The Wiseo John Penton: Motorcycle Race Report
Seven Winners in Seven Rounds; Ashburn Takes the Win

Round seven of the 2023 Grand National Cross Country Series presented by Specialized, an AMA National Championship, (GNCC Racing) concluded in Millfield, Ohio with the second day of racing at The Wiseco John Penton GNCC. This series has seen seven different winners in just seven races this season as Magna1 Motorsports/Husqvarna’s Jordan Ashburn would come through to earn his first win of 2023.

Ashburn (Magna1 Motorsports/Husqvarna) came through to be the seventh different winner in seven roundsPhoto: Ken Hill


As the green flag flew it was a race to the first turn, but it would be FMF/KTM Factory Racing’s Johnny Girroir earning himself the $250 All Balls Racing XC1 Holeshot Award to start out the day. When the pack of racers made their way to timing and scoring on the opening lap it was AmPro Yamaha’s Ricky Russell leading the way with Ashburn and FMF/KTM Factory Racing’s Ben Kelley right behind him.

The race wore on and Russell would fall back to eighth for the next couple of laps. The lead would be taken over by Ashburn, who would soon face battle with Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/Tely Energy KTM Racing’s Steward Baylor for the remaining laps of the three hour race. Ashburn and Baylor would swap the lead position multiple times, but ultimately Ashburn would come through to take the win and making seven different winners at the first seven rounds of the GNCC season.

Baylor (Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/Tely Energy KTM) battled back to earn second overall. Photo: Ken Hill


Baylor would continue to push and earn second overall on the day after he started at the back of the pack on the opening lap of the race. Baylor now sits in the points lead in the National Championship standings. Girroir would battle on after earning the holeshot, and he would find himself in third overall when the checkered flag flew.

Babbitt’s Online/Monster Energy/Kawasaki Team Green’s Josh Strang would run inside the top five throughout the duration of the race as he came through to earn fourth overall on the day. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Craig DeLong battled back to finish inside the top five in the XC1 Open Pro class and seventh overall on the day. Babbitt’s Online/Monster Energy/Kawasaki Team Green’s Grant Baylor would come through to earn sixth in the XC1 and eighth overall at The John Penton GNCC.

Girroir (FMF/KTM Factory Racing) earned the holeshot award, and came through to take third overall. Photo: Ken Hill


After holding the early lead Russell would fall to eighth, but he would only be able to make his way up to seventh in the XC1 class. Kelley would have a rough day after starting third, and then making some mistakes that cost him a lot of time. Kelley would continue to try and push but after running into some difficulties he would come through eighth in XC1.

When the XC2 250 Pro line took off it was FMF RPM KTM Racing’s Angus Riordan earning himself the $250 Steel City Men’s Clinic XC2 Holeshot Award. Phoenix Racing Honda’s Cody Barnes would battle throughout the day with AmPro Yamaha’s Liam Draper for the lead position. Barnes and Draper would swap the lead position multiple times throughout the race. As the white flag flew, Barnes would lead Draper and would continue to push through the last lap. Barnes would come through to earn his first win of the season, with just a one second lead over Draper. Phoenix Racing Honda’s Mike Witkowski would battle back to finish third in the XC2 class after starting his day back in the sixth place position.

Barnes (Phoenix Racing Honda) earned the XC2 250 Pro class win. Photo: Ken Hill


In the FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am class it was FXR/X Brand Goggles/6D Helmet’s Dakoda Devore coming through to earn the class win in Ohio. After Kibuk Cycles Sales/TLD/Steel City Men’s Clinic/Yamaha’s Sawyer Carratura grabbed the $100 Lojak Cycles FMF XC3 Holeshot Award, Devore would make his way into the lead on the second lap and would not look back. Liqui Moly Beta Factory Racing’s Jason Lipscomb would come through to earn second in the FMF XC3 class after holding the lead position on the opening lap. Current points lead, Beaver Creek Cycle’s/Bells Electric/Wossner Piston’s Toby Cleveland would battle his way back from a fourth place start to the day to round out the top three overall.

In the afternoon race it was 250 A winner, Gavin Simon coming through to take the Top Amateur honors with a 16th overall finishing position. Joseph Cunningham was second on the Top Amateur podium and in the 250 A class with a 18th overall finish. Third place in the 250 A and atop the Top Amateur podium was Cooper Jones who came through to finish 19th overall on the day.

