2012 National numbers announced for all seven GNCC divisions
Morgantown, W. Va.- Racer Productions, producers of the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series, announces today the 2012 GNCC National number list. GNCC numbers are earned based on overall finishes in one of seven divisions within the series - including Youth, Amateur and Professional ranks in both motorcycle and ATV disciplines, together with UTV Side-by-Side racing.
FMF/KTM's Charlie Mullins earned the GNCC number one plate after fending off two past-GNCC champions and several up-and-coming off-road racing stars, while Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Chris Borich claimed the number one plate for the third consecutive year in the ATV afternoon division. Team Polaris National Guard/Coastal Drilling/Yokely Racing earned the number one plate in UTV racing over some of the fastest Side-by-Side racers in the country.
Master's (50+) champion Dave Simmons earned the National number 201 for next season, while Master's (50+) bike champion Randall Riggs also earned the National number 201 in the morning bike race. While National number 201 seems high, it's actually the highest honor in the morning class, as numbers one through 200 are reserved for afternoon racers and special conditions - such as visiting champions.
In the Youth racing division, Super Mini (12-13) bike champion Austin Lee earned the number one Youth bike plate for 2012 and 90 Open (8-11) champion Hunter Hart earned the number one Youth ATV plate and a piece of GNCC Racing history as the youngest Youth champion at only eleven years old.
Amateur and Youth racers must compete in at least nine GNCC events in order to earn a National number the following season. UTV teams must compete in four of the six events to earn a National number and the top 20 overall numbers in both afternoon classes (ATV and bikes) are based on overall points, regardless of the number of events entered.
The 2011 GNCC Champions and top ten class finishers will be honored at this year's GNCC Awards Banquet December 2 and 3 in Morgantown, W. Va. at the Waterfront Place Hotel and Convention Center. The top 10 ATV/UTV racers in each class will receive awards on Friday, December 2 and the bikes will celebrate on Saturday, December 3. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. each night and advanced reservations are required. For more information on the banquet or to reserve a room at the Waterfront Place Hotel, please visit the 2011 Awards Banquet Page.
To view the 2012 GNCC National Numbers, click HERE.
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 1,500 riders through tracks ranging in length from eight to 12 miles. With varied terrain, including hills, woods, mud, dirt, rocks and motocross sections, GNCC events are tests of both survival and speed. Riders compete for more than $3 million in prize money, which draws talent from all over the U.S., Europe, Australia and New Zealand. GNCC Racing is televised and airs every week on the Versus Network. For more information, please visit www.gnccracing.com.