The following press release is from GNCC Racing:
CRAWFORDSVILLE, Indiana—The Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series presented by Specialized, an AMA National Championship, concluded round six, Hoosier GNCC, yesterday on Sunday, May 8 at Ironman Raceway. After some slick conditions on Saturday due to rain earlier in the week, Sunday’s weather conditions were near perfect as temperatures remained somewhat cool and the partly cloudy.
As the XC1 Open Pro class took off it was FMF/KTM Factory Racing’s Josh Toth grabbing the $250 All Balls Racing Holeshot Award. However, it would not take long for his teammate, FMF/KTM Factory Racing’s Benjamin Kelley to make his way into the lead position. Kelley would continue to lead the way for the duration of the race, crossing the finish line to earn his sixth-straight win of the season.
“It was a solid race,” Kelley said in a KTM press release. “I've been getting good starts and it's just clicking right now. I’m riding good and having fun doing it. I'm just having to push at a comfortable pace to stay focused out there and hit my marks. We've been training hard and it's paying off, I'm really happy with the progression. I have a refreshing outlook this year and I'm just trying to enjoy it. As long as I put in a solid race and do the best I can, I'm happy. It’s pretty cool to have more consecutive wins than Kailub Russell, he’s the one helping me get here this year, and hopefully we can keep it going.”
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Trevor Bollinger made his way up to second overall after starting the day off back in sixth. Bollinger would steadily battle his way up through the pack, making a last lap pass on Toth for second overall in Indiana.
“I'm glad to be back up here on the box,” Bollinger said. “I feel good and my bike is getting better every week. I was healthy all last year and I was able to carry it over into this year and just build. I think I'm finally back to where I was. I was in that last lap and I fell but I just kept plugging away and luckily, I was able to make it happen. It was a good day.”
Holding onto the last podium position was FMF/KTM Factory Racing’s Josh Toth after earning some extra cash for grabbing the holeshot. Toth would remain second for the majority of the race, but he would be unable to hold off a hard-charging Bollinger on the last lap of the race. Toth continued to push, but he would be unable to make the pass back. He would hold onto third on the day.
“I pulled the holeshot and got out front early on but it was super tricky because there were so many lines and a wide track, so I just did the best I could,” said Toth. “I knew Ben had some good lines so I let him by and just followed him. We picked up the pace and worked together to try and pull away from the guys. I had just a few mistakes later in the race - I took a hard hit and that knocked the wind out of my sails and then on the very last lap, I got stuck in a rut and Trevor went by. It's frustrating to lose second but overall, I'm really pumped on the day.”
Earning fourth on the day was Magna1 Motorsports/Husqvarna’s Jordan Ashburn as he battled back and forth inside the top five throughout the race. Ashburn continued to push, making a pass on the last lap for that fourth place position. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Craig Delong came back to round out the top five finishers on the day.
“I kind of had a slow start and struggled with some arm pump in the beginning,” DeLong said. “I think I was back to seventh. I got rid of the arm pump and started riding good. I caught the little group in front of me and stayed there for three-quarters of the race. I had fourth there on the last lap and Jordan ran me down. I tried to hold them off there at the end, but he got me with a couple miles to go.”
Babbitt’s Online/Monster Energy/Kawasaki Team Green’s Josh Strang returned to racing after injuring his arm in Florida. Strang would battle back in ninth for the first couple of laps but would begin to make his way through the pack for the second half of the race. After running up in third for the start of the race AmPro Yamaha’s Layne Michael found himself back to seventh with three laps remaining. Michael would try to continue to push, but he would be unable to make up any ground on the competitors in front of him.
Coastal GasGas Factory Racing’s Ricky Russell battled back to finish eighth in XC1, with Rev Motorsports/GasGas Racing’s Grant Baylor coming through ninth. Justin Ashburn would come through in tenth on the opening lap, but he would suffer a mechanical issue.
