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Specialized Turbo eMTB GNCC National Championship Round 6 Snowshoe GNCC Race Report

Specialized Turbo eMTB GNCC National Championship Round 6 Snowshoe GNCC Race Report

Friday, July 2, 2021 | 10:25 AM
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Friday, July 2, 2021 | 10:25 AM

Specialized Turbo eMTB GNCC National Championship
Round 6 Snowshoe GNCC Race Report

Snowshoe, W.Va. (July 2, 2021) – Round six of the 2021 Specialized Turbo eMTB GNCC National Championship Series took place this past weekend at Snowshoe Mountain Resort, in Snowshoe, West Virginia, where Two-Time World eMTB Champion Charlie Mullins (SPE) got back to his winning ways with a dramatic last-lap pass for the win, coming from behind to defeat Nick Mackie (SPE) on what Mullins called a “world class” circuit.

Charlie Mullins claimed his seventh win of the 2021 Specialized Turbo eMTB GNCC National Championship series held at Snowshoe Mountain Resort in Snowshoe, West Virginia. Photo: Shan Moore

Mackie, who won two of the previous three rounds, took the early lead in the hourlong race, with Mullins passing Kyle Smith to move into second. Before the end of the lap, however, Mullins clipped a rock and went down, dropping the former GNCC champ back to third behind Smith.

Mullins was able to move back into second midway into the race as he and McCabe battled with lappers on the short mountainous course.

On the final lap, Mullins began a brutal final sprint to the finish which saw him pass Mackie for the lead on the last stretch before the finish.

“I’m pumped to get the win and get back on top of the podium,” said Mullins. “I knew the lappers were going to be a problem but with my GNCC experience I knew what to expect. Once I passed Nick, I just gave it everything I had. It turned out to be a hard-fought and satisfying win.”

Despite his runner-up finish, Mackie sits just two points behind Mullins in the championship standings. Photo: Shan Moore

Despite his runner-up finish, Mackie sits just two points behind Mullins in the championship standings.

“The second lap we started hitting lappers and I was getting held up pretty bad on the downhills and almost having to stop,” said Mackie. “I was trying to hold that gap over Charlie and he got up on me and then we hit some lappers and I just lost his wheel.”

With his third place finish, Smith has now finished on the podium in all nine rounds.

In all, 84 competitors took part in eight classes on the demanding course, which sat within view of the main village.

In the Amateur class, AmPro Yamaha’s Ty Teasdale continued his domination of the class and has now won all but one of the nine rounds.

Second in the Amateur division went to Matthew Nalesnik (SPE) with Jesse Borrer (SPE) in third.

AmPro Yamaha’s Ty Teasdale continued his domination of the class and has now won all but one of the nine rounds. Photo: Shan Moore

Callie Horwath (TRE) remained undefeated in the Women’s class with her sixth-straight win of the series. Meanwhile, Suzanna Bishop (SPE) of West Virginia was second with Ashley Hendershot in third.

Gunner Shogren’s (CAN) claimed his second win in a row in the Masters 55+ division, as Brad Myers (SPE) and Jeff Bolte (SPE) rounded out the podium.

Mitch Hawkins (YAM) grabbed his second win of the season in the Youth (13-17) division, beating out Kayden Wiegand and Talon Hawk (HAI) to do so.

In the Senior (40+) class, Colin Dierman of West Virginia took the win over fellow Specialized riders Scott Layton and Eric Comer.

Cooper Kuneff (SPE) continued his domination of the Youth (9-12) division with his sixth-straight win of the year. Tallon Weigand and Colson Annon were second and third.

Seth Zelinski and Scott Zelinski went 1-2 in the Trail Bike class with Mitch Pipe finishing third.

Tallon Wiegand was second in the Youth (9-12) division. Photo: Shan Moore

Racer Productions, Inc., producers of the 2021 Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series presented by Specialized, an AMA National Championship, is proud to announce that the Loretta Lynn eMTB race, Round 7 of the 8-round Specialized Turbo eMTB GNCC Series, will once again serve as an FIM North American eMTB Championship. Equally exciting is that this unique round will boast a $10,000 Pro Purse.

The Loretta Lynn eMTB GNCC will be held on Saturday, July 31st, in conjunction with the 40th Annual Monster Energy AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship (August 2nd – 7th) at the home of country music legend Loretta Lynn in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, the largest and most prestigious amateur motocross event in the world.

Yamaha Racing Snowshoe GNCC Results
Snowshoe, West Virginia
June 26, 2021

Overall Results

  1. Charlie Mullins (SPE)
  2. Nick Mackie (SPE)
  3. Kyle Smith (SPE)
  4. Ty Teasdale (YAM)
  5. Connor Karkowsky (CAN)
  6. Seth Zakuski (SPE)
  7. Adam Mayhew (SPE)
  8. Matthew Nalesnik (SPE)
  9. Cooper Kuneff (SPE)
  10. Jesse Borrer (SPE)

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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 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.

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