Hoosier GNCC: ATV Race Report

Hoosier GNCC: ATV Race Report

TimeSunday, May 2, 2021 | 8:10 AM
by:
TimeSunday, May 2, 2021 | 8:10 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Hoosier GNCC: ATV Race Report
Neal Earns Third Overall Win of 2021 Season

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. (May 2, 2021) – The Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series presented by Specialized, an AMA National Championship, made its first of two stops in Crawfordsville, Indiana for the 2021 season. The Hoosier GNCC kicked off on Saturday, May 1st with the world’s fastest off-road ATV racers taking took the woods.

After starting mid-pack, coming through sixth on lap one, Bneal Motorsports/CST Tires/Houser Racing’s Brycen Neal battled his way up to the front once again. Neal would come through on the third lap in the lead position on a mission to earn his third win of the season. As the race continued on Neal would continue to place a gap over the rest of the field, ultimately coming through to meet the checkered flag 39 seconds ahead of his competition.

Brycen Neal (Bneal Motorsports/CST Tires/Houser Racing) clinched his second-straight overall win, third of the season, in Indiana. Photo: Mack Faint
Brycen Neal (Bneal Motorsports/CST Tires/Houser Racing) clinched his second-straight overall win, third of the season, in Indiana. Photo: Mack Faint

WFR/GBC Tires/Fly Racing/Yamaha’s Walker Fowler was off to a great start, earning the $100 All Balls Racing XC1 Holeshot Award and taking the early lead. However, Fowler would soon feel the pressure being applied by Neal and would eventually be bumped back to third as the two-lap card came out. Fowler would put his head down and push, regaining second place as the white flag came out indicating one more lap to go. Fowler would cross the finish line second overall on the day, increasing his points lead in the National Championship standings to 45 points.

Making his third podium appearance with a third overall on the day was Hunter Hart Racing/Maxxis/Fly Racing’s Hunter Hart. As the race got underway, Hart found himself in a great position running right behind Fowler at the front of the pack. Hart would battle with Neal and Fowler, swapping second and third place positions throughout the first half of the race. Hart would then settle into third with one lap to go, cruising his way to another podium finish in the season.

Action Off-Road/Kenda/Tely Energy Racing’s Cole Richardson came through finishing just off the podium in fourth overall. Richardson would have a rough start to the day as he came through 11th on the opening lap. Richardson steadily made his way through the pack moving up to sixth, and then fourth, however he would run out of time to catch Hart to battle for the last podium position.

Walker Fowler (WFR/GBC Tires/Fly Racing/Yamaha) grabbed the $100 All Balls Racing XC1 Holeshot Award. Photo: Mack Faint
Walker Fowler (WFR/GBC Tires/Fly Racing/Yamaha) grabbed the $100 All Balls Racing XC1 Holeshot Award. Photo: Mack Faint

Running inside the top five overall for the duration of the race was Pierce Performance/GBC Tires/Fly Racing’s John Glauda Jr. After holding onto fourth for the first three laps of racing, Glauda Jr. would be unable to hold off a hard-charging Richardson. Glauda Jr. would continue to battle to hold onto fifth until the checkered flag flew at the completion of six laps and two hours of intense racing.

JMR/GBC/Elka/Moose Racing’s Jarrod McClure and Chris Borich Racing/GBC/Action Off-Road/Fly Racing/AMSOIL’s Chris Borich both found themselves battling mid-pack in Indiana yesterday. McClure and Borich would swap the seventh and eighth place positions during the first half the race, but steadily would work their way to finishing positions of sixth and seventh overall.

After running fifth during the first couple of laps, OBOR/Moose Racing/Parts Unlimited-backed rider Adam McGill would unfortunately make a last lap bobble, bumping himself back to eighth overall on the day.

Feehan Racing/GBC/Fly Racing/Nine2’s Devon Feehan would battle his way up to ninth in XC1 and overall, after checking into timing and scoring in 14th on the opening lap. He would steadily make his way through woods of Indiana, continuing to pick off riders for another top 10 finish in the series. FTR Graphics/Fly Racing/Nine 2 Goggles’ Westley Wolfe rounded out the top 10 overall after steadily maintaining his position throughout the duration of the race.

