Borich Wins Maxxis
Chris Borich made it two wins in a row.
Chris Bithell leads Chris Borich.
Adam McGill was third.
Bryan Cook won the Motosport.com
Walker Fowler won the XC2 race.
Customs Night Krawlers finished second
overall in the UTV race.
Photos By: Shan Moore
Washington, GA (March 12, 2011) - Chris
Borich made it two wins in a row in the 2011
Can-Am Grand National Cross Series with an
exciting victory at the Maxxis General GNCC -
round two of the series in Washington, Georgia.
Racing was close all day, with four riders
freight-training nose-to-trail for much of the
two-hour race. Warnert Racing Can-Am's Chris
Bithell moved into the lead on the opening lap
and held it for most of the day with Borich,
Adam McGill and Brian Wolf following closely
behind. However, on the final lap, Bithell and
Borich broke away into their own personal battle
for the lead.
With half a lap to go Borich made his move,
cutting under Bithell in a sweeping turn on one
of the fastest portions of the track. The
Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider made the pass stick
and held on to take the win by just three
seconds over Bithell.
"That last lap I knew it was going to be
pretty much a free for all," Borich said of his
battle with Bithell. "I pulled up along side him
a couple of times but he had a wheel on me so I
let him go. Then when we got to the motocross
track I went under him in one of the turns and
took the lead."
Bithell was in position to win this race last
year, as well, but ran out of gas on the final
lap. This year, he was at least able to come
away with second place points after turning in a
hard-fought and impressive performance.
"It was a good race," said Bithell. "We
fought back and forth all day, trying different
lines, and he got the better of me. But I'll be
back to win one for sure."
Third went to Bithell's Can-Am teammate, Adam
McGill, who was in contention for the win up
until he lost touch with the leaders on the next
to last lap when a lapper got between him and
the Bithell/Borich battle.
"I didn't start real good, but I put my head
down and caught up with those guys and waited
for a mistake," said McGill.
Balance Racing Yamaha's Taylor Kiser finished
fourth, a position he worked into after getting
squeezed out in the second turn and starting the
race near the back of the pack.
Honda rider Jarrod McClure ran near the front
early on and finished just under 30 seconds
behind Kiser for fifth, his best finish in over
Johnny Gallagher was sixth ahead of fellow
Yamaha rider and XC1 rookie Kevin Yoho, while
Bryan Cook put his FRE KTM into eighth after
grabbing the $250 Motosport.com Holeshot Award
to start the race.
Honda riders Donnie Ockerman and Craig Bowman
rounded out the top 10.
Wolf was credited with 14th after blowing an
engine with a lap-and-a-half to go in the race.
At the time the Honda rider was running with the
In the XC2 division, Walker Fowler
capitalized on a good start, took the early lead
and then pulled away to an impressive win - his
second of the year.
"We got the best start I've had in a long
time and I went around the first corner in
third," said Fowler. "I took some smart lines
and got into the lead at about the four-mile
marker... After that we just dropped the hammer
and here we are."
Parker Jones finished second and claimed the
$100 Motosport.com Holeshot Award, to boot, for
getting the holeshot.
"You had to watch the mud holes and be smart
out there," said Jones. "I stayed with Fowler
for a little while and then he left me. After
that, I just told myself I'm staying here in
second and no one's going to get it away from
Aarol Bright finished third in just his
second race as a Pro-Am rider.
"I'm really stoked," said Bright. "I got off
to a horrible start and just had to work my way
up all day.
Fourth went to another KTM rider, Richie
Brown, while Honda rider Dustin Canipe finished
fifth ahead of Yamaha-mounted Matt Hanna.
Patrick McGuire was seventh on a Yamaha,
while Honda riders Eric Hoyland, Spencer
Dickerson and Nathan Wallpe were eighth, ninth
In the A.M. race, Dave Simmons got his first
win of the year, beating Bryan Buckhannon and
Clifton Beasley for the overall award.
"You had to be aggressive in the mud and
attack it," said Simmons. "I just kept nailing
it and hitting it wide open and that was the
Simmons also topped the Senior 50+ division,
while Buckhannon took the top spot in the 4x4
Open class and Beasley won the U2 division. In
the meantime, Traci Cecco topped the Women's
division and finished fourth overall.
Also in the A.M. race, Kevin Trantham was
first in the 4x4 Lites class and seventh
overall, while Jonathan Waddell won the
Sportsman A class with a 10th overall finish.
Hunter Hart took the overall win in the
morning Youth race despite losing his brakes on
the second lap. It was Hart's second win of the
season and he beat out Blaine Martin in second
and Randal Riden in third.
"I pulled the holeshot and just kind of
checked out on the field," said Hart. "I just
charged as hard as I could and got the win."
Hart also took the win in the 90 Open (8-11)
class, while Martin topped the 90 Open (12-15)
In other Youth classes, Alyssa Oplinger won
the Girls (8-15) class, Brendan Golding topped
the 90 Limited (11-15) class and Brandon Frazier
topped the 90 Modified (8-11) class.
In UTV competition, Team Polaris National
Guard claimed the overall win and also topped
the Open Modified division, beating out Customs
Night Krawlers and Polaris Rath. Customs Night
Krawlers and Polaris Rath were also second and
third in the Open Modified class.
The Open Limited division was won by
Travalena driving a Can-Am, with Racing Two
Brothers (POL) and Wright Side Up (POL)
finishing second and third.
The Can-Am Grand National Cross Series
returns to action on March 26th and 27th for
round three of the series at the FMF Steele
Creek GNCC, held in Morganton, South Carolina.
1. Chris Borich (Suz)
2. Chris Bithell (CAN)
3. Adam McGill (CAN)
4. Taylor Kiser (Yam)
5. Jarrod McClure (Hon)
6. Johnny Gallagher (Yam)
7. Kevin Yoho (Yam)
8. Bryan Cook (KTM)
9. Donnie Ockerman (Hon)
10. Craig Bowman (Hon)
1. Chris Borich (60 points/2
2. Chris Bithell (46)
3. Taylor Kiser (43)
4. Adam McGill (39)
5. Jarrod McClure (31)
6. Bryan Cook (29)
7. Johnny Gallagher (28)
8. Kevin Yoho (26)
9. Donnie Ockerman (26)
10. Jeffrey Pickens (20)
1. Walker Fowler (Yam)
2. Parker Jones (Hon)
3. Aarol Bright (KTM)
4. Richie Brown (KTM)
5. Dustin Canipe (Hon)
6. Matt Hanna (Yam)
7. Patrick McGuire (Yam)
8. Eric Hoyland (Hon)
9. Spencer Dickerson (Hon)
10. Nathan Wallpe (Hon)
1. Walker Fowler (60 points/2
2. Aarol Bright (39)
3. Eric Hoyland (34)
4. Dustin Canipe (32)
5. Gabe Phillips (30)
6. Patrick McGuire (27)
7. Richie Brown (27)
8. Nathan Wallpe (25)
9. Parker Jones (25)
10. Matt Hanna (20)
Motosport.com $250 XC1 holeshot - Bryan Cook
Motosport.com $100 XC2 holeshot - Parker Jones
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