McGill Wins FMF
Steele Creek GNCC
Adam McGill got his first win of the
Chris Bithell led much of the race.
Jarrod McClure nailed the Motosport.com
holeshot and finished third.
Taylor Kiser was fourth.
Walker Fowler got his third win of the
Photos By: Shan Moore
Morganton, NC (March 26, 2011) - Adam McGill
and Chris Bithell gave Can-Am the top two steps
of the podium with an exciting one-two finish at
the FMF Steele Creek General GNCC - round three
of the 2011 Can-Am Grand National Cross Series
in Morganton, North Carolina.
The Foremost Insurance/Warnert Racing/Can-Am
teammates battled race-long with Rockstar Makita
Suzuki's Chris Borich and Ballance Racing
Yamaha's Taylor Kiser, with McGill, Bithell and
Borich trading the lead over the course of the
McGill and Bithell took a strong lead on lap
two when they elected not to pit and the rest of
the field did, however; near the end of the race
Borich and Kiser pulled to back within striking
distance on the rough and mountainous 11-mile
On the final lap it looked as though Borich
might get one of his patented come-from-behind
wins when he passed Bithell for the lead up one
of Steele Creek's steep hills. However, near the
end of the lap Borich's bike sputtered and
slowed, allowing McGill and Bithell to go
around. At the finish, McGill took the checkers
and the win four seconds ahead of Bithell.
"It's been two years since I've been up here
on the top step and it feels pretty good," said
McGill. "On the final lap my mechanic put out a
sign that said "Break It" and I did."
Bithell has gained momentum with every race
this year, and looked capable of taking the win,
despite losing his brakes on the final lap.
"I lost my rear brakes at the beginning of
that last lap and Adam caught me," said Bithell.
"I thought he might have a better chance to
catch Borich so I let him by. Then, the next
thing I know I could hear Borich's bike snappin'
and poppin'. After that we just put the hammer
After grabbing the $250 Motosport.com
Holeshot Award to start the race, Yokley
Racing's Jarrod McClure ran a strong pace which
paid off in a third place finish, a personal
best for the Pennsylvanian.
"I couldn't have started the race any better
and my bike ran strong, and it just all paid
off," said McClure.
Kiser ended the day in fourth, while Borich
managed to salvage a fifth place finish - which
meant he held onto his points lead.
"On the last lap I managed to get the lead
and I was riding smooth," said Borich. "I had
the lead until about a mile to go and the bike
just started cutting out. All in all, it was a
pretty good day except for the end. I was able
to get a few points with a fifth and I still
have the points lead, so we'll just have to get
'em at the next one."
Honda rider Brian Wolf got his best finish of
the year, beating out FRE KTM's Bryan Cook for
sixth. Meanwhile, JET Suspension Honda's Donnie
Ockerman finished eighth ahead of Yamaha riders
Johnny Gallagher and Jeffrey Pickens.
With three races in the books, Borich holds
the series points lead with 76 points, followed
by Bithell with 71, McGill with 69, and Kiser
Walker Fowler continues to dominate the XC2
division, claiming his third win of the year
with an impressive ride at Steele Creek. The
Ballance Racing Yamaha rider got off to a poor
start at the beginning of the race, but still
finished with a minute to spare over second
"I didn't think the bike was going to start
and I kind of hesitated and the next thing I
knew everyone was gone," said Fowler. "It was a
little harder to get going than I thought, but
the fans were great here and that kept me
ATV & Cycle Yamaha rider Gabe Phillips made a
few critical passes at the end of the race to
steal the runner-up spot from Honda rider Eric
"I was so mad about my race in Georgia that
it just lit a fire under me," said Phillips.
Hoyland finished out the podium in third, his
second podium finish of the year.
"I jumped early in Georgia and got penalized
for it, so I cranked a little slow to be on the
safe side and still got a great start," said
Hoyland. "I could see Gabe coming on the last
lap and I just couldn't hold him back."
Matt Hanna was fourth on his Greg's ATV & Cycle
Yamaha, beating out KTM rider Aarol Bright and
Honda rider Parker Jones. Meanwhile, Greg's ATV
& Cycle Yamaha rider Patrick McGuire was seventh
ahead of Honda riders Dustin Canipe and Nathan
Wallpe, while Richie Brown was 10th on a KTM.
Bright won the $100 Motosport.com Holeshot
Award to start the Xc2 race.In the A.M. race,
Dave Simmons won the $100 GT Thunder Amateur
Overall Award, beating out Traci Cecco and
Michael Swift with a last lap charge.
"Things started out kind of rough and I had a
problem at the start," said Simmons. "I just
kept pushing there at the end, though. I just
left it pinned and it worked out."
Cecco held the overall on adjusted time
heading into the final lap, but hit a tree on a
downhill section, giving up valuable time to
In the 4x4 Open class, Michael Swift beat out
fellow Can-Am riders Rick Cecco and Bryan
Buckhannon for the win.
Meanwhile, Can-Am rider Clifton Beasley
topped Jordan Phillips (CAN) and Danny Jessee
(CAN) to win the U2 division.
Hunter Hart took the overall win over Josh
Simmons and Cody Collier with a come-from-behind
performance in the morning Youth race. The
victory was Hart's third straight of the year as
the New York rider also topped the 90 Open
"This was a little too close for comfort,"
said Hart. "My last lap is always my fastest and
I just came from the back to get it done."
Simmons' runner-up finish was a personal
best. "This is my first podium and I'm excited,"
said Simmons. "My hands are frozen solid,
The 2011 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country
Series heads to Union, South Carolina for the
Pirelli Big Buck GNCC April 9-10. ATV racing
will take place on Saturday, followed by bike
racing on Sunday. For more information, please
1. Adam McGill (CAN)
2. Chris Bithell (CAN)
3. Jarrod McClure (Hon)
4. Taylor Kiser (Yam)
5. Chris Borich (Suz)
6. Brian Wolf (Hon)
7. Bryan Cook (KTM)
8. Donnie Ockerman (Hon)
9. Johnny Gallagher (Yam)
10. Jeffrey Pickens (Yam)
1. Chris Borich (76 points/2 wins)
2. Chris Bithell (71)
3. Adam McGill (69/1 win)
4. Taylor Kiser (61)
5. Jarrod McClure (52)
6. Bryan Cook (43)
7. Johnny Gallagher (40)
8. Donnie Ockerman (39)
9. Kevin Yoho (34)
10. Brian Wolf (33)
1. Walker Fowler (Yam)
2. Gabe Phillips (Yam)
3. Eric Hoyland (Hon)
4. Matt Hanna (Yam)
5. Aarol Bright (KTM)
6. Parker Jones (Hon)
7. Patrick McGuire (Yam)
8. Dustin Canipe (Hon)
9. Nathan Wallpe (Hon)
10. Richie Brown (KTM)
1. Walker Fowler (90 points/3 wins)
2. Eric Hoyland (55)
3. Aarol Bright (55)
4. Gabe Phillips (55)
5. Dustin Canipe (45)
6. Patrick McGuire (41)
7. Matt Hanna (38)
8. Richie Brown (38)
9. Mathan Wallpe (37)
10. Parker Jones (35)
Motosport.com $250 XC1 holeshot - Jarrod
Motosport.com $100 XC2 holeshot - Aarol Bright
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