Borich Strives For
Three in a Row This Weekend in North Carolina
Morgantown, W. Va. (March 22, 2011) -
Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider Chris Borich is on
his way to a 2010 repeat after winning the first
two rounds of the 2011 Can-Am Grand National
Cross Country Series. Borich isn't home free
just yet, though, as Warnert Racing Can-Am
teammates Chris Bithell and Adam McGill have led
more laps than the defending champion thus far.
After a week off, round three of the 2011 Can-Am
GNCC tour heads back to Morganton, NC this
weekend, March 26 and 27, for the FMF Steele
Creek GNCC. Borich's Suzuki definitely displays
a target this season, but the point's leader has
a championship-winning mindset that has allowed
him to hang back and capitalize on others'
mistakes to take over the lead late in the
Warnert Racing's McGill experienced bad luck in
Florida as he got his Can-Am tangled in a fence
after leading a majority of the race. He was
forced back to fourth. McGill ran up front once
again in Georgia but couldn't put it together in
time to catch the two CBs (Borich and Bithell)
battling in front of him.
Then there is Ballance Racing Yamaha's Taylor
Kiser. Last year's series runner up pieced
together a second place finish in round one
after McGill went down at the end of the race.
Kiser put in another top five finish in Georgia
to secure a top three spot in the points chase,
leaving him only three points away from Bithell
Ballance Racing Yamaha teammate Walker Fowler
has dominated the XC2 division so far this
season, winning both races and leading the
series points. However, consistency is not
something the rest of the field has dialed in
just yet. Aarol Bright currently holds second in
points with a 4-3 palette and Parker Jones holds
third with 11-2 finishes.
DeRisi Racing's Eric Hoyland sits fourth overall
right now with a 3-8; the 8 coming from a 30
second penalty in Georgia for jumping the start
early. Yamaha rider Gabe Phillips started the
season with a second place finish and dropped
back to sixteenth at round two. Phillips manages
to hold a sixth place spot in points behind the
most consistent rider in the top five besides
Fowler, Dustin Canipe, who's gone 5-5 for the
fifth points position heading into round three.
ATVs will compete throughout the day on
Saturday, March 26, and dirt bikes will race on
Sunday, March 27. Local riders are invited to
race the event, as GNCC racing offers classes
for riders of all skill and experience levels.
The amateur racer entry fee is $40 and riders
can sign up at the track.
Spectator passes run $15 for the full weekend,
with pro pit access and pro autographs at no
additional charge. On both Saturday and Sunday,
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 Steele Creek
campground. From Interstate 40 West, take Exit
105 to Highway 181 North 13 Miles.
For more information, check out the official
series website at
www.GNCCRacing.com or call 304-284-0084.
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