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Can-Am GNCC Racing

Borich Takes Eighth-Straight Win In 2009 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series
Ballance and Indiana Native Ryan Lane Join Him On Podium

Borich played his typical race, waiting until the final lap to make his move.
Borich played his typical race, waiting until the final lap to make his move.

Ballance took the $250 Motorcycle-USA.com holeshot award.
Ballance took the $250 Motorcycle-USA.com holeshot award.

Lane, Borich and Ballance douse the crowd with champagne.
Lane, Borich and Ballance douse the crowd with champagne.

Jones, Kirkland and Yoho take their turn on the XC2 podium.
Jones, Kirkland and Yoho take their turn on the XC2 podium.

Kirkland took home the XC2 Championship.
Kirkland took home the XC2 Championship.

Cecco, Buckhannon and Swift celebrate their wins. Buckhannon took home the 4X4 Open Championship and Swift the 4X4 Limited.
Cecco, Buckhannon and Swift celebrate their wins. Buckhannon took home the 4X4 Open Championship and Swift the 4X4 Limited.

Indiana native Ryan Lane made his first podium appearance at Ironman.
Indiana native Ryan Lane made his first podium appearance at Ironman.

Ballance said he would be back in 2010 for the entire season.
Ballance said he would be back in 2010 for the entire season.
Photos By: Krista Shaw

Crawfordsville, Indiana (October 24, 2009) - In the final round of the 2009 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country series, the Klotz Ironman in Crawfordsville, Indiana, Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Chris Borich took his eighth-straight XC1 victory and his 10th of the season after taking the lead after his typical last minute campaign for the win. Yamaha's Bill Ballance finished in second with Indiana native Ryan Lane in third.

Borich battled in third for most of the race while FRE KTM's Adam McGill and Yamaha's Taylor Kiser led him through one of the toughest tracks of the 13-stop GNCC tour. The track has some of the steepest hills on the circuit and rain the day prior had made it one of the muddiest, too.

"I like the last lap," Borich said. "It was pretty tough out there but it was an awesome day. The hillclimbs were gnarly. This is one of the best tracks on the circuit and there were fans everywhere."

Ballance fired first to take the $250 Motorcycle-USA.com holeshot award and led until he got stuck in a hole. McGill and Kiser were in hot pursuit and passed Ballance and ran 1st and 2nd through the famous Ironman track. Both were battling for second place in the series. When the white flag went out, McGill, Kiser and Borich were banging against each other. In the fourth and final lap, Borich made his way into the lead, and than Ballance got into second when McGill and Kiser both got stuck in a bottleneck. Then Ballance got stuck on a steep hillclimb, and Kiser ran into Ballance and tumbled down the hill while fans held onto his machine. A few feet away, McGill got stuck on the hill, also. Borich pulled away to finished first in front of Ballance in second and Lane in third.

"I didn't know where I was at the top of the hillclimb so I just put the hammer down," Borich said. "The bike is great. It's going to be hard to knock the number one plate off."

And one rider has confirmed that he will be back for the 2010 season to take back the Championship. This year's defending champion Ballance, who has won the GNCC championship nine times, said on the podium that he will be back for the entirety of the 2010 season.

"It's been a tough year but things have progressed to where they should be," Ballance said to huge cheers from the fans. "I will be back for the whole season."

Lane made his first podium appearance at the Ironman and the Indiana native said he was happy to overcome a rough year.

"I've had bad luck all year," Lane said. "Nothing's really come together but today it all worked. Going into the year I thought I could get on the podium but I had bike problems, and then I just wasn't riding well."

Warnert Can-Am's Chris Bithell finished fourth, followed by Yamaha's Donnie Ockerman in fifth. McGill finished in sixth followed by Houser Racing's Bryan Cook in seventh. Kiser recovered to finish in eighth and Yamaha's Johnny Gallagher, who had a strong start, finished in ninth followed by Duane Johnson in tenth. Walker Fowler, in his XC1 Pro debut, finished 11th.

A year-long battle in the XC2 Pro-Am class ended today when Josh Kirkland was able to take home a seventh place finish to secure the championship by one point over Brian Wolf, who took home the Ironman win.

"Today was unbelievable," Wolf said. "I made more mistakes on the first lap than I probably did all season. Everybody really stepped it up today. I'm really happy I could win one for this crowd."

Parker Jones took home another second place finish today and Big Nutz Racing's Kevin Yoho took home third.

Kirkland was awarded the number one plate after the XC2 Podium celebration. Kirkland had to finish in the top seven to win the championship and had no room to spare.

"I definitely had the worst race of the season," Kirkland said. "I got stuck a lot but I ended up in seventh where I needed to be."

Josh Beavers led most of the race after nabbing the $100 Rekluse holeshot award but was unable to finish on the podium.

In the morning ATV race, Warnert Can-Am's Bryan Buckhannon took home the overall win, during a race that he had to win to take the championship. Buckhannon took home the $100 GT Thunder ATV Amateur Overall Award, the overall win and the 4X4 Open Championship. The 4X4 Open title race came down to the last round between Buckhannon and Can-Am's Scott Kilby, and whoever won the Ironman race would have taken the championship. Making it even more impressive was that Buckhannon broke his leg at the Pennsylvania race and was out for 16 weeks.

"It means a lot to take home the championship," Buckhannon said. "I was scared to death of getting sick this week. I haven't slept since the last race. After tonight though, we will all sleep good."

Yamaha's Traci Cecco finished second overall, and Warnert Can-Am's Michael Swift finished a perfect season in the 4X4 Limited class with a third place overall. Swift has won all 13 of his races this season, something that hadn't been done before in that class.

Cecco took first in the Women's class, followed by FRE KTM's Angel Atwell in second and Kristen Atwell in third.

In the Youth Race, Jay Shadron took first overall, followed by 9-year-old Hunter Hart in second and Emily wise, a second-generation GNCC'er in third.

XC1 Finish

1.     Chris Borich (SUZ)
2.     Bill Ballance (YAM)
3.     Ryan Lane (HON)
4.     Chris Bithell (CAN)
5.     Don Ockerman (YAM)
6.     Adam McGill (KTM)
7.     Bryan Cook (HON)
8.     Duane Johnson (HON)
9.     Jarrod McClure (YAM)
10.  Johnny Gallagher (YAM)

XC1 Point Standings

1.     Chris Borich (342/8 wins) 2.Taylor Kiser (245/1) 3. Adam McGill (241) 4. Bill Ballance (237/1) 5. Brandon Sommers (206) 6.Bryan Cook (205/1 win) 7.Don Ockerman (179) 8. Duane Johnson (152) 9.Jarrod McClure (149) 10.Johnny Gallagher (134)

XC2 Finish

1.     Brian Wolf (YAM)
2.     Parker Jones (HON)
3.     Kevin Yoho (YAM)
4.     Josh Beavers (KTM)
5.     Gabe Phillips (YAM)
6.     Blake Kramer (SUZ)
7.     Josh Kirkland (KTM)
8.     Joey Margueria (POL)
9.     Eric Wilezek (SUZ)
10.  Nathan Thomas (HON)

XC2 Point Standings

1.Josh Kirkland (332/5 wins) 2.Brian Wolf(331/8 wins) 3.Parker Jones (213) 4.Eric Hoyland (196) 5.Kevin Yoho (160) 6. Gabe Phillips (144) 7. Josh Beavers (137) 8.Blake Kramer (132) 9.Rob Hertz (126) 10.Scottie Rich (117)

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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