In the XC2 250 Pro class it was Babbitt’s Online/Monster Energy/Kawasaki Team Green’s Lyndon Snodgrass earning his second win of the season. Snodgrass continues to lead the way in the points standings after six rounds of racing.
RPM/KTM Racing’s Angus Riordan made his second appearance on the XC2 podium this season after coming through to earn second in the class. Riordan also grabbed the STACYC Holeshot Award to start the day. Tely Energy/KTM Racing’s Liam Draper put in his best ride of the season thus far with a third place position on the day in Indiana.
In the FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am class it was Husqvarna/Fly Racing/Coppersmith Racing’s Jake Froman would earn his first win of the season as he led the race for the duration of the three-hours. Motorcycle Enthusiast Inc/Moose Racing/MX Tech’s Hunter Neuwirth came back from a fifth place start to the day to finish second in the class as Carolina XC/Moose Racing/XC Gear’s Zack Hayes rounded out the FMF XC3 class podium.
Bubz Tasha would bring home the Top Amateur honors with a 18th place overall finish, and a win in the 250 A class. Jason Tino and Trevor Maley rounded out the top three Top Amateurs and top three finishers in the 250 A class. Tino would come through 22nd overall, and Maley 23rd overall.
As the 10 a.m. race got underway it was Trail Jesters KTM’s Korie Steede jumping off the line and grabbing the $100 Trail Jesters WXC Hoelshot Award and the early lead as they headed into the woods. Steede would be met with a battle from Fly Racing/FMF Racing/KTM Racing’s Brandy Richards as she made the pass for the lead on the second lap. Richards would continue to lead for the next couple of laps before Steede would make a last lap pass on Richards for the win. Steede continues to hold onto the points lead after six rounds of racing in 2022. AmPro Yamaha’s Rachael Archer battled her way up to third in WXC and would remain there for the duration of the race.
During the 8 a.m. youth race it was Nicholas DeFeo coming through to earn his sixth consecutive overall win and YXC1 Super Mini Sr. class win. Peyton Feather would come through to earn second overall and in YXC1 while Ryan Amancio earned third overall and YXC2 Super Mini Jr. class win. Van Gosselin rounded out the top three finishers in YXC1, while Brody Amos and Cade Staats rounded out the YXC2 top three.
Canyon Richards would earn the 85 (12-13) class win, while Ryder Sigety earned the 85 Big Wheel (12-15) class win. In the 85 (7-11) class Nash Peerson took home the win, while Travis Lentz earned the 65 (10-11) class win. Hunter Jones battled back to take the 65 (7-8) class win, with Karson George earning the 65 (9) victory. The Girls Sr. class win was earned by Addison Harris, while Aubrey Tsakanikas earned the Girls Jr. class win. Lane Vincent tried his hand at GNCC Racing and earned the trail rider win.
The next round of racing will take place on May 21-22 in Millfield, Ohio with The Wiseco John Penton GNCC. This event will host the fourth round of Specialized Turbo eMTB racing, as well as KTM Youth Day activities and more. Click HERE to find out more.
For more information on the GNCC series, visit the official website at www.gnccracing.com or call (304) 284-0084. Join the conversation on the series Facebook page, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and be sure to always hashtag #GNCC.
