into the mechanic’s area with his goggles full of mud. He pulled back onto the track in 35th place with just 10 minutes to go, and it all seemed lost for the U.S. team. If it weren’t for Jairala’s fierce competitiveness and his ability to move past 19 riders by the end of the race, we wouldn’t have made it to the podium.”

As for Savatgy, he made it clear that he won’t forget his world championship anytime soon. The Thomasville, Ga., rider was thrilled with both his individual accomplishment and the team effort that brought home the world title.

“Winning the world championship was a big deal, and if I could explain feelings I would, but it is probably one of the most memorable wins of my amateur career,” Savatgy said. “The feeling when I crossed that finish line and knew I had won was amazing, a loss for words. Especially knowing that I just rode the last four laps with a rear flat, I never in a million years would of guessed that I could ride four laps with a flat tire and still be able to win the overall.

“Of course, we had a great team, and everyone put in an amazing effort, an effort in which was good enough for the team overall,” he added. “The competition over there, like the year before, was stacked. There were so many fast kids, and to come out on top is a good feeling.”

For more about AMA team competition in international championship events, see AmericanMotorcyclist.com/Racing/.

New Berlin, Ny. (July 12, 2011) - The 2011 AMA ATV Motocross National Championship Series heads to Unadilla Valley Sports Center in New Berlin, Ny., July 16 and 17 for round 9 of the 11-round race series. With only three races left in the series, the championship title is coming down to the wire.

Round 8 mixed up the results board a bit as Chad Wienen dropped back to third in points, John Natalie tookover the lead and Josh Upperman advanced to within seven points from the leader. Rookie Chase Snapp finally captured his first-ever moto win in the AMA Pro class after putting in several top five finishes all season long. As one of the newest additions to the AMA Pro class, Snapp is acclimating himself to the Premier class very quickly this year.

UnadillaValley Sports Center is a premier racetrack in the northeast, home to both the AMA Pro Motocross and the AMA Pro ATV racing as well as the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series and several other Amateur motocross events.

MT. MORRIS, PA – Team Rockstar Makita Suzuki used the power of its Yoshimura-equipped Suzuki RM-Z450s to tackle challenging conditions at the Rockstar Energy High Point National in Mt. Morris, PA on Saturday. The weather was fine for the first moto at the notoriously fast High Point track; however, a quick downpour hit just before the start of moto two, leaving the track extremely muddy and slippery. Ryan Dungey rode strong, grabbing a convincing second in the first moto, battling the tough conditions for a third in moto two, and ending the day with a second overall. Teammate Brett Metcalfe suffered a couple of bad starts but was able to fight his way to an eighth-place overall finish.

Dungey was strong all day, with solid morning practices and great starts in both motos. The Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider pulled the holeshot in moto one, but a little bobble put him back to second. Dungey proceeded to pilot his RM-Z flawlessly for the next 16 laps and cross the line for a convincing second-place finish. In moto two, Dungey powered his Suzuki out of the gate again in second; however, a couple of miscues in the slick conditions put him on the ground and he fell back to sixth. Dungey pushed his RM-Z450 hard for the remaining 12 laps and was able to come away with a third-place moto finish and second overall for the day. Dungey has moved into third place in the championship points race.

Morgantown, W. Va. (May 18, 2011) – The 2011 AMA ATV Motocross National Championship Series presented by DWT (ATVMX) has been nothing short of unpredictable as we’ve witnessed an array of firsts, bests and even luckless situations in the Premier class.

Current points leader Chad Wienen has experienced his most dominant season ever this year in the ATVMX series. With a total of three wins under his belt, Wienen holds the most overalls this season, edging out his Motoworks Can-Am teammate John Natalie by only one win and a mere four-point margin in the championship standings. Natalie lost his former points lead at Sunset Ridge MX after his bike broke down two turns away from the finish line in moto two – quickly moving the second place rider back to fourteenth. Natalie salvaged a sixth place overall to keep him within a handful of points from his teammate.

