Morgantown, W. Va. (September 6, 2011) - The 2011 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series returns to racing this weekend, September 10 and 11, after a summer break in the schedule. Unadilla Valley Sports Center will play host to round 10 of the series as ATV racers are put to a two-hour test to see who did what over break.
Defending XC1 Champion, Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Chris Borich has swept five of the first eight rounds of racing, creating a twenty-seven-point lead over Warnert Racing Can-Am's Adam McGill. McGill has kept Borich honest this year with two race-wins under his belt and with five rounds of racing to go, the 2011 championship will be a hard fought battle. Don't exclude GT Thunder's Brian Wolf, who also has a race-win this year, accompanied by podium finishes in rounds seven and nine.
Ballance Racing's Taylor Kiser and Warnert Racing's Chris Bithell share a two-point gap for the third place position after eight rounds of racing. Both Kiser and Bithell have finished consistently inside the top five so far and a race-win could boost these guys to the next level as they compete for a national championship position in 2011.
Ballance Racing's Walker Fowler has dominated the XC2 division this season, sweeping all eight races thus far. With time adjustment, Fowler has finished inside the top ten overall all year, while also capturing his first-ever overall win at round seven.
In addition to a panel of youth classes available on both the ATV and bike schedule, the Unadilla GNCC also offers "Pee Wee" classes to kids ages (4-6). This event is uniquely co-sanctioned with the Western New York Offroad Association (WNYOA), featuring several young racers from the Western New York area who are competing for points in their local series in addition to earning points at a national GNCC event.
ATVs will compete throughout the day on Saturday, September 10, with 50cc youth classes beginning at 2 p.m., and dirt bikes will race all day Sunday, September 11. Local riders are invited to race the event as well, as GNCC racing offers classes for riders of all skill and experience levels. The amateur racer entry fee is $40 and riders can sign up at the track.
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.
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 http://www.gnccracing.com.