Borich Secures Third Consecutive GNCC Title
After Winning the Amsoil Ironman
comes together for a weekend of pink
Chris Borich wrapped up the XC1 title.
Taylor Kiser was a strong second.
Chris McGill rounded out the podium.
Walker Fowler took his 12th win of the
year in the XC2 class.
Jarrod McClure grabbed the holeshot.
William Yokley took the UTV title.
Photos By: Shan Moore
Crawfordsville, IN (October 22, 2011) - The
Ironman GNCC is historically known for it's
spectator-friendly obstacles and festive aura,
usually serving as the final round of racing;
but due to a previous rainout, the Ironman
provided a penultimate round of exciting racing
action in all classes, the finale taking place
at Loretta Lynn's Ranch November 4-6. Aside from
racing action, there were a variety of special
events taking place at the festive Ironman event
and there's no doubt the Crawfordsville locals
witnessed a day of ATV racing they will never
Chris Borich wrapped up the 2011 Can-Am Grand
National Cross Series championship with one
round remaining on the schedule after taking an
exciting and hard-fought victory at the
prestigious Amsoil Ironman GNCC - marking his
third consecutive title.
As he has done several times before, the
Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider made it interesting
by coming from behind, this time passing
Ballance Racing Yamaha's Taylor Kiser and
Foremost Insurance/Warnert Racing Can-Am's Adam
McGill on the final lap to take the win.
Although Borich knew that in order to secure the
title at Ironman, he only needed to finish in
front of McGill or one place behind, the
Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider wanted to tack on
another Ironman win to his resume. This makes
the fourth time Borich has won the Ironman GNCC,
and it's his third-straight XC1 title.
"It's been a pretty stressful year and it
feels good to finally wrap it up," said Borich.
"This is a big race and there are a lot of
people here and it feels good to get the win at
GT Thunder-backed Brian Wolf was a heavy
contender coming into today's Ironman with two
wins under his belt, but unfortunately Wolf was
slightly injured while helping a fellow racer in
the morning race. Wolf put his best efforts to
compete in the race but wasn't able to contend a
podium position this weekend.
Borich battled up front with Kiser, McGill,
Foremost Insurance/Warnert Racing Can-Am's Chris
Bithell, and Honda-mounted Jarrod McClure for
most of the two-hour race, and was running
second behind McGill at the halfway mark.
However, McGill got stuck on one of the nasty
hills and collected Borich with him, as both
riders dropped back to fourth and fifth. After
inspecting possible passing opportunities before
and throughout the race, Borich was saving an
ace up his sleeve and used it to his advantage
on the final lap to take the lead and eventually
"I knew of a line at the four-mile mark and
on the last lap I was in third and I took that
line and ended up with the lead," said Borich.
"After I got the lead I just held on."
Despite getting flipped over in the first
turn, Kiser turned in a strong performance to
claim the runner-up position, marking his fifth
podium appearance of the year. Kiser led at one
point after working his way up from nearly last,
and was less than two seconds off of Borich at
"We charged hard today and the bike really
hooked up and was running great," said Kiser.
Meanwhile, McGill rounded out the podium with
a solid third-place showing, and sits a safe
second in the standings heading into the series
final at Loretta Lynn's in two weeks.
Bithell ended the day in fourth, ahead of
McClure, who kicked off the race by grabbing the
$250 Motosport.com Holeshot Award.
Sixth went to JET Suspension Honda's Donnie
Ockerman, while Yamaha-mounted Jeffrey Pickens
was seventh. After Pickens came GT Thunder rider
Kevin Yoho, and Ryan Lane (Hon), with Mark
Notman (Yam) rounding out the top 10.
In the XC2 class, Walker Fowler continued his
impressive run to an undefeated season, taking
his 12th win in 12 races. The Ballance Racing
Yamaha rider passed $100 Motosport.com Holeshot
Award winner Eric Hoyland on the opening lap and
extended the lead to over two minutes by the end
of the race. Walker can make history if he wins
the series finale at Loretta Lynn's by going
undefeated in the XC2 Pro Am class, in addition
to his impressive two overall wins this year.
Despite getting off to a mid-pack start,
Greg's ATV & Cycle Yamaha rider Gabe Phillips
claimed the runner-up finish for the
third-straight race, passing Hoyland late in the
race to do so.
