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Steward Baylor Claims Climbers GNCC Overall Win

Tracking the GNCC Championship has been a crazy year with entrants in and out of the series due to injuries. After the series’ annual summer break in July and August, racing resumed in West Virginia, with AmPro Yamaha steward Baylor taking the podium for the first time this season. Coastal Racing GasGas driver Ricky Russell led most of the day but ended up in fourth, while Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Thad Duvall finished third in his first GNCC since the season opener injury.

Magna 1 Husqvarna’s Jordan Ashburn re-emerged on the podium with a second-place finish, further cementing his hold on the series points lead. Defending GNCC champion Ben Kelley, who started the season on a huge winning streak, has now announced his retirement from the season after a major leg injury a few months ago. Maybe Kelly had hope of returning after the break, but he wasn’t ready in time.

The following press release is from GNCC Racing:

Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Climbers: Motorcycle Report

Baylor returns to West Virginia

Beckley, W.Va. — The Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) series presented by the AMA National Championship Specialized on Sunday, September 11 in West Beckley, Virginia wraps up the tenth round of the season, Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Climbers. On the 21st anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the event continued to honor first responders and military personnel.

The green flag fluttered at the start of the race, and it was Coastal GASGAS Factory Racing’s Ricky Russell who got his moto first and took home the $250 All Balls Racing XC1 Holeshot. Russell would lead the first three laps of the race, but a crash on the fourth lap would put him back in fourth.

AmPro Yamaha’s Steward Baylor didn’t start expecting him to be behind the pack. Baylor would go all out for the entire opening lap, finishing fifth in the class. Baylor would move into third as the race continued, and then on the fourth lap he would pass the lead. On the final lap of the race, Baylor didn’t let him down as he continued to push with his head down and crossed the finish line with an 18-second lead.

Second place went to Magna1 Motorsports/Husqvarna-backed Jordan Ashburn. As he continues to lead the National Championship points standings, Ashburn will be battling back and forth for a podium spot throughout the race, putting in a solid performance. Ashburn now leads the standings by 32 points with three rounds remaining.

Returning to the series after an injury in the first round is Rockstar Energy/Factory Husqvarna Racing’s Thad Duvall. In front of his home crowd, Duvall will have a good start, finishing third on the opening lap. However, as the race progresses, he will find himself back in fifth place just to get back on the podium. Duvall remained on the podium for the final hour of the race, finishing third with the checkered flag.

Russell would restart his bike after crashing on the fourth lap, but he couldn’t make the charge.

Rockstar Energy/Factory Husqvarna Racing’s Craig Delong at the XC1 Open Pro The top five in the group again, and the sixth place on the day. Deron will start his day in the top five, but a crash on the first lap will put him back in the bag. Even after a rough day, he was able to get back through the riders’ field and cross the finish line to finish fifth in XC1.

Steady rise Rev Motorsports/GASGAS Racing’s Grant Baylor finished eighth. After rising to seventh on the third lap, Baylor would continue to make the necessary passes to move him to sixth as the checkered flag flew.

FMF/KTM Factory Racing’s Josh Toth had a great start from his second lap on the first lap. However, after tipping over and stalling, Toth’s bike would drop to fourth and then fifth. Toth will try to regain himself and position, but suffer a few small mistakes that will bring him back to seventh in XC1.

Eighth in XC1 was AmPro Yamaha’s Layne Michael, while Steel City Men’s Clinic/Honda Powersports/JDP Suspension’s Benjamin Nelko finished ninth in the class.

In the XC2 250 Pro class, Tely Energy/KTM Racing Liam Draper was the first off the assembly line to receive the STACYC XC2 Holeshot Award. However, Coastal GASGAS Factory Racing’s Johnny Girroir quickly grabbed the lead and took off.

Girroir was on duty at The Mountaineer this weekend, and he didn’t look back beyond the number one spot. Girroir will remain in the lead until the checkered flag is flying and is more than 4 minutes ahead of the rest of the class.

Lyndon Snodgrass of Babbitt’s Online/Monster Energy/Green Kawasaki’s job was canceled for him after he started back in the mid-range. Snodgrass would finish third on the first lap, but he wouldn’t be able to finish second until the fourth lap of the race. Snodgrass tried to charge, but ended up finishing second in XC2.

