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By: GNCC Racing
PALATKA, Fla. (March 11, 2017) – The “Sunshine State” lived up to its nickname on March 11, during round two of the 2017 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) series presented by Maxxis, an AMA National Championship. After a thrilling two-hour race it was WFR/Yamaha/Maxxis/Fly Racing’s Walker Fowler who topped the podium and took the overall win in Palatka, Florida at the Moose Racing Wild Boar GNCC.
Fowler found himself in a favorable position once the XC1 Pro class saw the green flag wave. His Yamaha machine rocketed off the start where he grabbed the $250 Wiseco XC1 Pro Holeshot Award and the early lead. “The holeshot just makes my whole day easier. It’s nice to get out in the woods and ride my own race and try not to make any mistakes,” said Fowler.
N-Fab/AmPro Yamaha’s Cole Richardson and six-time GNCC champion Chris Borich followed at the completion of the first lap. It wasn’t until the midway point of the race when the action really began to heat up. Borich’s clutch eventually began to give him enough trouble that he had to make some adjustments during a pit stop.
Richardson’s wrist ended up causing too much pain to continue, resulting in a tough decision to end his race early. Richardson’s absence primed a three-way battle between CST/Induction Solutions/LSR/HiPer/Spider Graphix’s Adam McGill, Coastal Racing’s Brycen Neal and JMR/ATVriders.com-backed Jarrod McClure.
After a mid-pack start, McGill secured a podium position by the end of the third lap, and once the white flag was waving, McGill set his sights on chasing down Fowler. McGill came within striking distance of Fowler when he had a small bobble with a lapped rider. “The first three laps were smooth, but I ended up coming together with a lapped rider on the last lap and losing a little bit of time,” said Fowler.
McGill found himself in the exact same situation just miles away from the finish line. Lapped riders blocked the entrance to the FMF Powerpoint and McGill had to dismount his quad to get around them. Neal capitalized on McGill’s bad luck and made the pass for second and continued to hold it until the race was complete. With only a few miles remaining McGill had to settle for third.
“It’s taken us a few races to get the momentum built up,” said McGill. “After a terrible start, I just went out and rode the best I could. We got to the FMF Powerpoint and caught some lappers in a big bottleneck, but it is what it is.”
“I went in the woods mid-pack and then took a bad line through the mud hole,” said Neal. “After I got back on track, I gave it everything I had. Overall, I’m really happy to finish second.”
McClure finished just off the podium in fourth and Borich fought through his clutch issue to grab a top-five finish. GBC/Canyon Motorsports/Fly Racing’s Landon Wolfe had his best ride of the season with sixth overall, and Honda rider Tucker Wyatt also had a personal best finish in eighth.
Much like the XC1 Pro class and Fowler, M.R. Unlimited/Hygear Suspension/GBC Tires/Tire Spine’s Devon Feehan made it two-in-a-row in the XC2 Pro-Am class. Matthew Lindle and Ithaca Recreation/Maxxis/Quad Tech/Storm Peak Crossfit’s Hunter Hart took the remaining spots on the podium.
Perhaps the best battle of the day was the very last one in the 4 p.m. UTV race. Cohl Secoy reigned victorious at the end of the race, and though he didn’t cross the finish line first, his adjusted time earned him his first career overall win. Reigning champion and Miller Brothers Racing/AmPro Yamaha’s Cody Miller started off the season with second, and Can-Am/Chaney Racing’s Kyle Chaney finished third.
The 2017 AMSOIL GNCC Series resumes March 25 and 26, with the Second Annual Maxxis Cannonball GNCC in Sparta, Georgia. A highlight show featuring the Wild Boar event will be air on the NBC Sports Network on Saturday, April 29 at 5:00 p.m.
Source: Amsoil Racing