Borich Tops Amsoil Ironman GNCC
Wolf wins XC2
title with runner-up finish
Chris Borich claimed his 11th win of the
year at the Ironman.
Adam McGill came from behind to finish
Chris Bithell rounded out the podium.
Josh Beavers, Walker Fowler and Brian
Wolf graced the XC2 podium.
Team Faith during UTV action.
Photos By: Shan Moore
Crawfordsville, IN (October 23, 2010) - Chris
Borich claimed his 11th win of the season,
leading from start to finish at the Amsoil
Ironman GNCC - the 13th and final round of the
Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series in
In one of his most dominating performances of
the year, the Yoshimura Suzuki rider grabbed the
$250 Motorcycle-USA.com holeshot award to start
the race and then quickly pulled away as the
rest of the field jockeyed for position. After
two hours of racing Borich crossed the finish
line with over a minute to spare ahead of second
"I got a good start and I knew I had the
championship all wrapped up so I decided to go
out put the hammer down to see what I could
pull," said Borich. "It was just an awesome day
out there and I was having a ball all by
Adam McGill turned in a gutsy performance to
come from the back of the pack to finish second,
the Warnert Racing Can-Am rider passing teammate
Chris Bithell on the final lap to do so.
"I got a decent start but I got tagged by a
rider before we went into the woods and then we
got in one of the fields and I caught a berm and
rolled it," said McGill. "I got going again and
just charged as hard as I could and moved into
second, so it ended up being a good day."
The finish matched McGill's best of the year
and solidified his third overall status in the
final XC1 standings.
Bithell ran in second place for much of the
race but dropped off the pace on the final two
laps due to a clogged air filter and eventually
settled for third.
"I was running second and they were telling
me I was catching Borich - I was riding good and
I was feeling awesome," said Bithell. "But then
we had some kind of problem. We didn't have any
power and Adam passed me in a field and he was
tapped out and I was in first gear."
Despite being disappointed with the finish,
Bithell was happy to get his third podium in a
Taylor Kiser was near the back of the pack
when the field rolled through the first turn at
the start of the race, but the Ballance Racing
Yamaha rider rallied to finish a strong fourth,
leaving him sitting second overall in the final
championship standings. Kiser finished 18
seconds ahead of Yamaha rider Jeffrey Pickens,
whose fifth place finish matched his best of the
Nine-time GNCC champ Bill Ballance made his
return to racing at the Ironman after suffering
a back injury earlier in the year and came home
with an impressive sixth after only getting back
on the bike a short time ago. Meanwhile, Jarrod
McClure put a Polaris into seventh.
Donnie Ockerman changed things up a bit and
instead of riding his usual Yamaha, rode a Honda
to eighth, finishing ahead of Yamaha riders
Brandon Sommers and Johnny Gallagher.
In the XC2 class, HMF Honda rider Brian Wolf
claimed the XC2 series title with a hard-fought
second place finish behind Ballance Racing
Yamaha's Walker Fowler. Wolf needed to finish
right behind Fowler to win the title but he had
to overcome a bad start and a stripped
countershaft sprocket to do so.
"I thought my day was over when I was last
going into the woods after the start," said
Wolf. "I pushed hard and before I knew it I was
up in second but on lap four I had to pit
because I had some chain problems. Turns out, my
countershaft sprocket was stripped so they
tightened my chain up and I came back out in
fifth. I had one lap to go and I was in fifth so
I thought my day was over again."
Despite his concern, Wolf turned in a
scorching final lap, passing Josh Beavers for
with one mile to go in the race to take second.
Meanwhile, Fowler claimed the $100
Motorcycle-USA.com holeshot award to start the
XC2 race and pulled away to claim his fourth win
of the year. However, when the final points were
tallied, Fowler and Wolf stood tied atop the
championship standings with 281 points each.
Subsequently, Wolf won the tiebreaker and the
championship by virtue of having five wins
compared to four for Fowler.
Beavers ended up taking the first podium of
his career, putting his KTM into third at the
end of the race.
Round eight winner Corbin Knox was fourth on
his Honda, while Dustin Canipe was fifth on a
Mark Notman put his Yamaha into sixth, ahead
of Honda rider Nathan Wallpe and Yamaha rider
Matt Pierce. Honda riders Steven Golden and
Nathan Beyers rounded out the top 10.
In the morning race, Women's class winner
Angel Atwell claimed the GT Thunder ATV Amateur
$100 Overall Award on her KTM, beating out 4X4
Open riders Richard Cecco and Zachary Zakowski,
both riding Can-Ams.
"This season has been tough for us and I
wanted to go out good and make these guys proud
because they put in so much work," said Atwell.
"I also wanted to do this for Josh [Kirkland}
because I know he can't be here."
In the Youth race, Westly Wolfe finally put
his mechanical woes behind him and took his
first win over the year on an APX, beating out
Marshal Goings to top the 90 Modified (12-15)
division, in addition to winning the overall.
Meanwhile, Kirkland Vest rounded out the podium.
In UTV action, Team Starrett took the overall
win ahead of Team Rath, while Team Stephens
recovered from a second turn roll-over to finish
third. All three teams were driving Polaris.
Racing resumes tomorrow at the Amsoil Ironman
GNCC with a full slate of motorcycle classes.
1. Chris Borich (Suz)
2. Adam McGill (CAN)
3. Chris Bithell (CAN)
4. Taylor Kiser (Yam)
5. Jeffrey Pickens (Yam)
6. Bill Ballance (Yam)
7. Jarrod McClure (POL)
8. Donnie Ockerman (Hon)
9. Brandon Sommers (Yam)
10. Johnny Gallagher (Yam)
1. Chris Borich (376/11 wins)
2. Taylor Kiser (309/1 win)
3. Adam McGill (256)
4. Chris Bithell (226/1 win)
5. Donnie Ockerman (209)
6. Bryan Cook (164)
7. Johnny Gallagher (162)
8. Jeffrey Pickens (161)
9. Brandon Sommers (157)
10. Jarrod McClure (131)
1. Walker Fowler (Yam)
2. Brian Wolf (Hon)
3. Josh Beavers (KTM)
4. Corbin Knox (Hon)
5. Dustin Canipe (Kaw)
6. Mark Notman (Yam)
7. Nathan Wallpe (Hon)
8. Matt Pierce (Yam)
9. Steven Golden (Hon)
10. Nathan Beyers (Hon)
1. Brian Wolf (281/5 wins)
2. Walker Fowler (281/4 wins)
3. Gabe Phillips (238/2 win)
4. Kevin Yoho (214)
5. Josh Kirkland (178/1 win)
6. Corbin Knox (168/1 win)
7. Eric Hoyland (163/1 win)
8. Dustin Canipe (159)
9. Mark Notman (146)
10. Parker Jones (137)
UTV Overall Results
1. Team Starrett (POL)
2. Team Rath (POL)
3. Team Stephens (POL)
4. Team Krcelich (POL)
5. Team Travis (POL)
6. Team Fortner (POL)
7. Racing Bi-State (POL)
8. Team H&H Racing (POL)
9. Team Coastal II (CAN)
10. Team Graves (POL)
MotorcycleUSA.com $250 XC1
holeshot - Chris Borich
MotorcycleUSA.com $100 XC2 holeshot - Walker
GT Thunder - Angel 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
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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