The Bulldog: ATV Race Report

The Bulldog: ATV Race Report

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The Bulldog: ATV Race Report
Walker Fowler Victorious As GNCC Racing Returns

Walker Fowler (WFR/GBC/Fly Racing/Yamaha) earned his fourth-straight GNCC overall win at the Bulldog GNCC in Washington, Georgia. 
Walker Fowler (WFR/GBC/Fly Racing/Yamaha) earned his fourth-straight GNCC overall win at the Bulldog GNCC in Washington, Georgia.  Ken Hill

WASHINGTON, Ga. (May 17, 2020) – The 2020 Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series, presented by Specialized, an AMA National Championship, returned to racing this weekend, May 16 and 17, in Washington, Georgia with the Bulldog GNCC at Aonia Pass MX.

Jumping out to the early lead and grabbing the $100 All Balls Racing XC1 Pro holeshot was WFR/GBC/Fly Racing/Yamaha’s Walker Fowler. After grabbing the lead, Fowler would put his head down and push throughout the two hour racing. Each lap Fowler increased the gap back to second, ultimately coming through the finish 1:45 ahead of his fellow competitors. Fowler continued his win streak by earning his fourth-straight overall win of the 2020 season.

Action Off-Road/Tely Energy Racing/Kenda’s Cole Richardson had his work cut out for him as he came through timing and scoring in the eighth place position on the opening lap. However, by lap two Richardson had picked off half of the riders in front of him as he came through in fourth overall. Richardson would engage in a last lap battle for second overall, making the pass stick with just miles to go. Richardson holds onto second overall in the points standings.

Earning his first top three overall finish of the season was HHR/Maxxis/Fly Racing/Ithaca Recreation Sports Hunter Hart. As the green flag flew Hart would get off to an excellent start, coming through the finish line third overall on the completion of lap one. Hart would remain towards the front of the pack, running second overall for half of the race. However, Hart would be unable to hold onto second as a charging Richardson would make the pass right before the checkered flag came out. Hart held onto the final podium position, coming through just 2 seconds behind Richardson.

Coming through fourth overall on the day was CST/Houser Racing/Waynesburg Yamaha’s Brycen Neal. As the first row took off, Neal would find himself running at the front of the pack in second. However, on lap two of racing Neal would fall back to seventh and have to work his way back through the pack of riders. Neal  would go to work, putting his head down and charging throughout the remainder of the race. As the checkered flag flew, Neal would finish the race fourth overall.

Pierce Performance/GBC Tires/Fly Racing’s John Glauda Jr. would battle throughout the day to hold onto his top five overall finishing position. Glauda Jr. came through timing and scoring seventh on the opening lap, but would manage to breakthrough to the top five position after two hours of racing were coming to an end. Glauda Jr. currently holds ninth in the overall points standings during his XC1 Pro rookie season.

Coming through sixth overall on the day in Georgia was Phoenix Honda Racing Chris Borich. After starting off the day within the top five overall, Borich would cross the line 25 seconds behind the fifth place competitor. After four rounds of racing, Borich is currently in a three-way tie for fourth place in the points standings.

Hunter Hart (HHR/Maxxis/Fly Racing/Ithaca Recreation Sports) rounded out the XC1 Pro podium with a third overall on the day.
Hunter Hart (HHR/Maxxis/Fly Racing/Ithaca Recreation Sports) rounded out the XC1 Pro podium with a third overall on the day. Ken Hill

After running third overall on the second lap, McGill Mafia/OBOR Tires/LSR/Moose Racing’s Adam McGill would find himself back to seventh in the XC1 Pro class and overall as the checkered flag flew. McGill currently holds onto eighth place in the points standings. JMR/GBC/Elka/Moose Racing’s Jarrod McClure would come through the finish eighth overall on the day after a hard-fought battle throughout the two-hour race.

BNR Motorsports/GBC/HMF Engineering Josh Merritt made his way up to ninth overall after starting out the day 11th overall. Merritt would put his head down and push to make his way inside the top ten overall in Georgia. Merritt currently sits seventh in the points standings. Rounding out the top 10 overall in XC1 was Wolfe Racing/Nine2/FTR Graphics/Ye Olde Cycle Barn’s Westley Wolfe. Wolfe would hold onto 10th in his class for majority of the day, and continued to push throughout the entire race. Wolfe sits outside the top 10 standings in 11th place, with just an eight point deficit.

