Sights Again Set on Borich for Florida GNCC ATV
Ranch Hosts GNCC Racing This Weekend
Morgantown, W. Va. (March 7, 2012) - Maxxis/Yoshimura's
Chris Borich is not just the defending champion
heading into this weekend's season opener of the
Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series at
Westgate River Ranch in River Ranch, Florida.
After three consecutive titles, Borich is paving
his way into the GNCC record books, one race-win
at a time, which means the 2012 tour could help
paint an even bigger picture for the
Since his first
championship in 2009, Borich has won a
staggering 30 out of 39 races in the XC1 ATV Pro
class, leaving little room for his competition
to shine. But domination is not new to this
field. The previous GNCC ATV King, Bill Ballance,
still holds the record with nine-straight titles
and before Ballance, Barry Hawk won seven
straight. So while Borich has a long way to go
to match history, he's ready to make some more
of his own as the 2012 season gets underway.
"I'm feeling really prepared for the
opening round after spending some time down here
in Florida getting my program dialed in," Borich
said. "I feel good and the bike feels good so
the only thing left to do is get to racing!"
He'll face stiff competition this year with
a full field of talent around him. West
Virginia's Adam McGill has completely switched
around his program for 2012, now backed by
Precision/Moto Xperts/ITP/Lone Star/RG Honda.
McGill was a fierce competitor in 2011,
finishing a close second behind Borich with
consistent podium finishes and even taking two
race-wins, but it's tough to say whether McGill
has fully adjusted to his new machine against a
field of seasoned veterans returning on familiar
Pennsylvania's Chris Bithell
heads the Motoworks/Can-Am team once again this
year aboard the DS450, after finishing fourth in
last year's standings. Ballance Racing Yamaha's
Taylor Kiser edged Bithell out for the third
position, and both of these riders can be
players in the championship run this season.
Ohio's Brian Wolf made a statement during
his 2011 rookie season with two race-wins and a
handful of podium finishes and could serve as
Borich's biggest threat this season. Speed is
not a problem for Wolf, and he thrives in the
most unfavorable track conditions, which could
be beneficial in taking home a championship.
But big buzz surrounds Ballance Racing
Yamaha's Walker Fowler, who will make his debut
to the Premier class this weekend in Florida.
The Ohio rider took two overall wins last year
on adjusted time, while also snagging the 2011
XC2 Pro Am Championship with an undefeated
season in his class. He also finished the season
with number five overall, making him a possible
game-changer in this year's XC1 division. The
humble rookie doesn't expect a championship just
yet, but knows he can run with the veterans.
"My main goal for this season is to just
ride smart and consistent for 13 races," said
Fowler. "I'm not coming in expecting to take
home a championship right away. I'm hoping for
some wins and if a championship comes along, I'm
definitely not going to push it away but I'd
like to run the pace of the top guys and just be
The XC1 and XC2 classes
will race for two hours on a demanding,
whooped-out sand track at the Westgate River
Ranch. The race begins at 1 p.m. on Sunday,
March 11, kicking off the Daytona Bike Week
schedule. Classes are also available for a full
roster of amateur and youth riders.
Spectator passes are $20 for Saturday and Sunday
(ATV), and $20 for Monday and Tuesday (bike).
Children five and under are admitted free. On
both Sunday and Tuesday, youth riders race at 8
a.m., amateurs race at 10 a.m., and the top
amateurs and the pros race at 1 p.m.
track is located at the Westgate River Ranch in
Lake Wales, Fla. From U.S. 27, go south to S.R.
60 (Lake Wales Exit), make a left and head east
for approximately 25 miles. River Ranch is on
The 2012 Can-Am Grand
National Cross Country Series kicks off this
weekend, in conjunction with Daytona Bike Week.
ATV practice will take place on Saturday and
racing on Sunday. For more information, visit
The Can-Am Grand National Cross
Country series is America's premier off-road
racing series. Founded in 1975, 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 1,500 riders through tracks ranging in length
from ten to 12 miles. With varied terrain,
including hills, woods, mud, dirt, rocks and
motocross sections, GNCC events are tests of
both survival and speed and draw talent from all
over the U.S., Europe, Australia and New
Zealand. GNCC Racing is televised and airs every
week on NBC Sports Network. For more
information, please visit