Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Chris Borich made the best of a bad-luck situation on his Yoshimura-equipped Suzuki QuadRacer R450 at round 10 of the 2011 ATV Grand National Cross Country series in Somerset, Pa., this weekend at the Mountain Ridge GNCC.
Although reigning ATV XC1 Champion Borich was battling up front for most of the race, he suffered a spot of bad luck on the final lap. While maneuvering through the rockiest section of the course, he wound up with a punctured tire. Once he realized his predicament, Borich tried to salvage as many points as possible and finished fifth.
“We were running good,” says Borich. “Top three all day on the Rockstar Makita Suzuki QuadRacer. But at the start of the last lap, I looked down and one of the rear tires was flat and all the tire balls were gone. So after that, I was basically trying to hang on… I ran third for a while, but it was hard to go fast with the flat and I ended up dropping back to fifth.”
Despite the fifth-place finish, Borich still holds sway in the class. With just three rounds to go before the next event in Ohio, the Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider has a 22-point lead over second place in the overall championship points.
National Guard Coastal Yokley Racing Team rider Jarrod McClure finished fifth Overall and fifth in the XC1 Pro class today. There were 164 total entries including 14 XC1 Pro racers. Yokley Racing Youth ATV Team rider Kalab Hagan finished second in the 90 Open (8-11) class. There were 82 total entries including 13 in his class
Summary – XC1 Pro ATV
The track at Millfield can be really muddy, or really dusty. This weekend’s race was run in almost perfect conditions after receiving some rain recently; it was sunny and the temperature in the 80’s. There was very little dust, and there were some muddy hillclimbs and creek crossings. The course included a pro-style motocross track as well as tight woods sections.
Jarrod McClure got off the line well, but someone ran over his rear tire in the first turn, almost flipping him over. He completed lap 1 in sixth position, and was being smart with his line selections in the muddy areas. He moved into fifth on lap 2, and maintained that position to the finish. Many of the pro riders were getting stuck, but McClure said he never did. He attributed that to the new Kenda tires and Tireballs, and was really stoked about the traction they provided.
Racer TV is expanding in 2011, creating a year-long program block combining coverage of the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series (GNCC), the ATVMX National Championship Presented by DWT, the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship Presented by Amsoil from Loretta Lynn Ranch, and the ISOC Amsoil Championship Snocross Series. Racer TV will now feature 52 straight weeks of powersports programming, beginning on Sun., April 17, 2011 on VERSUS.
“Combining properties from four different racing series helps leverage us to an even bigger audience,” says Carrie Coombs, manager of Racer TV. “We’ve increased the episodes and exposure for GNCC, ATV motocross and Loretta’s, as well as the ISOC Snocross series. And the 52-week format means fans can tune in every Sunday and catch great racing.”
Fantasy sports leagues have been popular for years, with football and baseball leading the way. Now ATV racing fans have a league of their own on OffRoadFantasy.com.
The web site has launched its first two off-road racing fantasy leagues for 2010, with leagues for the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country ATV and Bike Series.
Scott has teamed up with OffRoadFantasy.com to give Scott Rewards certificates to the first 250 entries, and to provide a pair of Scott NoSweatXi goggles to the winners from week one. The race takes place this weekend, so players are encouraged to sign up now.