Taking the XC2 Pro-Am class win in Georgia was Action Off-Road/Maxxis/Blud Lubricants’ Austin Abney. Abney would start his day back in the second place position in his class, but when the white flag came out he put his head down and pushed. Abney would make his way into first on the last lap, earning his first XC2 win of the season.

LanMills XC/WFR/Magna1 Lubricant’s Drew Landers earned the first three wins of the season in XC2, and at round four Landers would push just as hard to keep that streak alive. However, after battling throughout the day Landers would take home second in the XC2 class. Landers still holds the points lead in the class by 20.

Yamaha-backed rider Brandon Owens rounded out the XC2 Pro-Am class top three at the Bulldog GNCC. Owens would grab the early lead coming through timing and scoring first for the XC2 class during the first two-laps of racing. Owens would be unable to hold off Landers and Abney, but would manage to hold onto his third place finishing position.

In the 11 a.m. race it was Team Momentum Racing’s Robert Parker grabbing his second $100 BNR Motorsports 4x4 Pro holeshot award. However, it would take long for OBOR/Can-Am/Derisi Racing/Action Sports’ Landon Wolfe to make his way into first overall. Wolfe would hold onto the lead throughout the entire two-hour duration of the race, even after feeling the pressure from his fellow 4x4 Pro competitors.

Earning second overall in the morning race was Bell Powersports/Nine2/Moose Racing’s Cody Collier. Collier would hold onto the second place position in the 4x4 Pro class, trying to make his way around Wolfe. Collier would battle throughout the day, but would come up just shy of the overall win. Collier sits third in the 4x4 Pro points standings.

Can-Am/BNR/Kenda/Tire Blocks/HMF’s Robbie Pecorari would come through third in the 4x4 Pro class and fourth overall on the day in Georgia. Pecorari is currently tied for second in the points standings as the series looks to head into round five of racing.

Austin Abney (Action Offroad/Maxxis/Blud Lubricants) took home his first ATV XC2 Pro-Am class win of the season.
Austin Abney (Action Offroad/Maxxis/Blud Lubricants) took home his first ATV XC2 Pro-Am class win of the season. Ken Hill

In the WXC class it was Action Off-Road/GBC/Moose Racing’s Katelyn Osburn grabbing the early lead. As Osburn grabbed the early lead she was eager to place a gap over the rest of the field and not look back. Osburn would come through to meet the checkered flag, earning her first overall win of the season.

Malaska Motorsports/HMF/Cecco Racing’s Hannah Hunter, who previously won the first three rounds of racing, found herself running third in the class for majority of the day. Hunter would put her head down as the white flag came out, pushing herself to get back to second in the class. Hunter would finish just five seconds behind Osburn.

Earning third in the WXC class was Ye Olde Cycle Barn/Maxxis/Yamaha’s Alicia McCormick. McCormick made her way from sixth on the opening lap, up to third on the second to last lap. McCormick was applying the pressure and making passes happen throughout the full length of the race. Fly Racing/GBC Motorsports/Yamaha Racing’s Traci Pickens would hold onto fourth in the WXC class today after running up in second for majority of the day.

Layne McCormick battled throughout the 11 a.m. race in the Schoolboy Sr. class, taking home the third overall honors of the day. McCormick is keeping his win-streak alive after taking his fourth-straight class win of the season.

In the 8 a.m. youth race it was Nicholas Dearing battling until the checkered flag to earn the Youth overall and YXC1 Super Mini Sr. class win at the Bulldog GNCC. Georgia’s own Charlie Stewart came through taking second overall and in the YXC1 class. Then it was YXC2 Super Mini Jr. competitor, Ty McGaughey, earning third overall and the YXC2 class win. Tyler Cox rounded out the top three in the YXC1 class, followed by Harrison Lindsey earning second in the YXC2 class with Brody Pullen taking third in the YXC2 class.