Phoenix Honda’s Ruy Barbosa on his fourth ride of the season On the podium, he finished third in the XC2 250 Pro class. Barbosa would charge hard after dropping to seventh on the second lap of the race, and with the white flag flying, he would find himself up to fifth as he continued to push. On the final lap of the race, Barbosa would complete the crucial pass to finish on the podium.

Phoenix Honda Racing’s Cody Barnes and AmPro Yamaha’s Michael Witkowski also finished fourth and fifth in the XC2 class on Sunday afternoon after they started the Hard Chargers.

7th in the FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am class The winner was Magna1 Motorsports/Husqvarna-backed driver Brody Johnson. Johnson was in the lead from the first lap until the checkered flag and he was in the middle of a tight title race. Johnson was second, just 1 point behind Carolina XC/Moose Racing/XC Gear’s Zack Hayes.

In second place was Liqui Moly Beta Racing’s Jason Lipscomb. He’ll start his day on the second, but he’ll be fighting back and forth with Hayes soon. Throughout the three-hour race, the two would swap the second-place spot multiple times. However, Lipscomb will be able to stop Hayes when the checkered flag is flying. Hayes will finish third in the class.

In the morning race, Athlete A racer Cody Cody Pingley will be the overall winner of the race physically. However, with Athlete A and Athlete B categories removed from the overall results, Thor Powell of Triangle Cycles/bLU cRU Racing/On Track School took the overall win as well as the 150 boys’ class. Powell will win his first championship, but his 10th win of the season and his 2022 national championship.

AmPro Yamaha’s Rachael Archer will have a good lead after the Rockstar Husqvarna/Surge Off – Road Coach’s Tayla Jones, who earned herself a $100 Trail Jesters WXC Holeshot award. Unfortunately, Jones suffered a mechanical problem and was unable to finish today’s race.

Archer will go into the lead and push to keep his distance from everyone else. Archer would soon encounter slick and muddy conditions and the tough Athlete A rider behind her. However, she would keep her composure and keep the WXC lead throughout the race.

Trail Jesters KTM Racing’s Korie Steede will hold on to second place during the race, while Moose Racing/Ryno Power/Green Kawasaki’s Jocelyn Barnes struggles in slick track conditions to win the race at WXC First time on the podium in the class.

Team Green Kawasaki’s Nicholas DeFeo took his tenth consecutive podium finish and the YXC1 Super Mini Sr. winner of the season in the youth division. DeFeo leads the race with a 4 minute gap to the rest of the racers. Sawyer Carratura climbed all the way to third and will continue to push on the final lap. Caratura passed second on the final lap to get on the podium. Rivers Morris will finish third in the YXC1 class.

In the YXC2 Supermini Jr. class, Ryan Amancio wins class, followed by Brody Amos and Rocco Zaccaria in the top three of the class podium. Amancio will do his job for him at the start of fourth and will have to hold on to the necessary passes to win this weekend.

In the 85 (12-13) class is Canyon Richards’ seventh win of the season and hold on to the lead. Then in the 85 Big Wheel (12-15) class, Michael Meyer will prevail in leading fashion. Colton McQuarrie will take the 85 (7-11) class in Round 10.

Hunter Hawkinberry will go on to win his fourth Class 65 (10-11) win of the season to maintain the points lead with three more rounds to go. Then in the 65 (9) class was Wyatt Johnson’s take-home win. Zoey Kimble went on to win the Girls Sr. (12-15) class while Paisley Harris won the Girls Jr. (8-11) class. Jay Bess will go by to win the Trail Rider (7-15) class.

Mountaineer AMSOIL Moto Hero from Charleston, WV to Cruise Johnson . Johnson is a police officer in West Virginia and a survivor of Hodgkin lymphoma. Johnson’s love of racing stemmed from his father, who died of multiple sclerosis at the age of 19. He followed in his father’s footsteps and became a state trooper for West Virginia, but also continued to be an avid racer in the GNCC, taking part in as many races as possible each year to maintain their tradition. He received a $250 AMSOIL spree, a set of Kanati truck tires from GBC, 100% camouflage goggles and a commemorative American flag from Columbia sign & co. And the $200 gift certificate they offered.

The next round will be September 24-25, 2022 in Millfield, Ohio vs. Kanati Tires Burr Oak GNCC. For more information on Burr Oaks, click here.

Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Climber Scores and Standings

Beckley, WV
Round 10 of 13 Sunday September 11, 2022

XC1 Results

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