Morgantown, W.Va. -- Racer Productions, producers of the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series, has announced the supplemental rules and classes for the 2009 GNCC tour.
The rules were discussed at the GNCC Riders Meetings in November, and Racer Productions posted a proposed version of the rulebook on the gnccracing.com Web site in December. After a public comment period, the rules are now posted as final.
Changes highlighted for ATVs include raising the displacement limit in the 4×4 Open and 4×4 Limited Classes from 840cc to 850cc. The Supermini ATV Class now allows 12-year-old riders on ATVs up to 70-105cc two-stroke machines and 70-125cc four-stroke machines. And, as announced previous to the 2008 GNCC Series, for 2009, machines in the ATV XC1 and XC2 Classes will be limited to 450cc in displacement.
No major changes will occur in the bike classes. While Racer Productions had considered making changes to the XC2 Pro Lites bike class, the class will remain limited to 250cc four-strokes and 125cc two-strokes.
"Due to today's economic environment, we've looked carefully over the GNCC rule book and class structure to make sure it fits the needs of today's racers," said GNCC Trail Boss Jeff Russell. "We know off-road racers are a dedicated bunch, so we're looking forward to a solid season."
The 2009 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series begins with the Parts Unlimited River Ranch GNCC in River Ranch, Florida, which runs February 18 through March 3. For more information, go to www.gnccracing.com.
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About GNCC Racing: The Can-Am Grand National Cross Country series is America's premier off-road racing series. Founded in 1973, 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 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 Saturday and Thursday on the Versus Network. For more information, please visit 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, held since 1973; The Kawasaki/Monster Energy High Point National in Mount Morris, Pa., held since 1977; The ATV Dirt Days at Loretta Lynn's Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., held 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, held since 1988; The ATV Stampede National Motocross at High Point Raceway, held since 1994; 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, held since 1982. For more information, please visit www.racerproductions.com.