Hoyland held on for third on his Honda, and
maintains third overall in the XC2 standings.
Honda rider Braden Henthorn finished an
impressive fourth in his first race in the XC2
class, beating out Matt Hanna (Yam) and Parker
Jones (Hon) in the process.
KTM rider Aarol Bright was seventh, while
Honda riders Tyler Bostock, Michael Lancaster
and Nathan Wallpe rounded out the top 10.
Landon Wolfe was the top finishing "non-Pro"
rider, winning the College A (16-21) class with
a 15th overall finish on a Suzuki.
In the A.M. race, Dave Simmons (CAN) won the
$100 GT Thunder Amateur Overall and topped the
Masters (50+) class as well, his eighth time to
do so this year.
Zachary Zakowski was second overall and first
in the 4x4 Open division. Meanwhile, Traci Cecco
wrapped up the Women's title with a third
overall finish and first place in the Women's
In the Youth race, Hunter Hart claimed his
eighth overall win of the year with a solid
victory in the 90 Open (8-11) class on a Cobra.
Second overall and first in the 90 Modified
(12-15) went to Zachary Jones (APX), with
Westley Wolfe (APX) taking third overall and
first in the 90 Open (12-15) division.
In the Girls (8-15) class, Crystal Diebold
(PIT) was first, followed by Sadie Welch (DRR)
in second and Bailey Steuben (Yam) in third.
The UTV divisions wrapped up their season at
the Ironman, with a competitive seven-lap race.
Team Hendershot (POL) claimed the overall win
and first in the Open Modified division,
however, it was William Yokley and his Polaris
National Guard (POL) entry that captured the UTV
series title with a second overall finish.
"We knew there was a lot riding on this race,
so we came out a little conservative and took
our second place," said Yokley.
Third overall and third in the Open Modified
class went to Coastal National Guard (POL).
Team Polaris Parts Plus Stafford Racing (CAN)
won the Open Limited division, topping Team Held
(CAN) in second and Team Elia (POL) in third.
Drew Escore beat out fellow Honda drivers Guy
Trackside and Michael Doolittle to win the
Single Seat class, while Team Wyatt Farms (Kaw)
won the Lites division ahead of Team Tata Twins
(POL) and Team Faith (Yam).
The 2011 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country
Series heads to Hurricane Mills, Tennessee for
the Parts Unlimited Loretta Lynn's GNCC on
November 4-6. For the first time in GNCC
history, bike racing will take place on Friday,
with ATV racing on Saturday and bike racing will
take place again on Sunday - making up for two
rain dates previously in the schedule. For more
information, please visit
1. Chris Borich (Suz)
2. Taylor Kiser (Yam)
3. Adam McGill (CAN)
4. Chris Bithell (CAN)
5. Jarrod McClure (Hon)
6. Donnie Ockerman (Hon)
7. Jeffrey Pickens (Yam)
8. Kevin Yoho (Yam)
9. Ryan Lane (Hon)
10. Mark Notman (Yam)
1. Chris Borich (306/8 wins)
2. Adam McGill (261/2 wins)
3. Taylor Kiser (238)
4. Chris Bithell (235)
5. Brian Wolf (202/2 wins)
6. Jarrod McClure (170)
7. Bryan Cook (167)
8. Donnie Ockerman (166)
9. Kevin Yoho (152)
10. Jeffrey Pickens (136)
1. Walker Fowler (Yam)
2. Gabe Phillips (Yam)
3. Eric Hoyland (Hon)
4. Braden Henthorn (Hon)
5. Matt Hanna (Yam)
6. Parker Jones (Hon)
7. Aarol Bright (KTM)
8. Tyler Bostock (Hon)
9. Michael Lancaster (Hon)
10. Nathan Wallpe (Hon)
1. Walker Fowler (360
2. Gabe Phillips (251)
3. Eric Hoyland (205)
4. Patrick McGuire (172)
5. Aarol Bright (170)
6. Matt Hanna (161)
7. Michael Lancaster (129)
8. Blake Kramer (120)
9. Nathan Wallpe (116)
10. Richie Brown (98)
Motosport.com $250 XC1 holeshot - Jarrod
Motosport.com $100 XC2 holeshot - Eric Hoyland
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