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The Specialized General: ATV Race Report
Neal Earns Win Number Three in Georgia
WASHINGTON, Ga. (March 12, 2023) – The third round of the 2023 Grand National Cross Country Racing Series presented by Specialized, an AMA National Championship, (GNCC Racing) took place in Washington, Georgia with The Specialized General GNCC. Friday saw the first round of the Specialized Turbo eMTB National Championship, while Saturday featured ATV racing at the Aonia Pass MX facility.
When the green flag flew in Georgia at The Specialized General GNCC, it was Hunter Hart Racing/Ithaca Recreation Sports/Fly Racing’s Hunter Hart jumping off the line first to earn the $250 All Balls Racing XC1 Pro Holeshot Award. As the freight train of racers made their way towards timing and scoring on lap one, it would be Action Off-Road/GBC Tires/Rath Racing/BNR/SSi’s Joshua Merritt holding the lead with Phoenix Racing Yamaha’s Brycen Neal right at his back wheels and a handful of other XC1 Pro racers right behind them.
Neal would make the pass for the lead on the second lap and begin to place a gap over the rest of the field. As the race continued on, Neal continued lead the way. When the checkered flag flew Neal would have over a minute lead between himself and second place on the day.
Coming through in second was Richardson Racing/Action Off-Road/Kenda’s Cole Richardson after starting his day in fourth and making his way up through the pack to earn his podium finish. Richardson now sits second in the points standings after three rounds of racing. After earning the hoelshot, Hart would battle with Richardson back-and-forth for the second and third place positions. Hart would be unable to make a pass for second before time expired, but he would come through just 1.1 seconds off of Richardson.
Pierce Performance/Action Off-Road/GBC/Active Waste Solution’s John Glauda Jr. would make up a lot of time throughout the race after he came through eighth on the opening lap of the race. Glauda would steadily work his way up, running in the fourth place position by the fourth lap of the race. Glauda would continue to push all the way until the checkered flag as he came through just 1.6 seconds behind Hart.
Earning himself another top five finish was OBOR Tires/Moose Racing/Parts Unlimited-backed racer, Adam McGill. As the race got underway McGill would come through seventh, but as the laps continued to click off McGill continued to make his way through the course and racers. Stewart Boys Racing/GBC/Pierce Performance/Focus X’s Wyatt Wilkin would make a last lap pass to earn sixth overall on the day.
Fly Racing/Action Off-Road/AMSOIL-backed racer, Chris Borich battled back to earn seventh after running 11th on the opening lap of the race. Action Off-Road/Pro Graphx/Kenda/Pierce Performance’s Jay Shadron earned another top 10 finish, earning eighth on the day in Georgia. Abney Racing/Action Off-Road/Maxxis/Lonestar Racing’s Austin Abney battled back to finish ninth on the day. While Bullet Proof Doorz/BNR Motorsports/Senge Graphic’s Ronnie Rusch rounded out the top 10 in the XC1 Pro class.
Unfortunately, after running first on the opening lap, Merritt would fall back to sixth before being unable to make it to the checkered flag. Bad luck struck JMR/GBC/Elka/Moose Racing’s Jarrod McClure as well as he was making a push towards the front, they heard something in his machine and within a couple miles it completely shut off on him.
After earning the $100 BNR Motorsports XC2 Pro-Am Holeshot Award, McCormick Racing/Stewart Boys Racing/Action Off-Road’s Layne McCormick continued to hold the lead on the opening lap of the race. Owens Racing/Osburn Off-Road/Moose Racing/OBOR’s Branden Owens had moved into the second place position after his start, and he would soon overtake McCormick for the lead position. As the race wore on it would be Steven Harrell Racing/BNR Motorsports/Kenda/HMF’s Steve Harrell making his way through the pack after coming through seventh on the first lap. Harrell would continue to make the necessary passes and soon found himself sitting third.
Harrell would make the pass on McCormick and Owens on the last lap, moving himself into the number one position and continuing his win streak in the XC2 class. Owens would hold on for second as McCormick made his first XC2 podium appearance with a third place finish on the day.
Earning himself the Top Amateur honors was Alex Thieman in the College A class as he finished 14th overall and first in his class. Kevin Yoho would come through 19th overall and first in Vet A to earn second atop the Top Amateur podium. Dayton Hickey rounded out the Top Amateur’s with a 20th overall and second in College A.
