GBC Motorsports is all set to launch several new tire sizes at AIMExpo, scheduled for October 16-19 in Orlando. GBC is expanding its popular Dirt Commander line with new larger sizes.
“We are very excited to launch our expanded tire lines at AIMExpo,” says GBC Motorsports Director Randy Tsai. “We are always working to expand our offerings and remain at the forefront of the ATV and SXS markets. This show is the perfect venue to showcase our new products not only to dealers and media, but also directly to consumers.”
GBC Motorsports is offering its GBC Bucks contingency program for the 2014 GNCC Racing Series. More than $200,000 in GBC Bucks is up for grabs this season (over $15,000 available for each of the 13 rounds) for participants in ATV and SXS classes.
In order to be eligible to earn GBC Bucks, racers must:
1. Use GBC tires on all four wheels of your ATV or SXS.
2. GBC decals must be prominently displayed on the front and both sides of the vehicle.
3. Tech inspection must be performed at the track and form must be signed by the tech (forms without a tech signature will not be accepted).
4. A separate form must be filled out for each round of the series.
5. Finish top 3 of your class (minimum of 5 racers must compete in class).
In addition to offering GBC Bucks payouts for each event, GBC has added a $1,000 cash bonus for the champion of the SxS Pro class at season’s end. To be eligible for the payout the racer must run GBC tires at each round and must submit a GBC Bucks form for each round.
GBC Motorsports returns as an official event sponsor of the Brimstone Recreation White Knuckle Event. The annual Memorial Day weekend celebration draws racers and enthusiasts from across the country for the Wild Mountain Rampage and other attractions and events.
Brimstone Recreation’s big spring event, set for May 24-26, features a variety of fun activities for ATV and SxS riders, including the Pro Armor Moonshine Run, mud bogs, drag races, and guided rides through more than 300 miles of roads and trails. The White Knuckle event is always capped off with a performance by a country music artist, and this year Jamey Johnson will take the stage to wrap up a memorable weekend for all in attendance.
GBC Motorsports racers RJ Anderson and Mitch Guthrie Jr. won their respective classes at WORCS Round 5.SXS Pro Production
With temperatures breaking into triple digits, WORCS Racing descended on the small town of Taft, Calif. RJ Anderson took the holeshot and the early lead in the hotly contested SXS Pro class, as fellow GBC racers James Hill and Tommy Scranton followed behind in third and fourth. Anderson seems to be back to form as he controlled the entire race and finished with his second straight victory aboard his GBC Dirt Commanders.
Despite running in the top five for most of the race, last-lap mechanical issues dropped both James Hill to 12th place and Scranton to 16th on the day. Tim Wyatt finished ninth and Wesley Barker finished 14th.
The 2013 Heartland Challenge will have a familiar name attached, as GBC Motorsports will return as the event’s title sponsor. Scheduled to take place August 16-17 in Carlisle, Iowa, this is the sixth year for the ATV and UTV endurance race.
Race organizers have decided to change things up for the 2013 edition of the Heartland Challenge. The Pro class will be replaced by the Series Challenge. Each series will select riders to form a team that will represent their series. The winning team will be awarded a $4,000 payout while the series they represent will be awarded a $2,000 payout.
Each series can send a team of up to three riders to represent their series in this faceoff. The only stipulation is that each team may only have one rider that has participated in GNCC Pro or Pro-Am events within the past three years.
“We sat down with GBC and we all agreed we wanted to make this race even better,” says Tracy Kyner, race organizer. “We all wanted to step outside the box, to create a race that has the opportunity to represent the riders, their state, and the people out there giving so much of their time to create these different series.”
Glen Helen Raceway played host to the season opener of the Yamaha Quad-X Series this past weekend and GBC Motorsports was out in full force.
Last year, Dylan Dixon found seven podiums in ten rounds on the way to winning the 2012 Pro-Am title. Dixon has moved up to the highly competitive Pro 450 class for the 2013 season and finished 8-7 for the ninth overall spot in Round 1.
GBC Motorsports riders earned several class wins in the season-opening round of the 2013 Dirt Series at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park in Lake Elsinore, Calif.
The Quad Pro class proved to be not only an exciting battle in both motos, but it marked the return to competition for the former ATV pro and current GBC Motorsports Sales Rep Kory Ellis. Battling all day long with defending champion Dylan Dixon, Ellis passed Dixon on the last lap during the first moto to take the Race 1 win. Race 2 ended up much the same, with another late pass by Ellis locking away the Overall win. It was a good start to the season for the pair of GBC riders and featured strong performances on GBC Bomb Squad MX tires.
