McGill Looking for More History at This
Weekend’s South Carolina GNCC
Union, SC (April 10, 2008)
-- Adam McGill put on a clinic at the last two
rounds of the Can-Am Grand National Cross
Country Series, shocking the field with two
dominant wins. The FRE KTM rider has sent the
competition reeling as they head for this
weekend’s Pirelli Big Buck GNCC in South
Carolina. Eight-time GNCC Champion Bill Ballance
has bounced back from this situation before, but
he knows he must stop McGill soon.
McGill backed up his shocking six-minute win
in Georgia by besting Ballance by two minutes in
North Carolina -- huge margins of victory in a
series that usually features battles right down
to the wire. Ballance and the rest of the
competition are looking for answers this weekend
in South Carolina.
The championship field is deep, as just 12
points separate second from eighth in the series
standings. McGill’s teammate Taylor Kiser sits
second in points, joining Team Excell
Motorsports Bryan Cook, GT Thunder Yamaha’s
Brandon Sommers, and the National Guard’s
William Yokley with podium finishes this year.
Rockstar/Yoshimura Suzuki’s Chris Borich won the
opener in Florida but struggled at the last two
rounds, and Ballance’s two podium finishes
surround a rare DNF (did not finish) at round
two in Georgia.
Throw other contenders in the mix, like
Safari Motorsports’ veteran Mat Smiley, Can-Am
Warnert Racing’s Chris Bithell and Chris Jenks,
and LTERacing.com Can-Am’s Duane Johnson and
Brent Sturdivant, and the list of riders that
could win this weekend’s race goes into double
The 10 a.m ATV morning race will feature a
battle for the overall between top contenders in
the Women’s class and the best Utility and 4x4
riders. Yamaha’s Traci Cecco leads the Women’s
standings over Tom Clark Motorsports’ Angel
Atwell and Yamaha of Troy’s Stephanie Parton. In
the 4x4 ranks, Bryan Buckhannon (4x4 Open) and
Cliff Beasley (4x4 Lites) are undefeated in the
first three rounds of racing. In addition,
Michael Swift (4x4 Limited) and Mike Benson
(Utility Unlimited) figure to be contenders for
the morning race overall win.
Saturday’s action will also include the
first-ever championship round of UTV
Side-by-Side racing, featuring 4x4 sit down
machines in their season debut.
Youth racing begins at 8 a.m., the morning
race begins at 10 a.m., Pro classes race at 1
p.m., and the UTVs compete at 4:30 p.m.
Dirt bike racing will follow the ATV show on
Sunday. Red Bull KTM’s David Knight looks for
his second-straight win after a victory in North
Carolina two weeks ago.
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.
April 12 and 13, 2008
The race takes place at the Big Buck Race
Facility in Union, on highway 49 off of exit 44
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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