Bill Ballance Resumes
the Chase for History as Can-Am GNCC Series
Heads to Pennsylvania
Ninth round of the Can-Am Grand National
Cross Country series visits Pennsylvania on
September 1 & 2. Top locals invited to
compete against the nation’s best.
Somerset, PA – The long
summer break is over for the Can-Am Grand
National Cross Country Series, and the world’s
best off-road dirt bike and ATV racers are ready
to resume their battles at this weekend’s Geico
Mountain Ridge GNCC. Somerset, PA’s Mountain
Ridge ATV Trails Resort will host their first
GNCC, and it’s expected to be a rugged, rocky
affair—a true test of who was training and who
wasn’t over the last two months.
There’s no doubt that Yamaha’s Bill Ballance has
been putting in the time. With seven GNCC titles
in the bank already and the points lead this
year, Ballance has a shot at history as he works
on the all-time record of eight GNCC titles.
Word from his Kentucky compound indicates that
Ballance made major changes to his YFZ450 and
has it working better than ever. His five-race
run for the record books starts this weekend.
But Ballance has never been under this type of
pressure, with Pennsylvania’s own Chris Borich
sitting just six points behind him. Borich
logged four-straight wins over Balance at mid
season and wants to grab that kind of momentum
down the stretch this year to take the lead
back. The Pennsylvanian has embarked on an
all-out training run through the summer to be
sure he’s ready for the fight.
The rest of the field is just trying to build
any momentum at all. Sophomore pros Chris Bithell (LTERacing.com) and Adam McGill
(Baldwin/JB/PEP) have shown flashes of the speed
needed to topple the Killer B’s in front of
them, and veterans like Matt Smiley (East Coast
ATV), Chris Jenks (GT Thunder/HMF) and William
Yokley (Monster Kawasaki) would like to get back
on the podium as well. Rookie Taylor Kiser still
sits fourth in points and has been practicing at
Balance’s house to adjust to the tight, rugged
conditions expected at Mountain Ridge.
ATVs race on Saturday at GNCC events, with the
XC1 pro class starting at 1 p.m. There are
plenty of other races of interest, though,
including youth ATV racing at 8 a.m., and the
popular 10 a.m. race, featuring the Women’s
class and the 4x4 classes. Yamaha’s Traci Cecco
is closing on another Women’s class title
against rivals Angel Atwell and Steph Parton,
all while battling a host of 4x4 riders for the
overall win every week. Can-Am’s Scott Kilby and
Rick Cecco are battling for the Open 4x4 crown,
with Cliff Beasley and Michael Swift controlling
the other 4x4 divisions on their Can-Ams.
Four-Stroke Tech’s Michael Benson is leading the
Utility Unlimited class.
The Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series
is the largest off-road racing series in the
nation. The top pro racers make a lucrative
living in the sport, reigning in six-figure
salaries and endorsements, as well as a share of
a $130,000 prize purse and over $3 million in
contingency and bonus money. GNCC events also
offer classes for amateur riders of all skill
and experience levels. Four-wheeled ATVs will
compete throughout the day on Saturday,
September 1, and dirt bikes will race on Sunday,
September 2. Riders can sign up at the track.
The amateur racer entry fee is $40.
Spectator passes run $12 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, check out the official
series website at
www.GNCCRacing.com or call 304-284-0084.
The Mountain Ridge ATV Resort is located in
Reels Corner, PA, on Route 160 just south of the
intersection of Route 160 and Route 30, located
only 20 minutes from both the Somerset Exit 110
and the Bedford Exit 145 of the Pennsylvania
Turnpike. >From Somerset, follow Route 281 North
to Route 30 then take Route 30 East to Reels
Corner and follow Route 160 South. From Bedford
follow Route 30 West to Reels Corner and follow
Route 160 South.
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
What: Can-Am Grand National Cross Country
Series, Round 9, Mountain Ridge GNCC in
Somerset, PA. The best four-wheeled ATV and
off-road dirt bike riders in the world will
compete, chasing national championship points as
part of a 13-round tour. The event will draw
riders from Australia, New Zealand and Europe,
as well as all regions of the U.S., and the best
local talent. Racers compete on a custom-built
extreme off-road course featuring mud, rocks,
hills and jumps.
Where: Mountain Ridge ATV Trails Resort. Located
in Reels Corner, PA, on Route 160 just South of
the intersection of Route 160 and Route 30.
When: Racing on Saturday, September 1, for
four-wheeled ATVs. Youth riders age 6-15 race
from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Beginner adults race from
10 a.m. to 12 noon. Pros race from 1 p.m. to 3
p.m. Bikes race on Sunday, following the same
schedule as the ATVs.