By: GNCC Racing
MORGANTOWN, W.Va (May 28, 2016) – The AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series presented by Maxxis, an AMA National Championship, continued today, May 28, in the Buckeye State with the 27th Annual Wiseco John Penton GNCC held at the popular Sunday Creek Raceway in Millfield, Ohio. After facing hot and humid conditions for the first time this season, it was N-Fab/Maxxis/AmPro Yamaha/Lonestar/MXP’s Walker Fowler taking the overall win. Maxxis/Fly Racing/HMF/Ye Olde Cycle Barn/Suzuki’s Chris Borich and Coastal Racing/MSR/Maxxis’ Brycen Neal battled it out until the very end to round out the overall podium in second and third.
Once the green flag waved on the seventh round of the GNCC circuit, it was Maxxis/Fly Racing/HMF/Ye Olde Cycle Barn/Suzuki’s Chris Borich who found himself in a favorable position and earned the $250 Wiseco XC1 Holeshot Award, but he was accompanied by Fowler, who essentially led the way into the Ohio woods. Fowler capitalized on the early lead and quickly pulled away from the rest of the pack by over 30 seconds once they checked through timing and scoring for the first time.
CST/LSR/Induction Solutions/DeRisi/SG/Tire Blocks’ Adam McGill had moved into second at the conclusion of the first lap. While Fowler maintained the lead, McGill slowly started gaining on the defending champion throughout the first half of the race.
With Fowler and McGill off in the distance, N-Fab/Maxxis/AmPro Yamaha/Lonestar/MXP’s Cole Richardson was in the mix for third with Neal and Borich. The three continued the close racing throughout the entire two-hour race.
Once Fowler took the white flag he found himself being pushed by McGill, who was just a few seconds behind. McGill ended up getting stuck around the three-mile marker, where Fowler would lead the way to the finish claiming his fourth win of the season.
“I ended up getting caught up with a lapper and had to go back down the hill in order to try and get back up the hill climb,” said McGill. “Once I got to the bottom my quad wouldn’t start and a fan was able to lend a hand and help me get it started again.”
Unfortunately Richardson ended up suffering from a mechanical issue on the last lap, ultimately taking him out of a podium contention where he ended up finishing ninth in XC1 Pro and 17th overall.
While Fowler crossed the finish line first, Borich and Neal continued the fight, but now for second and third with McGill and Richardson out of the race. Once they hit the famed Sunday Creek Motocross track, the two exchanged positions back and forth, with Borich taking the last double jump with an extra boost to cross the line in second with Neal following in third overall.
McGill ended up rebounding to finish just off the podium in fourth. Show Hauler/Canyon Motorsports/GBC’s Landon Wolfe landed his first top-five finish of the season in fifth, with Precision/Axis/Maxxis-backed Jay Shadron having an equally impressive ride in sixth.
Right after the conclusion of the 1 p.m. Pro race, the action continued with UTV racing. Can-Am/Chaney Racing/CT Race Worx/Maxxis/Fox Shocks’ Kyle Chaney returned to his winning ways, taking gold at the conclusion of the hour-long race. JB Off-Road/Can-Am’s Tim Farr put forth his best effort to finish second with Can-Am/DWT/Houser Racing/Elka Suspension/HMF’s Cody Miller crossing the line in third.
The 1 p.m. ATV Pro race and 4 p.m. UTV race were broadcast live in their 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 with round eight June 11-12 with the Dunlop Tomahawk GNCC at the Seneca Highland in Odessa, N.Y.