Borich Tops ITP
Powerline Park GNCC
Chris Borich got his seventh won of the
Brian Wolf in the big mud hole.
Adam McGill rounded out the podium
Aarol Bright, Walker Fowler and Gabe
Phillips graced the XC2 podium.
Michael Lancaster edged Eric Hoyland for
the Motosport.com Holeshot Award in the
Photos By: Shan Moore
St. Clairsville, OH (October 8, 2011) - Chris
Borich made a thrilling, last-lap pass on Brian
Wolf to take an exciting, come-from-behind
victory at the ITP Powerline Park GNCC, round 12
of the 2011 Can-Am Grand National Cross Series
in St. Clairsville, Ohio.
The win marked the seventh time this year the
Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider has graced the top
step of the podium and it increased his already
hefty lead in the series standings to a massive
36 points over Adam McGill with two rounds
remaining on the schedule.
Dustin Canipe got the ball rolling by
grabbing the holeshot at the start of the
two-hour race, and by doing so, the Honda rider
claimed the $250 Motosport.com Holeshot Award.
It wasn't long, however, before Wolf put his GT
Thunder-backed Honda into the lead, eventually
stretching his advantage to 40 seconds by the
end of the opening lap.
And while Wolf ran solo out front, McGill and
his Foremost Insurance/Warnert Racing Can-Am
teammate Chris Bithell battled Borich for second
- all three riders taking a turn at the
However, like he has done so many times
before, Borich put on a last lap charge which
saw him pull within striking distance of Wolf.
And with less than two miles to go in the race,
the defending series champ passed Wolf when the
Ohio rider took a bad line out of a creek.
At the finish, Borich took the checkers two
lengths in front of Wolf, with McGill coming in
for third, another 10 seconds back.
"It feels good to get back on top of the
podium," said Borich. "Brian set a good pace
there at the beginning and he checked out on us.
I was getting pit boards and he had 40-plus
seconds on us, so I knew it was going to be a
long day. I battled with Bithell and McGill for
a while and I finally got comfortable with the
track and started pickin' 'em off one at a time.
We ended up catching up with Brian and it was a
good battle right to the end."
Fourth went to Ballance Racing Yamaha's
Taylor Kiser, while Honda-mounted Jarrod McClure
Donnie Ockerman put his JET Suspension Honda
into sixth at the end of the race, ahead of
Yamaha riders Jeffrey Pickens and Kevin Yoho.
Bithell and Canipe rounded out the top 10.
In the XC2 class, Walker Fowler now sits two
wins away from his goal of an undefeated season
after claiming his 11thstraight win of the
season, as the Ballance Racing Yamaha rider
turned in another impressive ride.
Greg's ATV & Cycle Yamaha's Gabe Phillips
took his second runner-up finish in a row and
seventh of the year, overcoming a first-turn
crash to do so.
Third went to Aarol Bright, claiming his
second podium of the year, while Eric Hoyland
maintained his third overall status in the XC2
series standings with a fourth place finish at
the Powerline Park GNCC.
Honda riders Nathan Thomas and James Green
finished fifth and sixth, with Greg's ATV &
Cycle Yamaha rider's Patrick McGuire claiming
seventh ahead of Yamaha rider Matt Hanna.
Honda riders Nathan Wallpe and Josh Whitehead
rounded out the top 10.
Meanwhile, Honda rider Michael Lancaster
finished 11th after grabbing the $100
Motosport.com Holeshot Award to start the race.
Braden Henthorn was once again the top
finishing "non-Pro" rider, winning the College A
(16-21) class on his Honda with a 14th overall
In the A.M. race, Dave Simmons (CAN) won the
$100 GT Thunder Amateur Overall and topped the
Masters (50+) class as well. Second overall went
to 4x4 Open winner Zachary Zakowski (CAN), while
third overall went to Schoolboy (13-15) A/B
winner Brycen Neal, giving the young rider his
first overall podium of the year.
Yamaha's Traci Cecco won the Women's
division, beating Angel Atwell (Hon) and Kristen
Atwell (Hon). Meanwhile, the Sportsman A class
was won by Chris Wanstead (Hon), with Wesley
Fruits (Hon) second, and Chris Conklin (CAN)
In the Youth race, Cody Collier claimed the
overall win on his Yamaha, his fourth time to do
so this year. Collier also topped the 90 Open
(12-15) division in the process. Second overall
and first in the 90 Mod (12-15) went to Zachary
Jones (APX), with Josh Simmons (PIT) taking
third overall and second in the 90 Open (12-15)
UTV classes thrilled the crowd at the ITP
Powerline, with the Polaris National Guard team
(POL) taking the overall win after a great
battle with runner-up finishers Team Hendershot
(POL) and third place finishers ATR Performance
The 2011 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country
Series heads to Crawfordsville, Indiana for the
Amsoil Ironman GNCC on October 22 & 23. ATV
racing will take place on Saturday, followed by
bike racing on Sunday. For more information,
1. Chris Borich (Suz)
2. Brian Wolf (Hon)
3. Adam McGill (CAN)
4. Taylor Kiser (Yam)
5. Jarrod McClure (Hon)
6. Donnie Ockerman (Hon)
7. Jeffrey Pickens (Yam)
8. Kevin Yoho (Yam)
9. Chris Bithell (CAN)
10. Dustin Canipe (Hon)
1. Chris Borich (276/7 wins)
2. Adam McGill (240/2 wins)
3. Chris Bithell (217)
4. Taylor Kiser (213)
5. Brian Wolf (194/2 wins)
6. Bryan Cook (157)
7. Jarrod McClure (154)
8. Donnie Ockerman (151)
9. Kevin Yoho (139)
10. Jeffrey Pickens (122)
1. Walker Fowler (Yam)
2. Gabe Phillips (Yam)
3. Aarol Bright (KTM)
4. Eric Hoyland (Hon)
5. Nathan Thomas (Hon)
6. James Green (Hon)
7. Patrick McGuire (Yam)
8. Matt Hanna (Yam)
9. Nathan Wallpe (Hon)
10. Josh Whitehead (Hon)
1. Walker Fowler (330
2. Gabe Phillips (226)
3. Eric Hoyland (184)
4. Patrick McGuire (170)
5. Aarol Bright (170)
6. Matt Hanna (145)
7. Blake Kramer (117)
8. Michael Lancaster (117)
9. Nathan Wallpe (105)
10. Dustin Canipe (98)
Motosport.com $250 XC1 holeshot - Dustin
Motosport.com $100 XC2 holeshot - Michael
About GNCC Racing
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riders through tracks ranging in length from 10
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