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Can-Am GNCC Racing

Borich Wins Can-AM Unadilla GNCC
Wolf tops XC2 division

Chris Borich got his eighth win of the year at Unadilla.
Chris Borich got his eighth win of the year at Unadilla.

Taylor Kiser was in position to get the win.
Taylor Kiser was in position to get the win.

Adam McGill was third at Unadilla.
Adam McGill was third at Unadilla.

Brian Wolf won the XC2 class at Unadilla.
Brian Wolf won the XC2 class at Unadilla.
Photo By: Shan Moore

New Berlin, NY (September 11, 2010) - Chris Borich kicked off the second half of the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series by taking his eighth win of the season, using his patented last-lap charge to win the Can-Am Unadilla GNCC in New Berlin, New York.

Borich mixed it up with Balance Racing Yamaha's Taylor Kiser and Warnert Racing Can-Am's Adam McGill during the first four laps of the two-hour race, but like he as done several times this year the Pennsylvania rider picked up the pace on the final lap, putting his Yoshimura Suzuki into the lead to edge Kiser for the win.

"I was trying everywhere to get around Taylor and he finally left the door open and I was able to get him. After that I just put the hammer down to get a bit of breathing room," said Borich. "He pitted a lap before us and that gave him the lead, so I just tried my best to catch up with him and once I did I just dogged him until he made a mistake."

The win extended Borich's lead in the title chase to a whopping 45 points over Kiser with just three rounds remaining on the schedule.

Kiser had been in good position to claim his second win of the year when he took the lead on the second lap of the race, however, a transmission problem at the halfway point threw a wrench into his plans.

"We pitted a little earlier than everyone else and that gave us the lead and then we just put in a really good, solid race," said Kiser. "But our motor started acting up with about two laps to go and I just couldn't keep up the pace, so a mechanical issue kept me from the win today. But we'll be back... trust me, I'm coming."

McGill held the lead at the end of the first lap - coming from behind after getting tangled up right after the start - and put in a good race to finish third.

"This is the first race back and I'm happy to be on the podium" said McGill. "I ran with Borich at the first part of the race, but Kiser had a good pit strategy and he moved in front of both of us. Borich and Kiser were running a fast race and I just did what I could."

Fourth place went to McGill's Warnert Racing Can-Am teammate Chris Bithell, who ran as high as third at one point, before tangling with a lapper and going down.

"Getting caught up with the lapper dropped me back to fourth, but I felt good all day and I think I ran a strong race," said Bithell. "The Can-Am was pulling really strong today and I wish I had been on the box, but you take what you can get."

Fifth place went to Donnie Ockerman, who claimed the $250 Motorcycle-USA.com holeshot award to start the race. Meanwhile, Yamaha riders made up the next four positions, with Jeffrey Pickens, Brandon Sommers, Patrick Brown and Johnny Gallagher filling the sixth through ninth spots. Honda-mounted Craig Bowman rounded out the top 10.
In the XC2 Pro-Am division, HMF Honda rider Brian Wolf claimed his fourth win of the year and second in a row after coming out on top of a hard-fought battle with Balance Racing Yamaha's Walker Fowler.

"I saw Walker behind me after the start and I knew it was going to be a long day," said Wolf. "We had a blast out there, going back and fourth, and I'm surprised I came out on top - I haven't trained much this summer. But it was a good race and I'm happy to come out with the win."

Fowler led much of the race and when he wasn't in the lead he was right on Wolf's tail, that is, until the final lap when Wolf finally pulled away.

"I was right there and I just couldn't make it happen," Fowler said. "It is what it is and you can't take anything away from Brian, he's an awesome rider."

Third place went to round-five winner Gabe Phillips, who put his Yamaha into the lead at the start to win the $100 Motorcycle-USA.com holeshot award.

Honda-mounted Parker Jones finished the day in fourth ahead of Kawasaki rider Dustin Canipe, while Yamaha riders Kevin Yoho, Eric Hoyland, and Matt Hanna finished sixth through eighth. Nathan Thomas was ninth on a Honda and Blake Kramer finished 10th on his Suzuki.

With the win, Wolf extended his lead in the XC2 title chase to 15 points over Fowler, while Yoho sits third another 28 points back.

In the morning race, Women's class winner Kristen Atwell claimed the GT Thunder ATV Amateur $100 Overall Award with an impressive win over Can-Am rider Lexie Coulter. Yamaha-mounted Super Senior Dave Simmons was third overall, beating out Canadian Can-Am rider Amelie Lauallee.

In the Youth race, Marshal Goings took the overall win for the second race in a row and topped the 90 Modified (12-15) division in the process.

Racing resumes tomorrow at the Can-Am Unadilla GNCC with a full slate of motorcycle classes.

XC1 Results

1. Chris Borich (Suz)
2. Taylor Kiser (Yam)
3. Adam McGill (CAN)
4. Chris Bithell (CAN)
5. Don Ockerman (Yam)
6. Jeffrey Pickens (Yam)
7. Brandon Sommers (Yam)
8. Patrick Brown (Yam)
9. Johnny Gallagher (Yam)
10. Craig Bowman (Hon)

XC1 Standings

1. Chris Borich (286/8 wins)
2. Taylor Kiser (241/1 win)
3. Adam McGill (199)
4. Don Ockerman (166)
5. Chris Bithell (163/1 win)
6. Johnny Gallagher (130)
7. Bryan Cook (124)
8. Brandon Sommers (119)
9. Jeffrey Pickens (119)
10. Jarrod McClure (102)

XC2 Results

1. Brian Wolf (Hon)
2. Walker Fowler (Yam)
3. Gabe Phillips (Yam)
4. Parker Jones (Hon)
5. Dustin Canipe (Kaw)
6. Kevin Yoho (Yam)
7. Eric Hoyland (Yam)
8. Matt Hanna (Yam)
9. Nathan Thomas (Hon)
10. Blake Kramer (Suz)

XC2 Standings

1. Brian Wolf (226/4 wins)
2. Walker Fowler (211/3 wins)
3. Kevin Yoho (183)
4. Josh Kirkland (178/1 win)
5. Gabe Phillips (178/1 win)
6. Eric Hoyland (133)
7. Corbin Knox (121)
8. Dustin Canipe (115)
9. Blake Kramer (113)
10. Mark Notman (112)

MotorcycleUSA.com $250 XC1 holeshot - Donnie Ockerman
MotorcycleUSA.com $100 XC2 holeshot - Gabe Phillips
GT Thunder - Kristen Atwell

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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