The Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Mountaineer: Motorcycle Report
The Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series presented by Specialized, an AMA National Championship, concluded its tenth round of the season, The Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Mountaineer, on Sunday, September 11th in Beckley, West Virginia. The event continued to serve as a salute to First Responders and Military members as it fell on the 21st anniversary of the September 11th attacks.
As the green flag flew at the start of the race it was Coastal GASGAS Factory Racing’s Ricky Russell firing his motorcycle first and grabbing the $250 All Balls Racing XC1 Holeshot Award. Russell would lead the way for the first three laps of the race, but a crash on lap four would set him back into the fourth place position.
AmPro Yamaha’s Steward Baylor didn’t have the start he hoped for as he was in the back of the pack. Baylor would push throughout the opening lap, coming through fifth in his class. As the race continued on Baylor would make his way into third, and then on the fourth lap he would make the pass for the lead stick. On the last lap of the race Baylor was not letting down, he continued to put his head down and push and would come through the finish line with an 18 second lead.
Coming through to earn second on the day was the Magna1 Motorsports/Husqvarna-backed rider of Jordan Ashburn. As he continues to lead the way in the National Championship standings, Ashburn would put in a good ride as he battled back-and-forth for a podium position throughout the race. Ashburn now holds a 32 point lead in the points standings with just three rounds remaining.
Making his return to the series after his round one injury was Rockstar Energy/Factory Husqvarna Racing’s Thad Duvall. In front of his home-state crowd, Duvall would get a good start to the day, coming around in third on the opening lap. However, as the race wore on, he would find himself back in the fifth place position, only to fight his way back up into a podium finishing position. Throughout the last hour of the race Duvall would remain in that podium position, taking the checkered flag for third overall.
Russell would restart his bike after a crash on lap four, but he would be unable to make a charge to the front of the pack.
Rockstar Energy/Factory Husqvarna Racing’s Craig DeLong captured another top-five finish in the XC1 Open Pro class, with a sixth overall on the day. Delong would start his day off inside the top five, but a crash on lap one would send him back in the pack. Even after a bit of a rough day, he was able to make his way back up through the field of riders, crossing the finish line for that fifth place position in XC1.
Steadily making his way up after an eighth place start was Rev Motorsports/GASGAS Racing’s Grant Baylor. After moving up to seventh on lap three, Baylor would continue to make the necessary passes for him to move into sixth as the checkered flag flew.
FMF/KTM Factory Racing’s Josh Toth was off to a great start as he came through second on the opening lap. However, after tipping over and stalling his bike Toth would fall back to fourth and then fifth. Toth would try to regain himself and positions but would suffer a few minor mistakes that would take him back to the seventh place position in XC1.
Coming through eighth in XC1 was AmPro Yamaha’s Layne Michael, while Steel City Men’s Clinic/Honda Powersports/JDP Suspension’s Benjamin Nelko earned ninth in the class.
In the XC2 250 Pro class it was Tely Energy/KTM Racing’s Liam Draper jumping off the line first to earn the STACYC XC2 Holeshot Award. However, it would not take long for Coastal GASGAS Factory Racing’s Johnny Girroir to grab the lead and take off.
Girroir was on a mission at The Mountaineer this weekend, and he was not looking back as he overtook that number one spot. Girroir would hold the lead until the checkered flag flew and would have over a four minute lead on the rest of his class.
Babbitt’s Online/Monster Energy/Team Green Kawasaki’s Lyndon Snodgrass had his work cut out for him after he started back in the mid-pack range. Snodgrass would come through third on the opening lap, but he would be unable to make a pass for second until the fourth lap of the race. Snodgrass tried to put on a charge, but ultimately would finish second in XC2.
Earning his fourth podium finish of the season Phoenix Honda Racing’s Ruy Barbosa, as he came through to earn third in the XC2 250 Pro class. Barbosa would put on a hard charge after falling back to seventh on the second lap of the race, and as he continued to push, he would find himself up to fifth as the white flag flew. On the last lap of the race Barbosa would make the crucial passes to finish in that last podium position.
Phoenix Honda Racing’s Cody Barnes and AmPro Yamaha’s Michael Witkowski were also hard chargers on Sunday afternoon after they started towards the back of the pack and would work their way up to finish fourth and fifth in the XC2 class.
Earning his seventh win in the FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am class was the Magna1 Motorsports/Husqvarna-backed rider, Brody Johnson. Johnson, who would lead from lap one until the checkered flag flew, is in a heated championship battle. Johnson sits in second, just one point behind Carolina XC/Moose Racing/XC Gear’s Zack Hayes.
Making his way into the second place position was Liqui Moly Beta Racing’s Jason Lipscomb. He would start out his day in second, but he would soon be battling back-and forth with Hayes. Both would swap the second place position multiple times throughout the three-hour race. However, Lipscomb would be able to hold off Hayes as the checkered flag flew. Hayes would come through to earn third in the class.
