Wolf Wins VP Racing
Fuels Mountain Ridge GNCC
Brian Wolf got win number two at
Adam McGill lead most of the race.
Chris Bithell chases Chris Borich on the
Walker Fowler wrapped up the XC2 title.
Photos By: Shan Moore
Somerset, PA (September 24, 2011) - Brian
Wolf took advantage of a late race mistake by
Adam McGill to take a thrilling win at the VP
Racing Fuels Mountain Ridge GNCC in Somerset,
Pennsylvania - round 11 of the 2011 Can-Am Grand
National Cross Series.
For most of the two-hour race, no less than
five riders were in contention for the overall
victory. However, it was McGill who led the most
laps, taking the early lead after making
first-lap passes on Wolf and $250 Motosport.com
Holeshot Award winner Taylor Kiser. McGill's
Foremost Insurance/Warnert Racing Can-Am
teammate Chris Bithell was among the
front-runners, along with Kiser on the Ballance
Racing Yamaha, Wolf on a GT Thunder-backed Honda
and series points leader Chris Borich on his
Rockstar Makita Suzuki, as McGill led the pack
through one of the toughest courses of the year.
The battle for the lead heated up when Wolf
passed McGill halfway into the final lap.
However, the XC1 rookie got stuck behind a
lapper with two miles to go, allowing McGill
retake the lead. At that point, McGill looked to
have his third win of the year all wrapped up;
however, a half-mile later the West Virginia
rider clipped a tree and watched helplessly as
Wolf took the lead and eventually the win.
"That last lap was pretty crazy," said Wolf.
"I let McGill go by at the start of the race and
he took off like a bat. That last lap, there
were so many lines in the rocks that you just
had to banzai it and hope you didn't break.
McGill was ahead of me at the end, but then he
snagged a tree. It was anybody's race but in the
end I came out on top."
McGill was disappointed at finishing second,
but he still managed to gain a few points on
Borich in the race for the 2011 title.
"About a mile before the finish I was on some
slippery rocks and I caught a hand guard on a
dead tree and it turned me sideways," said
McGill. "I was so furious I couldn't even
scream. But racing is racing and it was a good
Bithell rounded out the podium and was within
striking distance of the leaders when he crossed
Fourth went to Kiser, who was having a good
day after struggling two weeks before at
Unadilla. Meanwhile, Borich suffered a flat tire
on the final lap, but managed to salvage 16
valuable points with a fifth place finish.
FRE KTM's Bryan Cook finished sixth, with JET
Suspension's Donnie Ockerman seventh, and
Yamaha-mounted Kevin Yoho in eighth.
Jarrod McClure and Johnny Gallagher (Yam)
rounded out the top 10.
In the XC2 class, Walker Fowler remained
perfect on the year, taking his 10th win in 10
races and by doing so wrapped up the XC2 class
title with three races remaining on the books.
The Ballance Racing Yamaha rider was impressive
in the slippery rocks and finished the race
nearly four minutes ahead of Greg's ATV & Cycle
Yamaha's Gabe Phillips.
Honda rider Eric Hoyland rounded out the
podium after winning the $100 Motosport.com
Holeshot Award to start the race.
New York Honda rider Nathan Thomas finished
fourth, while Aarol Bright (KTM), Matt Hanna
(Yam), and Michael Lancaster (Hon) were fifth,
sixth and seventh, respectively.
Rounding out the top 10 were Joshua Merritt
(Yam), Ryan Ratliff (Hon) and Blake Kramer (Suz).
Once again Braden Henthorn was the top
finishing "non-Pro" rider, winning the College A
(16-21) class with a 17th overall finish on a
In the A.M. race, Michael Swift beat out
fellow Can-Am riders (CAN) Bryan Buckhannon and
Zach Zakowski to win the $100 GT Thunder Amateur
Overall award. Swift, Buckhannon and Zakowsi
were also the top three finishing riders in the
4x4 Open class as well.
Can-Am riders also swept the podium in the U2
division, with Clifton Beasley, Robert Smith and
Scott Day finishing first, second and third.
Tracy Cecco won the Women's division on a
Yamaha, with Honda-mounted Angel Atwell
finishing second and Can-Am rider Lexi Coulter
Hunter Hart (COB) won the overall in the
Youth race for the seventh time this year, and
claimed the 90 Open (8-11) win as well.
Meanwhile, Charlie Welch (DRR) was second
overall and first in the 90 Mod (12-15) class.
Meanwhile, Cody Collier (PIT) was third overall
and first in the 90 Open (12-15) division.
The 2011 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country
Series heads to St. Clairsville, Ohio for the
ITP Powerline Park GNCC on October 8 & 9. ATV
racing will take place on Saturday, followed by
bike racing on Sunday. For more information,
1. Brian Wolf (Hon)
2. Adam McGill (CAN)
3. Chris Bithell (CAN)
4. Taylor Kiser (Yam)
5. Chris Borich (Suz)
6. Bryan Cook (KTM)
7. Donnie Ockerman (Hon)
8. Kevin Yoho (Yam)
9. Jarrod McClure (Hon)
10. Johnny Gallagher (Yam)
1. Chris Borich (246/6 wins)
2. Adam McGill (219/2 wins)
3. Chris Bithell (205)
4. Taylor Kiser (195)
5. Brian Wolf (169/2)
6. Bryan Cook (147)
7. Jarrod McClure (138)
8. Donnie Ockerman (136)
9. Kevin Yoho (126)
10. Jeffrey Pickens (108)
1. Walker Fowler (Yam)
2. Gabe Phillips (Yam)
3. Eric Hoyland (Hon)
4. Nathan Thomas (Hon)
5. Aarol Bright (KTM)
6. Matt Hanna (Yam)
7. Michael Lancaster (Hon)
8. Joshua Merritt (Yam)
9. Ryan Ratliff (Hon)
10. Blake Kramer (Suz)
1. Walker Fowler (300
2. Gabe Phillips (201)
3. Eric Hoyland (166)
4. Patrick McGuire (156)
5. Aarol Bright (149)
6. Matt Hanna (132)
7. Blake Kramer (110)
8. Michael Lancaster (107)
9. Dustin Canipe (98)
10. Parker Jones (96)
Motosport.com $250 XC1 holeshot - Taylor
Motosport.com $100 XC2 holeshot - Eric Hoyland
About GNCC Racing
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