New Berlin, NY (9/15/2012)
- The 2012 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country
Series resumed from summer break Saturday with
Round 10 of the 13-race tour, taking place at
Unadilla in New Berlin, N.Y. In a hard-fought
battle to the end, Maxxis/Yoshimura's Chris
Borich secured his ninth win of the season and
went on to clinch his fourth consecutive XC1
Pro Class championship. Tireballs-backed rider
Pat McGuire extended his points lead in the
XC2 division after taking a big win over DeRisi
Racing's Braden Henthorn.
#1 Chris Borich secured the 2012 GNCC
Pro ATV XC1 Championship at Unadilla
with his 9th win of the sesaon
The Can-Am Unadilla GNCC is one of the most
noted stops on the GNCC tour as it incorporates
the historic "U1" and "U2"
motocross tracks into the loamy dark soils
of the New York woods. The race action lived
up to the hype as the top XC1 contenders went
neck-and-neck for one of the most pivotal
races of the year. JG Offroad/FRE/American
Honda's Brian Wolf kicked off the afternoon
by taking the $250 Motosport.com Holeshot
Award and led the pack in the early stages.
Right behind Wolf was Precision Motorsports/Lonestar
Racing/Moto X Perts' Adam McGill and soon
Bowers/Coastal National Guard/Yokley Racing's
Jarrod McClure set in behind the leaders.
The trio pushed their way out front on the
opening lap, where McGill eventually got around
Wolf for the lead. However, it didn't take
long for Borich to catch up and begin applying
pressure for the lead position.
Offroad's #341 Brian Wolf grabbed the
Pro ATV Holeshot & he went on to
round out the Top 5 in the Pro class
Meanwhile, Ballance Racing Yamaha's Taylor
Kiser had his sights set on stopping Borich's
championship run, as he needed to finish in
front of Borich in order to hinder Borich's
chances at a fourth title. However, Kiser
didn't get the start he had hoped for and
soon found that it wasn't easy to make passes
amidst lapped-traffic and other obstacles
on the course.
Kiser's Ballance Racing teammate Walker Fowler
found himself in a similar position off the
start, but the young gun picked his way through
the pack and soon entered the lead battle
with McGill, Borich and McClure. Just before
the two-lap board came out, McGill found himself
stranded in the woods while leading a four-way
battle for first. Fowler continued to mix
it up with Borich and McClure on the final
two laps, while McGill was forced catch a
tow back to the pits.
#5 Walker Fowler moved into the 2nd
spot in points by claiming a 2nd place
finish at Unadilla
"I got a terrible start but you can't
start a day like that and expect to be fresh,
so I was a little winded," Fowler said.
"I caught Chris [Borich] with the 2 lap
board and we started going back and forth,
even side by side a few times. I made one
mistake and he got away. I made mistakes and
he didn't, so he earned it [the win]."
Maxxis' #1 Chris Borich took the
checkered flag for his 9th win of the