“The Dirt Series is really run well and it looked like so much fun last year that I decided to give it a go at the opener,” says Ellis. “We’re thrilled to once again be a part of the Dirt Series. GBC Motorsports is proud to support local race series like this because it gives us the chance to interact with the young racers that are going to carry this sport into the future.”
The Dirt Commander is one of GBC’s best selling products. According to GBC, the Dirt Commander is extremely durable and puncture resistant and features deeply siped tread for exceptional traction in all conditions and 8-ply rated bias construction. As well, the Dirt Commander is suitable for both Side-by-Sides and Utility ATVs
“We take customer feedback very seriously and often the expansion of our lines starts by talking to the people that are out there riding and racing,” says Kory Ellis, GBC Motorsports representative. “Larger tire sizes are gaining popularity, but not everyone is able or willing to move to a 14″ wheel. As a result we developed these new sizes so that we could offer our larger 27″ Dirt Commanders for 12″ wheels.”
The two new Dirt Commander sizes will be 27×9.00-12 (front) and 27×11.00-12 (rear).
GBC Motorsports has released two new models of cross-country tires – the XC-Master and XC-Racer. The XC-Master and XC-Racer will be replacing the X-Rex and Race Rex models, and will be available in February 2013.
“GBC Motorsports strives to offer ATV riders and racers the best tires possible, and continually works to update its products based on research and feedback from professional racers,” GBC Motorsports says in a release. “The result of this work is a pair of modified and improved cross-country tires based on the popular X-Rex and Race Rex models.”
While the XC-Master is based on X-Rex and the XC-Racer on the Race Rex, these two new tires feature a few upgrades to their construction. The XC-Racer has a newly reinforced bead that is designed to provide a better seal and improved durability. The XC-Master features a reshaped profile designed to improve steering and control. Additionally, GBC says new rubber compounds offer better traction and puncture-resistance.
The Kanati Mongrel is now available in the following sizes:
According to GBC, the Kanati Mongrel stresses versatility and functionality. The moderately aggressive tread pattern makes the Mongrel capable of negotiating a variety of terrain, while its DOT approved radial construction makes it safe and suitable for paved surfaces.
GBC Motorsports decided to celebrate its successful year in ATV and UTV racing by looking back at the performance of its sponsored riders in 2012.
Kayla Smith made her mark in 2012 with impressive performances throughout the year. Kicking off the WORCS season with a third place finish in the SXS Production 700 class, Smith would go on to land on the podium five more times in six races. With class wins at Race Town 395 and the Honolulu Hills finale, Kayla proved that she is capable of racing at a high level for any racer. The fact that she is 16 years old (and that some of her competitors have been racing since before she was born) makes her talent and vision behind the wheel even more remarkable. Smith finished the series in third place in her class aboard her GBC Dirt Commanders.
Yamaha Quad-X Racing Series
Dylan Dixon was one of the most talked-about up-and-comers on the West Coast racing scene, and his strong performances in the Quad-X Racing Series have something to do with that. Finding the podium in seven out of ten races, Dixon’s run through the Pro-Am class was highlighted by a Round 8 class win at Speedworld MX. Dixon improved on his second place 2011 finish by winning the Pro-Am class in 2012, and is on the verge of breaking into the Pro ranks.
With a second place finish in this past weekend’s season finale, Dylan Dixon wrapped up the 2012 Yamaha Quad-X Pro-Am Championship.
After finishing second in the opening moto, Dixon pulled the second holeshot moto on his way to another second place finish aboard his GBC Bomb Squad MX tires. The second place overall marked his seventh podium appearance of the 10-round season.
In addition to the Quad-X Series, Dixon recently captured the Pro Quad Championship in the inaugural Dirt Series season and has also been seeing racing success in other series and events throughout the Southwest this year.
GBC Motorsports is returning as a sponsor of the 4th Annual SXS & ATV Roundup presented by Yamaha. The event is scheduled for August 31 – September 2 at Brimstone Recreation in Huntsville, Tenn.
Each year the SXS & ATV Roundup attracts visitors from across the country to Brimstone Recreation to partake in a multitude of SXS & ATV events, live music, and the fabled King of the Mountain Challenge.
The event kicks off on Friday, August 31 with guided trail rides of various skill levels followed by a Meet & Greet, Can-Am Sled Pull and “Deuling Drag Race” and the Yamaha Drive-In Movie.