Fowler wins XC1 class while Richardson dominates XC2
Yamaha Racing’s Walker Fowler earned his first ever overall ATV National Championship at the season-ending Ironman GNCC in Crawfordsville, Ind. while piloting a YFZ450R dressed in Yamaha’s 60th anniversary yellow and black.
Fowler has raced his way up the Grand National Cross Country series ranks for more than a decade. He finished fourth on Saturday, which was more than enough to secure the XC1 Pro ATV championship. Fowler’s trophy room now includes titles in XC1 Pro, XC2 Pro-Am, College A, Schoolboy (13-15), and 90cc Mod. (12-15) classes dating back to 2006.
“I’ve been chasing this championship for years, and it’s an incredible feeling to finally top the podium with my N-Fab/Am-Pro Yamaha team and the 60th anniversary Yamaha YFZ450R,” Fowler said. “To finally take the win this year is a dream come true, and to do so alongside Yamaha’s 60th anniversary makes it even more awesome.”
In addition to Fowler’s 60th anniversary YFZ450R, other racers under the Yamaha banner, including the 2015 XC2 ATV Champion and N-Fab/Am-Pro Yamaha rider Cole Richardson, Maxxis/SSI/Yamaha’s Chris Borich and GBC/Fly/Fox/Yamaha’s Johnny Gallagher, raced with Yamaha’s black and yellow heritage colors and graphics.
The celebration was attended by past Yamaha GNCC racing legends including nine-time pro champ Bill Ballance and nine-time women’s champ Traci Cecco. Ballance helped pit for Fowler, and Cecco competed alongside friends and fans alike, winning the WXC class at the Ironman.
“This has been another exciting year for Yamaha’s off-road racing programs, and it’s great to be celebrating current and past champions throughout our 60th anniversary,” said Donnie Luce, Yamaha’s Off-Road Racing Coordinator. “We’re stacking up trophies this year in both MX and cross country thanks to the best machines and riders in the industry. A lot has changed in 60 years, but Yamaha has stayed consistent as the leading brand in motorsports racing.”
In addition to Yamaha’s 60th anniversary celebration, the GNCC community recognized the concluding days of Breast Cancer Awareness Month to help raise funds and awareness for this important cause at the Ironman. Honoring the cause, Yamaha pledged to donate $60 for each Yamaha racer who won their class – the donation amount in conjunction with the manufacturer’s 60 years in business. Yamaha funded over $1,200, with the weekend’s contribution totaling $7,606.50 towards Breast Cancer Awareness in the local community.