Pennsylvania’s Joel Hetrick could be a force to wreak havoc on the Motoworks Can-Am duo this year after a grabbing his first-ever AMA Pro podium at round five. The Rookie has a lot to learn before contesting a championship in the Premier class, but don’t exclude him from mixing it up with the veterans out front – especially in his home state this weekend at Steel City.

With a consistent string of top four finishes, Baldwin Motorsports Honda’s Josh Upperman comfortably maintains the third place points position. The Ohio rider has used his calm and collected attitude to maintain a pace just a few beats off the leaders, putting him in the running for a top three finish at the end of the season. Walsh Race Craft Fox Shox rider Jeremy Lawson struggled to break the top five at Sunset Ridge in an unusual off-weekend for the naturally consistent Suzuki rider. This weekend’s hard-packed Steel City track may be what Lawson needs to get back into his pre-Sunset Ridge groove.

What’s exciting about this year’s deep field of Pro class talent is the heightened level of competition taking place for every position on the track. Ballance Racing’s Thomas Brown and Can-Am’s Rookie Chase Snapp have begun an on-going battle this season that only gets better each weekend. If these riders can secure a holeshot, there’s a good chance they could push each other to the front of the pack.

As the round-six event sponsor, Can-Am will hold its popular demo ride program this weekend at the Can-Am Steel City ATVMX. They will have new machines on display all weekend and available for fans to test ride on a special course being built near the main racetrack. Visit the Can-Am display for more information or to test a vehicle.

Amateur classes will practice on Friday and race on both Saturday and Sunday. Pros will run two timed practice sessions on Saturday morning and race in the afternoon as part of a full schedule of amateur racing, including classes for Youth, Women and Veteran riders.

Tickets on Saturday are $20 for spectators ($10 for ages 6-11), and admission includes full pro-pit access and an autograph session.

To get to the track, take Route 66 North to Story Road and take a right. Follow the signs .5 miles to the track.

For more information, please visit www.atvmotocross.com

Morgantown, W. Va (May 10, 2011) – After nearly a month off, the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series returns to racing this weekend, May 15 and 16, to the newly added Indy 100 location in Gosport, Ind. This inaugural event will be co-sanctioned with the Mid America Cross Country Series, allowing riders to receive points in both series. New for 2011, the Indy 100 course gives all riders an equal opportunity to master the freshly designed course this weekend.

GNCC points leader Chris Borich is beginning to settle into a groove out front this season but Warnert Racing Can-Am riders Adam McGill and Chris Bithell have been chomping at the Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider every weekend so far. Deemed “The Borich” method of racing, CB1 typically hangs back for the first hour or so and then turns it on full throttle in the final laps to secure the win almost every time. However, heading to a freshly designed course in Indy may give McGill, Bithell and Kiser the tools they need to hold Borich off in the end.

Greg’s ATV and Cycles’ Gabe Phillips has found that consistency is key in the XC2 class this year with mostly seconds across the board, but DeRisi Racing’s Eric Hoyland sits only four points back heading into the brand new Indy 100 this weekend. Ballance Racing’s Walker Fowler continues to dominate the XC2 field, even breaking into the top five overall last round. Fowler is going to be tough to beat if he keeps the pace he’s been running this far.

This nationally televised event on the VERSUS network will also feature round three of UTV racing on Saturday. The Polaris National Guard team has swept the first two rounds of the Open Modified class and currently holds the points lead heading into round three. Team Hendershot and Coastal National Guard are tied at 11 points behind the leader, while Can-Am’s Nightkrawler Kustoms sit one point back in fourth. UTV racing action begins at 4:30 p.m., following the ATV afternoon race so be sure to check out the fastest side-by-side vehicles as they blaze through the woods

Race fans, friends, families and sponsors are invited to head over to Vendor’s Row Saturday night from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. to celebrate XC2 ATV points leader Walker Fowler’s High School Graduation. The Fowler family will be serving food and drinks under the big tent upon completion of Saturday’s races, so come join the 4.0 student in celebrating an accomplishment even bigger than winning a GNCC Championship!

