Borich Wins Wiseco
John Penton ATV GNCC
Chris Borich got win number five.
Taylor Kiser was a strong second.
Brian Wolf rounded out the XC1 podium
Chris Bithell led much of the race.
Michael Lancaster, Walker Fowler, and
Eric Hoyland grace the XC2 podium
Photos By: Shan Moore
Millfield, OH (July 9, 2011) - After
suffering a disappointing mechanical failure at
the previous round in West Virginia, Chris
Borich got back on top of the podium with a
spectacular win at the Wiseco John Penton GNCC,
round nine of the 2011 Can-Am Grand National
Cross Series in Millfield, Ohio.
Borich battled race-long with Ballance Racing
Yamaha's Taylor Kiser, Foremost Insurance/Warnert
Racing Can-Am's Chris Bithell and GT
Thunder-backed Brian Wolf before putting his
Rockstar Makita Suzuki into the lead on the
final lap to claim his fifth victory of the
season and extended his lead in the series
standings to an impressive 27 points heading
into the summer break.
"That race at Snowshoe was kind of a bummer, it
was just a freak deal and I thought we had at
least a top two. You just can't control things
like that sometimes, but it's good to come back
strong here and get the win," said Borich.
The four front-runners took turns holding the
lead until Borich and Bithell broke away from
the pack near the end of the race. However, a
low hanging tree limb nearly took Borich out of
"I was chasing Chris and there was a limb
hanging down and he ducked and I didn't see it
and it cleaned me completely off the bike," said
Borich. "I hit my head pretty hard and I sat
there for a while getting my bearings before I
could take off again."
After getting back into the fray, Borich made
a strong push and was able to catch Bithell and
later took the lead when Bithell hit a tree.
"I just put the hammer down and took some
good lines and did what I needed to do to get
back up front," said Borich.
Kiser also took advantage of Bithell's
mistake and ended the day in second to match his
best finish of the year. The Florida rider also
claimed the $250 Motosport.com Holeshot Award to
start the race.
"I got a good start and that made a big
difference," said Kiser. "The bike was working
well and I feel things are starting to go our
way heading into the break."
Meanwhile, Wolf finished third, making his
third podium finish in four races.
"I got up around third after the start and
then I made a mistake and dropped back to about
eighth," said Wolf. "I worked back up into third
and then Bithell and Borich got hung up on a
hill and I was able to go around them to take
the lead. I pulled a pretty good lead after that
but then I got stuck in a creek trying to go
around a lapped rider and that's when those guys
got back around me."
Bithell ran one of his best races of the
year; unfortunately, his collision with the tree
dropped the Pennsylvania rider back to fourth.
"Me and Borich were having a good battle,"
explained Bithell. "We both got stuck on a hill
on the second lap and dropped back behind Wolf
and Kiser. But then we worked our way back up to
the front. I was in the lead and running pretty
good but then I got crossed up in some ruts and
hit a tree. It put me on the ground and everyone
got by me."
Honda rider Jarrod McClure finished the day
in fifth, while FRE KTM's Bryan Cook turned in
another solid performance to claim sixth.
JET Suspension Honda's Donnie Ockerman and GT
Thunder rider Kevin Yoho were seventh and
eighth, with Yamaha riders Johnny Gallagher and
Jeffrey Pickens rounding out the top 10.
Despite getting off to a bad start, Walker
Fowler made it eight wins in eight tries in the
XC2 division, as the Ballance Racing Yamaha
rider turned in an impressive ride through the
pack to take a well deserved victory.
"I probably went into the woods in 10thand
then just picked them off one at a time," said
Fowler. "At about the nine-mile marker I passed
Pat McGuire to take the lead and then I rode a
pretty clean lap and started catching the back
half of the Pro class, but about that time I
clipped a stump and it pitched me off the bike.
After that I just kind of chilled. It wasn't the
overall finish I was looking for, but a class
win is always good and we're going into the
summer break undefeated."
After grabbing the $100 Motosport.com
Holeshot Award to start the race, Derisi Racing
Honda rider Eric Hoyland rode a steady race to
grab the runners-up position.
"I got a good start but I picked some bad
lines and got passed by a couple of guys," said
Hoyland. "But it was an awesome race out there
and it was fun racing with Mike Lancaster."
After battling with Hoyland, Lancaster made
his first-ever podium finish with a third.
"It was a tough race, but I like that
motocross track and I'm happy to finish third,"
Greg's ATV & Cycle Yamaha rider Gabe Phillips
just missed out on a podium finish, crossing the
line just three seconds behind Lancaster.
Meanwhile, KTM rider Aarol Bright rounded out
the top five, while Yamaha riders Matt Pierce,
Matt Hanna and Eric Wilczek finished sixth,
seventh and eighth.
Nathan Wallpe finished ninth on a Honda,
while Yamaha rider Joshua Merritt was 10th.
Braden Henthorn was the top finishing
"non-Pro" rider, winning the College A (16-21)
class with a 15th overall finish.
In the A.M. race, Dave Simmons (Yam) won the
$100 GT Thunder Amateur Overall and topped the
Masters (50+) class as well. Kevin Trantham was
second overall on a Can-Am and first in the 4x4
Lites division, while Traci Cecco (Yam) was
third overall and first in the Women's class.
Bryan Buckhannon won the prestigious 4x4 Open
division, beating out fellow Can-Am riders
Michael Swift and Andrew Langston.
In the Youth race, Cody Collier got his first
overall win of the year on a bike he borrowed
from Ballance Yamaha. The Ohio rider also took
first in the 90 Open (12-15) class.
Hunter Hart (Cob) was second overall and
first in the 90 Open (8-11), while Josh Simmons
(PIT) was third overall and second in the 90
Open (12-15) division.
The 2011 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country
Series heads to New Berlin, New York for the
Can-Am Unadilla GNCC on September 10 & 11. ATV
racing will take place on Saturday, followed by
bike racing on Sunday. For more information,
1. Chris Borich (Suz)
2. Taylor Kiser (Yam)
3. Brian Wolf (Hon)
4. Chris Bithell (CAN)
5. Jarrod McClure (Hon)
6. Bryan Cook (KTM)
7. Donnie Ockerman (Hon)
8. Kevin Yoho (Yam)
9. Johnny Gallagher (Yam)
10. Jeffrey Pickens (Yam)
1. Chris Borich (200/5 wins)
2. Adam McGill (173/2 wins)
3. Taylor Kiser (161)
4. Chris Bithell (159)
5. Brian Wolf (121)
6. Bryan Cook (118)
7. Donnie Ockerman (112)
8. Jarrod McClure (111)
9. Kevin Yoho (100)
10. Jeffrey Pickens (86)
1. Walker Fowler (Yam)
2. Eric Hoyland (Hon)
3. Michael Lancaster (Hon)
4. Gabe Phillips (Yam)
5. Aarol Bright (KTM)
6. Matt Pierce (Yam)
7. Matt Hanna (Yam)
8. Eric Wilczek (Yam)
9. Nathan Wallpe (Hon)
10. Joshua Merritt (Yam)
1. Walker Fowler (180 points/8
2. Gabe Phillips (169)
3. Eric Hoyland (137)
4. Patrick McClure (126)
5. Aarol Bright (122)
6. Matt Hanna (102)
7. Dustin Canipe (98)
8. Parker Jones (96)
9. Richie Brown (89)
10. Blake Kraker (81)
Motosport.com $250 XC1 holeshot - Taylor
Motosport.com $100 XC2 holeshot - Eric Hoyland
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