GNCC Racing

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 | 1:15 PM

17th Annual KTM Youth Day Returns to The John Penton GNCC This Weekend
KTM Youth Day Focuses on Celebrating Future of Off-Road Racing

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (May 19, 2021) – The Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series presented by Specialized, an AMA National Championship, and KTM Motorsports are pleased to announce its 17th Annual KTM Youth Day at this weekend’s Wiseco John Penton GNCC in Millfield, Ohio.

KTM Youth Day will focus on celebrating the future of off-road racing by offering special weekend activities centered round youth racing. KTM will be giving out t-shirts and medals to youth participants at the FMF KTM Factory Race Team Semi truck, as well as one-of-a-kind Kailub Russell bobbleheads.

STACYC has teamed up with KTM and GNCC Racing to create racing bibs for the ePeeWee race on Saturday evening. The racing bibs will be available to ePeeWee participants at the KTM Trackside Support truck. Continuing their support, STACYC has sent over STACYC Electric Bicycles as a giveaway for the remainder of the GNCC season. One lucky kid will be chosen at each round to receive their very own STACYC.

KTM Youth Day T-Shirt for this weekend's John Penton GNCC. 

“KTM is thrilled to support The John Penton with the continuation of ‘KTM Youth Day’. The roots of KTM in North America start with Mr. Penton, and we will be celebrating the next generation of off-road champions in READY TO RACE style! Not only will all youth racers will receive free a “KTM Youth Day” tee and medal, but we are also proud to announce our support of the ePeeWee evening race. In partnership with STACYC, the newest (and littlest) riders to the sport of motorcycling will receive a free season “race bib” on an all-new “race course” made just for GNCC Nation!” - Meg Argubright, Motorsports Marketing Manager for KTM Group North America.

In addition, KTM will be hosting their first “KTM Pedal With the Pros” where youth racers of all brands are welcome to come join Ben Kelley, Josh Toth, and Kailub Russell as they pedal the youth course. Racers will meet at 4:00 p.m. on Friday at the FMF KTM Factory Race Team Semi truck, this is a great opportunity for all youth racers to get the pros perspective on the track and line choices for race day!

Serving as Round 7, The John Penton GNCC embraces KTM history as the event is named after the man who originally imported the KTM motorcycle from Austria into the United States. As a salute to Mr. John Penton, KTM will once again honor youth racers throughout the course of the weekend. Every Micro Bike and Youth Bike entry will receive a free KTM Youth Day t-shirt and participating youth riders can obtain their ticket from GNCC Rider Registration to bring to the race team semi-truck for pick up.

New this weekend, ePeeWee Racers will stop by the KTM Trackside Support truck to pick up a STACYC Racing Bib for Saturday evening's race. 

For more information on the GNCC series, visit the official website at 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.

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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 opener in South Carolina to the finale, 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 and 

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 For more information, please visit

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 Not a member? Join the AMA today:


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