Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Mountaineer: ATV Race Report

2020-09-14 01:44
The Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series presented by Specialized, an AMA National Championship, kicked off round nine, the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Mountaineer GNCC, yesterday. The Mountaineer GNCC, held at Summit Bechtel Reserve in Beckley, WV, played host to the event with West Virginia’s own McGill Mafia/Obor Tires/LSR/Moose Racing’s Adam McGill taking the overall victory after two-hours of action-packed racing.
McGill Mafia/Obor Tires/LSR/Moose Racing’s Adam McGill brought home the Mountaineer GNCC overall win. Photo: Ken Hill

As the green flag waved it was Sturdivant Racing’s Brent Sturdivant jumping off the line, grabbing the $100 All Balls Racing XC1 Holeshot award. However, it would be CST/Houser Racing/Waynesburg Yamaha’s Brycen Neal making his way to the front of the pack on the opening lap. Neal would soon face a tough battle with McGill and eventually WFR/GBC/Fly Racing/Yamaha’s Walker Fowler would join them.

McGill would make the pass stick on Neal during the second lap of racing, with Fowler following him to take over second. Neal would find himself in third, but would put up a good fight making his way back around Fowler on lap three. Fowler would fall back to fifth as the white flag flew, however, he would put his head down and push. Neal would suffer a mechanical issue on the last lap of racing, ultimately being unable to take the checkered flag.

After a rough start to the season, McGill came through to take the checkered flag in his home state with a 30 second lead over the rest of the pack. Action Off-Road/Tely Energy Racing/Kenda’s Cole Richardson had been lurking just behind the top three riders for majority of the race, but would strike on the last lap of racing and move into second overall. Fowler’s determination would be put to the test, and he would prevail making his way onto the podium with a third overall on the day.
Action Off-Road/Tely Energy Racing/Kenda’s Cole Richardson battled back to earn second overall on the day. Photo: Ken Hill

JMR/GBC/Elka/Moose Racing’s Jarrod McClure started off his day with a top five position at the conclusion of lap one. McClure would have a consistent race, making the move into fourth on lap two. McClure would remain there until the checkered flag flew after four laps of racing in West Virginia. Coming through to take fifth overall was Phoenix Honda Racing’s Chris Borich. After coming through in the sixth place position on the first lap, Borich would fall back to seventh and have to make his way back through the pack. As the white flag flew Borich made his way back up to sixth and had his sights set on a top five finish.

Earning sixth overall was BNR Motorsports/GBC/HMF Engineering’s Josh Merritt. As Merritt came through on the opening lap, he found himself in the eleventh place position. Merritt was a man-on-a-mission making his way to ninth then seventh when the white flag flew. Merritt would engage in a last lap battle, making the pass stick as he crossed the line in that sixth overall position.

Earning his best finish of the season thus far in the year was Covert Racing/Custom Axis/Waynesburg Yamaha’s Greg Covert. Covert came through to take the seventh position in XC1, and eighth overall on the day. Covert found himself eighth when the 2-lap card was given, but would continue to push making the pass into seventh on the day.

Pierce Performance/GBC Tires/Fly Racing’s John Glauda Jr. crossed the finish line eighth in the XC1 class and ninth overall in West Virginia. Glauda Jr. pushed throughout the two hours of racing, making his way back from a 10th place running position on the second lap of racing. Devon Feehan Racing/GBC/Fly Racing’s Devon Feehan started off his day fourteenth on the day, but would steadily make his way through the pack of riders. Feehan would cross the finish line ninth in XC1 and 10th overall.
Action Off-Road/Maxxis/Blud Lubricants’ Austin Abney captured his fourth XC2 class win of the season, and now holds on the points lead. Photo: Ken Hill

Rounding out the top 10 in the XC1 Pro class was GBC/Fly Racing/HMF/Yamaha’s Johnny Gallagher. After running twelfth for the majority of the race, Gallagher would make the necessary moves to finish inside the top 10 in his class. Wolfe Racing/Nine 2/FTR Graphics/Ye Olde Cycle Barn’s Westley Wolfe and HHR/Maxxis/Fly Racing/Ithaca Recreation Sports’ Hunter Hart would finish out all four laps of racing finishing in the 11th and 12th place spots.

In the XC2 Pro-Am class it was Action Off-Road/Maxxis/Blud Lubricants’ Austin Abney taking his fourth win of the season. Abney would make the move from second to first on the second lap of racing. Abney would then push to open up a gap against the rest of the XC2 field. With this win Abney takes over the points lead in the XC2 class by 14 points.

