Inaugural Rock Run GNCC Comes to Pennsylvania This Weekend
Top Pros to be at Cernic's Suzuki/KTM Friday before the event
Morgantown, W. Va. - After five rounds of racing, defending champion Chris Borich still tops the ATV point standings in the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series, but not without a fight from the rest of the field. GT Thunder's Brian Wolf took the Indy 100 by storm as he claimed the first win of his XC1 career ahead of normal front-runners Borich, McGill, Bithell and Kiser - marking the third unique winner in the Premier class this year.
Wolf's win came at a fresh course on the circuit, potentially foreshadowing this weekend's Rock Run event - which is also a newly added venue to the 2011 schedule. With no previous experience or expectations, this weekend's new location gives all riders an equal playing field.
"There is always a heightened level of excitement when we go to a new venue on the circuit," said Trail Boss Jeff Russell. "Pennsylvania is local for us and we're always excited to bring riders and fans to our home turf. The rocky terrain always makes for an interesting course and the weekend should be great," Russell added.
Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Chris Borich has been a forceful act in the XC1 class this year. The defending champion continues to implement that last minute burst of speed and more times than not - ultimately pushes himself into the number one spot at the end of the race. Warnert Racing Can-Am's Adam McGill is on fire this year as he sits only 16 points back from the points leader Borich, while teammate Chris Bithell and Ballance Racing's Taylor Kiser head into the weekend tied at 100 points. Brian Wolf now rounds out the fifth spot, 25 points back from the Bithell/Kiser duo.
In the XC2 division, Ballance Racing's Walker Fowler remains ahead of the field by almost 50 points after five rounds of racing. Fowler has the woods dialed in aboard his Yamaha machine, proving to be a tough act to beat in the Lites class. Greg's ATV and Cycle's Gabe Phillips holds a solid second place position, ten points ahead of DeRisi Racing's Eric Hoyland in third. Patrick McGuire and Parker Jones round out the top five point positions.
Traci Cecco, current points leader in the Women's class, along with Johnny Gallagher, Chris Borich and many more will be at Cernic's Suzuki/KTM in Duncansville, Pa., this Friday, May 27 from 5-7 p.m. signing autographs and hanging out with fans. Pennsylvania's Froggy Country music station will be LIVE from Cernic's giving away tickets to the Rock Run GNCC along with signed merchandise from top riders. Don't miss your chance to hang with your favorite riders, have FREE dinner and win tickets and rider merchandise - all in one evening!
Spectator passes run $15 for the full weekend, with pro pit access and pro autographs at no additional charge. On both Saturday and Sunday, youth riders race at 8 a.m., beginner riders race at 10 a.m., and the top amateurs and the pros race at 1 p.m.
To get to the track, turn left onto US 219/Plank/us 219-BR. Stay straight onto Sunset Rd. Turn left onto Main St/PA 36. Turn right onto Thomas Mill Road. Turn left onto St Lawrence Road.
For more information, visit the official series website at www.GNCCRacing.com or call 304-284-0084.
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.