2014 Big Buck GNCC ATV Results 0
Chris Borich of Team Maxxis made it two XC1 Pro ATV wins in a row after taking a hard-fought victory in the Big Buck GNCC. The defending champion battled with N-Fab AmPro Yamaha’s Walker Fowler throughout, but gained the advantage on the final lap leaving Fowler to cross the line in the runner-up spot. Precision/Maxxis Tires’ Chris Bithell rounded out the podium.
Borich notched the $250 Twin Air/DeRisi Racing XC1 Holeshot but quickly lost the front to Fowler as the Yamaha ace powered past. Borich didn’t give Fowler an inch however, keeping right on the Yamaha’s rear tires through the first three laps. Fowler got some breathing room on the final lap when Borich clipped a tree and went down, costing the Suzuki rider 30 seconds. Trouble followed for Fowler though when he got stuck behind a lapper, allowing Borich to make up the lost time and eventually move past.
“At the end there, Borich made a mistake and I tried to take advantage and get as far in front of him as I could but it didn’t end up going that way,” said Fowler. “I can’t buy any luck and lapped riders just aren’t helping me this year. But I’m happy to leave here healthy and safe.”
Borich has won seven of the past eight Big Buck GNCCs and leaves the 2014 edition with a 25-point lead over Fowler, who sits second overall.
“This track is pretty sweet to me, it fits my style of riding and it has a good flow,” said Borich. “The track was awesome and it was a lot of fun riding with Walker and just having fun out there.”
Behind the leaders, the battle raged for third-place as Racing Powersports.com’s Adam McGill and DWT Racing’s Jarrod McClure went back and forth through the first three laps. Bithell was ranked back in sixth through Lap 1 thanks to a 30-second penalty for firing his machine early at the start, but charged ahead and climbed to fourth at the end of Lap 3. He cut the 11-second gap to McGill on the final lap and crossed the line a slim 1.7 seconds faster than the Honda rider.
“I have to thank the fans for keeping me going out there because it took a lot out of me,” said Bithell. “It really helps us out to charge that hard, I couldn’t do it without everyone cheering me on out there.”
McClure ended the round in fifth followed by GT Thunder’s Josh Merritt in sixth and DeRisi Racing’s Braden Henthron in seventh.
2014 Big Buck GNCC XC1 Pro ATV Results
1. Chris Borich (Suzuki)
2. Walker Fowler (Yamaha)
3. Chris Bithell (Suzuki)
4. Adam McGill (Honda)
5. Jarrod McClure (Honda)
6. Josh Merritt (Yamaha)
7. Braden Henthorn (Honda)
8. Brian Wolf (Honda)
9. Brycen Neal (Honda)
10. Landon Wolfe (Suzuki)
2014 GNCC XC1 Pro ATV Points
1. Chris Borich, 111
2. Walker Fowler, 86
3. Jarrod McClure, 75
4. Chris Bithell, 72
5. Adam McGill, 69
6. Braden Henthorn, 52
7. Brycen Neal, 46
8. Josh Merritt, 46
9. Jay Shadron, 45
10. Landon Wolfe, 43
Can-Am X-Team Renegade’s Jordan Phillips scored his second GNCC 4×4 Pro ATV race win of the season at Big Buck. Phillips was followed by his teammate, Kevin Trantham, in second and ATV Part Plus’ Bryan Buckhannon in third.
“It was great to get my second win of the year. My Can-Am pulled the holeshot and from there I just tried to stay out front,” said Phillips. “My Renegade ran awesome and everything worked so well. Kevin Trantham and I had a bit of a battle going on towards the end and swapped back and forth a couple of times, but I was able to hang on and take the win.”
BNR Motorsports’ Robert Smith finished in fourth, losing ground in the second half of the four-lap race after holding second through the opening rotations. Polaris rider Richard Cecco took fifth ahead of Michael Swift while Can-Am pilot Corry Savage crossed the line in seventh.
The points battle in 4×4 Pro ATV is tight, with Trantham holding the lead by a single point over Phillips after Big Buck. Buckhannon sits third an additional two points back followed by Smith who is 13 points adrift of the leader.
2014 Big Buck GNCC 4×4 Pro ATV Results
1. Jordan Phillips (Can-Am)
2. Kevin Trantham (Can-Am)
3. Bryan Buckhannon (Can-Am)
4. Robert Smith (Can-Am)
5. Richard Cecco (Polaris)
6. Michael Swift (Polaris)
7. Corry Savage (Can-Am)