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Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Chris Borich scored a hard fought fifth-place finish on Saturday at the Steele Creek GNCC – round three of the 2011 ATV Grand National Cross Series in Morganton, NC.

In typical Borich fashion, the Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider worked his Suzuki QuadRacer R450 up through the pack to take over the lead on the last lap of the XC1 class event. Unfortunately, with about a mile to go, a mechanical issue slowed Borich and he ended up crossing the line in fifth position.

“On the last lap, I managed to get the lead; my Suzuki was running great and I was riding smooth,” said Borich. “I had the lead until about a mile to go, but then I had a mechanical issue and had to end up settling for fifth. All in all, it was a pretty good day except for the end. I was able to get a few points with a fifth and I still have the points lead, so we’ll just have to get ‘em at the next one.”

So far, Borich, the reigning ATV XC1 champion, has piloted his Suzuki QuadRacer R450 to two victories and one fifth-place finish in the 2011 GNCC series.

Borich will carry a five-point lead in the series standings into the fourth round of the series at the Big Buck GNCC in Union, SC on April 9th.

Steele Creek GNCC ATV XC1 Class Results:

1. Adam McGill
2. Chris Bithell
3. Jarrod McClure
4. Taylor Kiser
5. Chris Borich
6. Brian Wolf
7. Brian Cook
8. Donald Ockerman
9. Johnny Gallagher
10. Jeffrey Pickens

2011 GNCC ATV XC1 Class Standings:

1. Chris Borich – 76
2. Chris Bithell – 71
3. Adam McGill – 69
4. Taylor Kiser – 61
5. Jarrod McClure – 52
6. Bryan Cook – 43
7. Johnny Gallagher – 40
8. Donald Ockerman – 39
9. Kevin Yoho – 34
10. Brian Wolf – 33

About Suzuki: Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC) founded The Motorcycle and ATV Division of American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC), Brea, CA, in 1963. ASMC markets motorcycles and ATVs via an extensive dealer network throughout 49 states. ASMC’s parent company, Suzuki Motor Corporation, based in Hamamatsu, Japan, is a diversified worldwide manufacturer of motorcycles, ATVs, scooters, automobiles and marine engines. Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, it has 120 distributors in 191 countries.

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