Borich Takes Exciting
Come From Behind Win At Parts Unlimited Loretta
Chris Borich got his ninth win of the
Adam McGill was a close second.
Taylor Kiser rounded out the podium.
Chris Bithell leads Taylor Kiser.
Bill Ballance grabbed the Motosport.com
Walker Fowler celebrates his perfect
Photos By: Shan Moore
Hurricane Mills, TN (November 5, 2011) - The
action intensified today at day two of the
first-ever Can-Am Grand National Cross Country
Series double-header at Loretta Lynn's Ranch in
Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, as Rockstar Makita
Suzuki's Chris Borich claimed an exciting
come-from-behind victory to put a wrap on a
thrilling season of ATV racing.
Foremost Insurance/Warnert Racing Can-Am's
Chris Bithell and Ballance Racing Yamaha's
Taylor Kiser got out front right away as the two
racers battled it out for the right to wear the
number three plate and their first race-win this
season. Kiser led a majority of the race until
Bithell wrestled the lead away, only to have
Kiser retaliate and take the lead back once
Meanwhile, Chris Borich and Adam McGill had a
similar battle for the third place position,
elevating the pace and eventually catching the
Kiser/Bithell duo ahead. Kiser led heading into
the last lap, while Borich, who had already
wrapped the season championship, charged his way
to the second place.
Kiser held a small gap as the last lap began
and looked ready to win, but he threw the race
away when he tagged a tree. McGill took
advantage to slide from third to first and held
intoned heading into the famed Loretta Lynn's
After two hours of intense back-and-forth
action, McGill led with just a lap of the
motocross track remaining. Borich waited until
the very last second to make a thrilling
race-winning pass, cutting under Foremost
Insurance/Warnert Racing Can-Am's McGill to take
the lead just before they entered the legendary
"Ten Commandments" whoop section. After
clinching the series championship at the Ironman
GNCC last month - his third-straight XC1 title -
today's win was icing on the cake for Borich.
"It's good to finish out with a win," said
Borich. "I had some lines picked out on the
motocross track and I knew I could make a pass
there, and I just saved it until I needed it. At
the beginning of the race I was just pushing and
I felt a little out of control, but in the
middle of the race I got in the groove and was
able to close in on those guys."
McGill held on to take a close second, after
fending off a fierce pass attempt by Ballance
Racing Yamaha's Taylor Kiser two corners before
the checkered flag. It was an exciting end to an
already epic battle.
"Heading into that last lap, I was in fourth
behind Kiser, Chris Bithell, and Borich, and
about three miles in I passed up behind Bithell
and then Kiser tagged a tree and that gave me
the lead," said McGill, who at that point looked
like a sure bet to win the final race of the
year. "We came onto the motocross track for the
final time and Chris had a good line and that
was all she wrote. Then a few turns later, Kiser
and I came together just before the finish."
Kiser rounded out the podium, and looked
quite impressive while leading the first half of
the race. For sure, it was one of Kiser's best
performances of the year, and it gives him some
momentum heading into 2012.
"I just got up front and settled into a nice
pace," said Kiser. "I had a really clean day but
I gave it away there on the last lap. I had the
lead and I hit a tree and they kind of pulled
away from me."
Kiser's sponsor and mentor, nine-time GNCC
champ Bill Ballance, won the $250 Motosport.com
Holeshot Award to start the race, before
finishing the race in 11th.
Bithell, another Foremost Insurance/Warnert
Racing Can-Am rider, finished fourth, but also
led at one point during the race.
Fifth went to Honda-mounted Jarrod McClure,
with FRE KTM's Bryan Cook earning sixth.
GT Thunder rider Kevin Yoho topped JET
Suspension Honda's Donnie Ockerman for seventh,
while Honda riders Jeffrey Pickens and Craig
Bowman rounded out the top 10.
Walker Fowler made history by becoming the
first rider in GNCC history to have a perfect
season in the XC2 division, the Ballance Racing
Yamaha claiming 13 victories in 13 rounds.
