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Yamaha Racing Ironman: ATV Race Report

Yamaha Racing Ironman: ATV Race Report

Sunday, October 24, 2021 | 6:55 AM
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Yamaha Racing Ironman: ATV Race Report
Richardson Takes Overall Win While Hunter Earns WXC Championship

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. (October 24, 2021) – The 2021 Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series presented by Specialized, an AMA National Championship, kicked off the season finale of the Yamaha Racing Ironman on Saturday, October 23. Cool and cloudy conditions, along with some muddy spots thanks to rain showers the day before, greeted the GNCC Nation in Indiana for the last time this year.

Cole Richardson (Action Off-Road/Kenda/Tely Energy) captured his first win of the season at Ironman. Photo: Ken Hill

When the green flag flew to start the final race of the 2021 season it was WFR/GBC Tires/Fly Racing/Yamaha’s Walker Fowler jumping out to grab the $100 All Balls Racing XC1 Holeshot Award. Fowler would continue to lead the opening lap, but he would soon find himself in second as Pierce Performance/GBC Tires/Fly Racing’s John Glauda Jr. made the move into the lead for the next two laps. Unfortunately, Glauda Jr. would suffer a mechanical issue and be unable to finish the last two laps of the race.

Action Off-Road/Kenda/Tely Energy’s Cole Richardson would make the move into the lead with just two laps remaining. Richardson would feel the pressure behind him from the Feehan Racing/GBC/Fly Racing/Nine2-backed rider, Devon Feehan as he came through just three seconds from him. Richardson would continue to hold the lead as the white flag flew, and until he saw the checkered flag waving. As he crossed the finish line Richardson would capture his first win of the season.

Feehan continued to push as the race wore on, but he would find himself coming through for another great podium finish on the year.

JMR/GBC/Elka/Moose Racing’s Jarrod McClure would fight back after a mid-pack start to the day. McClure found himself back in eighth on the opening lap, and knew he needed to put his head down and push to get to the front. McClure would continue to pick off riders, moving into third with two-laps to go. McClure held onto the third place position as he crossed the finish line to round out the overall Pro podium.

Coming through in fourth on the day was CBR/GBC Tires/Action Off-Road/Fly Racing/AMSOIL-backed rider, Chris Borich. As he made his way through timing and scoring on lap one, Borich would find himself in sixth place. Borich was looking to end the season on a good note, and he would continue to push through the pack making his way into fourth place as the checkered flag waved.

Devon Feehan (Feehan Racing/GBC/Fly Racing/Nine2) battled to earn second overall, his third podium finish in the 2021 season. Photo: Ken Hill

Another rider making his way through the pack was Merritt Racing/BNR Motorsports/GBC Tires’ Joshua Merritt. Merritt would come through in 11th as the race got underway, but he would soon make his way through the racecourse picking off the riders in his class. Merritt would come through to earn his first top-five finish of the year.

As the OBOR/Moose Racing/Parts Unlimited-backed rider, Adam McGill started his day off in the 12th place position from a first turn mishap, he would soon find himself making his way past his competitors and into the sixth place position. McGill would continue to push for the last two laps, coming through in sixth place with an 11 second lead over the seven place finisher.

Action Off-Road/Maxxis/Demaree Motorsports/Fly Racing’s Austin Abney would have a consistent race at his hometown event. Abney would start and finish his day in the seventh place position. However, Abney would be faced with some battles throughout the two-hour race to make his way back to seventh before the checkered flag flew.

Jarrod McClure (JMR/GBC/Elka/Moose Racing) clinched the final podium position with a third overall at round 13. Photo: Ken Hill

After earning the holeshot and then running in second for a couple of laps, Fowler would find himself back in the eighth place position after a crash on the fourth lap of the race. With only one lap to go, Fowler would be unable to make a push for any of the top positions. Fowler would come through with a hard-fought eighth place.

Another rider having some misfortune at the season finale was HHR/Maxxis/Fly Racing’s Hunter Hart. As the day started Hart would come through in the third place position, but unfortunately would continue to move in the wrong direction. Hart would find himself in 10th with one lap to go, as he made a pass stick on the last lap, he would come through the finish line ninth in the XC1 Pro class for the day.

Custom Axis/Goldspeed/Houser Racing’s Greg Covert rounded out the top 10 finishers in the XC1 Pro class. Covert would find himself back-and-forth from the tenth place position throughout the day, but he would hold onto it as the race came to an end.

