Borich Wins ITP Power Line Park GNCC, Claims
wins XC2 class.
Chris Borich won the XC1 division and
wrapped up the title.
Taylor Kiser was second in Ohio.
Chris Bithell rounded out the podium.
Parker Jones, Gabe Phillips and Walker
Fowler fill the XC2 podium.
The UTVs returned to action in Ohio.
Photos By: Shan Moore
St. Clairsville, OH (October 9, 2010) - Chris
Borich wrapped up his second-straight Can-Am
Grand National Cross Country Series title with
an exciting win at the ITP Power Line Park GNCC
in St. Clairsville, Ohio.
As usual, the Yoshimura Suzuki-backed Borich
played it smart during the first part of the
race, biding his time and checking out lines
before making his move at the halfway point of
the two-hour event. When the time was right,
Borich knifed his way through the pack in a
spectacular run to the front, passing Ballance
Racing Yamaha's Taylor Kiser, FRE KTM's Bryan
Cook, and Warnert Racing Can-Am teammates Chris
Bithell and Adam McGill to claim his 10th win of
the season and wrap up the XC1 championship with
one round remaining on the schedule.
"It feels good and I'm especially glad to
wrap it up with a win here in Ohio," said
Borich. "It's been a heck of a season and I
can't thank Suzuki and Yoshimura enough -
without them I wouldn't be here. This took a
team effort and I'm happy to be working with
After passing McGill on the opening lap,
Kiser led during most of the first hour, but
dropped back when he botched his fuel stop.
"I just forgot where my pit was and I rode
right past it," said Kiser. "I ended up not
stopping and I knew I was going to have to stop
on the last lap for gas."
Kiser dropped back to third when he finally
did stop, but a strong final push moved him
around Bithell and into second at the finish.
"I'm not happy with second but this lit a fire
under us and we'll be back strong next year,"
Meanwhile, Bithell suffered problems of his
own on the final lap.
"I was behind Borich and on the last lap at
the mud hole we both jumped it and I got my hand
soaking wet and that slowed me down quite a
bit," said Bithell. "I lost sight of Borich
after that and then I got stuck behind a lapper
and Kiser got me for second."
Cook led the early going after grabbing the
$250 Motorcycle-USA.com holeshot award to start
the race. The KTM rider ended up with fourth at
the finish, just ahead of McGill.
Yamaha riders filled out the next four spots,
with Donnie Ockerman, Johnny Gallagher, Brandon
Sommers and Jeffrey Pickens finishing sixth
through ninth. Meanwhile, Craig Bowman rode a
Honda to 10th.
In the XC2 division, Gabe Phillips claimed
his second win of the year, taking his Yamaha
from last place to first during the two-hour
"I got pushed out in the first turn and was dead
last so right away I had a lot of ground to make
up," said Phillips. "I made up a little ground
in the woods, and then I just made good choices
in the mud holes and worked my way to the
Ballance Racing Yamaha's Walker Fowler stayed
in the championship hunt with a second place
finish, moving to within five points of XC2
points leader Brian Wolf when Wolf suffered
problems on the opening lap and dropped out of
the race. Like Phillips, Fowler also came from
deep in the pack to get to the front.
"To have the first lap go as horribly wrong
as it did for me and then to come back and get
second is awesome," said Fowler. "I proved to
myself that I can come back from adversity so
this gives me a lot of confidence going into the
final round in Indiana."
Honda-mounted Parker Jones rounded out the
podium after getting edged out at the finish by
"We were neck and neck heading up the final
straight and he just beat me out at the line,"
Dustin Canipe put his Kawasaki into fourth,
with KTM rider Josh Beavers and Honda-mounted
Corbin Knox finishing fifth and sixth.
Mark Notman was seventh after claiming the
$100 Motorcycle-USA.com holeshot award at the
start of the race, while Kevin Yoho (Yam), James
Green (Hon) and Matt Hanna (Yam) rounded out the
In the morning race, Women's class winner
Kristen Atwell made a last lap pass on her aunt,
Angel Atwell, to claim Overall win and the GT
Thunder ATV Amateur $100 Overall Award that goes
along with it. The Yamaha rider so wrapped up
the Women's title with her stunning performance.
"There are no words to describe the feeling I
have right now," said Kristen Atwell. "The race
was crazy. I stayed in second for most of the
race and lappers played a huge role - I ended up
getting the lead in the last turn, it was a
last-second thing, but I'm happy to be here."
Angel Atwell ended up second overall and
second in the Women's division on her KTM, with
Yamaha rider Dave Simmons finishing third
overall and first in the Super Senior (50+)
In the Youth race, Marshal Goings wrapped up
the Youth title by taking his fourth-straight
overall win. He also topped a strong field of 90
Modified (12-15) riders.
The UTVs were back in action at this round,
and Team Coastal/Kiger topped a field of 50
teams to take the overall win and first in the
Open Modified division. The Polaris-powered team
pulled out to a big lead early in the eight-lap
race and then coasted to a 12-second victory
over Team National Guard.
Team Fortner won the Open Limited class with
a fourth overall finish, while Team Travalena
won the Lites Limited division in 16th.
Team Dulaney Trackside topped the Pilot class in
Racing resumes tomorrow at the Power Line
Park GNCC with a full slate of motorcycle
1. Chris Borich (Suz)
2. Taylor Kiser (Yam)
3. Chris Bithell (CAN)
4. Bryan Cook (KTM)
5. Adam McGill (CAN)
6. Donnie Ockerman (Yam)
7. Johnny Gallagher (Yam)
8. Brandon Sommers (Yam)
9. Jeffrey Pickens (Yam)
10. Craig Bowman (Hon)
1. Chris Borich (336/10 wins)
2. Taylor Kiser (291/1 win)
3. Adam McGill (231)
4. Chris Bithell (205/1 win)
5. Donnie Ockerman (196)
6. Bryan Cook (160)
7. Johnny Gallagher (151)
8. Brandon Sommers (145)
9. Jeffrey Pickens (145)
10. Harold Goodman (119)
1. Gabe Phillips (Yam)
2. Walker Fowler (Yam)
3. Parker Jones (Hon)
4. Dustin Canipe (Kaw)
5. Josh Beavers (KTM)
6. Corbin Knox (Hon)
7. Mark Notman (Yam)
8. Kevin Yoho (Yam)
9. James Green (Hon)
10. Matt Hanna (Yam)
1. Brian Wolf (256/5 wins)
2. Walker Fowler (251/3 wins)
3. Gabe Phillips (233/2 win)
4. Kevin Yoho (214)
5. Josh Kirkland (178/1 win)
6. Eric Hoyland (163/1 win)
7. Corbin Knox (150/1 win)
8. Dustin Canipe (143)
9. Mark Notman (131)
10. Parker Jones (130)
1. Team Coastal/Kiger (POL)
2. Team National Guard (POL)
3. Team Krcelich (POL)
4. Team Fortner (POL)
5. Team APR Performance (POL)
6. Team Night Krawler Kusto (POL)
7. Team HBR Racing (POL)
8. Team Coastal Racing (Yam)
9. Team HAFE1 (POL)
10. Team 4 Coastal (CAN)
MotorcycleUSA.com $250 XC1 holeshot - Bryan
MotorcycleUSA.com $100 XC2 holeshot - Mark
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
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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
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