FocusX Gear/Atlas Brace/Kenda’s Wyatt Wilkin made his way from sixth place on the opening lap to take the second place position in the XC2 class. Wilkin currently sits fifth in the points standings, but is aiming to battle for podium positions during the second half of the season and make his way up through the standings. Tely Energy Racing’s Ronnie Rusch found himself sitting fifth in XC2 as he came through timing and scoring on the opening lap. Rusch made the pass for third on the second lap and would remain there until the checkered flag flew.
Pierce Performance/Moose Racing/Five Six O Graphics’ Cody Collier earned the 4x4 Pro and 11 a.m. overall win. Photo: Ken Hill

As the 11 a.m. race took off it was the 4x4 Pro class racing into the woods first. Grabbing the $100 BNR Motorsports Holeshot award was Venom Waders/Performance East/Mr RPM’s Robert Parker. As the lead pack came into the finish line it was Pierce Performance/Moose Racing/Five Six O Graphics’ Cody Collier taking the early lead. Collier would remain in the lead for the duration of the race, earning his first overall and 4x4 Pro class win of the season.

After a bad start to the day, OBOR/Can-Am/DeRisi Racing/Action Sports’ Landon Wolfe would make his way through the field of riders to earn second overall and in the 4x4 Pro class. Wolfe continues to lead the way in the points standings after nine rounds of racing this season. Can-Am/BNR/Kenda/Tire Blocks/HMF’s Robbie Pecorari would continue to push throughout the two hour race to finish inside the top three in the 4x4 Pro class. However, Pecorari would finish fourth overall on the day, as Schoolboy Sr. rider Layne McCormick would put the hammer down and push for the third overall spot on the podium at round nine.

Malaska Motorsports/HMF/Cecco Racing’s Hannah Hunter was off to a good start as the WXC class raced into the woods of West Virginia. Hunter made her way into the lead early in the race, and would not look back throughout the entire time. Hunter came through to earn her eighth win of the season and continue to hold onto the points lead.
Malaska Motorsports/HMF/Cecco Racing’s Hannah Hunter captured the WXC class win, her eighth of the season. Photo: Ken Hill

Action Off-Road/GBC/Moose Racing’s Katelyn Osburn started her day off in the fourth place position of the WXC class. Osburn continued to close the gap between her and her fellow WXC competitors ahead of her. As Osburn headed out for her final lap of racing, she would push herself to make the necessary passes. Osburn came through to take second in her class, and holds onto third in the points standings.

Holding onto third place was Fly Racing/GBC Motorsports/Yamaha Racing’s Traci Pickens. Pickens would run second in the WXC class for majority of the race, but would eventually feel the pressure from Osburn on the last lap of racing. Pickens would be unable to retaliate after Osburn made her way around, but would cross the finish line in third.

As the 8 a.m. race came to an end it was Tyler Cox taking the youth overall and YXC1 Super Mini Sr. class win. Cox would take the win after a hard-fought battle with his fellow YXC1 competitors. Charlie Stewart and Nicholas Dearing would round out the top three youth overall riders and YXC1 class finishers.

In the YXC2 Super Mini Jr. class itw as Tavin Cook coming through to take the class win. Bryson Lee and Ty McGaughey would battle behind Cook to bring home a second and third in their class. 125 Jr. rider Bryce Pullen earned 13th overall, and his class win, with Caden Johnson taking the 125 Sr. class win and 145h overall. Quenten Gouker earned the 90cc class win, with Hannah Moore right behind him to take the Girls Sr. class win.
Specialized's Charlie Mullins came through the finish with over a minute lead to take the Specialized Turbo eMTB overall win. Photo: Ken Hill

As the Micro racers came to the starting line at round nine, it was the Bike Micro racers lining up at 9:15 a.m. instead of 10 a.m. as the race times have switched for the fall rounds of racing. Defending his championship, Colby Goodman was back on top earning his sixth bike micro overall win of the season. Gavin Harwell came through to take second overall and in the MXC1 class, while Hunter Hawkinberry clinched the final spot on the overall podium, but also earned the MXC2 class win.

It was a West Virginia sweep in the Micro ATV race as Bodie Buckhannon, Khyler Davis and Kody Buckhannon clinched the top three spots in the race. Bodie and Khyler also earned the top two spots in the MXC1 class, while Kody came through to take the MXC2 class win. Brayden Cox would battle to the finish earning the MXC1 third place finish, with Bryson Dickerson and Reed Stevens rounded out the MXC2 top three.

The sixth round of racing took place in the Specialized Turbo eMTB GNCC National Championship took place at the Mountaineer GNCC on Saturday evening. Defending champion, Charlie Mullins would have his work cut out for him as he checked in on lap one in the sixth place position. Mullins would pick up the pace, making his way past five other riders to take over the lead by the time he came through on the second lap of racing. Mullins would capture the win, with Kyle Smith and William Pegram rounding out the top three XC1 Pro and overall finishers.
AMSOIL Moto Hero at the Mountaineer GNCC was awarded to GNCC series photographer, Ken Hill. Photo: Derek Garcia

The Mountaineer AMSOIL Moto Hero was awarded to GNCC Racing’s series photographer, Ken Hill. Hill has two sons who are active military, and has been a long-time supporter of America’s First Responders and Military personnel. With the help of ATV XC1 Pro rider Adam McGill, Hill was chosen and has received a free set of Kanati Lite truck tires from GBC Tires, a $250 AMSOIL shopping spree and a commemorative American Flag courtesy of Columbia Flag and Sign company and a $200 Gift Certificate for their store.

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