Borich Wins Pirelli
Big Buck GNCC
Chris Borich got a big win at the Big
Adam McGill was second.
Taylor Kiser rounded out the podium.
Jarrod McClure grabbed the holeshot.
Walker Fowler won the XC2 race.
Photos By: Shan Moore
Union, SC (April 9, 2011) - Chris Borich got
back to his winning ways with a strong
performance at the Pirelli Big Buck GNCC - round
four of the 2011 Can-Am Grand National Cross
Series in Union, South Carolina.
After finishing fifth at round three in North
Carolina when he suffered an ignition problem,
Borich was determined to make a mighty comeback
at the Big Buck. And that he did. The Rockstar
Makita Suzuki rider got off the line in the top
five at the start the race, and then moved into
second behind round-three winner Adam McGill, as
the two riders broke away from the pack.
On lap three Borich came out ahead of McGill
when the Foremost Insurance/Warnert Racing
Can-Am rider pitted for fuel. From that point on
it was all Borich, as the two-time champ turned
up the heat, eventually taking the win by a
"I was kind of bummed two weeks ago," said
Borich. "We rode our hearts out at the last race
and pretty much had it won and then we had an
electrical problem. So it was good to get this
"Me and McGill, Taylor Kiser, Brian Wolf and
Chris Bithell were battling there on the first
lap, but then McGill picked it up and the two of
us pulled away from the pack," added Borich. "I
was able to get the lead and just put the hammer
McGill looked strong all day and gave Borich
a run for his money during the early going.
"This was a good day," said McGill. "I wish I
could have been there at the end but I ran into
some lappers. But that's racing. I'll take
second place on the chin and keep going."
Kiser rounded out the podium, the Ballance
Racing Yamaha rider losing touch with the two
leaders after a couple of get-offs on lap two.
"It was really warm today so I tried to pace
myself," said Kiser. "I made a few mistakes and
lost ground, but all in all it was a good day."
Foremost Insurance/Warnert Racing Can-Am
rider Chris Bithell just missed the podium,
finishing 40 seconds behind Kiser for fourth.
Meanwhile, FRE Racing KTM's Bryan Cook was
fifth, another 44 seconds back.
GT Thunder rider Kevin Yoho ended the day in
sixth, finishing ahead of JET Suspension Honda's
Rounding out the top 10 were Jeffrey Pickens
(Yam), GT Thunder rider Brian Wolf and Craig
Meanwhile, Jarrod McClure won the $250
Motosport.com Holeshot Award to start the race.
Walker Fowler continues to dominate the XC2
class, making it four wins in four races with an
impressive ride at the Big Buck. The Ballance
Racing Yamaha rider used a new strategy this
time, going all out for the first three laps to
build a good lead and then coasting home for the
victory. In the end, Fowler finished the race
with four minutes to spare over runner-up
finisher Gabe Phillips.
"I tried to push real hard at the beginning
to build a big lead in case I got tired at the
end and I definitely got tired," said Fowler.
"Maybe I pushed too hard, but that's how you get
Phillips was not happy at all with his second
place performance, the Greg's ATV & Cycle Yamaha
rider got a good start but indicated that the
intense heat was a factor and he needed to stop
several times for water.
Eric Hoyland rounded out the podium,
finishing just over two minutes behind Phillips.
The Honda rider wasn't able to practice the week
before the race due to severely sprained ankle
he suffered on the Monday before.
Greg's ATV & Cycle Yamaha rider Patrick
McGuire got his best finish of the year with a
fourth, edging out Honda rider Parker Jones by
Richie Brown was sixth on a KTM, while Honda
riders Dustin Canipe (the $100 Motosport.com
Holeshot Award winner) and Nathan Wallpe were
seventh and eighth.
Greg's ATV & Cycle Yamaha Matt Hanna and KTM
rider Aarol Bright rounded out the top 10.
Jonathan Fugate won the Junior A (22+) with a
20th overall finish, the top non-XC1 or -XC2
rider in the afternoon race.
In the A.M. race, Dave Simmons won the $100
GT Thunder Amateur Overall Award, beating out
Lexie Coulter and Kristen Atwell for that honor.
"It was really getting rough out there, but I
got a good start and just kept charging," said
The top three Utility riders were Bryan
Buckhannon, Michael Swift and Clifton Beasley,
with Buckhannon making a last lap pass to grab
the top spot.
Meanwhile, Clifton Beasley topped fellow
Can-Am riders Scott Day and Jordan Phillips to
win the U2 division.
In the Sportsman A class, Jonathan Waddell
took the win on his Honda, with Brenton Crofut,
also on a Honda, in second and Wes Stone in
third on a Kawasaki.
Josh Simmons ended Hunter Hart's three-race
win streak in the Youth division by taking an
impressive overall victory, his first time to
ever do so. Hart finished the race in second
with Charlie Welch in third.
"I feels really good to get the win," said
Simmons. "I just started picking off everyone I
could and got the lead."
In the 90 Modified (8-11) division, local
rider Eric Bayne got the win, with Floridian
Brandon Frazier in second and Ohio's Ronald
Molitor in third.
The 2011 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country
Series heads to Hurricane Mills, Tennessee for
the Parts Unlimited Loretta Lynn's GNCC on April
30 and May 1. ATV racing will take place on
Saturday, followed by bike racing on Sunday. For
more information, please visit
1. Chris Borich (Suz)
2. Adam McGill (CAN)
3. Taylor Kiser (Yam)
4. Chris Bithell (CAN)
5. Bryan Cook (KTM)
6. Kevin Yoho (Yam)
7. Donnie Ockerman (Hon)
8. Jeffrey Pickens (Yam)
9. Brian Wolf (Hon)
10. Craig Bowman (Hon)
1. Chris Borich (106 points/3
2. Adam McGill (94/1 win)
3. Chris Bithell (89)
4. Taylor Kiser (82)
5. Jarrod McClure (62)
6. Bryan Cook (59)
7. Donnie Ockerman (53)
8. Kevin Yoho (49)
9. Brian Wolf (45)
10. Jeffrey Pickens (44)
1. Walker Fowler (Yam)
2. Gabe Phillips (Yam)
3. Eric Hoyland (Hon)
4. Patrick McGuire (Yam)
5. Parker Jones (Hon)
6. Richie Brown (KTM)
7. Dustin Canipe (Hon)
8. Nathan Wallpe (Hon)
9. Matt Hanna (Yam)
10. Aarol Bright (KTM)
1. Walker Fowler (120 points/4
2. Gabe Phillips (80)
3. Eric Hoyland (76)
4. Parker Jones (66)
5. Aarol Bright (66)
6. Patrick McGuire (59)
7. Dustin Canipe (59)
8. Richie Brown (53)
9. Matt Hanna (50)
10. Nathan Wallpe (50)
Motosport.com $250 XC1 holeshot - Jarrod
Motosport.com $100 XC2 holeshot - Dustin Canipe
About GNCC Racing
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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
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riders through tracks ranging in length from 10
to 12 miles, competing for more than $3 million
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