KTM Rider extends points lead, Ballance, Yokley on podium
Morganton, N.C. (March 29, 2008) -- FRE KTM's Adam McGill is on fire in the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series. The West Union, West Virginia-based rider took his KTM 525XC to his second-straight overall win with another dominant run, leading a muddy FMF Steele Creek GNCC from wire-to-wire.
Yamaha's Bill Ballance took second with Team National Guard's William Yokley third on a Honda. Safari Motorsports' Matt Smiley and GT Thunder Yamaha's Brandon Sommers rounded out the top five overall.
Don Ockerman took the XC2 class on his GT Thunder Yamaha.
McGill holds a commanding points lead by winning two of the first three races of the season.
In the morning race, run under difficult, rainy conditions, Yamaha's Traci Cecco captured the overall and the Women's class win once again on her factory YFZ450. U2 class rider Michael Benson scored the top overall utility finish with second overall on his Kawasaki KFX700. Michael Swift took a Can-Am Outlander 800 to the 4x4 Limited win and third overall.
Photo galleries by Jason Hooper are available at this link. A full race report will be available Monday morning at www.gnccracing.com
The racing continues with dirt bike action on Sunday, March 30, with youth racing at 8 a.m., a morning race at 10 a.m. and pros racing for three hours at 1 p.m. Racing takes place at Steele Creek Campground in Morganton, N.C. The campground is located on NC 181 just outside downtown Morganton.
FMF Steele Creek GNCC
March 29, 2008
1. Adam McGill (KTM) West Union, WV
2. Bill Ballance (Yam) Smith's Grove, KY
3. William Yokley (Hon) Tompkinsville, KY
4. Matt Smiley (Hon) Kunkletown, PA
5. Brandon Sommers (Yam) Millersburg, OH
6. Chris Borich (Suz) Sunbury, PA
7. Taylor Kiser (KTM) Alva, FL
8. Don Ockerman (Yam) Marshall, IL
9. Johnny Gallagher (Yam) Aurora, OH
10. Jarrod McClure (Hon) Kaska, PA
GNCC XC1 Point Standings (After 3 of 13 rounds)
1. Adam McGill (76/2 wins)
2. Taylor Kiser (57)
3. Brandon Sommers (52)
4. Bryan Cook (14)
5. Bill Ballance (46)
5. Matt Smiley (46)
7. Chris Borich (45/1 win)
8. William Yokley (45)
9. Jarrod McClure (38)
10. Ryan Lane (34)
About GNCC Racing:
The Can-Am Grand National Cross Country series is America’s premier off-road racing series. The 13-round championship series is produced exclusively by Racer Productions and has run since 1973. Cross country racing is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. The nearly three-hour long GNCC races lead as many as 1,800 riders through tracks ranging from eight to twelve miles in length. With varied terrain including hills, woods, mud, dirt, rocks and motocross sections, GNCC events are tests of both survival and speed. GNCC Racing will air weekly television shows on the Versus network starting August 2. GNCC featured sponsors include Can-Am, Parts Unlimited, Moose Racing, Maxxis, Pirelli, Wiseco, Acerbis, Elka, Geico, Klotz, FMF, ITP and Weekend Warrior, and riders compete for over $3 million in series prizes and contingency money. Associate sponsors include Alpinestars, Cometic, HiPer Technology, Laegers, Moose Utility Division, The National Guard, Powersport Grafx, REM, Scott, Thor, Tire Balls, Twin Air, Ogio, Rekluse, and MotoTee’s. For more information log on to www.gnccracing.com.
About Racer Productions
A West Virginia-based motorcycle and ATV event production company, Racer Productions has been a leader in the off-road racing industry for more than 30 years. It’s repertoire of events includes the 13-round Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series, since 1973; The Kawasaki/Monster Energy High Point National in Mount Morris, Pa., since 1977; The ATV Dirt Days at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., since 1985; The U.S. World Motocross Gran Prix at Steel City Raceway in Delmont, Pa. in 1987; The Monster Energy/Kawasaki Steel City National, since 1988; The ATV Stampede National Motocross at High Point Raceway, since 1994; The Wrangler ATV National Motocross at Oak Hill Raceway in Decatur, Texas, since 2006; The AMA Pro ATV Open at Steel City in 2007; as well as numerous other amateur motocross events. In addition, Racer Productions staffs the prestigious Air Nautiques/AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch, since 1982. For more information, please visit www.racerproductions.com.