St. Clairsville, OH (October 1, 2009)-Now that Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Chris Borich has clinched the 2009 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series Championship, other riders looking to take the championship will instead be gunning for wins.
Borich could decide to take it easy the last two rounds of the series, and riders like FRE KTM's Adam McGill, previous Defending Champion Bill Ballance and Yamaha's Taylor Kiser will hope to grab the last two wins of the season.
McGill, Kiser and Ballance have been some of Borich's toughest competition through the season and all three will have a particular reason to try to nab a win before the season is over. McGill has yet to take home a win but has been close several times. McGill and Borich dueled at the Can-Am Unadilla GNCC most recently, and McGill almost took a win home that day. Then again, at the Moose Racing Yadkin Valley stomp, he was just seconds behind Borich around the last turn. McGill is determined to take a win home and with just two races left, he will be sure to make a wide open charge to the finish line before his time runs out.
Nine-time-GNCC Champion Ballance lost the championship for the first time in a decade when Borich won last weekend at Yadkin Valley. Ballance has steadily improved as the season has progressed and has been on the podium for the past three races. These last two rounds may help Ballance determine whether or not he will return next year for a chance to reclaim the championship, especially if he ends the season with two wins.
And then Kiser, who had the best chance of toppling Borich's championship dreams, hasn't had a win since the first round in Florida. If Borich's guard is down these last two races, or if he decides to take it easier, these three will be sure to make an out-and-out run to the finish line making for exciting action to the end.
Yamaha's Brandon Sommers and Houser Racing's Bryan Cook will also be looking to take home wins now that they no longer have to worry about taking the championship. Sommers has yet to win a race and Cook hasn't been on the podium since his spectacular win at Steele Creek, but he has been close a number of times, and bides his time in fourth.
They have two rounds in order to make their final bids before the season ends.
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.
The track is located at Exit 213 off Ohio I-70. Take Route 331 N. just a few yards and make a right onto Hammond Rd for approximately 1 mile. Then left at Lee Road for another one-half mile. Track is on the right. Track is roughly 15 miles west of Wheeling, WV.
For more information, check out 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 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, 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.
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 facilities and events includes the 13-round Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series, since 1973; professional and amateur national events at High Point Raceway in Mount Morris, Pennsylvania, since 1977; and professional and amateur ATV events at Loretta Lynn's Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. For more information, please visit www.racerproductions.com.