Wyatt Wilkin (DIRTNASTY/GBC/FocusX) battled back to earn the XC2 Pro-Am class win. Photo: Mack Faint
Wyatt Wilkin (DIRTNASTY/GBC/FocusX) battled back to earn the XC2 Pro-Am class win. Photo: Mack Faint

In the XC2 Pro-Am class it was the No. 621 machine of DIRTNASTY/GBC/FocusX’s Wyatt Wilkin coming through to take his second class win of the season. Wilkin got off to a good start, running second for the majority of the race. However, Wilkin would make a last lap pass for the lead and come through to earn the win with 15 seconds over his class competition.  

BNR Motorsports/GBC Tires/SSi Decals/Fly Racing’s Ronnie Rusch would lead the majority of the race in the XC2 class but was not able to hold off Wilkin on the last lap as he came through to make the pass stick. Rusch remains in the class points lead after six rounds of racing are now complete. Nine2 Goggles/GBC Tires/BNR Motorsports’ Tanner Walker would come through to take third in the XC2 class after working his way up from an eighth place start to the race.

Earning the top amateur honors was Nathan Dearborn of the College A class with a 23rd overall finishing position followed by Cory Vandelinder and Keaton Henderson, also in the College A class finishing 24th and 25th overall on the day.

Landon Wolfe (Can-Am/OBOR/DeRisi Racing) captured another 4x4 Pro class win. Photo: Mack Faint
Landon Wolfe (Can-Am/OBOR/DeRisi Racing) captured another 4x4 Pro class win. Photo: Mack Faint

In the 11 a.m. race it was Indiana’s own Kevin Cunningham returning to race a sport quad in the Sportsman A/B class. Cunningham would come through earning the overall win.

Coming through to earn his fourth 4x4 Pro class win was OBOR/Can-Am/DeRisi Racing’s Landon Wolfe. Wolfe would lead for the majority of the race but would have some competition from Can-Am/Tennessee Towing/BNR Motorsports’ Robbie Pecorari sneak up on him. Pecorari would make a pass for the lead as the white flag came out, but Wolfe would be able to make his way back around him by the time they made their way back towards the finish line. Wolfe would take the win with a five second lead over the No. 2 machine of Pecorari.

Rounding out the 4x4 Pro podium was Stewart Boys Racing/Action Off-Road/DeRisi Racing’s Haedyn Mickelson. After starting the day sixth in the class, Mickelson would make his way towards the front and move into third on the second to last lap.

Hannah Hunter (Hannah Hurricane Hunter/Obor Tires/Fly Racing) battled back to take the WXC class win. Photo: Mack Faint
Hannah Hunter (Hannah Hurricane Hunter/Obor Tires/Fly Racing) battled back to take the WXC class win. Photo: Mack Faint

The WXC class was full of battles at round six in Indiana. Hannah Hurricane Hunter/OBOR Tires/Fly Racing’s Hannah Hunter would come through to take the win, but only after a last lap pass put her into the lead position. Early race leaders consisted of Angel Magee and BNR Motorsports/GBC/HMF Engineering’s Jessica Elioff, but Hunter would push until she made her way up to the front.

Coming through to earn second in the WXC class after coming through timing and scoring was Action Off-Road/Moose Racing/GBC Motorsports’ Katelyn Osburn. As she began the race mid-pack, Osburn was steadily making her way through the riders and would briefly hold the lead as the white flag came out. Osburn was not able to hold of Hunter, but would she hold her second place position until the checkers.

Elioff was running fourth as the WXC riders came through the finish line on lap one and would continue to hold that position before making her way up through the pack. Elioff put her head down and pushed, making the move into the lead with two-laps remaining. Elioff would lose the lead, but she would hold that last podium spot.

Jessica Elioff (BNR Motorsports/GBC Tires/HMF Engineering) rounded out the WXC class podium. Photo: Mack Faint
Jessica Elioff (BNR Motorsports/GBC Tires/HMF Engineering) rounded out the WXC class podium. Photo: Mack Faint

Earning the Youth overall win was Indiana’s own Brody Lee. This was Lee’s third youth overall win of the season, and in the YXC1 Super Mini Sr. class. Tavin Cook came through to earn second overall and in YXC1 with Harrison Lindsey rounding out the top three overall and in YXC1. Cole Lykins clinched the YXC2 Super Mini Jr. class win, with Quenten Gouker and Cody Nichols rounding out the class top three.