In the morning race, Sportsman A racer Cody Pingley would come through to physically earn the overall win in the race. However, as the Sportsman A and Sportsman B classes are removed from overall results, Triangle Cycles/bLU cRU Racing/On Track School’s Thor Powell was awarded the overall win as well as the 150 Schoolboy class win. Powell would earn his first overall win, but his tenth class win of the season and clinch his 2022 National Championship.
AmPro Yamaha’s Rachael Archer would get off to a good lead, following Rockstar Husqvarna/Surge Off-Road Coaching Team’s Tayla Jones who earned herself the $100 Trail Jesters WXC Holeshot Award. Jones would unfortunately suffer a mechanical issue and be unable to finish the race today.
Archer would make her way into the lead and push to place a gap over the rest of the field. Archer would soon be met with the slick and muddy conditions and hard-charging Sportsman A riders behind her. However, she would hold her composure and remain in the WXC lead throughout the entire race.
Trail Jesters KTM Racing’s Korie Steede would remain second for the duration of the race, while Moose Racing/Ryno Power/Team Green Kawasaki’s Jocelyn Barnes battled her way through the slick track conditions to earn her first podium finish in the WXC class.
In the Youth race it was Team Green Kawasaki’s Nicholas DeFeo earning his tenth-straight overall and YXC1 Super Mini Sr. class win of the season. DeFeo came through to lead the duration of the race placing a four minute gap over the rest of the racers. Sawyer Carratura made his way up to third overall and would continue to push throughout the last lap. Carratura made a last lap pass to overtake second and land himself on the podium. Rivers Morris would come through third overall and in the YXC1 class.
In the YXC2 Super Mini Jr. class it was Ryan Amancio coming through to take the class win followed by Brody Amos and Rocco Zaccaria rounding out the top three for the class podium. Amancio would have his work cut out for him as he started in fourth and would have to make the necessary passes stick to get the win this weekend.
In the 85 (12-13) class it was Canyon Richards earning his seventh win of the season and holding onto the points lead. Then in the 85 Big Wheel (12-15) class it would be Michael Meyer taking the win in dominate fashion. Colton McQuarrie would come through to earn the 85 (7-11) class win at round 10.
Hunter Hawkinberry would earn his fourth 65 (10-11) class win of the season as he continues to hold onto the points lead with three more rounds of racing to go. Then in the 65 (9) class it was Wyatt Johnson taking home the win. Zoey Kimble went on to earn the Girls Sr. (12-15) class win, while Paisley Harris earned herself the Girls Jr. (8-11) class win. Jay Bess would come through to earn the Trail Rider (7-15) class win.
The Mountaineer AMSOIL Moto Hero went to Cruise Johnson from Charleston, West Virginia. Johnson is a West Virginia State Trooper and also a Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Survivor. Johnson got his love for racing from his father, who passed away from multiple sclerosis when Johnson was just 19 years old. He followed in his father’s footsteps and became a WV State Trooper, but also continued on as an avid racer of GNCC and attends as many races as possible each year to keep their tradition going. He received a $250 AMSOIL shopping spree, set of Kanati truck tires courtesy of GBC, 100% camouflage goggles and a commemorative American flag from Columbia sign & co. Along with a $200 gift certificate from them.
The Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Mountaineer Results and Points Standings
Beckley, West Virginia
Round 10 of 13
Sunday, September 11, 2022
XC1 Pro Event Results:
- Steward Baylor (YAM)
- Jordan Ashburn (HQV)
- Thad Duvall (HQV)
- Ricky Russell (GAS)
- Craig DeLong (HQV)
- Grant Baylor (GAS)
- Joshua Toth (KTM)
- Layne Michael (YAM)
- Benjamin Nelko (HON)
*Overall National Championship Standings:
- Jordan Ashburn (212)
- Benjamin Kelley (180)
- Craig DeLong (156)
- Trevor Bollinger (148)
- Lyndon Snodgrass (122)
- Ricky Russell (121)
- Grant Baylor (118)
- Joshua Toth (106)
- Ruy Barbosa (94)
- Ryder Lafferty (93)
*Indicates that the Overall National Championship Standings will determine the 2022 National Champion.
XC2 250 Pro Event Results:
- Jonathan Girroir (GAS)
- Lyndon Snodgrass (KAW)
- Ruy Barbosa (HON)
- Cody Barnes (HON)
- Michael Witkowski (YAM)
- Benjamin Herrera (KAW)
- Liam Draper (KTM)
- Angus Riordan (KTM)
- Ryder Lafferty (GAS)
- Simon Johnson (KTM)
XC2 250 Pro Series Standings:
- Lyndon Snodgrass (223)
- Ryder Lafferty (187)
- Michael Witkowski (183)
- Ruy Barbosa (174)
- Cody Barnes (161)
- Angus Riordan (145)
- Benjamin Herrera (153)
- Liam Draper (120)
- Jonathan Johnson (115)
- Evan Smith (107)