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Can-Am GNCC Racing

Borich Extends Lead With Win At Pirelli Big Buck GNCC
Kiser and McGill round out the podium.

Chris Borich won a dusty one.
Chris Borich won a dusty one.

Taylor Kiser led the final lap until Borich got by.
Taylor Kiser led the final lap until Borich got by.

Adam McGill was third at the Big Buck.
Adam McGill was third at the Big Buck.

Bryan Cook goes big on the creek jump.
Bryan Cook goes big on the creek jump.

Wolf, Fowler and Kirkland grance the XC2 podium.
Wolf, Fowler and Kirkland grance the XC2 podium.
Photos By: Shan Moore

Union, S.C. (April 10, 2010) - Defending Champion Chris Borich continues to dominate the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series, claiming his third win in four races at today's Pirelli Big Buck GNCC in Union, South Carolina.

Borich's M.O. this year has been to come from behind, and today was no different, as the Yoshimura Suzuki rider got off to a so-so start and then carved his way to the front, passing Ballance Racing/Yamaha's Taylor Kiser with less than a lap to go to take the win.

"I worked hard for this one," said Borich. "I saw the white flag and I decided it was time to go, but there was not much room for passing out there and Taylor was going really well."

For the final two laps, Kiser and Borich were never more than a few lengths apart, and their fierce battle carried them to a healthy cushion over third place, which at first was held by FRE KTM's Bryan Cook, and then later by Can-Am's Adam McGill. Kiser might have held on for the win had Borich not saved an ace up his sleeve for the final lap.

"On the previous lap, I saw this line going down a hill and I gained a lot of ground on Kiser there. I knew if I could find it again then I could make a pass there," said Borich. "On the last lap, I saw the line and I just held it wide open and got around him him."

Kiser held on to finish in the runner-up position, two seconds behind Borich, while McGill claimed his second podium of the year with a third, the West Virginian passing Cook and Can-Am teammate Chris Bithell late in the race to do so.

"The dust was pretty bad and after I got a bad start I knew I would have to stay right on those guys if I wanted to get around them," said McGill. "I just tried to make passes where I could, and on the final lap I caught up with Cook and then he pitted and I ended up getting him at the start/finish. Then I caught Bithell and he ended up waving me by - I don't know if he was having problems or what, but I thank him."

Cook, who claimed the $250 holeshot award to start the race, finished fourth, ahead of Bithell, while Yamaha riders Jeffrey Pickens, Don Ockerman and Johnny Gallagher were sixth, seventh and eighth. Honda riders Harold Goodman and Sloan Jackson rounded out the top 10.

The win gives Borich a 10-point lead in the series standings over Kiser with four rounds of 13 now in the book.

In the XC2 race, FRE KTM's Josh Kirkland grabbed the $100 holeshot award to start the race but gave up the lead when he got a limb stuck under his foot peg. At that point, HMF's Brian Wolf took control of the race, at one point running as high as fourth overall. However, a bent rear axel late in the race foiled the Honda rider's impressive ride and allowed Yamaha's Walker Fowler to take the lead. Fowler made the most of Wolf's generosity and pulled away to his second win of the series.

"When I caught up to Brian I could hear his bike and that was the best sound I heard all day," said Fowler, who was 53 seconds behind Wolf heading into the final lap. "After that start in Florida, it feels good to get my second win."

Despite the bent axel, Wolf still came home with an impressive runner-up finish.

"After the two-lap board came out, it was real dusty and I hit a stump and went over the bars," explained Wolf. "I made the best of the situation and I think the key to this championship is going to be consistency, so I'm glad to get a second."

Kirkland passed Yamaha-mounted Kevin Yoho on the final lap to finish third, while Yoho and Suzuki rider Blake Kramer rounded out the top five.

With four rounds down and nine to go, Wolf holds an impressive lead in the series standings over Yoho, 110 to 80. Meanwhile, Fowler (77), Kirkland (76), and Parker Jones (68) sit third through fifth.

In the morning race, Dave Simmons won the GT Thunder ATV Amateur $100 Overall Award, beating out FRE KTM's Angel Atwell and Yamaha rider Kristen Atwell. During the early going, Simmons survived a tough battle with fellow Super Senior 50+ rider Glen Pritchard. However, Pritchard fell midway into the race.

"It was pretty tight in the beginning, battling with Pritchard," said Simmons. "There are some dusty kickers out there and I think he hit one of those and broke his collar bone.'

In the Open Modified UTV division, Team Costal Drilling 2 took the win, topping Team Stephens and Team Starrett. All teams in this class were driving Polaris.

In the Lites Modified class, Team Haymaker (KAW) topped Team Puttrick (YAM) and Team Faith (YAM).

Racing resumes tomorrow at the Pirelli Big Buck GNCC, with a full slate of motorcycle classes.

XC1 Results:

1. Chris Borich (Suz)
2. Taylor Kiser (Yam)
3. Adam McGill (CAN)
4. Bryan Cook (KTM)
5. Chris Bithell (CAN)
6. Jeffrey Pickens (Yam)
7. Don Ockerman (Yam)
8. Johnny Gallagher (Yam)
9. Harold Goodman (Hon)
10. Sloan Jackson (Hon)

XC1 Standings:

1. Chris Borich (115/3 wins)
2. Taylor Kiser (105/1 win)
3. Adam McGill (68)
4. Bryan Cook (62)
5. Jeffrey Pickens (59)
6. Bill Ballance (58)
7. Chris Bithell (57)
8. Don Ockerman (52)
9. Johnny Gallagher (52)
10. Jarrod McClure (47)

XC2 Results:

1. Walker Fowler (Yam)
2. Brian Wolf (Hon)
3. Josh Kirkland (KTM)
4. Kevin Yoho (Yam)
5. Blake Kramer (Suz)
6. Eric Hoyland (Yam)
7. Gabe Phillips (Yam)
8. Parker Jones (Hon)
9. Josh Beavers (KTM)
10. Mark Notman (Yam)

XC2 Standings:

1. Brian Wolf (110/2 wins)
2. Kevin Yoho (80)
3. Walker Fowler (77/2 wins)
4. Josh Kirkland (76)
5. Parker Jones (68)
6. Gabe Phillips (58)
7. Dustin Canipe (55)
8. Blake Kramer (50)
9. Eric Hoyland (41)
10. Josh Beavers (41)

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

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

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