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2012 GNCC ATV Racing Series
Round #5 - The Mammoth
Park City, Kentucky
April 28, 2012

Can-Am GNCC Racing - Grand National Cross Country Racing Series

Chris Borich & Walker Fowler Duke it Out at Mammoth GNCC
Waynesburg Yamaha's Gabe Phillips Wins Pro-Am XC2 ATV

Can-Am Mammoth GNCC
Round 5 - ATV Racing Links
Chris Borich - Suzuki LTR450 ATV
Maxxis' #1 Chris Borich Wins Mammoth GNCC Pro ATV XC1
Park City, KY (4/29/2012) – The stage was set for the Ballance Racing Yamaha team to attempt defeat on the defending champ Chris Borich as they headed to their first-ever hometown GNCC in Park City, Kentucky for round five of the 2012 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series. Tension was high coming into the weekend as anticipation set in on whether or not Borich would actually be able to fend off a hungry field of XC1 racers for another round of racing and after a hard fought battle to the final seconds of racing, Borich proved that he still has the upper hand on the rookie. The Can-Am Mammoth GNCC boasted some of the most challenging terrain on the circuit and racers rose to the challenge as the two-hour race pitted man versus machine against the rocky hills of the Park Mammoth Resort.

Walker Fowler managed to seal the $250 Holeshot Award amongst a pretty chaotic Pro class start, and he and Ballance Racing teammate Taylor Kiser jumped out front early on, writing the beginning to a perfect story for the weekend. Bowers/Coastal National Guard/Yokley Racing’s Jarrod McClure put himself up front right away and contested the lead pack, along with defending champ Chris Borich, who casually tucked into the top five right away.

Walker Fowler - Yamaha YFZ450X ATV
FMF Racing's #5 Walker Fowler grabbed the Pro XC1 ATV Holeshot

It’s always a toss up on who’s going to lead the race early on, because in GNCC Racing the strategy is all about picking it up at the end of the race, which seems to be a signature move of Borich this season, but there were several instances where he wanted to pass Fowler throughout the race, but couldn’t stick the move.

“I was thinking about where I wanted to set Walker up for the pass throughout the entire race and I knew it was going to be somewhere in that last field section,” said Borich of his final pass for the win. “Walker is riding really good this year, but sometimes he just has to slow down to go faster. I had a good time riding with those guys today.”

Precision/Moto X Perts/ITP/Lonestar/RG Motorsports’ Adam McGill got himself up front right away and quickly moved into contention for the lead where he settled into a close third, but as he battled back and forth with Fowler and Borich coming through the finish line area for the 2-lap card, McGill’s ATV completely shut off. His pit crew spent some time looking over the machine and determined that he wasn’t going to be able to finish the race.

Chris Borich - Suzuki LTR450 ATV
Yoshimura's #1 Chris Borich battled early on with Precision Racing's #2 Adam McGill for the 2nd spot while the pair chased after Yamaha's #5 Walker Fowler in the lead

“You know, this is a huge bummer for me this season. It sounds like we dropped a transmission today and it’s kind of like we can’t win for losing at this point,” McGill said of his season so far this year. McGill still holds a one-point lead over Kiser for the second place position in the overall point standings.With McGill out of the race with mechanical troubles, Jarrod McClure inherited the fourth place spot, but was out of striking distance of the lead trio of Fowler, Borich, and Kiser, who had separated themselves from the rest of the pack. But as the laps wore on, the track became rougher and lapped riders came into play, which allowed Fowler and Borich to consistently put a lapped rider between themselves and Kiser, thus keeping him out of the lead battle by the end of the race. It was all down to Borich and Fowler once again, as the rookie and the veteran set each other up for another epic finale.

Chris Borich - Suzuki LTR450 ATV
Maxxis' #1 Chris Borich & Yamaha's #5 Walker Fowler battle for the lead with #3 Taylor Kiser in chase in the final laps of the race
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