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Can-Am GNCC Racing

Florida's Own Taylor Kiser Takes First-Ever Win at GNCC Opener
Borich, McGill Overcome Mechanical Troubles to Land on Podium

Florida's own Taylor Kiser romped to his first GNCC victory at the season opener.
Florida's own Taylor Kiser romped to his first GNCC victory at the season opener.

Chris Borich was strong as always in the sand, but clutch troubles slowed him.
Chris Borich was strong as always in the sand, but clutch troubles slowed him.

Adam McGill led for a bit but finished third.
Adam McGill led for a bit but finished third.

Riding three weeks after surgery on his ribs, Bill Ballance finished the day 18th in his class.
Riding three weeks after surgery on his ribs, Bill Ballance finished the day 18th in his class.

Borich, Kiser and McGill on the podium.
Borich, Kiser and McGill on the podium.
Photo By: Matt Ware

LAKE WALES, FL (March 1, 2009) -- Alva, Florida's Taylor Kiser started the 2009 Can-Am Grand National Cross County Series in dream fashion by notching his first career win at the season opening River Ranch GNCC in Lake Wales, Florida. Kiser, who finished the 2008 tour ranked sixth in the final standings, topped Rockstar Yoshimura Suzuki's Chris Borich and FRE KTM's Adam McGill on a rough, dry, sandy race track at the West Gate River Ranch Resort.

"This is like a dream to win it in front of all of these people," said Kiser in front of his home state fans on the podium. "I saw Chris and Adam setting a good pace out front, and I wasn't sure if I should go with them, because this course gets so rough and I knew it would be a long day. So I just played it smart and it paid off."

Borich grabbed the $250 MotorcycleUSA.com Holeshot Award and took off early. He and McGill traded the lead a bit before McGill came in contact with a lapped rider. "Another rider had just pulled out of Chris' way, and then he pulled back onto the track just as I was coming through. I flipped the thing and it broke the bolt on my front brake. That was some bad luck there."

McGill took an extended pit stop, and Kiser went around to take second. Then Borich started struggling as his clutch started fading. "I felt real good, real strong early," said Borich. "I've been training a lot harder, hitting the gym real hard. We're ready. I ride the clutch a lot through those sand whoops, but in this sugar sand it started to fade. I really had to change my riding style on the last lap just to get in to the finish. I think everyone probably had clutch problems out here."

Kiser admitted his clutch started fading, too, but after he made the pass on Borich he kept his pace up and rolled to a win by just over a minute after two hours of racing.

Fourth went to DeRisi Racing veteran Bryan Cook, on an Honda, with last year's XC2 Champion Don Ockerman grabbing fifth on his factory GT Thunder Yamaha. Sixth went to Brandon Ballance, on a Yamaha, with Warnert Racing Can-Am's Chris Bithell in seventh. Jeff Pickens, Jarrod McClure and Josh Kirkland rounded out the top ten overall, with Kirkland topping the XC2 Pro-Am Class on his FRE KTM.

"This is the way I was hoping it would go, but really, I was just hoping to get to the dirt races to get a win," said Kirkland after a day in the sand.

Second in the class went to another KTM rider, David Crane, while third came an unheralded Kawasaki privateer from New York, Scott Rich. Yamaha rider Brian Wolf grabbed the $100 Rekluse XC2 Holeshot Award and finished fifth, behind Honda rider Eric Hoyland.

Defending GNCC Champion Bill Ballance struggled all day dealing with the effects of getting surgery on his ribs just three weeks ago - the result of an injury that lingered from last year. He finished 18th in the XC1 pro class after completing four of six laps.

Ballance and Bithell did, however, compete hard the night before the race as part of barrel racing at the River Ranch Rodeo. In the end, Ballance came up a second short of the fastest horse while riding his YFZ450R.

In the morning race, KTM's Angel Atwell notched the $100 GT Thunder Morning Race Overall Award in her first GNCC on a KTM. Jennifer Albright notched second overall and second in the Women's class, with Warnert Can-Am's Michael Swift taking top 4x4 honors by notching third overall and winning the 4x4 Limited Class.

The Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series continues with bike racing from the Parts Unlimited River Ranch GNCC on Tuesday, March 3rd. For more information and full results, visit www.gnccracing.com

Results:
Parts Unlimited River Ranch GNCC
Lake Wales, Florida
March 1, 2009
XC1 Class

1. Taylor Kiser (Yam)
2. Chris Borich (Suz)
3. Adam McGill (KTM)
4. Bryan Cook (Hon)
5. Don Ockerman (Yam)
6. Brandon Ballance (Yam)
7. Chris Bithell (Can)
8. Jeff Pickens (Yam)
9. Jarrod McClure (Yam)
10. Johnny Gallagher (Yam)

About GNCC Racing
The Can-Am Grand National Cross Country series is America's premier off-road racing series. Founded in 1973, the 13-round championship is produced exclusively by Racer Productions. Cross-country racing is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. The grueling three-hour GNCC races lead as many as 1,800 riders through tracks ranging in length from eight to 12 miles. With varied terrain, including hills, woods, mud, dirt, rocks and motocross sections, GNCC events are tests of both survival and speed. Riders compete for more than $3 million in prize money, which draws talent from all over the U.S., Europe, Australia and New Zealand. GNCC Racing is televised and airs every Saturday and Thursday on the Versus Network. For more information, please visit
www.gnccracing.com.

About Racer Productions
A West Virginia-based motorcycle and ATV event production company, Racer Productions has been a leader in the off-road racing industry for more than 30 years. It's repertoire of events includes the 13-round Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series, held since 1973; The Kawasaki/Monster Energy High Point National in Mount Morris, Pa., held since 1977; The ATV Dirt Days at Loretta Lynn's Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., held since 1985; The U.S. World Motocross Gran Prix at Steel City Raceway in Delmont, Pa. in 1987; The Monster Energy/Kawasaki Steel City National, held since 1988; The ATV Stampede National Motocross at High Point Raceway, held since 1994; The AMA Pro ATV Open at Steel City in 2007; as well as numerous other amateur motocross events. In addition, Racer Productions staffs the prestigious Air
Nautiques/AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn's Ranch, held since 1982. For more information, please visit www.racerproductions.com.


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