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America’s Largest Off-Road Motorcycle and ATV Racing Series
Travels to Broome County September 15 and 16
Local Racers Line Up to Compete Against The Nation’s Best Racers
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (September 6, 2018) – America’s largest off-road motorcycle and ATV racing series travels to Broome County next weekend, September 15 and 16, for the inaugural Parts Unlimited Black Sky GNCC to be held in Harpursville, New York. The event serves as round ten of the 2018 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series, an AMA National Championship.
As the first of two new stops on the GNCC schedule in 2018, the Black Sky GNCC is looking to become a favorite for riders and fans alike. With a mix of fast, flowing trails, tight and technical sections, this course will ultimately consist of a little something for all riders.
Over 1,400 racers are expected to compete at the Black Sky GNCC and the event will draw several thousand spectators from the surrounding community, as well as all over the U.S., ultimately bringing an estimated $1.3 million in revenue to Broome County and the surrounding areas. Riders will compete on highly tuned dirt bikes and four-wheeled ATVs, and the race will include top talent, such as U.S. National Champions and World Champions from Europe and Australia.
The event also offers great opportunity for local racers to showcase their talents in front of their hometown crowd. New York native, Devon Feehan, will ultimately be a rider to keep an eye on throughout the weekend. Feehan hails from nearby Windsor, N.Y., a mere 20 minutes south of Harpursville. On Saturday, Feehan will compete in the XC1 Pro class where he is currently ranked seventh in the points championship. This is Feehan’s rookie year in the XC1 Pro class, after earning the XC2 Pro-Am National Championship in 2017. Feehan has placed inside the top 10 at eight out of nine events thus far in the season, but he is looking to crack into the top five for the second time this season at his hometown race.
Also competing Saturday in the ATV WXC division will be Kara Short of Windsor, New York. Short is currently ranked fifth, but she is hoping to improve her standings at her hometown race. Fellow WXC racer, and New York native, Katelyn Osburn is hoping to claim her third win of the season and earn valuable points as she currently sits second in the championship standings.
Racing Sunday in the premier motorcycle Pro race will be current overall points leader and five-time GNCC National Champion, Kailub Russell. The FMF/KTM Factory Racing team member has already earned a win in New York this season, when the series visited Odessa for the Tomahawk GNCC. K. Russell will be looking to take home his eight win of the season while also extending his points lead on Sunday, September 16.
Sitting 54 points behind K. Russell in second is Rockstar Energy Factory Husqvarna Racing’s Thad Duvall. Thus far in the season, Duvall has earned two wins but he is looking to earn his third in the Empire State on Sunday, September 16. Also, New York native, JoJo Bowden will be looking to take his fifth win of the season in the highly-competitive 250 A class in front of his family and friends.
Local racers expected to compete next Saturday on ATVs will be: Devon Feehan (XC1 Pro), Mason Harrington (50 Jr 4-6), Marty Christofferson (XC1 Pro), Greg Covert (XC1 Pro), Steven Covert (XC2 Pro-Am), Boedy Lamoreaux (College A 16-21), Zachary Dean (XC2 Pro-Am), Dylan Hagerman (College B 16-21), Morgan Downing (Women), Madison Harrington (Girls 8-15), Greg Fruchtel (Masters 50+), Myrakle Ray (Micro XC1 7-9), Hunter Hart (XC2 Pro-Am), Coedy Lamoreaux (College A 16-21), David Nappo (Vet B 30+), Mickey Nickels (College A 16-21), Katelyn Osburn (WXC), Ivo Paljevic (35+ C), Kara Short (WXC), Tim Stuber (Masters 50+), and Brooke Williams (70 CVT & Micro XC1).
