Borich Wins Muddy Wiseco John Penton GNCC
takes surprise win in XC2
Chris Borich got a muddy win in Ohio.
Taylor Kiser finished second at the John
Adam McGill rounded out the podium.
Brian Wolf, Corbin Knox and Josh
Kirkland filled the XC2 podium.
Team Faith finished second in the Lites
Modified UTV class.
Photos By: Shan Moore
Millfield, OH (June 5, 2010) - Chris Borich
just keeps on winning, the Yoshimura Suzuki
rider claiming his sixth win of the Can-Am Grand
National Cross Country Series at a muddy Wiseco
John Penton GNCC in Millfield, Ohio.
Anyone who has ever ridden the John Penton in
the rain knows how slippery this race can get,
and for sure, this one will go down as one of
the muddiest. When a driving rainstorm left
rivers of water cascading across the course,
Trail Boss Jeff Russell made the decision to
move the 1 p.m. start time back an hour to give
the water a chance to subside. This helped the
worst areas of the trail, however, the damage
was already done, and a steady afternoon rain
didn't help matters.
When the flag finally dropped to start the
two-hour race, it was Jeffery Pickens who
grabbed the $250 Motorcycle-USA.com holeshot
award, leading Borich, Balance Racing Yamaha's
Taylor Kiser, Honda-mounted Brent Sturdivant,
FRE KTM's Bryan Cook and Warnert Racing Can-Am's
Adam McGill through the first sections of the
motocross course. Sturdivant actually held the
lead at the end of the opening lap; however,
Borich soon took the point, with Kiser, Cook,
McGill and Sturdivant right on his tail.
The five front-runners, Borich, Cook, Kiser,
McGill and Sturdivant, mixed it up in the mud
until the final lap when Borich was finally able
to break away, turning a small lead into a
30-second gap at the finish.
"This was a good win, there were just so many
places where things could go wrong - a lot of
waterholes where you could drown out, but
everything went my way," said Borich. "It was
tough out there and I was trying all day to
break away, but it seemed like they kept
catching up to me in some of the slower parts of
the course. But towards the end, going into the
last lap, I knew I could charge and get away."
Kiser ran with Borich for most of the day,
but on the third lap he and Sturdivant got stuck
in a bottleneck, which eventually got rerouted,
and both riders dropped down the order. Kiser
crossed the finish line in fourth, however,
after a time adjustment he was moved back into
second place in the final results, while
Sturdivant was credited with a seventh.
"I ran pretty steady all day," said Kiser. "I
was 1-2 all day with Borich. But then I got hung
up in a bottleneck and dropped back a ways. But
my Yamaha ran great and I had a pretty solid
Third place went to McGill, who collected his
fifth podium of the year with the finish.
"I don't know if this was as bad as year's
past, but this was still pretty bad," said
McGill. "There we some pretty deep water
sections in the back and I just pinned it. I was
afraid the bike was going to be like a vacuum
cleaner and suck up the water, but the bike did
Don Ockerman rode his Yamaha to fourth,
finishing just two seconds behind McGill,
despite getting flipped over on the start.
"It was kind of slow motion, and I stayed
under the bike so no one would run over me,"
said Okerman. "But I was able to make up time
pretty quick. I biked the track yesterday and so
I kind of knew it and I moved up pretty good."
Cook ran as high as second place, but a
miscue on the final lap dropped him to fifth at
"I moved into second after the white flag and
went into this section and just took a bad
line," said Cook. "When I started in I saw two
wrong way arrows but I had already started in it
and I couldn't stop and turn around fast enough
and a couple of guys got by me."
Round six winner Chris Bithell finished sixth
on his Warnert Racing Can-Am, ahead of
Sturdivant, while Yamaha riders Brandon Sommers
and Johnny Gallagher were eighth and ninth.
Meanwhile, Honda-mounted Harold Goodman rounded
out the top 10.
In the XC2 race, Honda rider Corbin Knox took
a surprising win, leading HMF Honda's Brian Wolf
and early race leader FRE KTM's Josh Kirkland
across the finish line. The win also marked
Knox's first podium.
"This is unbelievable, I'm still in shock,"
said Knox. "I had a horrible start and I think I
was dead last off the start. Brian [Wolf] must
not have got a good start either and I hooked up
with him and I knew if I stayed with him I would
"I never looked at the score board when I
went through scoring, and I never knew what
position I was in," added Knox. "I had mud all
over my contacts and I couldn't see, so I rode
with one eye closed for most of the race and I
just kept pushing."
