By: GNCC Racing
MORGANTOWN, W.Va (March 30, 2016) – The 2016 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series presented by Maxxis, an AMA National Championship, is set to continue this weekend with the 16th Annual FMF Steele Creek GNCC. Taking place at the Steele Creek Campground in Morganton, N.C., the Steele Creek GNCC is one of the most popular stops on the 13-round race circuit. N-Fab/Maxxis/AmPro Yamaha/Lonestar/MXP’s Walker Fowler heads into the third round of the year with two wins and a comfortable points lead, but behind him is a whole stack of XC1 Pro riders aiming to halt his success.
Fowler holds a 14-point advantage over the rest of the field after sweeping the first two rounds of the season. However, the reigning champion knows the road to success doesn’t come without a few bumps along the way.
“Steele Creek is just not my track, but my goal is to finish on the podium,” said Fowler. “It’s a very realistic goal, and after getting the first two wins of the season, I know it’s doable. I know I can leave this round with the points lead still in hand.”
Currently sitting tied for second is Coastal Racing/MSR/Maxxis’ Brycen Neal, who is setting himself up for a season-best finish. At the previous round Neal was able to work his way through the pack and earn a podium finish after being tangled up in a first-turn pileup. If Neal can get off to a better start, he may just have what it takes to take home his first-ever overall win.
Following a second-place finish at the previous round, Maxxis/Fly Racing/HMF/Ye Olde Cycle Barn/Suzuki’s Chris Borich is slowly making his way back to the center of the podium. The six-time GNCC champion is known for consistent top finishes at Steele Creek, where he will contend for his first overall win of the 2016 season this Saturday.
CST/LSR/Induction Solutions/DeRisi/SG/Tire Blocks’ Adam McGill is currently tied for fifth with JMR/ATVriders.com-backed Jarrod McClure. After starting the season with a set of top-five finishes, both McGill and McClure will have their eyes set on a podium finish.
Hygear Suspension/Waynesburg Yamaha/FLY Racing/Moto-Xperts/Spider Graphix’s Greg Covert currently leads the points in the XC2 Pro-Am division. The rookie has placed on the podium at every round thus far and holds a seven-point lead over Dillinger’s Celtic Pub & Eatery/GBC Motorsports/Moose Racing’s Marty Christofferson in second and Independent Cycles/Shockworx Motorsports/Variom’s Matthew Lindle in third.
Adult (12+) gate admission is $20 for the full weekend and $10 for kids (6-11), with kids five and under free. Gate admission includes pro pit access and pro autographs at no additional charge. Camping fees are $40 for full-hookup spots, and $20 for primitive camping. Full-hookup campsites are first-come-first-served.
Local racers are invited to compete at this event, as GNCC Racing offers classes for riders of all skill and experience levels. The amateur race entry fee is $40 and riders can sign up at the track.
For a complete schedule of the weekend’s activities, visit the Steele Creek GNCC event page on the series website by clicking here.
Tune in to RacerTV.com on Saturday at 1 p.m. EST to catch LIVE streaming of the Pro ATV race. For more information on GNCC Live coverage visit www.racertv.com.