Borich Tops Muddy Acerbis Loretta Lynn GNCC
Gabe Phillips wins XC2 class
Photo By: Shan MooreHurricane Mills, TN (April 24, 2010) - The Acerbis Loretta Lynn GNCC in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee was wet and muddy after an all-day rain pummeled central Tennessee, however, the racing couldn't have been more exciting, as Chris Borich emerged from a four-rider battle to make a last-lap pass to claim his fourth win of this year's Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series.
Chris Borich took his fourth win at Loretta Lynn's.
Borich grabbed the $250 Motorcycle-USA.comHoleshot Award to start the race, putting his Yoshimura Suzuki at the front of a tightly-packed group that included Ballance Racing/Yamaha's Taylor Kiser, Warnert Can-Am's Adam McGill and Yamaha rider Don Ockerman. For most of the first lap the front-runners played it safe, checking out lines and waiting for someone to make a mistake. McGill got tired of the game, however, and made a move near the end of the opening lap, taking the point and leading Borich, Kiser and teammate Chris Bithell across the finish line to complete the opening lap.
"I just had to start making some moves," said McGill. "That first lap was pretty much total chaos. It was just a freight train out there, nobody wanted to pass, and so I just made a move."
Photo By: Shan MooreBorich dropped back even further when he stopped for goggles, but as he has done so may times before, the defending series champ was able to fight his way back to the front on the final lap.
Taylor Kiser finished fourth.
"I worked back up behind McGill, and I picked a line that he looked like he was going right and then he came back the other way and we kind of came together and I was able to get around him," said Borich.
All Borich had to do from there was hold off the feisty McGill. In the end, Borich did just that, crossing the finish line with just three seconds to spare over McGill to take a thrilling win.
"It's great to get another win, and I had a lot of fun battling these guys," said Borich. "I got the holeshot and led most of the first lap, it seemed like nobody wanted to pass so I was the guinea pig going up the hills, but it all worked out."
McGill claimed his best finish of the year with the runner-up finish, and was pleased to have led the race at one point.
"It was crazy out there," said McGill. "Someone would go up a hill and the mud would fill in the ruts and you couldn't tell how deep they were, so it was kind of scary, but it was good to get out front and be in the hunt."
Photo By: Shan MooreOckerman rounded out the podium for his best finish of the year, as well.
Adam McGill got his best finish of the year.
"I'm excited," said Ockerman. "This makes it worth cleaning up after a mud race."
Fourth place went to Kiser, who ran in second for most of the race, but slid over a berm on the last lap and dropped down the order.
"Me and Borich were riding together for most of the race, but on the last lap Donnie [Ockerman] and Adam [McGill] got by me on a better line," said Kiser. "I got back by Donnie and I caught Adam and then a couple of lines merged and he got in front of me and I got into him a little bit and it threw me over a berm."
Despite finishing off the podium, Kiser still sits in second overall in the series standings, 22 points behind Borich.
Fifth place in the XC1 division went to Bicknell, Indiana Honda rider Ryan Lane, ahead of Yamaha rider Johnny Gallagher. Yamaha riders Brandon Sommers and Jeffrey Pickens were seventh and eighth, while Sloan Jackson (Hon) and Todd Demaree (Suz) rounded out the top 10.
After five races, Borich tops the standings with 145 points, followed by Kiser with 123 and McGill with 93.
Photo By: Shan MooreIn the XC2 race, series points leader Brian Wolf grabbed the $100 Motorcycle-USA.comholeshot award on his HMF Honda, but a derailed chain on the first lap spoiled the Ohio riders chances for a third win of the year. In the meantime, a bevy of Yamaha riders took advantage of the situation, with Gabe Phillips coming out on top of a three-way battle with Eric Hoyland and Kevin Yoho to take his first-ever win.
Kevin Yoho gets the jump at the start but Brian Wolf got the holeshot.
"I honestly didn't know where I was running, but I ended up taking the lead with about three miles left to go," said Phillips. "Hoyland and Yoho were in front of me and I got them up a hill - I took a better line and got the lead."
Another Yamaha rider, Walker Fowler, was fourth, with FRE/KTM's Josh Kirkland in fifth and Yamaha rider Mark Notman in sixth. Ian Laufersweiler rode a Honda to seventh, with Suzuki rider Blake Kramer finishing eighth ahead of Honda riders Nathan Beyers and Michael Lancaster.
The win moved Phillips into fifth position in the XC2 series standings; meanwhile Wolf still maintains the points lead despite his DNF.
Photo By: Shan MooreIn the morning race, Dave Simmons once again won the GT Thunder ATV Amateur $100 Overall Award after battling for much of the race with Yamaha rider Traci Cecco and FRE KTM's Angel Atwell.
Hoyland, Phillips, and Yoho on the XC2 podium.
Cecco finished second overall and won the Women's class, while Atwell was third overall and second in the Women's division. Atwell led Cecco until the two entered the motocross track for the final time, at which point Cecco passed Atwell to win the division.
"It was so muddy you couldn't tell who you were battling with but it was great fun racing with Dave and Angel up and down the hills," Cecco said of the race.
Racing resumes tomorrow at the Acerbis Loretta Lynn's GNCC, with a full slate of motorcycle classes.
1. Chris Borich (Suz)
2. Adam McGill (CAN)
3. Don Ockerman (Yam)
4. Taylor Kiser (Yam)
5. Ryan Lane (Hon)
6. Johnny Gallagher (Yam)
7. Brandon Sommers (Yam)
8. Jeffrey Pickens (Yam)
9. Sloan Jackson (Hon)
10. Todd Demaree (Suz)
1. Chris Borich (145/4 wins)
2. Taylor Kiser (123/1 win)
3. Adam McGill (93)
4. Don Ockerman (73)
5. Jeffrey Pickens (72)
6. Bryan Cook (69)
7. Johnny Gallagher (67)
8. Chris Bithell (66)
9. Bill Ballance (58)
10. Brandon Sommers (54)
1. Gabe Phillips (Yam)
2. Eric Hoyland (Yam)
3. Kevin Yoho (Yam)
4. Walker Fowler (Yam)
5. Josh Kirkland (KTM)
6. Mark Notman (Yam)
7. Ian Laufersweiler (Hon)
8. Blake Kramer (Suz)
9. Nathan Beyers (Hon)
10. Michael Lancaster (Hon)
1. Brian Wolf (110/2 wins)
2. Kevin Yoho (101)
3. Walker Fowler (95/2 wins)
4. Josh Kirkland (92)
5. Gabe Phillips (88/1 win)
6. Parker Jones (68)
7. Eric Hoyland (66)
8. Blake Kramer (63)
9. Dustin Canipe (59)
10. Mark Notman (54)
MotorcycleUSA.com $250 XC1 holeshot - Chris Borich
MotorcycleUSA.com $100 XC2 holeshot - Brian Wolf
GT Thunder - Dave Simmons
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 1,800 riders through tracks ranging in length from eight to 12 miles, competing for more than $3 million in prizes. With varied terrain, including hills, woods, mud, dirt, rocks and motocross sections, GNCC events are tests of both survival and speed. For more information, please visit www.gnccracing.com.