In the Micro ATV race it was Kody Buckhannon coming through to earn the overall win, his fourth of the season. Raelynn Dickerson battled back for a second place finish in the MXC1 and overall. Rounding out the micro overall podium was Zander Rogers followed by Bryson Dickerson and Reed Stevens coming through for fourth and fifth overall finishing positions. Klaiton Sampson earned the MXC2 class win with Jase Strouse and Beau Bothwell rounding out the top three.

Then in the Bike Micro race it was Beau Garetson coming through to take the overall win with Hunter Hawkinberry coming through to take second and Wyatt Johnson from the second row came through third overall. Ace Tokar would round out the top three Micro Bike MXC1 class. Karson George and Levi Rains rounded out the MXC2 top three. Jace Mitchell earned 11th overall and the 50cc Sr. (6-8) class win.

Round three of the Specialized Turbo eMTB Championship Series took place Saturday afternoon with one of the greatest battles to date. Gear Racewear/Specialized-backed rider Charlie Mullins and Gear Racewear/Specialized’s Nick Mackie would battle for the duration of race. Mackie would make the pass on lap two, but Mullins would stay right on him. As the duo came around it was Mackie with the advantage as he finished .392 seconds ahead of Mullins in the XC1 Pro class. Live It Extreme’s Kyle Smith would finish third overall and in the XC1 class after running a consistent race.

In the amateur class it was Canon Kuneff earning the class win as Ty Teasdale and Barry Wray rounded out the top three amateurs. In the Women’s class it would be Callie Horwath earning the class win with Suzanne Bishop and Ginny McFall coming through in second and third. Ian Smith clinched the Senior (40+) class win as Colin Dierman and Marty Aloisio made their way through in second and third. John Ayers earned the Masters (55+) class win while Brad Myers earned second, and Jeff Bolte finished third.

Earning the Youth (13-17) class win was Haibike rider, Talon Hawk. Hawk would lead from start to finish, placing a 30 second gap between himself and second. Gavin Garlits and Mitch Hawkins battled back to earn second and third in the class. Cooper Kuneff came through to earn his third-straight Youth (9-12) class win of the season. Jackson Fisher and Camden Phillips rounded out the top three.

Neal celebrating his overall win with champagne showers. Photo: Mack Faint
Neal celebrating his overall win with champagne showers. Photo: Mack Faint

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.

Hoosier Results and Points Standings
Crawfordsville, Indiana
Round 6 of 13
Saturday, May 1, 2021

XC1 Pro Event Results:

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

*Overall National Championship Standings:

  1. Walker Fowler (161)
  2. Hunter Hart (116)
  3. Brycen Neal (115)
  4. Cole Richardson (104)
  5. Jarrod McClure (97)
  6. Chris Borich (79)
  7. Adam McGill (76)
  8. Josh Merritt (74)
  9. John Glauda Jr. (74)
  10. Westley Wolfe (67)

*Indicates that the Overall National Championship Standings will determine the 2021 National Champion.

XC2 Pro-Am Event Results:

  1. Wyatt Wilkin (YAM)
  2. Ronnie Rusch (YAM)
  3. Tanner Walker (YAM)
  4. Ben Kowalewski (YAM)
  5. Kenny Shick (YAM)
  6. Dylan Walraven (HON)
  7. Daniel Peters (HON)
  8. Max Lindquist (YAM)
  9. Nick Davidson (YAM)
  10.  Kristian Meyer (HON)

XC2 Pro-Am Series Standings:

  1. Ronnie Rusch (150)
  2. Ben Kowalewski (135)
  3. Tanner Walker (108)
  4. Wyatt Wilkin (94)
  5. Kenny Shick (89)
  6. Branden Owens (89)
  7. Dylan Walraven (83)
  8. Grayson Eller (72)
  9. Kristian Meyer (66)
  10. Albert Jadosh (66)

To get the latest GNCC Racing clothing and merchandise visit https://www.mototees.com.

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 opener 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 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

Media Contact:
Kayla Bolton
(304) 284-0084
[email protected]