Broc Hepler a three-time winner in this year’s AMA/Toyota Motocross Championship, and AMA Supercross Champion John Dowd will race the event with help from the factory FMF/Suzuki off-road team. Hepler’s appearance marks the first time a rider has ever won an AMA Motocross National and raced a GNCC in the same season.
Make no mistake, GNCC regulars like 2006 Champion Juha Salminen, Barry Hawk, Rodney Smith and Charlie Mullins will be ready for the challenge. The entire pack has elevated their game this year in pursuit of Salminen, the Finnish World Champion that just clinched his second-straight GNCC title.
But reports say that Hepler is no slouch in the woods. “I know what it’s about,” says Hepler. “I ride in the woods at home, I grew up in it. I watch it on TV every week and I like it. It looks fun.”
Dowd raced the Parts Unlimited Wisp
GNCC in June and finished an impressive fourth in his first GNCC ever. “That had to be the hardest race I’ve ever
done in my life!” said Dowd, who also finished second at the Maxxis EnduroCross
In addition, word is out that top
Unadilla is the perfect place for such a race, as it’s arguably the most historic motocross track in the country. The track has hosted races for almost 40 years, and every top racer in the sport from around the world has raced there. Both the original Unadilla track and the U2 amateur track will be integrated into the rugged off-road course, which will also feature mud, hills, rocks and trails.
Last year’s race was a classic,
with Salminen falling early and mounting a comeback. Mullins, Hawk and
The race also features a full
schedule of ATV racing on Saturday. Yamaha’s Bill Ballance wants to collect his
record-tying seventh GNCC ATV title, but the
The Unadilla GNCC begins Saturday, September 23, with four-wheeled ATV racing. Pro racing begins at 1 p.m. Bikes race on Sunday, with the pro race beginning at 1 p.m. Weekend passes run $12 and children six and under are free. All passes include pro pit admission and autographs.
AMA-sanctioned Suzuki Grand National Cross Country series is
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