Fowler took the lead early into the opening
lap and turned in a spectacular ride, which
carried him five minutes clear of second place
by the end of the race. These kind of
performances that have established Fowler as one
of the super stars of the sport.
"I just tried to keep it out of my mind, it
was kind of a big pressure situation," said
Fowler. "I just rode my own race and tried to
stay out of trouble."
Gabe Phillips edged Honda rider Eric Hoyland
by one second to claim his fourth runner-up
finish in a row. The Greg's ATV & Cycle Yamaha
rider has been consistent all year, which has
earned him second overall in the XC2 final
standings. Meanwhile, Hoyland finished third on
both the race and in the final standings.
Honda rider Parker Jones just missed the
podium in fourth, beating out Greg's ATV & Cycle
Yamaha rider's Patrick McGuire in the process.
Michael Lancaster was sixth on a Honda, with
Joshua Merritt (Yam), Aarol Bright (KTM), Blake
Kramer (Suz) and Tyler Bostock (Hon) rounding
out the top 10.
Georgia KTM rider Richie Brown claimed the
$100 Motosport.com Holeshot Award to start the
Indiana rider Chad Jones was the top finishing
"non-Pro" rider, winning the College A (16-21)
class with an impressive 16th overall finish.
In the A.M. race, Dave Simmons (Yam) won the
$100 GT Thunder Amateur Overall for the ninth
time this year, and topped the Masters (50+)
class as well. Simmons finished about three
minutes ahead of Women's class winner Angel
Atwell (Hon), who also claimed second overall
with the finish. Third overall and first in the
4x4 Open division went to Bryan Buckhannon.
In the meantime, Matt Batson (Yam) won the
35+ C division over Darrin Miles (Hon) and Chad
In the Youth division, Hunter Hart (COB) was
the overall winner, and also win the 90 Open
(8-11) class. Cody Collier was second overall
and first in the 90 Open (12-15) class. Third
overall and second in the 90 Open (12-15) class
was Josh Simmons.
In the Girls (8-15) class, Crystal Diebold
(PIT) was first, Catlyn Bennett (Yam) was
second, and Abzgail Aarol (Hon) was third.
The Can-Am Grand National Cross Country
Series continues throughout the weekend for the
first-ever GNCC Racing double-header. The bikes
will hit the trails of Loretta Lynn's Ranch for
the finale on Sunday, November 6. For more
information, please visit
1. Chris Borich (Suz)
2. Adam McGill (CAN)
3. Taylor Kiser (Yam)
4. Chris Bithell (CAN)
5. Jerrod McClure (Hon)
6. Bryan Cook (KTM)
7. Kevin Yoho (Yam)
8. Donnie Ockerman (Hon)
9. Jeffrey Pickens (Hon)
10. Craig Bowman (Hon)
1. Chris Borich (336/9 wins)
2. Adam McGill (286/2 wins)
3. Taylor Kiser (259)
4. Chris Bithell (253)
5. Brian Wolf (202/2 wins)
6. Jarrod McClure (186)
7. Bryan Cook (182)
8. Donnie Ockerman (179)
9. Kevin Yoho (166)
10. Jeffrey Pickens (148)
1. Walker Fowler (Yam)
2. Gabe Phillips (Yam)
3. Eric Hoyland (Hon)
4. Parker Jones (Hon)
5. Patrick McGuire (Yam)
6. Michael Lancaster (Hon)
7. Joshua Merritt (Yam)
8. Aarol Bright (KTM)
9. Blake Kramer (Suz)
10. Tyler Bostock (Hon)
1. Walker Fowler (390
2. Gabe Phillips (276)
3. Eric Hoyland (226)
4. Aarol Bright (197)
5. Patrick McGuire (188)
6. Matt Hanna (169)
7. Michael Lancaster (144)
8. Blake Kramer (132)
9. Parker Jones (129)
10. Nathan Wallpe (123)
Motosport.com $250 XC1 holeshot - Bill
Motosport.com $100 XC2 holeshot - Richie Brown
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