Bryan Baker - Factory Polaris GNCC Pro ATV Racer
did you first start riding ATVs?
Baker - Ten Quick Facts
||Knob Noster, MO
|| Polaris Outlaw
||1987 Mojave 110
|| Steele Creek, NC
||Thumb for sure!
14 years old in 1987
did you get involved with ATV racing?
I saw a flyer at my local cycle shop for a local Hare
Scramble and told Dad I was going to go race. He said
"No your not" and I said "It's my bike
and my truck, yes I am. If you want to come you can."
I raced in jeans and a t-shirt with tennis shoes and
a helmet and Scott goggles with no tear offs or roll
offs (what are they?). I had no gloves, boots, spare
tires or spare parts and was only 30 seconds down
from the overall at the end of the race.
was your first GNCC event? What Class did you race?
How did you do?
In 1993 (20 years old) I went to the closest GNCC
8 hours away to Loretta Lynn's and raced in the Open
A class and got 3rd and have been hooked ever since.
Most GNCC's are about 14 hours away one way
you turned GNCC Pro ATV Racer, what ATV did you race
and how did you do your first year?
In 1997 at 24 I started racing in t he Pro class on
a Leager 250R and ended up 6th overall for the season.
is your most memorable GNCC race?
In 2005, at the Unadilla, I ran 3rd overall all day
and that was awesome!
Baker & Family(Wife, Autumn, Sons Zachary(2),
was the scariest thing to ever happen to you during
In 2001, I raced a Yamaha YZF 400 and hooked a rose
bush and flipped going up a steep hill behind Chris
Borich. I was knocked out for a little bit but got
back on and finish the race but still to this day
I do not remember finishing. I took a trip to the
hospital in the ambulance with my wife and asked her
about 50 times, if I finished the race during the
13 minute ride to the hospital.
are some of your career highlights?
Racing for factory teams like Polaris and Kawasaki.
was your best GNCC National Number and the year(s)
I have stayed in the top 10 since turning pro but
have held the #6 plate for three years, 1997, ? and
?. I'll have to go look them up!
switched from the GNCC Pro Class to the Pro Production
Class in 2002. What made you decide to race in what
was at that time a new class?
I talked to all of my main sponsors and we felt that
it would be good publicity and I was fairly confident
that I could win that class.
did you end up doing that year?
I finished 1st in Pro-Production and 8th Overall but
I did not get a chance to race the last 3 rounds due
to a back injury.
winning the GNCC Pro Production Class in 2002, why
did you decide
Bryan Baker on the Kawasaki KFX700 VForce in
the GNCC Open A Class
to take the 2003 season off?
I needed to build a house for my growing family and
I did not have enough time and money for both.
you do any racing in 2003?
Mike Penland brought a Kawasaki V-Force to Loretta
Lynn's for me to race but the tank had a leak and
I ran out of fuel.
you returned to GNCC racing in 2004, you raced the
Open A Class on a Kawasaki KFX700. What was that like?
What did you learn from that
It was a lot of fun to ride the KFX 700 but Kawasaki
did not want me to run it in the Pro class. There
was no way that I could have come back without some
support. I really appreciate what they did for me.