Spectator passes are $15 for the full weekend, including pro pit access and pro autograph session. On Saturday and Sunday, youth riders race at 8 a.m., amateur riders race at 10 a.m., and the top amateurs and the Pros race at 1 p.m. Saturday’s UTV racing will take place at 4:30 p.m. Local racers are encouraged to participate and may sign up at the event.

To get to the track, take 465 to 67 South. Go 28 miles. Turn right (North) on Drunkards pike. Go 2.5 miles. Location is on the left.

For more information, visit the official series website at www.GNCCRacing.com or call 304-284-0084.

Union, SC – Charlie Mullins got win number two on the year at the Pirelli Big Buck GNCC in Union, South Carolina, the Ohio rider making amends for a crash in the final turn at the previous round in North Carolina where he threw away a certain victory.

Mullins was not about to let anything get in the way of a win in South Carolina, and grabbed the $250 Motosport.com Holeshot Award to start the race before leading FMF/KTM teammates Kailub Russell, Russell Bobbitt and Cory Buttrick into the opening lap.

On lap three, Russell took the lead when Mullins stalled his bike in a tight turn. However, Mullins regained the top position after Russell slowed up on pit lane.

With one lap to go, FMF/Makita Suzuki rider Josh Strang made good on a race-long charge that carried him to within 30 seconds of Mullins. However, Strang came up short in his quest to catch Mullins, and Mullins took the checkered flag with 14 seconds to spare.

“This feels pretty good,” said Mullins. “It’s a little bit of redemption after what happened at Steele Creek. Luckily, I had a bit of a cushion on the last lap and I was able to cruise in for the finish.”

Mullins had a scare when he hit a rock and got sideways with less than a mile to go, but he was able to save it and avoid another last lap disaster like Steele Creek.

“I’m just lucky I didn’t go down,” said Mullins. “I couldn’t take another finish like that.”

For Strang, it was a case of too little too late.

“I caught up with Charlie fairly easy there on the last lap and I think I should have won it,” said Strang. “I felt good today but I just let those guys get away too much early on. I just ran out of time and had too much distance to make up at the end.”

Russell finished the day in third, the first podium of his XC1 career, despite feeling the effects of a sinus infection.

“I got out front early with Charlie and we kind of checked out,” said Russell. “But I’ve been sick and couldn’t breathe good and after that I started fading pretty bad.”

Buttrick made a late race pass on Bobbitt to claim fourth, with Bobbitt taking fifth ahead of Am-Pro/FMF/Yamaha’s Paul Whibley.

WMR/Planet Fitness/KTM’s Nate Kanney finished seventh, while Beta’s Chris Bach, JG Off-road Racing/GEICO Powersports Honda’s Jimmy Jarrett and factory Husaberg rider Michael Lafferty rounded out the top 10.

With four rounds in the books, Mullins sits atop the series points standings with 100 points, compared to Strang at 98. Whibley is third with 73.

Steward Baylor Jr. came out on the winning end of a fierce two-way battle with Am-Pro/FMF/Yamaha’s Jordan Ashburn to win the XC2 class, the KTM-mounted Baylor getting the nod by 35 seconds at the finish. It might have been closer but Ashburn fell within a half mile of the finish, leaving Baylor to take the checkers uncontested.

Baylor led early on, but Ashburn came on strong in the second half of the race to set up the last-lap showdown.

“Steward passed me on the last lap and I passed him back,” said Ashburn. “He got me again about halfway into the lap and it was neck-and-neck after that. I had a pretty hard crash just before the finish, but it was a great race anyway.”

FAR Husqvarna’s Jason Thomas rounded out the podium despite injuring his toe in the first hour.

“I was riding good at the start but I came into the tight section and there was a lapper in front of me and I made a mistake and hit a tree wide open,” said Thomas. “After that I couldn’t get back up with those guys.”

Fourth went to Pennsylvania KTM rider Andrew DeLong, while JG Off-road/GEICO Powersports Honda’s Scotty Watkins was fifth.