Also expected to compete next weekend on motorcycles will be Paul Best (65cc 10-11), Jojo Bowden (250 A), Jordan Burnette (200 C 16+), Hunter Cleveland (200 B), Toby Cleveland (YXC2 Super Mini Jr.), Colby Davis (200 B), Todd Cameron (Senior C 40+), Minnie Hansen (Women C), Jeffrey Hart (Super Senior A 45+), Kevin Cotton (250 B), Bryon Ivett (Masters C 50+), Frank Messina (Senior A 40+), Kevin Monahan (Golden Masters 60+), Robert Monticup (Super Senior B 45+), Cody Nappo (YXC1 Super Mini Sr.), Scott Phelps (Super Senior A 45+) and Seth Vandermeer (250 C Jr. 25+).
On Friday, September 14, our On-Track School program will be heading to CR Weeks Elementary School in Windsor, New York at 2:15 p.m. with help from WXC racers, Tayla Jones and Mackenzie Tricker plus local ATV pro riders, Hunter Hart and Devon Feehan. The GNCC Racing On-Track Program is a free school program that focuses on goal setting, perseverance, motorcycle safety and anti-bullying. The presentation is centered around the ideas taught in school, but the message is delivered to students in a new and unique way making it a hit with the crowd!
Then Friday evening at 6 p.m. the second Fantic eMTB race will take place at 6 p.m. and feature seven classes with no pre-qualifying: Pro, Schoolboy (12-18), Junior (19-29), Vet (30-39), Senior (40-49), Masters (50+) and Women. The entry fee is $30 Transponder scoring will be used; transponders can be rented or purchased at the events.
Four-wheeled ATVs will compete throughout the day on Saturday, September 15. Youth ATV racing begins at 8 a.m., followed by amateurs, 4x4 Pro and Women at 10 a.m., and the top amateurs and pros race at 1 p.m. Following Saturday’s afternoon race will be 50cc Micro racing taking place at 4:30 p.m.
On Sunday, September 16, the motorcycles will take to the woods of New York following the same race schedule of youth racing action starting the day off at 8 a.m., women and amateur riders race at 10 a.m. and the pros and top amateurs will start at 1 p.m.
All local riders are invited and encouraged to compete in the event, as GNCC Racing offers classes for riders of all skill and experience levels. The amateur race entry fee is $50, and riders can sign up at the track or pre-enter. To learn more about GNCC Racing, refer to the GNCC 101 webpage.
Spectator passes run $20 for adults and $10 for children (6-11), and kids five and under are free for the full weekend (Friday through Sunday), with pro pit access and pro autographs at no additional charge.
The 1 p.m. pro races will be broadcast LIVE on the Internet via RacerTV on www.racertv.com both days. A highlight show featuring the event will air on NBC Sports Network on Saturday, November 10 at 3:00 p.m.
For more information on the GNCC series, visit the official website at www.gnccracing.com or call (304) 284-0084. Join the conversation on the series social media channels, along with receiving the most up-to-date news and exclusive content.
About GNCC Racing
The AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series is America's premier off-road racing series. Founded in 1975, the 13-round championship is produced exclusively by Racer Productions. Cross-country racing is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. The grueling three-hour GNCC races lead as many as 2,400 riders through tracks ranging in length from eight to 12 miles. With varied terrain, including hills, woods, mud, dirt, rocks and motocross sections, GNCC events are tests of both survival and speed. The series draws talent from all over the U.S., Central America, South America, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. GNCC Racing is televised weekly on NBC Sports and RacerTV.com. For more information, please visit www.gnccracing.com.
How to Watch
Racer TV and NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) are the official homes for coverage of the AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) events. All 13 rounds, from the season opening Big Buck GNCC in South Carolina to the finale at Ironman Raceway in Indiana, will air in 30-minue; taped-delayed telecasts on NBCSN, while Racer TV provides live streaming coverage of the 1 p.m. ATV and motorcycle races from each event, in addition to the six UTV rounds. Catch all the action at http://www.nbcsports.com/ and http://www.racertv.com/.
About the American Motorcyclist Association
Founded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world's largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders' interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year. The AMA also provides money-saving discounts on products and services for its members. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com. Not a member? Join the AMA today: www.americanmotorcyclist.com/membership/join.