Wyatt Wilkin (center) Jay Shadron (left) and Tanner Walker (right) rounded out the top three XC2 Pro-Am finishers at Ironman. Photo: Mack Faint

In the XC2 Pro-Am class it was the DIRTNASTY/GBC Tires/FocusX-backed rider, Wyatt Wilkin coming through to earn his fourth win of the season. Wilkin would make the move into the lead early on lap one and remain in that position until the checkered flag flew at the season finale. After making the move up from the Junior A class, Action Off-Road/BNR Motorsports/Pro Graphx’s Jay Shadron returned to the podium with a second place finish in XC2. Nine2 Goggles/GBC Tires/BNR Motorsports’ Tanner Walker, who grabbed the $100 BNR Motorsports Holeshot Award, would round out the top three on the XC2 Pro-Am class podium.

Earning the Ironman Top Amateur honors was College A competitor, Steven Harrell, as he crossed the line 15th overall in the afternoon race. Finishing second on the top amateur podium and in College A was Alex Thieman with his 17th overall finishing position. Coming through 20th overall would be Layne McCormick, who rounded out the top three on the top amateur podium and in the College A class.

In the 4x4 Pro class it was Kenda/BNR/Nine2/Custom Axis’ Cody Collier who would make the move into the early lead and never look back. Collier continued to lead for the duration of the race as the battles heated up behind him. Stewart Boys Racing/Action Off-Road/DeRisi Racing’s Hayden Mickelson would make his way into second after a fourth place start to the day. Mickelson would remain focused throughout the race and capitalize on the last lap of the race as he moved into the second spot on the podium.

Can-Am/Tennessee Towing/BNR Motorsports’ Robbie Pecorari rounded out the 4x4 Pro podium at the season finale after running in that spot for much of the race.

Hannah Hunter clinches the 2021 WXC ATV GNCC National Championship, her second-straight title in the GNCC Series. (Left Photo: Mack Faint; Right Photo: Ken Hill)

The WXC National Championship battle came down to the season finale race at Ironman between Hannah Hurricane Hunter/OBOR Tires/Fly Racing’s Hannah Hunter and Action Off-Road/Moose Racing/GBC Motorsports’ Katelyn Osburn. As the race got underway it was Fly Racing/GBC Motorsports/Yamaha Racing’s Traci Pickens grabbing the BNR Motorsports WXC Holeshot Award and early lead. As the laps clicked off it would soon be championship contenders, Hunter and Osburn moving into the top two positions. As the white flag flew it was Osburn with the lead and a 12 second gap back to Hunter.

Osburn and Hunter would continue to battle throughout the last lap, but tragedy would strike as Osburn suffered a mechanical issue that would leave her unable to finish the final lap of the race. Hunter would battle on, earning her second-straight WXC ATV GNCC National Championship. BNR Motorsports/GBC/HMF Engineering’s Jessica Elioff would push throughout the duration of the race, crossing the finish line second in the WXC class. After earning the holeshot Pickens would battle back to come through third in the WXC class

In the Youth ATV race it was the Indiana duo of Brody and Bryce Pullen coming through to earn the top two overall spots. Brody would take the number one spot overall and in the YXC1 Super Mini Sr. while Bryce would come through second overall, but first in his YXC2 Super Mini Jr. class. Andrew Williams would come through third overall and second in YXC1.

Rounding out the YXC1 top three was Braxton Grosse. Cole Lykins and Levi Burkemper would come through to finish second and third in the YXC2 class. Ethan Tidwell brough home first in the 250 (13-15) class, with Jericho Edmondson taking the 125 (8-12) class win. Ryder Reick earned the 90 (8-12) win as Jeffrey Callaway came away with the 90 Limited (8-12) win. Skylynne Sharp earned the Schoolgirl (13-15) class win, while Ryleigh Dearing took the Girls Sr. (12-15) win and Gracie Wolfe took the Girls Jr. (8-11) win. The 70 CVT class win went to Indiana’s Chase Rayburn. 

In the ATV Micro it was Klaiton Sampson earning the overall win from the second row in the MXC2 class. Bryson Dickerson earned second overall, while also taking the win in the MXC1 class. Jase Strouse finished third overall and second in MXC2, while Stratton Weddle rounded out the top three in the MXC2 class. Zander Rogers and Sonny Vertz came through second and third in the MXC1 class. 