Virginia Hare Scrambles Champ Brad Bakken was sixth on a KTM, followed by FAR Husqvarna’s Morgan Moss and Yamaha rider Cody Cragg.

R2W/Pro-Action KTM’s Shane O’banion was ninth and also took home the $100Motosport.com Holeshot Award.

Meanwhile, Zachery Smith rounded out the top 10 on a KTM.

Baylor regained the XC2 points lead with the victory, however Thomas has been on the podium at every race and his consistency leaves him just four points back in the standings.

Top Amateur in the afternoon was Christopher Meadows, finishing 23rd overall on a KTM.

In the A.M. race, six-time National Hare Scrambles Champ Jason Raines capitalized on a great start to take the overall win, beating out fellow Yamaha rider Tyler MacDonald and KTM-mounted McKinnon Welborn.

Dennis Decker rode a Suzuki to first place in the Super Senior A (45+) class with Eric Gill finishing second on a KTM and Hunter Houck finishing third on a Yamaha.

In the Women’s division, KTM’s Maria Forsberg took the win over Mandi Mastin (Hsq) and Hanna Otto (KTM).

In the Youth race, Anthony Stone held the early lead but fellow KTM rider Austin Lee made a pass on the final lap to claim the overall victory. Lee also took the win the Super Mini (12-13), while Stone topped the Super Mini (14-15) class.

Jonathan Johnson took the 85 (14-15) win on his KTM, beating out Kawasaki riders Christopher Williams and Nick Lujan.

In the 65 (10-11) class, KTM riders filled the podium with Zachary Ponder getting first ahead of Chase Hayes and J.C. Bates.

The 2011 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series heads to Hurricane Mills, Tennessee for the Parts Unlimited Loretta Lynn’s GNCC on April 30 and May 1. ATV racing will take place on Saturday, followed by bike racing on Sunday. For more information, please visit www.gnccracing.com.

 

XC1 Results:

1. Charlie Mullins (KTM)

2. Josh Strang (Suz)

3. Kailub Russell (KTM)

4. Cory Buttrick (KTM)

5. Russell Bobbitt (KTM)

6. Paul Whibley (Yam)

7. Nate Kanney (KTM)

8. Chris Bach (Bet)

9. Jimmy Jarrett (Hon)

10. Mike Lafferty (Hsb)

 

XC1 Standings:

1. Charlie Mullins (100/2 win)

2. Josh Strang (98/1 win)

3. Paul Whibley (73)

4. Cory Buttrick (72)

5. Nate Kanney (58)

6. Kailub Russell (53)

7. Chris Bach (48)

8. Garrett Edmisten (46)

9. Mike Lafferty (46)

10. Jimmy Jarrett (43)

 

XC2 Results:

1. Steward Baylor Jr. (KTM)

2. Jordan Ashburn (Yam)

3. Jason Thomas (Hsq)

4. Andrew DeLong (KTM)

5. Scotty Watkins (Hon)

6. Brad Bakken (KTM)

7. Morgan Moss (Hsq)

8. Cody Cragg (Yam)

9. Shane Obanion (KTM)

10. Zachery Smith (KTM)

 

XC2 Standings:

1. Steward Baylor Jr. (101/2 wins)

2. Jason Thomas (97/1 win)

3. Andrew DeLong (76)

4. Brad Bakken (69)

5. Jordan Ashburn (61)

6. Jesse Robinson (58/1 win)

7. Scotty Watkins (55)

8. Shane Obanion (52)

9. Morgan Moss (49)

10. Zachery Smith (42)

 

MotoSport.com $250 XC1 holeshot – Charlie Mullins

MotoSport.com $100 XC2 holeshot – Shane Obanion

With spectators crowding the barriers to get a better view, Charlie Mullins led Josh Strang into the final stretch of winding trail that led to the finish. As the two riders got closer to the checkered flag the intensity picked up, with Strang showing Mullins a wheel at every turn. Mullins guarded his lines and held Strang at bay, looking clearly to have his second win of the season in the bag. That is until the final turn when the FMF/KTM rider fell down. At that point a stunned Strang cruised across the finish line to take his first win of the year. The win was the FMF/Makita Suzuki rider’s third straight at Steele Creek and it gave him the series points lead to boot. To top things off, Strang also won the $250 Motosport.com Holeshot Award to start the r ace.

