Wolf Wins Indy 100
Brian Wolf got his first XC1 win at the
Chris Borich finished second.
Adam McGill rounded out the podium
Walker Fowler made it five in a row.
The muddy hill drew big crowds
Photos By: Shan Moore
Gosport, IN (May 14, 2011) - Brian Wolf got
his first-ever premier-class win at the
inaugural running of the Indy 100 GNCC, round
six of the 2011 Can-Am Grand National Cross
Series in Gosport, Indiana.
The XC1 rookie put his GT Thunder-backed
Honda ahead of Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Chris
Borich and Foremost Insurance/Warnert Racing
Can-Am's Adam McGill at the end of the four-lap
race, taking the checkered flag in a virtual
downpour as a driving rainstorm moved overhead
at the three-lap mark, turning the red Indiana
farmland into slime.
"It's unbelievable," said Wolf. "I couldn't
believe things panned out like they did. I was
just hoping to get on the box but I ended up in
the middle of it."
Jeffrey Pickens grabbed the holeshot to start
the race and the $250 Motosport.com Holeshot
Award that goes along with it. Meanwhile, Wolf
was fourth behind Honda-mounted Jarrod McClure,
McGill and Ballance Racing Yamaha's Bill
Ballance when the lead pack hit the woods for
the first time.
"I snuck by Ballance in one of the fields,"
said Wolf. "I sat behind McGill for about a half
a lap and then he made a little mistake on a
hill climb. Then I sat behind McClure for two
laps and he made a mistake and I got around him.
I never looked back after that."
Borich, the series points leader, was behind
the lead group after the start and he his work
cut out for him when the rains came.
"I was sitting back in fifth or sixth after
the start, just taking my time, but it was
pretty hard to pass out there," said Borich.
"Every time I would get to the front I would get
hung up or hit a little bottleneck and drop
Borich finally worked his way into second
just before the final lap, but by that time Wolf
had built too much of a lead to for Borich to
overcome in one lap. At the finish, Wolf took
the win with 28 seconds to spare over the
Rounding out the podium was McGill, who
maintains second in the series points standings
with the finish.
"This track went from being really good to
really bad in a heartbeat, it was gnarly," said
McGill. "We pitted early and that worked out for
us. When the rain came, I thought, "you've got
to me kidding me. Mile-marker six was really bad
and I thanks to all the folks who helped me out
down there. It was crazy"
Taylor Kiser finished the mud-fest in fourth,
moving the Ballance Racing Yamaha rider into a
two-way tie with Chris Bithell for third overall
in the series points. Meanwhile, local Honda
rider Ryan Lane turned in a fantastic ride to
Donnie Ockerman put his JET Suspension Honda
into sixth at the finish, beating out Ballance
and FRE Racing KTM's Bryan Cook, while GT
Thunder rider Kevin Yoho and Foremost Insurance/Warnert
Racing Can-Am rider Chris Bithell rounded out
the top 10.
In the XC2 class, Walker Fowler extended his
win streak to five, as the Ballance Racing
Yamaha rider turned in another impressive ride
after grabbing the $100 Motosport.com Holeshot
Award to start the race. The only flaw in
Fowler's race was when he got some barbed wire
caught up in his bike. But he was soon on his
way again, finishing the race with two minutes
and forty seconds to spare over Greg's ATV &
Cycle Yamaha rider's Patrick McGuire. The finish
was McGuire's best of the year and it bumped him
from sixth to fourth in the XC2 standings.
Another Greg's ATV & Cycle Yamaha rider, Gabe
Phillips, finished third, edging out
Honda-mounted Parker Jones for the spot.
Fifth through seventh positions went to Aarol
Bright (KTM), Dustin Canipe (Hon), and Matt
Pierce (Yam). Meanwhile, Honda rider Eric
Hoyland finished ninth ahead of KTM riders
Joshua Beavers and Richie Brown.
Kolton Burd was the top finishing "non-Pro"
rider, winning the College A (16-21) class with
a 21st overall finish.
In the A.M. race, Michael Swift (CAN) won the
$100 GT Thunder Amateur Overall and topped the
4x4 Open class as well. Clifton Beasley (CAN)
was second overall and first U2 rider, while
Traci Cecco (Yam) won the Women's division with
a third overall finish.
Daryl Rath (POL) and Josh Day (CAN) rounded
out the 4x4 Open podium. Meanwhile, Scott Day
(CAN) and Jordan Phillips (CAN) were second and
third respectively in the U2 division.
Travis Mader (Yam) topped John Rowling (Suz)
and Justin Finley (Hon) to win the Sportsman A
Hunter Hart (Cob) got back on the winning
track after finishing second at the Big Buck,
taking the overall victory in the Youth race.
Hart also won the 90 Open (8-11) division.
Second overall and first in the 90 Modified
(12-15) went to Charlie Welch (DRR), with Alyssa
Oplinger (Yam) taking third overall and winning
the Girls (8-15) class.
The 90 Limited (11-15) class was won by
Thomas Owen (APX), with Tyler Weltich (APX) and
Brendan Golding (KYM) finishing second and
The UTVs took to a muddy track after the
afternoon race, with Team NC Powersports (CAN)
taking the overall victory, in addition to the
win in the Open Modified class. Team
Costal/National Guard (POL) finished second
overall and second in Open Modified, with Team
Hendershot (POL) finishing third in both the
overall and Open Modified divisions.
The Open Limited class saw a Can-Am sweep of
the podium with Team Travalena finishing first
ahead of Team Held and ATV Parts Plus Stafford
John Trackside won the Single Seat class,
beating fellow Honda riders Guy Trackside and
In the Lites race, Team Faith (Yam) beat Team
RMS Racing (Kaw).
The 2011 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country
Series heads to Patton, Pennsylvania for the
Rock Run GNCC on May 28 & 29. ATV racing will
take place on Saturday, followed by bike racing
on Sunday. For more information, please visit
1. Brian Wolf (Hon)
2. Chris Borich (Suz)
3. Adam McGill (CAN)
4. Taylor Kiser (Yam)
5. Ryan Lane (Hon)
6. Donnie Ockerman (Hon)
7. Bill Ballance (Yam)
8. Bryan Cook (KTM)
9. Kevin Yoho (Yam)
10. Chris Bithell (Can)
1. Chris Borich (131 points/3
2. Adam McGill (115/1 win)
3. Chris Bithell (100)
4. Taylor Kiser (100)
5. Brian Wolf (75/1 win)
6. Bryan Cook (72)
7. Jarrod McClure (72)
8. Donnie Ockerman (68)
9. Kevin Yoho (61)
10. Jeffrey Pickens (51)
1. Walker Fowler (Yam)
2. Patrick McGuire (Yam)
3. Gabe Phillips (Yam)
4. Parker Jones (Hon)'
5. Aarol Bright (KTM)
6. Dustin Canipe (Hon)
7. Matt Pierce (Yam)
8. Eric Hoyland (Hon)
9. Joshua Beavers (KTM)
10. Richie Brown (KTM)
1. Walker Fowler (150 points/5
2. Gabe Phillips (101)
3. Eric Hoyland (89)
4. Patrick McGuire (84)
5. Parker Jones (84)
6. Aarol Bright (82)
7. Dustin Canipe (74)
8. Richie Brown (64)
9. Nathan Wallpe (57)
10. Matt Hanna (55)
Motosport.com $250 XC1 holeshot - Jeffrey
Motosport.com $100 XC2 holeshot - Walker Fowler
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