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Yamaha Racing Ironman GNCC: ATV Race Report
Brycen Neal Earns GNCC Overall ATV National Championship
CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. (October 23, 2022) – The Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series presented by Specialized, an AMA National Championship, kicked off the season finale on Saturday, October 22, 2022, at Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana. With near perfect weather conditions, the race was on for the coveted National Championship.
As the race got underway it was WFR/GBC/Fly Racing/Yamaha’s Walker Fowler grabbing the $250 XC1 All Balls Racing Holeshot Award. As the pack came through on the opening lap it was The Original Formula 88/Ithaca Recreation Sports/Maxxis/Fly Racing’s Hunter Hart leading the way over Fowler and OBOR/Moose Racing/Parts Unlimited/McGill Mafia’s Adam McGill. However, Fowler would make the pass on Hart during the second lap, and he would not look back. Fowler led the rest of the race, earning his fifth win of the season. Hart would continue to hold second for the duration of the race.
As the rest of the pack continued to battle, Magna1 Motorsports’ Brycen Neal was making his way through from a fifth place start to the day. Neal would make the pass on McGill, coming through third but an on track penalty would push him back to fourth on the day and McGill with a podium finish to end the season. With a fourth place finish Neal and Fowler were now tied in points for the National Championship, it would come down to who had more wins during the season. Neal had earned eight wins versus Fowler’s five wins on the season, and with that Neal clinched his first-ever GNCC Overall ATV National Championship.
Abney Racing/Action Off-Road/Maxxis/BDO Yamaha’s Austin Abney put in another good ride in his home state of Indiana as he came through to take fifth overall on the day. Making the move from XC2, SBR/Pierce Performance/GBC Tires’ Wyatt Wilkin battled back to finish sixth overall. XC2 Champion Action Off-Road/Pro Graphx/Pierce Performance’s Jay Shadron battled back to earn seventh overall on the day.
Coming through eighth on the day was Getter Nissan/Kenda/Action Off-Road/Richardson Racing’s Cole Richardson. After starting his day in fourth he would move back to sixth and eventually cross the finish line eighth overall. CBR/GBC/Action Off-Road/Fly Racing/AMSOIL’s Chris Borich would come through ninth on the day after trying to battle back from an 11th place position at the halfway point. Rounding out the top 10 in XC1 was Merritt Racing/BNR Motorsports/GBC Tires’ Joshua Merritt.
In the XC2 Pro-Am class it was Hetrick Racing/Kenda/Elka/HMF’s Steve Harrell battling back to earn his first win of the season. Harrell would secure his third place standings in the XC2 points with that win. Coming back after a fourth place start in the class to earn second was Nine 2 Goggles/BNR Motorsports/GBC Tires’ Tanner Walker. Working his way up from sixth to round out the top three in the XC2 class was Phoenix Racing/Yamaha’s Grayson Eller.
Keaton Henderson was first on the Top Amateur podium with a 17th place finish overall, and a win in the College A (16-21) class. In second on the Top Amateur podium and in the College A class was Alex Thieman as he came through 19th overall on the day. James Glauda would round out the Top Amateur podium with a third in College A, and 20th overall finishing position.
In the 4x4 Pro it would be Kenda/Nine 2/Custom Axis’ Cody Collier battling back into the number one spot to earn the win and clinch the 2022 GNCC 4x4 Pro National Championship. Pro Row 784/GBC/BNR/Victory Golf Cart’s Brandon Frazier and Stewart Boys Racing/Action Off-Road/DeRisi/HMF’s Haedyn Mickelson would come into the round tied and ready to battle for the last time. Frazier would come through in the second place position while Mickelson would earn third on the day. The $100 4x4 Pro BNR Motorsports Holeshot Award went to Can-Am/Tennessee Towing/BNR Motorsports’ Robbie Pecorari.
As the green flag waved for the WXC start, Team Pickens/Fly Racing/GBC Motorsports/Yamaha’s Traci Pickens jumped off the line first to earn the $100 WXC BNR Motorsports Holeshot Award. However, Pickens would suffer a mechanical issue on the first lap which would end her day. Kenda//FXR/HMF/Pro Graphx’s Emily Wise would move into the lead but would be unable to hold off a hard-charging Elioff Racing/BNR Motorsports/GBC Tires’ Jessica Elioff.
Elioff would move into the lead on the second lap and continue to hold the lead until the checkered flag flew. Eloff would earn her third win of the season. JMR/GBC Tires/DWT/Moose Racing/Action Off-Road’s Katelyn Osburn would have a good run at the season finale as she battled her way into the second place position. Stewart Boys Racing/Action Off-Road/Kenda Tire’s Andrea Rodgers would come through third in the class to round out the top three WXC finishers at Ironman.
In the youth ATV race it was Cole Lykins coming through to earn the overall win, as well as clinch the Youth ATV Overall Championship. Lykins earned four wins in the class in order to clinch the YXC1 Super Mini Sr. class championship along with his overall number one plate. Caden Spires earned second on the day, while Bryce Pullen rounded out the top three overall youth finishers as well as YXC1 finishers.