“I got pretty lucky there when Charlie went down,” said Strang. “It was unfortunate for him but I’ll take the win for sure. I went down myself on the last lap so I had to ride hard to catch him. When I caught him I had to try to get by him as quick as I could because we were close to the finish. I tried to go inside him in a corner and after that I was ready to settle for second, but then he went down. I was shocked and a little bit relieved.”

Until that point, Mullins had ridden a mistake-free race.

“It was a great race and I felt like I rode a good race,” said Mullins. “The only mistake I made all day was right there at the finish and it was a big one. I’m kind of disappointed in myself and I don’t know what to say. I’ve never thrown away a race like that.”

Cory Buttrick rode his strongest race of the year and battled early on with Mullins, Strang and Am Pro Yamaha’s Thad DuVall. At mid-race the FMF/KTM factory rider settled into his own private race in third, after Mullins and Strang picked up the pace and DuVall crashed out of contention.

“I got a pretty good start, which I’m happy about, and I was right behind Strang and Mullins,” said Buttrick. “I made one little mistake and DuVall got around me, but then he went down and I moved back into third. After a while, Charlie dropped the hammer and then Strang started inching away. After DuVall went down I just rode hard to stay where I was.”

Kailub Russell finally put things together after suffering problems at the first two rounds of the series. The FMF/KTM rider finished fourth despite taking a couple of laps to find his rhythm on the rough North Carolina course.

Round-two winner Paul Whibley had what he called an “off day”, finishing fifth on his Am Pro/FMF/Yamaha. The 2009 series champ got a bad start and was last into the first turn, but managed to work his way back into the top five.

Meanwhile, Finland’s Simo Kirssi is gradually acclimating to the series and had his best finish to date with a sixth on his FAR Husqvarna.

Jimmy Jarrett put his JG Off-Road/GEICO Powersports/Honda into seventh, finishing ahead of FMF/KTM’s Russell Bobbitt and WMR/Planet Fitness/KTM’s Nate Kanney.

Eight-time National Enduro Champion Michael Lafferty rounded out the top 10 on his factory Husaberg.

Jason Thomas was not happy at all with his first two races of the season, but he seems to have his house in order and took a dominating win in the XC2 class at Steele Creek. The FAR Husqvarna-backed rider ran as high as third overall at one point in the race, but ultimately settled into a pace that carried him to a nearly six-minute margin of victory over second place. The victory also gave Thomas the XC2 points lead.

“The first two rounds didn’t go too good for me, and we knew why they didn’t go good, and we straightened that problem out,” said Thomas. “I was confident today and I got out front and just picked good lines, that’s all it took.”

Thomas shared the podium with a pair of newcomers to the series, Andrew DeLong and Brad Bakken, both top National Enduro riders. DeLong took the runner-up sport behind Thomas, while Bakken finished third.

“I was mid-pack on the start and I just kept moving up,” said DeLong. “I was sitting third near the end and then Jordan Ashburn had problems and that moved me to second.”

In addition to his podium finish, Bakken was celebrating his 21st birthday on race day.

“This feels really good to be up here and I’m excited,” said Bakken. “I got a good start and ran up with Chris Bach for a while and I just gutted it out and finished third.”

JG Off-Road/GEICO Powersports/Honda’s Scotty Watkins got his best finish of the year with a fourth, beating out round one winner Steward Baylor Jr.

Meanwhile, KTM rider Zachery Smith was sixth ahead of $100 Motosport.comHoleshot Award winner Shane Obanion, who was seventh on a KTM.

AJ Stewart (Yam), Shane Hufford Jr. (KTM) and Morgan Moss (Hsq) rounded out the top 10.

