By: GNCC Racing
SNOWSHOE, W.Va. (June 25, 2016) – The 2016 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series presented by Maxxis, an AMA National Championship, continued June 25, with the AMSOIL Snowshoe GNCC held at the popular Snowshoe Mountain Resort in West Virginia. “America’s toughest race” lived up to its nickname after an abundant amount of rain fell in the days prior to the race, creating slick and muddy conditions for the world’s fastest off-road ATV racers.
With the unique live-engine start modeled after the famed Blackwater 100 race, Maxxis/Fly Racing/HMF/Ye Olde Cycle Barn/Suzuki’s Chris Borich found himself in a favorable position and led the way into the woods. Once they checked through timing and scoring for the first time, Fast Traxx/Wolf Racing’s Brian Wolf had taken over and was running in the lead position.
However, CST/LSR/Induction Solutions/DeRisi/SG/Tire Blocks’ Adam McGill moved into the lead by the conclusion of the second lap with N-Fab/Maxxis/AmPro Yamaha/Lonestar/MXP’s Walker Fowler on his back tires.
While following McGill, Fowler got stuck and dropped back to sixth place. This allowed JMR/ATVriders.com/DWT’s Jarrod McClure to slide into second. By the third lap, Coastal Racing/MSR/Maxxis’ Brycen Neal had swapped positions for second place.
N-Fab/Maxxis/AmPro Yamaha/Lonestar/MXP’s Cole Richardson started off in seventh, but slowly worked his way throughout the pack. Richardson’s consistency proved to be one of the biggest benefits of the entire race.
Neal had a quick sprint in the lead position during the white flag until McGill recovered and took back the lead. McGill held the lead position throughout the last lap, where he saw the checkered flag first and took the win in front of his hometown friends and family.
Fowler was able to come back from sixth to land a spot on the podium in second and Richardson made a much anticipated podium appearance in third overall. Borich scored a top-five finish with fourth overall and Neal followed in fifth. McClure crossed the line in sixth and Show Hauler/Canyon Motorsports/GBC’s Landon Wolfe placed eighth overall.
The 1 p.m. ATV Pro race was broadcast LIVE in its entirety on RacerTV.com and can be viewed as archived video online by visiting the GNCC LIVE page.
The 2016 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series continues in the fall, September 10-11, with the Parts Unlimited Unadilla GNCC at the popular Unadilla MX in New Berlin, N.Y.