Hoosier Results and Points Standings
Round 6 (of 13)—Hoosier GNCC—Crawfordsville, Indiana
|1||Ben Kelley||02:59:00.958||Harwinton, CT||KTM|
|2||Trevor Bollinger||03:02:47.496||Morganton, NC||Husqvarna|
|3||Josh Toth||03:03:11.039||Winstead, CT||KTM|
|4||Jordan Ashburn||03:03:21.279||Cookeville, TN||Husqvarna|
|5||Craig Delong||03:03:23.350||Morgantown, PA||Husqvarna|
|8||Layne Michael||03:07:27.899||Fairmont, WV||Yamaha|
|9||Angus Riordan||03:08:05.176||Woodland, CA||KTM|
|2||Angus Riordan||03:08:05.176||Woodland, CA||KTM|
|4||Ryder Lafferty||03:09:41.570||Millville, NJ||GasGas|
|5||Cody J Barnes||03:10:26.158||Sterling, IL||Honda|
|6||Thorn Devlin||03:11:52.551||Tamaqua, PA||Husqvarna|
|9||Simon J Johnson||03:13:17.099||Bennington, VT||KTM|
|10||Michael Witkowski||03:15:19.218||North Liberty, IN||Yamaha|
|1||Jake Froman||03:19:53.806||Lynnville, IN||Husqvarna|
|2||Hunter Neuwirth||03:20:25.917||Plantation, FL||KTM|
|3||Zack Hayes||03:20:59.577||Sumter, SC||KTM|
|4||Max Fernandez||02:58:12.290||Ottsville, PA||GasGas|
|5||Dakoda Devore||02:58:46.977||Uhrichsville, OH||KTM|
|6||Brody Johnson||03:01:47.331||Landrum, SC||Husqvarna|
|7||Jason Lipscomb||03:03:31.739||Parkersburg, WV||Beta|
|8||Eli Childers||03:13:04.280||Hickory, NC||Yamaha|
|9||Chase P Gosselin||03:13:30.890||Pownal, VT||KTM|
|10||Dominick Morse||00:28:41.680||Newark Valley, NY||Husqvarna|
|1||Korie Steede||02:06:29.460||Beloit, OH||KTM|
|5||Shelby A Turner||02:15:45.892||Barons, AB||KTM|
|6||Mackenzie Tricker||02:18:11.816||Travelers Rest, SC||KTM|
|7||Prestin Raines||02:21:49.659||Travelers Rest, SC||Yamaha|
|8||Kayla Oneill||02:36:50.559||Greenwood Lake, NY||Kawasaki|
|9||Marina Cancro||02:37:10.638||Huntington, NY||Yamaha|
|10||Jocelyn Barnes||01:59:26.050||Equinunk, PA||Kawasaki|
|1||Ben Kelley||Harwinton, CT||180|
|2||Jordan Ashburn||Cookeville, TN||115|
|3||Trevor Bollinger||Morganton, NC||114|
|4||Craig Delong||Morgantown, PA||102|
|6||Josh Toth||Winstead, CT||77|
|7||Michael Witkowski||North Liberty, IN||62|
|9||Grant Baylor||Belton, SC||53|
|10||Ryder Lafferty||Millville, NJ||48|
|2||Michael Witkowski||North Liberty, IN||129|
|3||Ryder Lafferty||Millville, NJ||102|
|5||Angus Riordan||Woodland, CA||92|
|7||Cody J Barnes||Sterling, IL||79|
|8||Jack Edmondson||Waynesburg, PA||72|
|9||Thorn Devlin||Tamaqua, PA||72|
|10||Jonathan Johnson||Landrum, SC||66|
|1||Zack Hayes||Sumter, SC||151|
|2||Hunter Neuwirth||Plantation, FL||128|
|3||Brody Johnson||Landrum, SC||126|
|4||Jake Froman||Lynnville, IN||110|
|5||Max Fernandez||Ottsville, PA||94|
|6||Dominick Morse||Newark Valley, NY||83|
|7||Jason Lipscomb||Parkersburg, WV||72|
|8||Brenden J Poling||Grafton, WV||72|
|9||Dakoda Devore||Uhrichsville, OH||67|
|10||Eli Childers||Hickory, NC||63|
|1||Korie Steede||Beloit, OH||152|
|4||Shelby A Turner||Barons, AB||106|
|5||Prestin Raines||Travelers Rest, SC||93|
|6||Sheryl B Hunter||Jericho, VT||72|
|7||Jocelyn Barnes||Equinunk, PA||72|
|8||Taylor Johnston||Buskirk, NY||64|
|9||Marina Cancro||Huntington, NY||64|
|10||Kayla Oneill||Greenwood Lake, NY||56|