After three rounds, Thomas leads the XC2 series standings by five points over Steward Baylor Jr. (76 to 71).

In the A.M. race, William Gilleland claimed the overall win, beating out fellow Yamaha rider Andrew Millier by a four-minute margin. KTM rider McKinnon Welborn was third overall, another two minutes back. Gilleland, Millier and Welborn were also the top three finishers in the Sportsman A class.

In the Women’s division, KTM’s Maria Forsberg took her second win of the year, beating out Yamaha rider LeeAnn Bange and Honda rider Ashley Crouch.

Tim Olson (Yam) won the Sportsman B class and Dennis Decker (Suz) won the Super Senior A division.

In the Youth race, KTM rider Levi Keller took his first-ever overall win, beating out Yamaha riders Gary Myers and Ryan Slopko in the process. Keller led every lap of the race and took the win by five minutes over Myers. “I’m from Ohio and it rains a lot there, so I’m used to this,” said Keller.

Keller, Myers and Slopko also filled the top three spots in the Super Mini (14-15) division.

In the Super Mini (12-13) class, Mack Jones took the win on his Yamaha, beating out Austin Lee (KTM) and Boston Evans (Yam).

In the 65 (7-9) class, Bryce Merrill topped fellow KTM riders Colby Burks and Matthew Harris for the win.

The 2011 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series heads to Union, South Carolina for the Pirelli Big Buck GNCC April 9-10. ATV racing will take place on Saturday, followed by bike racing on Sunday. For more information, please visit www.gnccracing.com.

XC1 Results:

1. Josh Strang (Suz)

2. Charlie Mullins (KTM)

3. Cory Buttrick (KTM)

4. Kailub Russell (KTM)

5. Paul Whibley (Yam)

6. Simo Kirssi (Hsq)

7. Jimmy Jarrett (Hon)

8. Russell Bobbitt (KTM)

9. Nate Kanney (KTM)

10. Michael Lafferty (Hsb)

XC1 Standings:

1. Josh Strang (73/1 win)

2. Charlie Mullins (70/1 win)

3. Paul Whibley (58)

4. Cory Buttrick (54)

5. Nate Kanney (44)

6. Garrett Edminsten (37)

7. Michael Lafferty (35)

8. Chris Bach (35)

9. Kailub Russell (32)

10. Jimmy Jarrett (31)

XC2 Results:

1. Jason Thomas (Hsq)

2. Andrew DeLong (KTM)

3. Brad Bakken (KTM)

4. Scotty Watkins (Hon)

5. Steward Baylor Jr. (KTM)

6. Zachery Smith (KTM)

7. Shane Obanion (KTM)

8. AJ Stewart (Yam)

9. Shane Hufford Jr. (KTM)

10. Morgan Moss (Hsq)

XC2 Standings:

1. Jason Thomas (76/1 win)

2. Steward Baylor Jr. (71/1 win)

3. Andrew DeLong (58)

4. Jesse Robinson (58/1 win)

5. Brad Bakken (54)

6. Shane Obanion (40)

7. Scotty Watkins (39)

8. Jordan Ashburn (36)

9. Morgan Moss (35)

10. Shane Hufford Jr. (35)

MotoSport.com $250 XC1 holeshot – Josh Strang

MotoSport.com $100 XC2 holeshot – Shane Obanion

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 1,800 riders through tracks ranging in length from eight to 12 miles, competing for more than $3 million in prizes. With varied terrain, including hills, woods, mud, dirt, rocks and motocross sections, GNCC events are tests of both survival and speed. For more information, please visit www.gnccracing.com.

River Ranch, FL - Chris Borich took the first step towards adding a third GNCC title to his résumé today by winning the opening round of the 2011 Can-Am Grand National Cross Series at the Moose Racing Westgate River Ranch event, near River Ranch, Florida.

