Andrew-Delong-Off-Road-GNCC-9-16-13Murrieta, CA – September 16, 2013 - After last week’s big win at the Unadilla GNCC, Fred Andrews Racing (FAR) Husqvarna’s Andrew DeLong was hungry for more, and came to Lynnville, Indiana with every intention of getting his TXC310R on the podium. After a hard day in the saddle, Andrew was carded with a third-overall finish at the Black Coal National Enduro.

On his way to the podium, DeLong managed to take his first-ever test win in the National Enduro Series. (Andrew won the Texas National Enduro but did not score a test win that day.) Following his victory on test four, AD had a setback on test five when he went over the bars in a slow-motion crash. The fumble cost him valuable seconds, and he slipped from third to fourth-overall by a slim margin. But DeLong headed into the last test of the day determined to regain his podium position.

“My crash in test five was the slowest over-the-bar crash I’ve ever had,” DeLong said. “Test six was a little scary at the speed I was going. But I wanted to be on the podium!”

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.

Andrew-Delong-GNCC-9-9-13Murrieta, CA – Guess who’s back! Andrew DeLong returned to his winning ways over the weekend where he not only dominated the XC2 Pro class, but also climbed into the top-five overall in the P.M. race at the Unadilla GNCC. DeLong and his Fred Andrews Racing (FAR) Husqvarna TXC250R tackled the New York terrain, including the infamous Unadilla Raceway motocross track, and controlled nearly the entire race to emerge victorious.

“I’ve been working hard the whole break and it showed today,” said Andrew, who had been fighting to regain his fitness after suffering a broken hand earlier in the season. “I want to thank my team and sponsors for sticking with me. I had a lot of fun today and all my hard work paid off.”

PASO ROBLES, CA (September 14, 2011) – Beta race team member Chris Bach finished last Sunday’s Unadilla GNCC in 5th place after running as high as 3rd for most of the race. The Crown Point, Indiana rider forced his Beta 450RR through the New York mud, running as high as third. The race proved to be brutal as the prior rains made for many square-edged holes which put riders to the test.

“The slicker than normal Unadilla conditions played right into my favor, and I was able to recover from a poor start and get up front quickly.  During a heated multi-lap mid race battle with Kanney, I made a mistake and re-tweaked an already weak knee and was forced to back it down and ride a safe race to get the Beta in the top 5.” Chris explains.

The well-liked Beta factory racer goes under the knife this week to repair a damaged knee that has continued to hinder his performance. Beginning with the next round, GNCC XC2 class regular Jesse Robinson will fill in for Bach for the remainder of the season on a Beta 450 and make the jump into the premier XC1 class.

Chris Bach explains his decision, “Its an unfortunate turn of events, however I feel that we have made the best decision based on our current situation and also with our goals for the future.  I have an intense rehab/therapy schedule already in place for my post-op recovery, and with the help of Dr. Shelbourne and his medical staff in Indianapolis, I will be back on the bike as soon as possible, and ready to win in 2012.”

Beta race team manager Johnny Murphree explains, “Chris’s plans were to finish out the remainder of the season and then repair his knee at the series end however we all felt it was a better plan to get the operation now so Chris can begin training for the 2012 season sooner. We are happy to have Jesse as a part of our team! The kid is fast, likeable and will fill in for Chris quite well. We feel it is very important to have a Beta involved in the GNCC series.”

Chris Bach’s sponsors include Factory Beta Racing, Ride PG.com, FMF, Fly Racing, Maxxis, Kal Gard Lubricants, DC Shoes, Fasst Company, WMR Racing, Hammer Nutrition, SIDI Boots, CV4, Scott, Dirt Tricks, Regina Chains, and Concept 2.

Jesse Robinson’s sponsors include Factory Beta Racing, Maxxis, Moose, Kal Gard Lubricants, FMF, RidePG.com, Genuine Dirt Racer, Clockwork Products, Asterisk, DP Brakes, Z1R Helmets, Works Connection, Master Tech Toyota Lexus Specialists, Trials Training Center, and DSP.

American Beta is the sole US importer of high quality Beta motorcycles. Beta motorcycles are handcrafted in Florence, Italy offering a complete range of Off Road competition, Dual Sport as well as class-leading Mototrial motorcycles.

For more information go to www.americanbeta.com.

Morgantown, W. Va. (September 6, 2011) – The 2011 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series returns to racing this weekend, September 10 and 11, after a short summer break in the schedule. Unadilla Valley Sports Center will play host to round 10 of the series; a pivotal point in the 13-round tour as championships begin to take form and every point makes a difference.

An intense battle is unfolding for the XC1 bike championship between two of this year’s most dominant riders, FMF Makita Suzuki’s Josh Strang and FMF KTM’s Charlie Mullins. After seven rounds of action, only fourteen points separate the two front-runners and each rider will be looking for a clutch win at Unadilla this weekend.

New York native Nathan Kanney will also be competing in his home state for a podium position amongst some of the fastest riders in off-road racing. Kanney currently sits fourth in the point standings, finishing as high as second place in the XC1 class this year.

In the XC2 division, Steward Baylor Jr. holds a 31-point lead over F.A.R Husqvarna’s Jason Thomas after seven rounds of racing. Andrew DeLong and Jesse Robinson currently sit only one point apart for the third position, and just eleven points away from the second spot of Jason Thomas.

In addition to a panel of youth classes available on both the ATV and bike schedule, the Unadilla GNCC also offers “Pee Wee” classes to kids ages (4-6). This event is uniquely co-sanctioned with the Western New York Offroad Association (WNYOA), featuring several young racers from the Western New York area who are competing for points in their local series in addition to earning points at a national GNCC event.

ATVs will compete throughout the day on Saturday, September 10, with 50cc youth classes beginning at 2 p.m., and dirt bikes will race all day Sunday, September 11. Local riders are invited to race the event as well, as GNCC racing offers classes for riders of all skill and experience levels. The amateur racer entry fee is $40 and riders can sign up at the track.

Spectator passes run $15 for the full weekend, with pro pit access and pro autographs at no additional charge. On both Saturday and Sunday, youth riders race at 8 a.m., beginner riders race at 10 a.m., and the top amateurs and the pros race at 1 p.m.

For more information and directions to the event, please visit http://www.gnccracing.com..