The following is an industry press release...
MORGANTOWN, W.Va -- Just one week after the season opener, the AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series presented by Maxxis, an AMA National Championship, continues this weekend, March 11 and 12, in Palatka, Florida. Regularly held as the first race of the season, this year the Moose Racing Wild Boar GNCC will serve as round two of the 13-race series.
Defending champion and WFR/Yamaha/Maxxis/Fly Racing's Walker Fowler took the win in South Carolina last weekend, and while he has secured the early points lead there is still plenty of racing action left to go down this season. Fowler mentioned on the podium that his team had a few kinks to work out before the next race. While that's usual for the first race of the year, there is a full slate of riders who may be able to tweak their program sooner than Fowler to take the overall win in Florida.
One of those racers who is looking to take the top spot on the podium from Fowler is JMR/ATVriders.com's Jarrod McClure. McClure ran consistent lap times for the entire two-hour race at Big Buck, which proves he has the fitness and drive to take an overall win. The sands of Florida are known to test a rider's agility and McClure will be looking to capitalize on that this Saturday.
Coastal Racing's Brycen Neal knows what it's like to ride under pressure. Neal had a battle on his hands the entire two-hour race between six-time National Champion, Chris Borich, and N-Fab/AmPro Yamaha's Cole Richardson. Neal had a standout performance at last year's Wild Boar and will look to fight off the competition and repeat his success.
Richardson ran in the front of the pack at the previous round, until the last lap. With only few days off to recover and test, Richardson will need to make his adjustments quickly in order to end up on the podium. The two-time XC2 Pro-Am champion is aware of the fast-paced GNCC lifestyle and will be one to keep an eye on at Wild Boar.
Not much talk about CST/Induction Solutions/LSR/HiPer/Spider Graphix's Adam McGill circulated around the pits, but he still managed to secure a top-five position. McGill is known for his ability to make a comeback, and that may just be his plan heading into Florida.
XC1 Pro rookie, Cody Collier, will be on a mission to get his Pierce Performance-backed machine on the podium. Even though he only has two pro races under his belt, the Ohio native managed to finish in the top-half of riders with eighth and will take that momentum into this weekend.
Saturday's race schedule is as follows: Youth ATV racing begins at 8 a.m., Single-Seat UTV racing at 9 a.m., followed by 4x4 Pro, amateurs and women at 10 a.m., and the pros and top amateurs race at 1 p.m. Following Saturday's afternoon race will be the first round of Side-by-Side UTV racing, which takes place at 4:00 p.m.
Adult (12+) gate admission is $20 for the full weekend and $10 for kids (6-11), with kids five and under free. Gate admission includes pro pit access and pro autographs at no additional charge.
All local racers are invited to compete in the Wild Boar GNCC, as GNCC Racing offers classes for riders of all skill and experience levels. The amateur race entry fee is $40 if racers pre-enter, and $50 if riders sign up at the track. To learn more about GNCC Racing please visit the GNCC101 webpage.
Local racers expected to compete next Saturday on ATVs and UTVs will be: Tre Seiffert (Schoolboy Jr. 13-15), father Jim (4x4 Senior 40+) and son Ryan Cain (90 8-12), Wade Poole (Amateur Limited UTV), Brandon Frazier (Schoolboy Sr. 14-17), father James (35+ C) and daughter Mikayla Hayes (Girls 8-15), Parker Merrill (4x4 Lites), Jackson Parks (70 CVT 6-11), Christan Jasperson (30+ C), Bryanne Parks (Women Amateur), Tim Farr (XC1 Pro UTV), Jeremy Wallis (Amateur Limited UTV), Cole Tucker (90 8-12) and Cliff Williams (40+ C).
Tune in to RacerTV.com on Saturday at 1 p.m. EST to catch LIVE streaming of the Pro ATV race, and then again at 4 p.m. for the UTV race. For more information on GNCC LIVE coverage, visit www.racertv.com. A highlight show featuring the event will air on NBC Sports Network on Saturday, April 29 at 5 p.m.
The 2017 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series heads to Palatka, Florida this weekend, March 11 and 12, for the Moose Racing Wild Boar GNCC. For a complete schedule of the weekend's activities, please visit the Wild Boar GNCC event page on the series website by clicking HERE.
For more information on the GNCC series, visit the official website at www.gnccracing.com or call (304) 284-0084. Join the conversation on the series Facebook page, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and be sure to always hashtag #GNCC.