Can-Am GNCC Series Readies for Peach State
Knight, Borich Set To Defend Points Leads
WASHINGTON, Ga. (March 5,
2008) -- The 2008 Can-Am Grand National
Championship (GNCC) will trade Florida sand for
red Georgia clay as America’s largest off-road
racing series will bring its brand of ATV and
dirt bike racing to Aonia Pass MX this weekend.
The MAXXIS General is scheduled for Saturday and
Sunday, March 8-9.
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 more than $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 on Saturday, March 8. Dirt bikes will
race on Sunday, March 9. Riders can sign up at
the track. The amateur racer entry fee is $40.
Spectator passes run $15. Pro pit access and pro
autographs are included at no additional charge.
The event takes place at Aonia Pass MX just off
Highway 78 in Washington, Ga. The track features
a modified Motocross course with trails through
the surrounding woods. Georgia’s distinctive red
clay makes the General what it is. If there’s
rain, the soil gets soft and builds deep ruts,
so riders need to be very careful when
approaching traffic and bottlenecks. But when
it’s dry, the course gets hard and fast.
The race will be telecast on Versus Network
on Saturday, Aug. 16 (ATV) at 3 p.m. and Aug. 21
(motorcycle) at 4 p.m. EDT.
Defending motorcycle champion David Knight
set the tone early with a victory in Round 1The
Isle of Man, UK native dominated the Parts
Unlimited Triton beating out a who's who of
endurance racing to net the victory and the
points lead. Jimmy Jarrett finished second in
Florida, while Garrett Edmiston fought off
fatigue and finished third. Many other riders
will also be in contention here, including
Americans Barry Hawk, Jr. and Charles Mullins,
as well as New Zealand’s Paul Whibley and
Australia’s Shane Watts.
Chris Borich gave Suzuki the Florida ATV
victory, handily beating Bryan Cook and
defending champion Bill Ballance. Borich joined
the Rockstar Energy/Yoshimura Suzuki factory
team this season, and the move paid off, as the
Pennsylvanian took the win and the points lead.
Kentucky’s Ballance has won the last eight GNCC
ATV Titles, which is a record, but he knows
there are young guns looking to end his run.
However, there’s more factory support than ever
in the four-wheeled ranks with Can-Am, KTM,
Polaris and Yamaha fielding teams.
Fast Facts - The MAXXIS General - Washington,
What: The Can-Am
Grand National Cross Country Series (GNCC),
America's Largest Off Road Racing Series.
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 12 miles in length. With varied terrain
including hills, woods, mud, dirt, rocks and
motocross sections, GNCC events are tests of
both survival and speed.
When: March 8-9,
Where: The MAXXIS
General at Aonia Pass MX in Washington, Ga.
Located in Wilkes County between Athens and
Augusta. From Atlanta: Take I-20 East to Exit
160 (Hwy 223 Norwood Exit). Go left and travel
on Hwy 223 until it dead-ends with Hwy 78
(roughly 12-15 miles). Turn right on Hwy 78. The
General is 2.5 miles down on your right (look
for the big Aonia Pass Motoplex sign). From
Thompson: Take I-20 to Exit 172 Rt. 78 for 14.8
miles. Track is 5 miles East of Washington, GA
on Rt. 78.
Who: The Can-Am
GNCC Series pits the best of the best in
off-road racing against each other. More than
1,400 amateur racers are expected to compete on
custom-built dirt bikes and four-wheeled ATVs.
Top pro motorcycle riders include David Knight,
Barry Hawk, Jr., Charles Mullins, Jimmy Jarrett
and Shane Watts. ATV pro riders include Bill
Ballance, Chris Borich, Chris Bithell, Matt
Smiley and Adam McGill.
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.
With varied terrain including hills, woods, mud,
dirt, rocks and motocross sections, GNCC events
are tests of both survival and speed. GNCC
Racing will air weekly television shows on the
Versus network starting August 2. GNCC featured
sponsors include Can-Am, Parts Unlimited, Moose
Racing, 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, HiPer Technology,
Laegers, Moose Utility Division, The National
Guard, Powersport Grafx, REM, Scott, Thor, Tire
Balls, Twin Air, Ogio, Rekluse, and MotoTee’s.
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