When the 4x4 Pro line took off it would be the LW Racing/OBOR/Action Off-Road-racing machine of Landon Wolfe earning the BNR Motorsports 4x4 Pro Holeshot Award. But after a couple laps of racing, Wolfe would find himself tangled up in the trees unable to free his machine in a timely matter. As the racers came through timing and scoring it would be Pro Row 784/GBC/BNR/Victory Golf Cart’s Brandon Frazier making his way into the number position and holding that spot until the white flag flew. Unfortunately for Frazier disaster would strike, and his machine would be unable to make it to the checkered flag.
After running in second, Ryco Racing/Kenda Tires/KMK Off-Road/Elite Graphics’ Cody Collier would make his way into the first place position and earn himself his second overall win of the season. Stewart Boys Racing/Action Off-Road/DeRisi/HMF’s Haedyn Mickelson would take over second in the 4x4 Pro class on the day after making his way up through the pack from a fourth place start. Action Off-Road/DeRisi/OBOR’s Burke Marsiglia rounded out the top three 4x4 Pro class finishers in Georgia.
GBC Tires/Yamaha Racing’s Johnny Gallagher would line up in the Super Senior (45+) class and take the win, as well as second overall in race.
As the morning race continued on it was Chloe Harper getting the jump off the WXC line to earn herself the $100 BNR Motorsports WXC Holeshot Award. However, it did not take long for JMR/Action Off-Road/GBC/Moose Racing’s Katelyn Osburn to make her way into the lead and begin to try and place a gap over the rest of the field. Osburn would hold that first place spot for the first two laps of the race, when Team Pickens/GBC Tires/Yamaha Racing/Fly Racing’s Traci Pickens would make the pass as the white flag flew.
While out on that last lap Pickens would fall back to fourth, with Hurricane Hannah/Fly Racing/OBOR Tires/HMF’s Hannah Hunter striking and taking over the lead position after steadily making her way through the pack. Hunter would come through to earn her first win of the season, while Osburn held on for second in the WXC class. Coming through in third would be Elioff Racing/BNR Motorsports/GBC Tires/Fly Racing’s Jessica Elioff, who earned the first two round wins. Elioff continues to hold the points lead in the class after three rounds of racing.
Battling his way to earn The Specialized General GNCC youth overall win, and his first of the season, was Bryce Pullen. Pullen also earned himself the YXC1 Super Mini Sr. (13-15) class win in Georgia. Andrew Smallwood and Ryan Wilhelm would battle back-and-forth to earn second and third overall and in the YXC1 class.
In the YXC2 Super Mini Jr. (12-13) class it was Stetson Owens making his way into the lead position on the second to last lap of the race. Owens would start his day back in ninth, but would put his head down and push, making it to second as the white flag flew. Bodie Buckhannon would also make his way onto the podium after starting his day back in fourth. Buckhannon would come through second, just ahead of Eli Edgar. Edgar would lead the race for the first four laps, but he was unable to hold off the charging duo of Owens and Buckhannon. Edgar would hold onto third in the class.
Garrett Cox would earn the 250 (13-15) class win, while Isaac Smith would take home the win in the 250 (13-15) Limited class. Noah Slocum earned the 125 (8-12) class with Kane Cecco earning the 125 (8-12) Limited class win. Landon Glauda took home the 90 (8-12) class win. Isabella Gouker would clinch the Schoolgirl Sr. class win as Tatum Coriell took home the Schoolgirl Jr. class win. Gracie Wolfe earned herself the Girls Sr. class win, while Lakah Carr grabbed the Girls Jr. class win. Jase Strouse would battle back again to earn the 70 CVT (6-11) class win.
The Micro ATV Overall podium saw Bryson Dickerson earning himself the MXC1 and overall win on the day. However, JP Pickens would come through right on his back tires as the checkered flag flew earning himself second overall on the day. Jase Strouse would battle back and earn himself third overall and in the MXC1 class.
In the MXC2 class it was Bentley Groves coming through to take home the class win followed by Colt Delabar and Chad McCormick rounding out the classes top three finishers at round three. Kolston Wilson would come through first in the 50 Sr. (6-7) class, Justin Collins would earn the 50 Jr. (4-5) class win and Brantley Slack came through to take home the 90 Stock (8-9) class win.
