Borich-ATV-Off-Road-6-5-13MILLFIELD, Ohio – Round 7 of the AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series made a stop in Millfield, Ohio for the 23rd running of the Wiseco John Penton GNCC. Chris Borich returned to his winning ways on Saturday, making a last lap pass on Adam McGill to secure his sixth win of 2013.

Eric Hoyland began his day by grabbing the $250 Team Woodhead/DeRisi Racing XC1 Holeshot Award ahead of a stacked field of riders. It didn’t take long for the veteran front-runners to take the lead, beginning with Lonestar Racing/Precision/ITP’s Adam McGill, who crossed the line in first on the opening lap. Borich put his Maxxis-backed machine right behind McGill, while Reliable Tool Supply/Maxxis’ Chris Bithell, BNR’s Kevin Yoho and JB Racing/Can-Am’s Jarrod McClure followed close behind.

AmPro Yamaha’s Walker Fowler and HMF/GBC/Yamaha’s Johnny Gallagher didn’t get a start out front but the Yamaha-backed duo quickly made their way through the pack. Fowler caught up to the leaders, where he engaged in a battle for a podium position with Bithell, Borich and McGill. A podium finish was in the cards for Fowler until he ran out of gas on the final lap, where he ended up finishing fourth overall for the day.

Russell-GNCC-Off-Road-6-3-13MILLFIELD, Ohio – The 2013 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series took to Sunday Creek Raceway in Millfield, Ohio on Sunday for the 23rd running of the Wiseco John Penton GNCC. The National Championship title chase became much more exciting as Kailub Russell inched his way toward points leader Charlie Mullins by securing his second victory of the season in his home state of Ohio. Rookie Grant Baylor outlasted his veteran competition, taking his second win of the season in the XC2 class.

AmPro Yamaha’s Paul Whibley grabbed yet another $250 All Balls Racing XC1 Holeshot Award but the Factory FMF/KTM duo of Mullins and Russell put themselves out front on the opening lap. Shenandoah Honda/USWE-Sports.com’s Thad DuVall made his way past the defending champ Whibley, where he began his battle with Russell and Mullins in the lead pack.

Whibley battled early on with Rocky Mountain ATV/MC’s Josh Strang and AmPro Yamaha teammate Jordan Ashburn before inserting himself into the lead position just before the halfway point. There were several lead changes throughout the seven-lap race and it didn’t take long for Russell to reclaim the lead around Lap 4. From there, Russell and Mullins took command of the race, where the KTM duo eventually rode to a 1-2 finish for the day.

Millfield, Ohio – Paul Whibley is known for having an intense training program and an even tougher mental game, making the physically demanding conditions of this year’s Wiseco John Penton GNCC seem effortless for the 2009 champ. Whibley powered through the nearly 100-degree temperatures to secure his third XC1 Pro Class victory and extend his lead to 6 points over Kailub Russell as the 2012 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series wrapped up Round 9 of the series at Sunday Creek Raceway in Millfield, Ohio.

Whibley put his AmPro Yamaha YZ-450F out front right away after taking yet another $250 Motosport.com Holeshot Award and claiming the early lead. With only a one-point margin heading into this round, Factory FMF/KTM’s Kailub Russell settled in right behind Whibley on the opening lap, hoping to catch pace of the leader early on. But WMR/KTM’s Rory Mead had other plans as he put himself between Whibley and Russell by Lap 2 and continued to pull a gap on Russell as the race wore on. Russell and Mead came into the motocross section of the course neck-and-neck and it was Russell who entered the woods in the second place position, putting the pass on Mead as they exited the moto-section of Sunday Creek Raceway.

Millfield, Ohio – With temperatures over the 100-degree mark, Sunday Creek Raceway hosted Round 9 of the 2012 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series in sunny southern Ohio. Amidst the warm temperatures, Chris Borich was still able to extend his points lead by grabbing his sixth consecutive win in the XC1 Pro ATV class, while Adam McGill and Walker Fowler battled to the final moments in order to secure podium finishes at The Wiseco John Penton GNCC.

The John Penton historically serves as the final stop before the series takes a break over the summer months, and for good reason as the blistering heat of early July intensified the already grueling two-hour competition. Precision Motorsports/Lonestar Racing/Moto X Perts’ Adam McGill was rearing to go in his first full race back from injury, taking the $250 Motosport.com Holeshot Award and putting himself into the lead-pack right away. Ballance Racing Yamaha’s Taylor Kiser took control of the opening lap as he led McGill and Borich through Lap 1-where Kiser and Borich set in for their first pit-while McGill chose to keep his momentum rolling into the second place position.

Morgantown, W. Va. – After eight rounds of the 2012 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series, Pennsylvania’s Chris Borich holds a commanding lead in the XC1 Pro ATV division. However, the championship battle is anything but over as the top five contenders are still within striking distance with five races remaining in the 2012 season. This weekend the series heads to Sunday Creek Raceway for the Wiseco John Penton GNCC, and the Ohio natives might just have something for the 3-Time champ in their home state.