Last year, Borich won 11 of 13 rounds to claim the 2010 title, and this year the Yoshimura Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider picked up right where he left off, using a strong final lap push on the rough and sandy course to take the opening round victory over Ballance Racing Yamaha’s Taylor Kiser and Warnert Racing Can-Am Foremost Insurance’s Chris Bithell.

“This is a good win for us,” said Borich. “We got the lead on the last lap and I put the hammer down and tried to pull a gap. I can’t thank my team enough. For sure, it was a team effort and a good win.”

Morgantown, W.Va. – Coming off a strong finish last season, both Motoworks/Can-Am Pro riders were heavy favorites coming into the first round of the AMA ATVMX Championship, presented by DWT. With beautiful, sunny temperatures in the 70′s, conditions could not have been better for the season opener at Aonia Pass MX in Washington, Ga.

Josh Upperman grabbed the moto one holeshot aboard his Baldwin Motorsports Honda, taking over the lead early on. Motoworks/Can-Am riders Natalie and Wienen weren’t letting Upperman out of their sight, though. Pro class Rookie Joel Hetrick got a great holeshot behind the veteran riders. On lap 5, Natalie went over the berm, allowing his teammate Wienen to cruise on by for the second place position. Hetrick also capitalized on Natalie’s mistake, moving himself into the third spot behind Wienen. It didn’t take Wienen long to make his way past Upperman and cruise on for the moto one victory. Natalie finished out in second behind Wienen with early on leader Josh Upperman capping the top three. As rider and owner of Joe Byrd Quad Racing School, Byrd put in a solid ride to capture fourth overall with Walsh Race Crafts Suzuki rider Jeremy Lawson rounding out the top five.

“It was a picture perfect day out there, the bike is working great and I couldn’t ask for more,” said points leader Chad Wienen. “I’ve been working really hard on the off-season and with a great start today, it all came together,” Wienen added.

Harold Goodman captured the moto two holeshot, with moto one winner Chad Wienen breathing down his neck. Wienen made his way around Goodman right away, setting his machine on autopilot for the rest of the race. Motoworks/Can-Am teammate John Natalie got around Goodman as well, and then settled in behind Wienen to take over a comfortable second. Josh Upperman took over the third spot and never looked back as he carried his Baldwin Motorsports Honda to the final podium spot. Tough luck for Factory Yamaha rider Thomas Brown, as he had bike problems in both motos.

The real story here is Rookie Joel Hetrick, who finished an impressive sixth place overall in his first ever-Pro race. After getting a third place holeshot in moto one, Hetrick has proved that he has what it takes to run with the big dogs in the Pro class.

“I started off the first moto in third place and lost three more spots after I tensed up,” the Rookie said. “Second moto I got a bad holeshot, like thirteenth, and I worked my way up just trying to stay calm and race. My goal for next week is to get in the top five,” said Hetrick.

Motoworks/Can-Am rider Chad Wienen heads into round two of the series as the points leader, with teammate John Natalie sitting 6 points behind. Josh Upperman is just 10 points out from the lead, making for a much-anticipated 2011 season.

The AMA ATV Motocross Championship Series heads to Millcreek MX Park in Pell City, Ala., with Pro class racing starting at 1 p.m. Saturday, supported by 37 amateur classes throughout Saturday and Sunday. For more information, please visit www.atvmotocross.com.

AMA Pro ATV Results

1. Chad Wienen (CAN)

2. John Natalie (CAN)

3. Josh Upperman (HON)

4. Josh Lawson (HON)

5. Joe Byrd (KAW)

6. Joel Hetrick (KAW)

7. Nick Denoble (HON)

8. Chase Snapp (CAN)

9. Travis Moore (HON)

10. Harold Goodman (HON)


AMA ATV Motocross Championship Pro Point Standings

1. Chad Wienen (50) 2. John Natalie (44) 3. Josh Upperman (40) 4. Josh Lawson (34) 5. Joe Byrd (34) 6. Joel Hetrick (30) 7. Nick Denoble (28) 8. Chase Snapp (26) 9. Travis Moore (24) 10. Herold Goodman (22)