McGILL TAKES KTM'S FIRST EVER GNCC VICTORY
We can't even remember the last time
someone won an ATV race by six minutes,
but Adam McGill was that dominant in
Kiser made it a KTM 1-2.
WASHINGTON, Ga. (March 8, 2008) -- Adam
McGill didn't just win his first-ever round of
Can-Am Grand National Cross Country racing, he
dominated, winning by a massive six minutes at
the Maxxis General GNCC in Washington, Georgia.
"It feels great," said McGill. "This is
the machine I wanted to race the first time I
saw it. I was a little worried on the last lap,
because I've been there before and it hasn't
worked out. I would get to sections, and it was
just unbelievable, just like a bomb went off.
There were people everywhere! I'm so glad
there were people out there helping, and
everyone at KTM, the whole team, I can't thank
Better yet for KTM, McGill's teammate Taylor
Kiser finished second to make it a KTM sweep. GT
Thunder Yamaha's Brandon Sommers, the 2007
Pro-Am Champion, scored his first XC1 pro podium
with third overall.
Kiser's XC1 runner-up finish came after a big
battle. "I didn't get a good start but I was
able to work my way through," said Kiser. "I
feel good now. The sky's the limit for this team."
"There were a lot of lines out there and that
definitely made it tough," said Sommers.
"Taylor and I hooked up and we really got into
a good rhythm out there. On the last lap, I was
ahead of him, but I got some water under my
goggles, and I had to get rid of them. I was
hoping he wouldn't see it, but I guess he did
because he started working to get around me and
once he did there was nothing I could do."
The championship chase took a dramatic turn when
both title favorites--GNCC Champion Bill
Ballance and runner-up Chris Borich--failed to
finish due to mechanic troubles. Ballance ran
into electrical problems in his first-ever DNF
in four years on a Yamaha. Borich snapped a
chain on his Rockstar/Yoshimura Suzuki. The
third-placed rider in last year's chase, Warnert Racing Can-Am's Chris Bithell, was in
the battle with Kiser and Sommers until getting
stuck in the deep ruts in a bottleneck, and by
the time he had dug out, he had dropped out of
the top ten.
Fourth went to Team Excell Motorsports' Bryan
Cook, and fifth to new XC1 pro Ryan Lane. McGill
now takes the series' points lead while Kiser
and Cook, each with a fourth and second, are
tied for second.
The XC2 class offered up another big battle,
with GT Thunder Yamaha's David Crane notching
the win as National Guard-backed Mark Nottman
got stuck on the last lap. Veteran Curtis Crump
In the ATV morning race, Team Yamaha's Traci Cecco took the
Women's class and the overall
win over Stephani Parton. Third overall and the
top spot in the Open 4x4 Class went to Bryan
David Crane (21) won XC2.
Brandon Sommers took third overall.
The XC1 podium is looking younger than ever.
Traci Cecco returned to victory lane in the
The 2008 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country
Series continues with the Steele Creek GNCC in
Morganton, NC on March 29 and 30.
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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