Wolf took over the series points lead from
Walker Fowler with his runner-up finish, and now
holds a five-point advantage over the Yamaha
"I had a bad start and just took my time and
I thought consistency would pay off and it did,"
Kirkland held the early lead in the XC2
division, and actually held the overall lead at
one point, but like his teammate, Cook, was a
victim of a poor line.
"I don't know what happened, I was leading
and then all of a sudden I was fifth," said
Kirkland. "I didn't get stuck or anything, I
guess there was a cut-off I didn't get to take
on the third lap. But it was still a good day."
Honda-mounted Ian Laufersweiler finished
fourth, about 30 seconds ahead of Yamaha rider
Kevin Yoho, while Walker Fowler finished sixth.
Meanwhile, Polaris rider Joey Margueria was
seventh ahead of Yamaha riders Eric Hoyland and
Gabe Phillips. Honda rider Nathan Thomas was
In the meantime, $100 Motorcycle-USA.comholeshot
award winner Matt Pierce finished 15th.
In the morning race, Kristen Atwell rode
strong to claim her third straight Women's class
win, and by doing so won the GT Thunder ATV
Amateur $100 Overall Award.
"I got the holeshot, but I kind of went a
little wide and Traci Cecco got around me," said
Atwell. "We went into the woods and she chose a
different line and I was able to get around her.
After that I caught Dave Simmons ahead of me and
we just kind of hooked up and had a good race."
Simmons (Yam) ended up with second overall
and first in the Super Senior (50+) division,
while Angel Atwell (KTM) was third overall and
second in the Women's class.
Bryan Buckhannon was fourth overall and first
in the 4X4 Open division on his Can-Am.
"I got the holeshot, which was unusual for
me," said Buckhannon. "We ran bumper to bumper
with Zac Zakowski, then I pulled a lead on him.
But then I started having some mechanical issues
and got in a bottle neck and he actually caught
up to me and got around me when I pitted. I was
able to squeeze by him before the finish."
In the Youth race, Levi Cohn won the overall
in the Youth division, making two in a row and
seven out of eight.
"I took a few kicks to get going and I was
second to last off the start," said Cohn, who
was in the lead at the end of the first lap."
In the UTV divisions, 45 teams lined up to do
battle and when the mud had settled, Team
Fleming (POL) topped Team National Guard (POL)
and Team Costal II (POL) to win the Open
Modified class. In the Open Limited division,
Team Fortner (POL) beat out Team Fisher (POL)
and TEAM JPMX (POL).
Team Haymaker (Yam) won the Lites Modified
race ahead of Team Faith (Yam), while Team
Travalena (Kaw) beat Team Held (Kaw) and Team
Midwest (Kaw) to win the Lites Limited class.
Meanwhile, Team Dulaney Trackside (Hon) won
the Pilot class over Team Stoneman (Hon) and
Michael Doolittle (Hon).
Racing resumes tomorrow at the Wiseco John
Penton GNCC, with a full slate of motorcycle
1. Chris Borich (Suz)
2. Taylor Kiser (Yam)
3. Adam McGill (CAN)
4. Don Ockerman (Yam)
5. Bryan Cook (KTM)
6. Chris Bithell (CAN)
7. Brent Sturdivant (Hon)
8. Brandon Sommers (Yam)
9. Johnny Gallagher (Yam)
10. Harold Goodman (Hon)
1. Chris Borich (226/6 wins)
2. Taylor Kiser (198/1 win)
3. Adam McGill (153)
4. Chris Bithell (129/1 win)
5. Don Ockerman (122)
6. Johnny Gallagher (107)
7. Bryan Cook (101)
8. Jeffrey Pickens (92)
9. Brandon Sommers (91)
10. Jarrod McClure (81)
1. Corbin Knox (Hon)
2. Brian Wolf (Hon)
3. Josh Kirkland (KTM)
4. Ian Laufersweiler (Hon)
5. Kevin Yoho (Yam)
6. Walker Fowler (Yam)
7. Joey Margueria (Pol)
8. Eric Hoyland (Yam)
9. Gabe Phillips (Yam)
10. Nathan Thomas (Hon)
1. Brian Wolf (166/2 wins)
2. Walker Fowler (161/3 wins)
3. Josh Kirkland (157/1 win)
4. Kevin Yoho (150)
5. Gabe Phillips (141/1 win)
6. Eric Hoyland (106)
7. Corbin Knox (104/1 win)
8. Mark Notman (93)
9. Dustin Canipe (89)
10. Blake Kramer (87)
MotorcycleUSA.com $250 XC1 holeshot - Jeffrey
MotorcycleUSA.com $100 XC2 holeshot - Matt
GT Thunder - Kristen Atwell
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from eight to 12 miles. With varied terrain,
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