Cole Forbes earned his 11th youth bike overall win, sealing the deal on his 2021 Youth Bike GNCC Overall Championship. Photo: Mack Faint

In the Bike Micro race, it was Hunter Hawkinberry taking the overall win and another MXC1 class win. Beau Garetson came through to earn second overall in the race and in the MXC1 class, while Jase Jackson earned third overall and the MXC2 class win. Brody Haugh earned the 50 Sr. class win and came through in fourth overall. Coming through to earn third in MXC1 was Maddux Harris, while Trevor Booker and Wyatt Johnson earned second and third in the MXC2 class.

With changes to Sunday’s race schedule, the Bike Youth race took place on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. Coming through to take the win, and earning the 2021 Overall Youth Bike National Championship, was Cole Forbes. Forbes earned his 11th overall win of the season and wrapped up the championship in Indiana. Thor Powell came through to earn second overall on the day and in the YXC1 Super Mini Sr. class. Jhak Walker earned third in his class and overall, as well. Van Gosselin battled back to earn the YXC2 Super Mini Jr. class win followed by Robert Weiss and Ryan Amancio rounding out the top three class finishers.

Canyon Richards made his way to the GNCC series, earning the 85 (12-13) class win in Indiana. Jiggs Fustini battled throughout the race to bring home the 85 (7-11) win, while Travis Lentz earned the 65 (10-11) class win. Hunter Hawkinberry came through to also earn the 65 (7-9) class win after his Micro Bike win. Brighton Richards edged out Korah Jones and Ruby Fustini for the Girls (8-15) class win. Peyton Wilds tried their hand at GNCC Racing and brought home the Trail Rider (7-15) class win at the season finale.

Glen Switzer was honored as the Ironman AMSOIL Moto Hero. Photo: Ken Hill

This weekend's AMSOIL Moto Hero honors were given to Crawfordsville, Indiana native, Glen Switzer. Glen served from 1945-1946 as active duty on ABC 13 US Salisbury. He was a Navy Yeoman Captain 3rd class. Glen also served five years on active reserve. However, Glen has also had a huge impact on the community of Crawfordsville as he and his wife, Mary, started the American Legion and have been active member for 76 years. Glen has been very active in the community as he attends functions and always can be found helping out veterans and their American Legion.

As the season comes to an end the Night of Champions, awards banquet is set for December 10 and 11 at the Morgantown Marriott in Morgantown, West Virginia. ATVs, ATV micro and eMTB classes will be held on Friday, December 10, while bike and bike micro classes will be held on Saturday, December 11. The top 10 riders in each class will be receive trophies at the banquet, while the top 5 receive contingency items from the series and sponsors. Ticketing, hotel accommodations and more information can be found HERE.

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Cole Richardson (center), Devon Feehan (left) and Jarrod McClure (right) made up the Yamaha Racing Ironman Overall Pro podium. Photo: Mack Faint

Ironman Results and Points Standings
Crawfordsville, IN
Round 13 of 13
Saturday, October 23, 2021

XC1 Pro Event Results:

  1. Cole Richardson (YAM)
  2. Devon Feehan (YAM)
  3. Jarrod McClure (HON)
  4. Chris Borich (YAM)
  5. Joshua Merritt (YAM)
  6. Adam McGill (HON)
  7. Austin Abney (YAMM)
  8. Walker Fowler (YAM)
  9. Hunter Hart (YAM)
  10. Greg Covert (YAM)

*Overall National Championship Standings:

  1. Walker Fowler (339)
  2. Hunter Hart (251)
  3. Jarrod McClure (238)
  4. Cole Richardson (227)
  5. Adam McGill (187)
  6. Joshua Merritt (164)
  7. Devon Feehan (163)
  8. John Glauda Jr. (161)
  9. Chris Borich (147)
  10. Brycen Neal (133)

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

XC2 Pro-Am Event Results:

  1. Wyatt Wilkin (YAM)
  2. Jay Shadron (YAM)
  3. Tanner Walker (YAM)
  4. Kevin Cunningham (HON)
  5. Daniel Peters (YAM)
  6. Lee Smith (HON)
  7. Dylan Walraven (HON)
  8. Michael McAvoy (YAM)
  9. Grayson Eller (YAM)
  10. Kristian Meyer (HON)

XC2 Pro-Am Series Standings:

  1. Ronnie Rusch (259)
  2. Ben Kowalewski (234)
  3. Tanner Walker (221)
  4. Branden Owens (217)
  5. Wyatt Wilkin (206)
  6. Kenny Shick (180)
  7. Grayson Eller (153)
  8. Dylan Walraven (151)
  9. Daniel Peters (134)
  10. Kristian Meyer (132)

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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 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.

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