By: GNCC Racing
MORGANTOWN, W.Va (May 14, 2016) – The sixth round of the 2016 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series presented by Maxxis, an AMA National Championship, took place today, May 14, with the Limestone 100 GNCC in Springville, Ind. With an abundance of rain taking place prior to the race, the track conditions were muddy, creating the ultimate GNCC event. After battling the rough and rugged circumstances it was CST/LSR/Induction Solutions/DeRisi/SG/Tire Blocks’ Adam McGill who crossed the finish line first after making a last-turn pass for the overall win.
Once the green flag waved for the 1 p.m. Pro race it was N-Fab/Maxxis/AmPro Yamaha/Lonestar/MXP’s Walker Fowler who jumped out to the early lead earning himself the $250 Wiseco XC1 Holeshot Award. However, Maxxis/Fly Racing/HMF/Ye Olde Cycle Barn/Suzuki’s Chris Borich was right on his rear tires.
Coastal Racing/MSR/Maxxis-backed Brycen Neal suffered from a dead-last start, but worked his way into third by the time they entered the woods. As they checked through timing and scoring for the first time, Fowler continued to hold the lead with his teammate Cole Richardson following in second and Borich in third.
Fowler continued to lead throughout the second lap, but quickly began to feel the pressure from Borich. While the battle for the lead was shaping up, McGill was busy working his way up from a ninth-place start. By the second lap McGill found himself in the mix for the lead with Fowler and Borich. As the race wore on, Borich finally worked his way around the defending champion Fowler as he led the pack.
“I was riding really cautious with the track conditions,” said Fowler. “The whole race you just had to pick a section and go fast to avoid getting stuck. There were lappers everywhere with lines going all over the place. It was a game of picking and choosing, but luck was on my side and it all paid off today.”
Once the white flag came out, the entire XC1 field stepped up its game. With multiple lead changes between Fowler, Borich and McGill the racing action was nothing short of exciting. Neal was sitting just a few seconds behind in fourth. As the top three came through the pro pits for the last time it was Borich and McGill battling it out for the top spot with Fowler right behind them. Borich wound up heading into a turn too fast and clipping the berm, ultimately flipping him off the quad. McGill saw the open rut and capitalized on Borich’s mistake taking the inside line and the overall win.
“I didn’t actually lead the race until the last lap,” said McGill. “I just had to ride a smart race and my bike setup was just perfect from the tires to the motor. Once Chris’ back end picked up I saw the inside line and just drove it through for the win.”
While Borich was busy getting back on the quad, Fowler and Neal ended up passing him to take the remaining two spots on the podium. Borich recovered to cross the line in fourth.
“There was a three-way battle on the last lap, and I was able to grab the lead around the five-mile marker,” said Borich. “I figured I would be able to keep it from there, but right before the finish I drove it right into the berm and basically flipped the quad and went from first to fourth.”
JMR/ATVriders.com/DWT’s Jarrod McClure crossed the line in fifth with Richardson following in sixth. GBC/HMF/FLY Racing/Yamaha’s Johnny Gallagher had one of his best finishes thus far, with eighth overall, and Show Hauler/Canyon Motorsports/GBC’s Landon Wolfe finished just behind him in ninth overall.
The 1 p.m. race was broadcast live in its entirety on RacerTV.com and can be viewed as archived video online by visiting the GNCC live page online.
The 2016 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series resumes May 28-29 with the Wiseco John Penton GNCC to be held at the popular Sunday Creek Raceway in Millfield, Ohio.