ITP DOMINATES STEELE
Adam McGill captured an exciting and
emotional victory at the third round of the 2011
Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series, held
under nearly ideal racing conditions at
Morganton, North Carolina. After coming close
numerous times during the last few seasons,
McGill made the Steele Creek GNCC his first win
since 2008. It wasn’t easy, as his Can-Am/Warnert
Racing teammate, Chris Bithell, also put in a
strong performance at this event. Bithell had
charged up from a mid-pack start to battle early
leader McGill for first on the final lap, and at
the checkers it was McGill topping Bithell by
just four seconds.
Both riders were using ITP Holeshot GNCC
tires on the front of their Can-Am DS 450s.
McGill decided on ITP’s QuadCross XC tire for
the rear of his quad, while Bithell chose ITP’s
Holeshot XCR model.
Steele Creek was Bithell’s third straight
podium finish to start the season, putting him
in second place in the XC1 Pro point standings.
McGill’s win, combined with fourth- and
third-place finishes so far, moved him up to
third in the standings.
ITP riders are enjoying considerable success
in many other classes as well, most notably in
the morning amateur races. Ageless Dave Simmons
has won the Masters 50+ division at every event
in 2011, in the process claiming overall victory
at two out of three (and he was second overall
in the other). Angel Atwell has been using ITP
tires to put herself into a tie for the lead of
the Women’s class points chase, while Can-Am/Warnert’s
Lexie Coulter is just one point behind in third.
Both of these fast ladies have taken a class win
ITP is once again providing generous
contingency and trackside support for GNCC
competitors in 2011. For more information or to
become Team ITP GNCC rider, see us at the events