Published on March 16th, 2015 | by GNCC Racing
GNCC Round 2 ATV Results: Maxxis General GNCC
Adam McGill Captures a Big Victory and The Points Lead at Saturday’s Maxxis General GNCC
Cole Richardson Makes It Two-In-A-Row in Georgia
Photos By: Ken Hill
WASHINGTON, Ga. (March 14, 2015) – Round two of the 2015 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series presented by Maxxis, an AMA National Championship, took place in Washington, Georgia on Saturday for the annual running of The Maxxis General GNCC. With muddy conditions and rainfall taking place throughout the day, Adam McGill emerged victorious in a two-hour test of survival to put himself into the XC1 Pro points lead for the first time since 2008.
Following a narrow second-place finish at the last round in Florida, CST/Lonestar/DeRisi/Tire Blocks/Spider Graphics-backed Adam McGill came out swinging as he put himself into a favorable position early on. It was Braden Henthorn who captured the $250 AMSOIL XC1 Holeshot Award, but as the opening lap came to a close it was Brian Wolf who took over out front. McGill made the pass on Wolf just before the first lap was complete and the West Virginia native led every lap through the finish.
Meanwhile, the highly anticipated rivalry between six-time GNCC National Champion Chris Borich and two-time runner up Walker Fowler shaped into an interesting dynamic as both riders checked in outside of the top five on the opening lap. Both riders managed to charge into the top five by the halfway point but it was about that time that Maxxis/SSi/FLY/Yamaha’s Chris Borich experienced a mechanical issue and was forced into the pit area.
Maxxis/B. Neal Motorsports’ Brycen Neal began the afternoon just outside the top five but the young gun quickly began picking off riders to get to the front. Neal’s crew decided to pit on the second lap, opposite of the rest of the field, but it worked to his advantage as he moved into the second place position just before the halfway mark.
McGill extended his lead to nearly 30 seconds over Neal during the second half of the two-hour race, capturing his first victory of the season in Georgia. After two rounds, McGill holds the reverse number plate colors to indicate that he is the points leader heading into the third round.
“It feels so good to get this win,” McGill said. “After everything I went through last weekend [narrowly missing the center of the podium] I can’t explain how good it feels. The Mafia was out in full force and I’m so happy to carry that points lead into the next round.”
Neal held on to capture a career-best second place finish in Georgia.
“This is my best overall finish ever and it feels awesome!” Neal said. “I just tried to stay focused out there and put in solid laps.”
N-Fab/AmPro Yamaha/Maxxis/Lonestar/MXP’s Walker Fowler put on a hard charge during the final lap, making his way from sixth- to third-place in the final moments.
“It wasn’t really a good day, I don’t like to lose,” Fowler said. “But your bad days are the days that championships are won and this is what I have to do [finish on the podium] to go after that championship.”
Coastal/Waynesburg Yamaha’s Jay Shadron finished an impressive fourth place overall. Shadron was running in a podium position on the final lap but Fowler put on a late-race charge to secure the final podium position.
Bithell Racing/Maxxis/Precision-backed Chris Bithell stayed consistent inside the top five all afternoon, finishing fifth overall for the day. GBC/Yamaha/HMF’s Johnny Gallagher put forth an impressive ride to finish sixth overall, just ahead of JMR/ATVRiders.com-backed Jarrod McClure in seventh.
N-Fab/AmPro Yamaha/Maxxis/Lonestar/MXP’s Cole Richardson extended his lead in the XC2 Pro Am division with a second straight win in the class. Richardson secured his second straight $100 All Balls Racing XC2 Holeshot Award but got stuck in a mud hold on the opening lap. The Pennsylvania native worked his way through the pack to finish first in the class and eighth overall for the day.
Dillingers/Hygear’s Marty Christofferson secured yet another second place finish after leading nearly half of the two-hour race. Christofferson holds second place in the championship standings, with JMR Racing/DWT’s Randy Hamilton in the third place position.
Greg Covert took the win in the College A (16-21) class, earning a 12th place overall finish to capture the Top Amateur honors at the opening round.
The 1 p.m. race was broadcast LIVE in its entirety on RacerTV.com and can be viewed as an archived video now online by visiting the GNCC LIVE page online.
The 2015 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series resumes March 28 and 29 with the FMF Steele Creek GNCC in Morganton, North Carolina. For more information on the series, visit www.gnccracing.com.
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The Maxxis General GNCC
Round 2 of 13
Saturday, March 14
XC1 Event Results:
- Adam McGill (HON)
- Brycen Neal (HON)
- Walker Fowler (YAM)
- Jay Shadron (YAM)
- Chris Bithell (SUZ)
- Johnny Gallagher (YAM)
- Jarrod McClure (HON)
- Brian Wolf (HON)
- Josh Merritt (YAM)
- Kevin Yoho (YAM)
*Overall National Championship Standings:
- Adam McGill (55)
- Walker Fowler (51)
- Brycen Neal (43)
- Chris Bithell (32)
- Jay Shadron (31)
- Jarrod McClure (29)
- Cole Richardson (27)
- Johnny Gallagher (25)
- Chris Borich (21)
- Brian Wolf (21)
*Indicates that the Overall National Championship Standings will determine the 2015 National Champion.
XC2 Event Results:
- Cole Richardson (YAM)
- Martin Christofferson (HON)
- Randy Hamilton (HON)
- Fred Marley (HON)
- Cody Collier (YAM)
- Steven Golden (HON)
- Michael Lancaster (HON)
- Jonathan Fugate (HON)
- Bryson Hoppes (YAM)
- Robbie Pecorari (HON)
XC2 Series Standings:
- Cole Richardson (60)
- Martin Christofferson (50)
- Randy Hamilton (39)
- Cody Collier (37)
- Michael Lancaster (28)
- Bryson Hoppes (27)
- Jonathan Fugate (25)
- Blake Tornes (25)
- Steven Golden (21)
- Fred Marley (19)
- Wes Kinsley (19)
About GNCC Racing
The AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country series presented by Maxxis 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 three-hour GNCC races lead as many as 1,500 riders through tracks 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., Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. GNCC Racing is televised weekly on NBC Sports and RacerTV.com. For more information, please visit www.gnccracing.com.