KTM Rider extends points lead, Ballance, Yokley on podium
Morganton, N.C. (March 29, 2008) — FRE KTM’s Adam McGill is on fire in the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series. The West Union, West Vriginia-based rider took his KTM 525XC to his second-straight overall win with another dominant run, leading a muddy FMF Steele Creek GNCC from wire-to-wire.
Yamaha’s Bill Ballance took second with Team National Guard’s William Yokley third on a Honda. Safari Motorsports’ Matt Smiley and GT Thunder Yamaha’s Brandon Sommers rounded out the top five overall.
Don Ockerman took the XC2 class on his GT Thunder Yamaha.
McGill holds a commanding points lead by winning two of the first three races of the season.
In the morning race, run under difficult, rainy conditions, Yamaha’s Traci Cecco captured the overall and the Women’s class win once again on her factory YFZ450. U2 class rider Michael Benson scored the top overall utility finish with second overall on his Kawasaki KFX700. Michael Swift took a Can-Am Outlander 800 to the 4×4 Limited win and third overall.
Photo galleries by Jason Hooper are available at this link. A full race report will be available Monday morning at www.gnccracing.com
The racing continues with dirt bike action on Sunday, March 30, with youth racing at 8 a.m., a morning race at 10 a.m. and pros racing for three hours at 1 p.m. Racing takes place at Steele Creek Campground in Morganton, N.C. The campground is located on NC 181 just outside downtown Morganton.
FMF Steele Creek GNCC
March 29, 2008
1. Adam McGill (KTM) West Union, WV
2. Bill Ballance (Yam) Smith’s Grove, KY
3. William Yokley (Hon) Tompkinsville, KY
4. Matt Smiley (Hon) Kunkletown, PA
5. Brandon Sommers (Yam) Millersburg, OH
6. Chris Borich (Suz) Sunbury, PA
7. Taylor Kiser (KTM) Alva, FL
8. Don Ockerman (Yam) Marshall, IL
9. Johnny Gallagher (Yam) Aurora, OH
10. Jarrod McClure (Hon) Kaska, PA
GNCC XC1 Point Standings (After 3 of 13 rounds)
1. Adam McGill (76/2 wins)
2. Taylor Kiser (57)
3. Brandon Sommers (52)
4. Bryan Cook (14)
5. Bill Ballance (46)
5. Matt Smiley (46)
7. Chris Borich (45/1 win)
8. William Yokley (45)
9. Jarrod McClure (38)
10. Ryan Lane (34)