As the Micro ATVs took off it was Body Buckhannon in the MXC1 coming through to earn his class win, and overall win of the day. Kody Buckhannon in the MXC2 class would find himself earning his class win and coming through second overall on the day. Noah Slocum would round out the top three Micro ATV overall finishers, while also earning second in the MXC2 class.

Colby Goodman brought home the MXC1 Bike Micro class and overall win. While it was Tatum Michales in the MXC2 class earning his class win, and second overall on the day. Gavin Harwell earned second in the MXC1 class, and would bring home third overall in the Bike Micro race.

Charlie Mullins (#1) earned his second-straight Specialized eMTB overall win, followed by Ben Kelley (#99) in second.
Charlie Mullins (#1) earned his second-straight Specialized eMTB overall win, followed by Ben Kelley (#99) in second. Ken Hill

Round 2 of the Specialized Turbo eMTB GNCC National Championship took place on Saturday afternoon in Washington, Georgia. Coming through to take home his second-straight overall win in the XC1 Pro class was Charlie Mullins. A new face to the eMTB racing world, but no stranger to GNCC was Benjamin Kelley. Kelley would earn second overall followed by John Ayers rounding out the top three at the Bulldog GNCC. Seth Stevens and Jeff McCarren came through to round out the top five in the XC1 Pro eMTB class.

Two highlight shows featuring ATVs and motorcycles will be featured on MAVTV at a later date. To view the full broadcast schedule, click HERE.

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 Facebook page, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and be sure to always hashtag #GNCC.

The Bulldog GNCC
Washington, Georgia
Round 4 of 13
Saturday, May 16, 2020

XC1 Pro Event Results:

  1. Walker Fowler (YAM)
  2. Cole Richardson (YAM)
  3. Hunter Hart (YAM)
  4. Brycen Neal (YAM)
  5. John Glauda Jr. (YAM)
  6. Chris Borich (HON)
  7. Adam McGill (HON)
  8. Jarrod McClure (HON)
  9. Josh Merritt (YAM)
  10. Westley Wolfe (SUZ)

*Overall National Championship Standings:

  1. Walker Fowler (120)
  2. Cole Richardson (84)
  3. Hunter Hart (70)
  4. Brycen Neal (68)
  5. Chris Borich (68)
  6. Jarrod McClure (68)
  7. Josh Merritt (51)
  8. Adam McGill (45)
  9. John Glauda Jr. (42)
  10. Johnny Gallagher (39)

*Indicates that the Overall National Championship Standings will determine the 2020 National Champion.

XC2 Pro-Am Event Results:

  1. Austin Abney (HON)
  2. Drew Landers (YAM)
  3. Brandon Owens (YAM)
  4. Cole Setser (HON)
  5. Noah Mickelson (HON)
  6. Dylan Walraven (HON)
  7. Daniel Peters (HON)
  8. Levi Coen (HON)
  9. Brandon Frazier (YAM)
  10. Nicholas Royalty (HON)

XC2 Pro-Am Series Standings:

  1. Drew Landers (115)
  2. Austin Abney (95)
  3. Jordan Poplaskie (64)
  4. Ronnie Rusch (61)
  5. Dylan Walraven (57)
  6. Brandon Owens (55)
  7. Wyatt Wilkin (46)
  8. Noah Mickelson (44)
  9. Levi Coen (43)
  10. Kenny Shick (41)

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How to Watch

Racer TV and MAVTV are the official homes for coverage of the 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 taped-delayed telecasts on MAVTV, while Racer TV provides live streaming coverage of the 2 p.m. ATV and 1 p.m. motorcycle races from each event. Catch all the action at http://www.mavtv.com/ and http://www.racertv.com/. 

About GNCC Racing

The Grand National Cross Country Series presented by Specialized is the World’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 two and three-hour GNCC races lead as many as 2,400 riders through racetracks 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 live on RacerTV.com. For more information, please visit www.gnccracing.com.

About eMTB Racing

The Specialized Turbo eMTB GNCC National Championship brings off-road racing and pedal-assist or electric bicycles together for an eight-round championship produced by Racer Productions. Much like a typical cross-country racing event, these races feature varied terrain featuring hills, rocks, roots, and more but are limited to electric, or pedal assist model mountain bikes only. For more information, please visit www.gnccracing.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