Ballance Racing Yamaha’s Walker Fowler is one Ohio native looking to score his first victory of 2012 this weekend in the Buckeye state. Fowler has a handful of podium finishes already and a close second place in Round 5 has given the Pro Class rookie a taste for victory that he is determined to get before the season is over. Sunday Creek Raceway hosts a variety of terrain that Fowler has grown up riding and racing and the familiar motocross track will give him an additional advantage over the field.

Fowler’s Ballance Racing teammate Taylor Kiser holds the second place position to Borich with one win under his belt. Kiser has put up a strong fight in the first eight rounds and sits with the most podium finishes (5) aside from Borich’s perfect sweep on the box.

Millfield, OH – After suffering a disappointing mechanical failure at the previous round in West Virginia, Chris Borich got back on top of the podium with a spectacular win at the Wiseco John Penton GNCC, round nine of the 2011 Can-Am Grand National Cross Series in Millfield, Ohio.

Borich battled race-long with Ballance Racing Yamaha’s Taylor Kiser, Foremost Insurance/Warnert Racing Can-Am’s Chris Bithell and GT Thunder-backed Brian Wolf before putting his Rockstar Makita Suzuki into the lead on the final lap to claim his fifth victory of the season and extended his lead in the series standings to an impressive 27 points heading into the summer break.

“That race at Snowshoe was kind of a bummer, it was just a freak deal and I thought we had at least a top two. You just can’t control things like that sometimes, but it’s good to come back strong here and get the win,” said Borich.

Millfield, OH (July 10, 2011) - Paul Whibley (right) used a dramatic last-second pass to claim an exciting win at the Wiseco John Penton GNCC, round nine of the 2011 Can-Am Grand National Cross Series in Millfield, Ohio.

The New Zealand off-road star put his Am Pro/FMF/Yamaha YZ450F into the lead at the start of the race, claiming the $250Motosport.com Holeshot Award in the process, and then proceeded to lead most of the three-hour contest. However, heading into the final hour, FMF/KTM’s Kailub Russell drew even with Whibley, as the two locked into a battle that would see them trade the lead several times over the next two laps.

Russell held the advantage heading into the motocross section for the final time, which made up last few hundred yards of the course. However, with two turns to go before the finish, Whibley made a spectacular pass over the final jump to steal the lead – and the win – away from Russell.

The win was Whibley’s third of the year and it helped to tighten up the three-way battle for the 2011 series title.

Morgantown, W. Va. – After 8 rounds of racing, the 2011 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series Championship is beginning to take shape as the points margin has closed to a mere seven point difference between the leaders, the tightest margin yet this season.

The Wiseco John Penton is historically known for its unpredictable weather conditions and inevitably variable course conditions. Offering up a little bit of everything, the Millfield course presents racers with a motocross section, plenty of trails through the woods and of course, mud and hill climbs.

Warnert Racing Can-Am’s Adam McGill prevailed in tough conditions just two weeks ago at Snowshoe, capturing his second win of the season and closing the points gap on current points leader Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Chris Borich. Borich, also last year’s Wiseco John Penton winner, experienced tough luck at Snowshoe, finishing a disappointing twelfth place after bike issues set him back.

Don’t forget Yamaha Racing’s youngest rider Walker Fowler, who has had a perfect season so far in the XC2 class on top of capturing an overall win already this year. Ballance Racing’s Fowler is never far from the front and the Ohio native is looking to contest the win this weekend in his home state.

This weekend’s Wiseco John Penton will host round one of a three-race 50cc bike series, co-sanctioned with our friends at the AMA Northeast Hare Scrambles (NEHS). The 50cc bike race will take place at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, following the afternoon ATV race. Transponders are required and racers may sign up at the event.

Spectator passes run $15 for the full weekend, with pro pit access and pro autographs at no additional charge. On Saturday, ATV 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.

To get to the track, take 33 West 1.5 miles to 13 North (Chauncey exit). Go 3 miles into Chauncey. Turn right staying on Route 13 North. Continue for 10 miles to Jacksonville. Go right on Sixth St. for 2 miles, and then turn left.

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

Murrieta, CA – KTM will host its 7th Annual KTM Youth Day in conjunction with The Wiseco John Penton GNCC in Millfield, Ohio. The fun starts Saturday, July 9, 2011 at Sunday Creek Raceway and runs through Sunday, July 10.

All youth motorcycle racers participating in Sunday’s race will receive a free commemorative “Youth Day at the John Penton” event t-shirt at sign up. In addition, young racers and fans alike will have the opportunity to meet and receive autographs from Factory FMF/KTM Off-Road Team riders Cory Buttrick, Charlie Mullins, Kailub Russell and National Enduro points leader Russell Bobbitt.

The John Penton, named after one of off-road racing’s pioneers, is the longest-running GNCC races to date. Penton, is the founder of Penton/KTM and will also be on hand with the Factory KTM riders to support the event.

For more information on The John Penton and the GNCC Series visit: www.gnccracing.com