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GNCC Racing
Chris Borich Brings Four-Race GNCC Win Streak into Kentucky This Weekend
Bill Ballance looking to stop his rival’s momentum

Sparta, KY – By winning four-races in a row, East Coast ATV’s Chris Borich has already accomplished something no one ever has during Bill Ballance’s seven-year title reign. But the Sunbury, PA native is still not satisfied, because he knows the ultimate prize awaits at the end of the season with the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Title. His quest continues this weekend at the Weekend Warrior Spartan GNCC in Sparta Kentucky.

Ballance will be there to stop him, of course, the Yamaha rider claiming quite plainly after a third-place finish at the previous GNCC in Ohio “it’s time to start winning races.” This is the strongest challenge Ballance has faced during his title reign, and it comes at an important time, since he is pursuing a record-breaking eighth straight GNCC title.

The Spartan race always poses a challenge for the racers, as weather patterns have seen the race run under dusty or muddy conditions at times. This year’s weather looks nearly ideal, however, which will leave the riders against themselves and the tight, twisting trails through the Kentucky woods.

There’s plenty of other competition, including Houser/GT Thunder/HMF’s Chris Jenks, who broke through to finish second at the previous race, while Ballance struggled down the stretch with clutch problems. “It helps if I get a good start,” says Jenks. “Before I was just pushing too hard and crashing trying to catch up. Hopefully those days are over.”

Chris Bithell is the 19-year-old young gun of the series, and the LTERacing.com sophomore pro has a bunch of podiums this year and looks primed to take his first win. Fellow sophomores Adam McGill and Duane Johnson should be in the hunt, as well as rookie pro sensation Taylor Kiser. Then there are veteran contenders, like Monster Energy/Kawasaki’s William Yokley, who is confident his new KXF450 is ready to get good starts—and consequently good finishes. East Coast ATV’s Matt Smiley has shown flashes of his old form this year, too, and Yamaha’s Brandon Ballance is hoping to rebound after suffering from some back troubles.

The XC1 Pro Class isn’t the only one with a storyline. Two perfect seasons are on the line. Yamaha’s Traci Cecco is undefeated, winning every morning race overall this year, and sweeping the Women’s class as well. Several 4x4 and Utility class riders are looking to knock her off, as well as top Women’s class competitors, LTERacing.com’s Angel Atwell and Polaris’ Steph Parton.

Another Yamaha rider, Brandon Sommers, is undefeated in the XC2 Pro Am class, but a determined pack of young talent is looking to knock him off.

ATV Racing at the Spartan takes place Saturday, June 9. Youth racers compete in a one-hour event at 8 a.m. Cecco and the morning race stars compete at 10 a.m., and the pro racers race at 1 p.m., both of those races last two hours. To get to the Spartan, follow I-71 to Exit 57. Follow signs two miles to the track.

About GNCC Racing:
The AMA/ATVA-sanctioned Can-Am Grand National Cross Country series is America’s premier off-road racing series. The 13-round series is produced exclusively by Racer Productions. Cross-country racing is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. The nearly three-hour long GNCC races lead as many as 1,800 riders through tracks ranging from eight to twelve miles in length. GNCC Racing airs weekly television shows on Versus (formerly Outdoor Life Network) every Saturday at 3 p.m. and Thursday at 4 p.m. beginning on April 14. With varied terrain including hills, woods, mud, dirt, rocks and motocross sections, GNCC events are tests of both survival and speed. GNCC featured sponsors include BRP Can-Am, Parts Unlimited, Moose, Maxxis, Pirelli, Wiseco, Acerbis, Elka, Geico, Klotz, FMF, ITP and Weekend Warrior, and riders compete for over $3 million in series prizes and contingency money. Associate sponsors include Alpinestars, Cometic, EK Chain, HiPer Technology, Laegers, Moose Utility Division, The National Guard, Powersport Grafx, Race Tools, REM, Scott, Thor, Tire Balls, Twin Air, and MotoTee’s. Media Sponsors include Racer X Illustrated, ATV Rider, ATV Sport, ATVRiders.com, Quadzone.com, Dirt Rider and ATV Insider. For more information log on to www.gnccracing.com.

2007 Can-Am GNCC Overall Series Standings (After 6 of 13 rounds)

1. Chris Borich (170/4 wins)
2. Bill Ballance (156/2 wins)
3. Chris Bithell/Taylor Kiser (102)
5. Matt Smiley (80)
6. Brandon Sommers (79)
7. Bryan Cook (69)
8. Chris Jenks/Adam McGill (68)
10. William Yokley (62)


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