McGill Eyes Fourth-Straight GNCC Win This
Weekend at Loretta Lynn’s
Hurricane Mills, Tenn
(April 21, 2008) -- FRE KTM’s Adam McGill
must endure a difficult transition as he battles
for the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country
Series Championship. The 20-year-old from West
Union, West Virginia used to be known as the
funny man of the GNCC tour, but the competition
doesn’t find his three-race win streak a
laughing matter. As a result, the pro pits are
now a lonely place for McGill.
“Nobody talks to me anymore,” says McGill.
“Nobody comes up and jokes around with me
anymore. But I don’t want to change anything.
Winning these races is fun, too.”
Fun for him, yes, but the competition hopes to
put an end to his streak this weekend at the
Acerbis Loretta Lynn’s GNCC in Hurricane Mills,
TN. The longest-running event on the GNCC tour,
Loretta’s offers high-speed whooped out terrain
that will test the stamina of the world’s best
four-wheeled woods pilots.
The GNCC “Killer B’s” of Bill Ballance and Chris
Borich hope to rebound at Loretta’s. The duo
usually dominates the races, but they currently
sit fourth and fifth in the 2008 standings.
Borich switched to the Rockstar/Yoshimura Suzuki
team this season and won the season opener in
Florida, but has yet to finish on the podium
(top three) since. Ballance suffered
uncharacteristic mechanical troubles at the
second race of the season in Georgia and is
still winless four rounds into the year.
Another young rider sits second in the
standings. Yamaha’s Brandon Sommers, the 2007
GNCC XC2 Pro-Am Champion, has mixed consistent
finishes with developing speed to get closer and
closer to a victory. Sommers battled McGill hard
for a few miles at the last race before logging
another podium finish.
Veteran Bryan Cook has been the surprise of the
season. The privateer sits third in the
standings, and the Team Excell Motorsports rider
is thrilled to have so much factory-backed
talent behind him.
“It gives you that little extra drive late in
the race when you know you’re out front of those
guys,” says Cook.
The GNCC field may be deeper than ever, with
additional competition coming from Safari
Motorsports’ veteran Matt Smiley, the National
Guard’s William Yokley, McGill’s KTM teammate
Taylor Kiser, Can-Am Warnert Racing’s Chris
Bithell and Chris Jenks, and LTERacing.com Can-Am’s
Duane Johnson and Brent Sturdivant. The list of
riders that could win this weekend’s race easily
goes into double digits.
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, Tom Clark
Motorsports’ Angel Atwell and Yamaha of Troy’s
Stephanie Parton will duke it out in the Women’s
ranks. In the 4x4 divisions, Bryan Buckhannon
(4x4 Open) and Cliff Beasley (4x4 Lites) are
undefeated in the first four 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 begins with youth racing at 8
a.m. The morning race begins at 10 a.m., and Pro
classes race at 1 p.m.
Dirt bike racing will follow the ATV show on
Sunday. Red Bull KTM’s David Knight looks for
his third-straight win after a victory in South
Carolina two weeks ago.
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: April 26 and 27, 2008
Where: From Nashville, take I-40 West to Exit
143. Turn right and follow Route 13 North
7 miles to the Ranch on the left.
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.
GNCC Point Standings
1. Adam McGill (106/3 wins)
2. Bryan Cook (75)
3. Brandon Sommers (73)
4. Chris Borich (63)
5. Bill Ballance (62)
6. Matt Smiley (61)
7. Taylor Kiser (60)
8. William Yokley (58)
9. Ryan Lane (48)
10. Jarrod McClure (44)
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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