Coming off a nearly perfect season in 2010, Chris Borich came into the 2011 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country series with one thing on his mind: defending his title.
The Yoshimura Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider picked up right where he left off, taking home the first victory of the year last weekend in the XC1 Class.
Chris Borich started the year off with a win.The second round of GNCC racing heads to the Maxxis General at Aonia Pass MX in Washington, Ga. this weekend, March 12-13. The field evens back out this weekend, as it is a new course with completely different terrain.
Instead of the whooped-out, rough sand track the riders so gruelingly experienced last week, the red clay-based General will be slated with thick woods, creek crossings and tight pine sections.
If anyone is relishing another shot at a win, it’s Warnert Racing Can-Am Foremost Insurance’s Adam McGill. The West Virginian led a majority of the six-lap race until a fence wrapped around his bike, flipping him over the bars.
Borich made his way around a fallen McGill to take over the lead on the last lap with Yamaha mounted Taylor Kiser and Chris Bithell aboard his Can-Am close behind.
FRE KTM’s Bryan Cook started the race off strong as he led the first lap in front of McGill, Borich and the rest of the field. Cook rode on to finish in the fifth spot behind McGill, who got up in time to capture the fourth place spot.
This weekend’s event will begin on Saturday, March 12 with ATV and UTV racing, with bikes racing on Sunday. Local riders are invited to race the event, as GNCC racing offers classes for riders of all skill and experience levels. Riders can sign up at the track. The amateur racer entry fee is $40 and riders can sign up at the track.
Taylor Kiser was a solid second in Florida.Spectator passes run $15 for a weekend pass. Children five and under are admitted free. 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. On Saturday only, UTV vehicles will race at 4:30 p.m.
To get to the track, take Hwy 223 until it dead-ends with Hwy 78 (roughly 12-15 miles). Turn right on Hwy 78. The General is 2.5 miles down on your right (look for the big Aonia Pass Motoplex sign).
For more information, check out the official series website at www.GNCCRacing.com or call 304-284-0084.