Borich Gunning for
the Record Book at GNCC Opener
2-Time Champion Chris Borich is looking to
capture his third championship in 2011
Morgantown, W.Va. (March 2, 2011) - The path
is laid out right in front of Suzuki's Chris
Borich. Not just the sandy, whooped-out course
that marks the Moose Racing Westgate River Ranch
GNCC in River Ranch, Florida, the season-opener
for the 2011 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country
Series. But Borich also sees the path to the
GNCC record books.
Borich has now won two-straight GNCC
Championships after dominant 2009 and 2010
seasons. But the previous GNCC ATV King, Bill
Ballance, won nine-straight titles, and the GNCC
Champion before Ballance, Barry Hawk, won seven
straight. This gives Borich big shoes to fill.
He'll also face stiff competition this year.
Ballance's protégé, Taylor Kiser, is a Florida
native and absolutely hauls in the sand on his
factory Ballance Racing Yamaha. The Warnert
Can-Am Team, with Adam McGill and Chris Bithell
back after taking third and fourth in last
year's standings, is back on DS450s. Even
Ballance himself can be a player, embarking on
Each of these riders has challenged Borich hard
at times last season, but the Pennsylvanian's
patented last-lap surge powered him to 10
overall victories in 13 races.
His biggest competition could come from a
lesser-known talent, though. Brian Wolf, the
2010 XC2 Pro-Am Champion, moves up to the XC1
Pro Division with great expectations around him.
The 2009 XC2 Champion, Redline suspension's
Donnie Ockerman has been steadily improving
during his XC1 career, claiming fifth in last
year's chase. KTM's Bryan Cook will be back, as
It adds up to great competition taking place on
The XC1 division is just part of the excitement,
as GNCC Racing encompasses a variety of classes;
including 4x4 Utility machines and the
high-profile Women's class.
Spectator passes run $20 for Saturday and Sunday
tickets, and $20 for a Monday and Tuesday
ticket. Children five and under are admitted
free. On both Sunday and Tuesday, youth riders
race at 8 a.m., beginner riders race at 10 a.m.,
and the top amateurs and the pros race at 1 p.m.
The track is located at the Westgate River Ranch
in Lake Wales, Fla. From U.S. 27, go south to
S.R. 60 (Lake Wales Exit), make a left and head
east for approximately 25 miles. River Ranch is
on the right.
The 2011 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country
Series kicks off this weekend, in conjunction
with Daytona Bike Week. ATV practice will take
place on Saturday and racing on Sunday, followed
by bike practice on Monday and racing on
Tuesday. For more information, go to
About GNCC Racing
The Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series
is America's premier off-road racing series.
Founded in 1979, 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 10
to 12 miles, competing for more than $3 million
in prizes. With varied terrain, including hills,
woods, mud, dirt, rocks and motocross sections,
GNCC events are tests of both survival and
speed. For more information, please visit