Devore earned the FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am class. Photo: Ken Hill


In the morning race it was AmPro Yamaha’s Rachael Archer coming through first on the overall podium and in the WXC class. Archer would start out right behind GASGAS/Over and Out/RG Factory Racing’s Rachel Gutish, who earned herself the $100 Trail Jesters WXC Holeshot Award.

Archer would make her way back into the lead position on the third lap, and unfortunately Gutish would suffer a mechanical issue and be unable to push on. Trail Jesters KTM Racing’s Korie Steede would make her way into second after running third for the first couple of laps. Steede would be unable to push for a battle for the lead but would hold onto second in the WXC class. Raines Riding University/Yamaha Racing’s Prestin Raines would battle throughout the duration of the race back in the fourth place position, but she would make her way into third by the time the white flag flew. Raines would come through to earn her first WXC podium finish with a third in the class.

Gary Fridley of the Super Senior A (45+) class and Tucker Kenreigh of the 150 Schoolboy B (12-17) class earned second and third overall atop the morning podium presentations.

Archer (AmPro Yamaha) battled through the conditions to take The John Penton WXC win. Photo: Ken Hill


In the Youth Bike race, it was Canyon Richards coming through to earn his fourth YXC1 Super Mini Sr. and Youth Overall win of the season. Caleb Wood would come through second overall in the youth race, while also earning the YXC2 Super Mini Jr. class win in Ohio. Brody Amos rounded out the top three youth finishers, and he would finish second in the YXC1 class.

Austin Tsakanikas battled back to earn third in the YXC1 class. Michael Meyer would make his way into second in YXC2 and stay there until the checkered flag flew. Doc Smith rounded out the YXC2 class with a third place finish. Landon Barker earned the 85 Big Wheel (11-15) class win, Ryder Reick earned his first win in the 85 (12-13) class, and in the 85 (7-11) class it was Brody Boland earning the class win. Evan Porter took home the 65 (10-11) class win, Jace Mitchell earned the 65 (9) class win, and Braxton Miller earned the 65 (7-8) win. Addison Harris earned her sixth win in the Girls Super Mini (12-16) class, Sahara Robinson earned her fifth win in the Girls 85 (7-13) class and Baylee Arsenault would take home the Girls 65 (7-11) class. Thomas Douglas raced in the Trail Rider (7-15) class earning the win in Ohio.

Canyon Richards took another Youth Overall win in Ohio. Photo: Ken Hill


Ashburn (center), Baylor (left) and Girroir (right) rounded out the top three overall finishers at The Wiseco John Penton. Photo: Ken Hill


The Wiseco John Penton Results and Points Standings
Millfield, Ohio
Round 7 of 12
Sunday, May 21, 2023

XC1 Pro Event Results:

  1. Jordan Ashburn (HQV)
  2. Steward Baylor (KTM)
  3. Jonathan Girroir (KTM)
  4. Josh Strang (KAW)
  5. Craig DeLong (HQV)
  6. Grant Baylor (KAW)
  7. Ricky Russell (YAM)
  8. Ben Kelley (KTM)

Overall National Championship Standings:

  1. Steward Baylor (148)
  2. Craig DeLong (138)
  3. Ben Kelley (129)
  4. Jordan Ashburn (110)
  5. Grant Baylor (98)
  6. Josh Strang (97)
  7. Ricky Russell (92)
  8. Jonathan Girroir (90)
  9. Cody Barnes (81)
  10. Ruy Barbosa (81)

XC2 250 Pro Event Results:

  1. Cody Barnes (HON)
  2. Liam Draper (YAM)
  3. Michael Witkowski (HON)
  4. Angus Riordan (KTM)
  5. Ruy Barbosa (HON)
  6. Ryder Lafferty (GAS)
  7. Jonathan Johnson (BET)
  8. Evan Smith (BET)
  9. Mason Semmens (KTM)
  10. Brody Johnson (HQV)

XC2 250 Pro Series Standings:

  1. Cody Barnes (146)
  2. Ruy Barbosa (145)
  3. Liam Draper (134)
  4. Angus Riordan (131)
  5. Ryder Lafferty (127)
  6. Michael Witkowski (112)
  7. Mason Semmens (108)
  8. Evan Smith (95)
  9. Jonathan Johnson (85)
  10. Lyndon Snodgrass (83)


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