In the YXC2 Super Mini Jr. class it was Andrew Smallwood coming through to take the class win, his fourth win of the season. Noah Lykins and Garrett Cox would battle throughout the day coming in second and third in the YXC2 class. In the 250 (13-15) class the winner was Logan Phillips, while in the 125 (8-12) Ryder McCormick brought home the win.
The 90 (8-12) class saw Eli Tate take the win followed by Kane Cecco earning the 90 Limited (8-12) win. In the Schoolgirl Sr. (12-15) class it was Makenna Smallwood earning her fourth win of the year, while Paisley Stout came through to earn the Schoolgirl Jr. (12-15) class win. In the Girls Sr. (12-15) it was Gabriella Minneci clinching the win in Indiana, while in the Girls Jr. (8-11) class it would be Brianna Baity earning first. Beau Bothwell brought home the 70 CVT (6-11) win at the season finale.
In the Micro ATV race it would be Kody Buckhannon battling back and forth with Bryson Dickerson to take home that number one plate. As the checkered flag flew it was Buckhannon with the win, clinching the Micro ATV Overall National Championship. Bryson Dickerson and Klaiton Sampson rounded out the top three overall finishers and the top three in the MXC1 class.
The MXC2 class saw JP Pickens JR bring home his fifth class win of the season. As the checkered flag continued to fly it would be Bennett Dial and Leo Craig would round out the top three finishers of the class.
In the 50 Sr. (6-7) class it would be Chad McCormick crossing the line first for the win, with Cash Knecht coming through to earn the 50 Jr. (4-5) class win. Then in the 90 Stock (8-9) class it would be Brinlee Royster earning the win.
As the Bike Micro’s finished up it would be Maverick Boyer coming through to earn the MXC1 class win, and the overall win at the Ironman GNCC. However, it would be Hunter Jones coming through second, with enough points to clinch the Micro Bike National Championship. Zachary Kemp would round out the top three micro bike and MXC1 finishers.
Trason Landrum would battle back to earn the MXC2 class win, while Gage Lane and Davey Fairfield rounded out the top three and MXC2 class podium. The 50 Sr. 1 (7) saw Ellis Austin come through to take the win, while in the 50 Jr. 1 (6-7) class it was Maura Tsakanikas earning the class win. Weston Ford would come through to earn the 50. Sr. 2 (6) class win, with Peyton Austin taking the 50 Jr. 2 (4-5) win. In the Trail Rider class, it was the West Virginia racer, Colton Propst, earning the win.
GNCC Racing will host the Annual Night of Champions on December 10 and 11 in Morgantown, West Virginia at the Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place. Friday evening will be dedicated to the top 10 ATV, ATV Micro 50cc finishers and eMTB top 10 finishers in each championship class, while Saturday evening celebrates the top 10 Bike racers, and the Bike Micro 50cc finishers in each championship class. In addition to the trophy presentation, the top 5 in each class will receive contingency item prizes from our Series Sponsors.
The banquet will also feature an array of Specialty Awards, including Rider of the Year, Kurt Caselli Foundation Good Steward Award, Sponsor of the Year and more. If you would like to nominate a rider for the Good Steward Award, Pit Crew, Comeback of the Year or Sportsmanship awards. A form will be available to nominate someone you know. The Yamaha bLU cRU Program will once again be giving away a YFZ450R during the ATV banquet. A winner will be announced, and the unit will be shipped to each winner.
More information can be found online HERE. Online registration is required for the banquet and will open at a later date.
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.
Yamaha Racing Ironman Results and Points Standings
Round 13 of 13
Saturday, October 22, 2022
XC1 Pro Event Results:
- Walker Fowler (YAM)
- Hunter Hart (YAM)
- Adam McGill (HON)
- Brycen Neal (YAM)
- Austin Abney (YAM)
- Wyatt Wilkin (YAM)
- Jay Shadron (YAM)
- Cole Richardson (YAM)
- Chris Borich (YAM)
- Joshua Merritt (YAM)
*Overall National Championship Standings:
- Brycen Neal (325)
- Walker Fowler (325)
- Hunter Hart (235)
- Cole Richardson (212)
- John Glauda Jr. (192)
- Jay Shadron (180)
- Devon Feehan (176)
- Adam McGill (156)
- Jarrod McClure (144)
- Wyatt Wilkin (141)
*Indicates that the Overall National Championship Standings will determine the 2022 National Champion.
XC2 Pro-Am Event Results:
- Steve Harrell (YAM)
- Tanner Walker (YAM)
- Grayson Eller (YAM)
- Dylan Walraven (YAM)
- Chase Allison (YAM)
- Logan Huff (YAM)
- Daniel Peters (YAM)
- Branden Owens (YAM)
- Ben Berger (YAM)
- Joshua Richey (YAM)
XC2 Pro-Am Series Standings:
- Jay Shadron (321)
- Wyatt Wilkin (264)
- Steve Harrell (239)
- Branden Owens (217)
- Dylan Walraven (177)
- Grayson Eller (177)
- Daniel Peters (172)
- Tanner Walker (166)
- Chase Allison (119)
- Shane McMillen (118)
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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 America’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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