Fowler Wins Inaugural Tomahawk GNCC
Two weeks after a mechanical issue knocked him out of the muddy Limestone 100 GNCC, Walker Fowler faced dry and dusty conditions on his way to victory this weekend at the Dunlop Tomahawk GNCC in Odessa, NY, Round 6 of the 2015 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country series.
When the green flag flew, Bithell Racing/Maxxis/Precision’s Chris Bithell jumped out front to claim the $250 AMSOIL XC1 Pro Holeshot Award and the early lead. Championship points leader CST/PirateMX.com/LSR/DeRisi/Tireblocks/SG’s Adam McGill took over the lead on lap two while Fowler (N-Fab/AmPro/Maxxis/Lonestar Yamaha) worked his way through the pack, coming from as far behind as eighth place on the opening lap. After Fowler took the lead on lap four, McGill held on to finish the day in second place.
JMR/ATVRiders.com Jarrod McClure came away with his third podium finish of the year, rounding out the overall podium in third. After suffering a crash on the final lap of the race, Bithell was able to claim fourth place.
Fasttrax/Wolf Racing’s Brian Wolf had another impressive ride finishing fifth overall. Wolf currently sits eighth in the championship standings. BNR/GBC backed Kevin Yoho finished a season best sixth place ahead of Maxxis/B. Neal Motorsport’s Brycen Neal.
Series leader Adam McGill fought his way to a second place finish.
Showhauler/Maxxis/Cycle Barn’s Landon Wolfe finished a solid eighth place in the XC1 Pro class ahead of Maxxis/BNR/Moose rider Josh Merritt in ninth place while Coastal/Waynesburg Yamaha Jay Shadron rounded out the top 10.
Team Maxxis’ Chris Borich looked to be in contention for the overall win throughout the entire race until he experienced mechanical issues less than two miles from the finish on the last lap. He was able to get his machine back on the track to finish the race in 12th place.
The XC2 Pro Am class saw a new winner emerge at the inaugural Tomahawk GNCC. RYCO Racing’s Cody Collier came away victorious in New York, and put an end to N-Fab AmPro Yamaha/Maxxis/Lonestar-backed Cole Richardson’s win streak. Richardson was running strong until mechanical issues ended his day early.
Cody Collier (center) celebrates his XC2 victory on the podium.
JMR/ATVRiders.com’s Randy Hamilton claimed the $100 All Balls Racing XC2 Holeshot Award and took the early lead for the first two laps before battling with Richardson and Collier. Hamilton had his best finish of the 2015 season, finishing second in the XC2 Pro Am class. Hamilton currently sits fourth in the XC2 Pro Am championship standings behind Honda’s Martin Christofferson who finished an impressive third place.
Westley Wolfe captured the Top ATV Amateur Overall Award by claiming the College A (16-21) class win and finishing 15th overall. Wolfe’s win at the Tomahawk GNCC was his third consecutive of the season in the College A (16-21) class. He is currently second in the class championship standings, but is only one point behind class leader, Austin Abney.
Westley Wolfe topped the College A class for the third straight time.
The 2015 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series resumes May 23 and 24 with the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Mountaineer Run in Masontown, WV.
Dunlop Tomahawk GNCC XC1 Results
Walker Fowler (YAM)
Adam McGill (HON)
Jarrod McClure (HON)
Chris Bithell (SUZ)
Brian Wolf (HON)
Kevin Yoho (YAM)
Brycen Neal (HON)
Landon Wolfe (YAM)
Josh Merritt (YAM)
Jay Shadron (YAM)
Overall XC1 National Championship Standings
Adam McGill (149)
Walker Fowler (136)
Jarrod McClure (110)
Chris Borich (104)
Chris Bithell (102)
Brycen Neal (102)
Jay Shadron (81)
Brian Wolf (77)
Kevin Yoho (76)
Landon Wolfe (75)