In the Micro Bike race it would be Davey Fairfield from the MXC2 class coming through to earn the overall win and his class win. Maverick Boyer would earn the MXC1 class win and come through second overall in the morning. MXC2’s Tripp Lewis battled back to earn third overall and second in the class. Hunter Jones and Blake Abboud would round out the top three finishers of the MXC1 class, while Logan Goodwin would round out the MXC2 top three in Georgia.
Daxton Mullins would take home the 50 Sr. 1 (7) class win, with Cash Knecht earning the 50 Sr. 2 (6) class win. Zeke Barfield would claim the Micro-E (4-7) class win as Deegan Deel earned himself the 50 Jr. 1 (6-7) class win. Carson Zink in the 50 Jr. 2 (4-5) would take home the class win, while Hunter Siegel would come through to earn the Micro (4-6) Shaft Drive class win. Dawson Shealey earned the win in the Trail Rider (7-9) class.
For the first round of the Specialized Turbo eMTB GNCC National Championship it was Ride Kanuga/Specialized/Rouleur Coaching’s Cypress Gorry coming through to earn the season opener win in Georgia on Friday afternoon. Specialized/ShimanoMTB’s Gus Michaels and AmPro Yamaha’s Ty Teasdale would battle back-and-forth to round out the top three overall and XC1 Pro finishers in the race. In the XC2 class it was Wamsley Cycle’s Cooper Kuneff coming through to earn the first win of the season, but Coastal GASGAS Racing’s Talon Hawk was gaining time each lap closing the gap. Ultimately Hawk would run out of time to catch Kuneff, but he would still finish a strong second. In third it would be AmPro Yamaha’s Mitch Hawkins coming through in Georgia.
In the WXC class it was Specialized/Gear Bicycle Sales’ Ginny McFall and USWE Sports/Void Cycling’s Kelly Jones swapping the lead position multiple times throughout the race. McFall would hold the lead for the last two laps of the race, but she would only have a .961 gap over Jones when the checkered flag flew. Alexandra Cardozo rounded out the WXC top three finishers.
Rogerio Filho, who lost his seat after lap one, came through to earn the XC3 (40+) class at The Specialized General GNCC. Then it would be Katie Nash battling back to earn the Women’s class win as Jennifer Key would claim the Women Vet (30+) win. It was Chuck Norris racing to earn himself the Amateur eMTB class win, while Jon Agin would come through to take home the Senior (40+) class win. Brad Myers earned himself the Masters (55+) class win, with third place David Heath making his way onto the podium at the age of 70. Marty Aloisio took the Big Bore (200lb+) eMTB class win, with Phillip Sollon earning himself the Youth (9-13) class win at round one.
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The Specialized General Results and Points Standings
Round 3 of 12
Saturday, March 11, 2023
XC1 Pro Event Results:
- Brycen Neal (YAM)
- Cole Richardson (YAM)
- Hunter Hart (YAM)
- John Glauda Jr. (YAM)
- Adam McGill (HON)
- Wyatt Wilkin (YAM)
- Chris Borich (YAM)
- Jay Shadron (YAM)
- Austin Abney (YAM)
- Ronnie Rusch (YAM)
*Overall National Championship Standings:
- Brycen Neal (90)
- Cole Richardson (71)
- Hunter Hart (67)
- Adam McGill (46)
- Jay Shadron (43)
- Chris Borich (39)
- Wyatt Wilkin (36)
- John Glauda Jr. (36)
- Steve Harrell (31)
- Austin Abney (30)
*Indicates that the Overall National Championship Standings will determine the 2023 National Champion.
XC2 Pro-Am Event Results:
- Steve Harrell (YAM)
- Branden Owens (YAM)
- Layne McCormick (YAM)
- Grayson Eller (YAM)
- Tanner Walker (YAM)
- Dylan Walraven (YAM)
- James Glauda (YAM)
- Logan Huff (YAM)
- Albert Jadosh (YAM)
- Charles Dunn III (HON)
XC2 Pro-Am Series Standings:
- Steve Harrell (90)
- Branden Owens (68)
- Grayson Eller (60)
- Dylan Walraven (56)
- Layne McCormick (52)
- Tanner Walker (49)
- James Glauda (37)
- Albert Jadosh (34)
- Gabriel Naud (29)
- Kenny Shick (27)
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