Anybody who thought Chris Borich might start to take it easy after winning his fourth straight GNCC XC1 Pro ATV class title has been proven wrong. Borich is perfect after two rounds of the 2013 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series and he’ll try to make it three-for-three at this weekend’s FMF Steele Creek GNCC in Morganton, NC.
While Borich enjoys life at the top of the mountain, the battle for second through 10th place is a lot less predictable with a deep field of talent on this year’s front line. AmPro Yamaha’s Walker Fowler currently sits in second place as he continues to chase Borich for a win. Fowler has struggled with poor starts in the first two rounds but the 20-year-old has successfully charged his way through the pack to secure two solid podium finishes so far this season.
Lonestar/Precision/ITP’s Adam McGill is coming off an unfortunate setback in Round 2, where he was forced to spend a substantial amount of time in the pits repairing his ATV after hitting a tree earlier in the race. McGill secured a second place finish in the opening round, ultimately putting him in third place in the overall standings heading into Round 3. Maxxis-backed Chris Bithell also ran into some issues at Round 2, knocking him back to seventh place after leading the early parts of the race. Bithell’s current fourth place rank doesn’t quite reflect the amount of time he’s spent in front of the pack thus far. Yamaha/GBC/HMF’s Johnny Gallagher currently sits tied with Bithell for fourth place in points after securing his first podium finish in 10 years at Round 2. At 35-years-old, Gallagher is the oldest racer on the front line but that doesn’t stop the GNCC veteran from mixing it up with the new generation of pro racers.
JB Offroad/Can-Am’s Jarrod McClure started off the season with a top five finish aboard an all-new machine and team but things didn’t quite go his way the following round. McClure is looking for his first podium finish this weekend in North Carolina.
And then there’s Waynesburg Yamaha’s Jeff Pickens, GT Thunder’s Brian Wolf and BNR’s Kevin Yoho who have continuously battled for top five positions at the first two rounds.
In the XC2 Pro Am division, rookies Brycen Neal and Landon Wolfe have pulled an early lead over the competition. Neal has swept the first two rounds of racing, while also securing impressive eighth and fourth place overall finishes after time adjustment. Wolfe currently holds second place in the class with two consistent second place finishes, also finishing tenth and eleventh overall from the second row.
Defending XC2 Pro Am champion Patrick McGuire hasn’t quite gotten off to the successful start he did last season, currently sitting third in the overall point standings. McGuire sits only one point ahead of Fred Marley, who tops Chad Jones by just one point heading into Round 3 this weekend.