Photos by Jason Hooper
Borich Wins in Suzuki Debut at Opening GNCC
Round in Florida
Chris Borich dominated GNCC round one.
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (March 2, 2008)
- Chris Borich started the 2008 Can-Am Grand National
Cross Country Series with a new team and new
machine, but his performance looked quite
similar to year's past. The new member of the
Rockstar/Yoshimura Suzuki team won the Parts
Unlimited Triton GNCC in convincing fashion,
topping Team Excell Motorsports Honda's Bryan
Cook and factory Yamaha's Bill Ballance.
"I came down here a few months ago to get ready,
and I tried and tried to break this thing and I
couldn't," said Borich of his new Suzuki
LT-R450. "I got a midpack start, not the
greatest, but the Yoshimura motor just pulled
through. I caught up to these guys, I knew Bill
(Ballance) was out front so I pushed to get up
there and get the lead. Then I just tried to
Florida's own Taylor Kiser battle Borich
early on the new KTM XC ATV.
Borich fought off KTM's Taylor Kiser first, and
then later cruised to the finish unchallenged.
Cook kept pushing for second, while Ballance
overcame mid-race crash to get third.
Cook, who collected just one podium all last
season, was thrilled to take second. "I brought
in a lot of new people this year, some of the
people who I used to work with back in my
amateur days," said Cook. "I didn't know how my
conditioning would be. I was done. My hands were
bad. I just had to dig deep. My hands were so
torn up I could barely hold on to the bars."
Ballance started the race by grabbing the ITP
Holeshot award, and then battled at the front of
the pack before crashing mid-way through the
race. "I was trying to reserve some energy, but
I think I was in reserve too long," said
Ballance. "Down here in Florida it's always hard
to guess how much to reserve, because it's such
tough terrain. I was running in second or third
place, and I had a pretty good crash. I was
laying on my back and had the wind knocked out
of me. So I had to just start pushing as hard as
I could and I was able to get this Yamaha up
here on the podium."
Bryan Cook dug deep for second.
Ballance claimed third after a crash.
Kiser hung tough for fourth with his teammate
Adam McGill fifth, a solid debut for the new KTM
The XC2 Pro-Am class featured a big battle
between the next generation of GNCC stars. Brian
Wolfe led early, but eventually GT Thunder
Yamaha's Don Ockerman took the lead and held off
David Crane to take the win. Third went to Tyler
In the two-hour morning race, Tom Clark
Motorsports Honda's Angel Atwell staked her
claim to a big 2008 season by taking the Women's
class and the overall win. Defending Women's
Champion Traci Cecco took second on her factory
Yamaha after a crash, with Warnert Racing Can-Am's
Michael Swift turning in the top utility machine
performance by finishing third overall and
winning the 4x4 Limited class on an Outlander
Angel Atwell started the season off with an
overall win in the morning.
Angel Atwell started the season off with
an overall win in the morning.
The 2008 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country
Series continues with bike practice on Monday,
March 3 rd and bike racing on Tuesday, March 4
th. David Knight will begin his GNCC title
defense against the top GNCC bike pros, and
Travis Pastrana will also challenge the Knighter.
Pro racing starts at 1 p.m.
To get to the track, take I-95 to the Melbourne
Exit at State Route 192. Go west on Route 192
(12 mi) to Kempfer Road. Turn left on Kempfer
Road and travel two miles to the event.
Results: Parts Unlimited Triton GNCC
March 2, 2008
ATV Top 20 Overall
1. CHRIS M BORICH SUNBURY, PA SUZ
2. BRYAN COOK CASAR, NC HON
3. BILL BALLANCE SMITHS GROVE, KY YAM
4. TAYLOR KISER ALVA, Fl KTM
5. ADAM K MCGILL WEST UNION, WV KTM
6. BRANDON SOMMERS MILLERSBURG, OH YAM
7. WILLIAM YOKLEY TOMPKINSVILLE, KY HON
8. DONALD OCKERMAN MARSHALL, IL YAM
9. MATTHEW SMILEY KUNKLETOWN, PA HON
10. JARROD MCCLURE KASKA, PA HON
11. CHRIS BITHELL IRWIN, PA CAN
12. DAVID CRANE GOLDEN, MS YAM
13. JEFFREY PICKENS UNIONTOWN, PA HON
14. RYAN LANE BICKNELL, IN HON
15. DUANE JOHNSON TRENTON, MO CAN
16. SHAWN HESS MUENSTER, TX HON
17. TYLER LENIG SHAMOKIN, PA HON
18. BRIAN WOLF MEDINA, OH HON
19. ANDRIS LAGZDINS BALTIMORE, MD HON
20. BRYAN BAKER KNOB NOSTER, MO POL
About GNCC Racing:
The Can-Am Grand National Cross
Country series is America’s premier off-road
racing series. The 13-round championship series
is produced exclusively by Racer Productions and
has run since 1973. 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.
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dirt, rocks and motocross sections, GNCC events
are tests of both survival and speed. GNCC
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