Just a few days ago, the storyline for the 2021 Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series was defined by a penalty handed out at the next-to-last round. A winner-take-all championship scenario between FMF KTM’s Ben Kelley and AmPro Yamaha’s Steward Baylor was spoiled via a four-point penalty for Baylor. Now Kelley had enough points to grab the title as long as he finished second if Baylor won the finale. This of course led to plenty of conjecture, drama, and controversy. But in the end, those few points didn’t matter at all. Mother Nature wreacked havoc on the final race, Sunday’s Yamaha Ironman GNCC, and everything turned crazy. As the riders sat on the starting line over a saturated race track, with rain still coming down, the scenario changed from “If Baylor wins can Kelley finish second” to “Can either rider even finish?”
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May 26 2021
Steward Baylor’s four-race win streak in the Grand National Cross Country Series is over, as is Josh Strang’s recent run of bad luck. Somewhere in the middle sits the ever-consistent Ben Kelley, who continues to lead the standings.
Strang took his Babbitt’s Online/Monster Energy/Kawasaki Team Green machine to the win after a hard-fought battle with Kelley that came down to the last lap. Kelley led as the white flag came out, but Strang made the move and they both pushed to the verge of exhaustion at the finish, with Strang emerging with the win by just six seconds. It was a hot and humid day and after three hours of racing, the leaders were spent.
“Oh man, it’s round seven now and I feel like I was capable of getting a win at the first round,” said Strang on RacerTV.com. “So to take seven races, I’m bummed out to say the least. The last two races haven’t been all that good for me, so to get a win today, I was pumped.
May 05 2021
Stu Baylor’s comeback attempt in the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series continues, now featuring four-straight wins. That’s just in GNCC, also, because Stu has spent his other weekend’s winning in AMA National Enduro and the U.S. Sprint Enduro Series. Baylor started the GNCC season in a huge hole after missing round one with injury, and struggling at round two with a clutch problem. It’s been all wins since, and after his fourth-straight over the weekend in Indiana, he knows the score.
“Five points,” he said, accurately calculating his deficit to series’ leader Ben Kelley.
On this day, Baylor’s stiffest competition down the stretch came from Kelley himself. After Baylor and his AmPro Yamaha teammate Layne Michael got out front early, Kelley put in a charge to get to second and bid for the win. Baylor had enough to hold him off.
April 22 2021
Round five of the 2021 GNCC Racing season would see a return to Union, South Carolina’s Big Buck Farm for the Tiger Run GNCC. The Big Buck Farm hosted the season opening Big Buck GNCC back in February and for the first time ever would host two GNCC events in a single season. While the course and conditions were different from the opening round, the last name of the rider taking the overall win at the two events would be the same; except the first names would be different. Here are a few keynotes from the Tiger Run GNCC.
March 30 2021
Society Hill, South Carolina—The 2021 Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series presented by Specialized, an AMA National Championship, concluded round four, FMF Camp Coker Bullet, of racing on Sunday, March 28. After a brief rainstorm with high winds, conditions drastically changed throughout the course.
Steward Baylor’s march back into the GNCC title contention continues, as the AmPro Yamaha rider won his second-straight race in the series after missing round one with injury, and suffering clutch problems at round two. This one wasn’t easy though as Stu Baylor and Josh Strang battled the whole time, all the way down to the last lap. The pair would begin to pull away from the rest of the pack, while swapping the lead position multiple times. Strang would lead the way as the white flag came out, but as they headed towards the finish line it was Stu Baylor coming through to earn his second-straight win of the year. Strang would finish second just three seconds behind Stu Baylor.
March 16 2021
Washington, Georgia—The Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series presented by Specialized, an AMA National Championship, completed round three of the 2021 season in Washington, Georgia at Aonia Pass MX with The Specialized General. Throughout the weekend the series saw 2,060 entries across Motorcycle, ATV and eMTB racing.
As the race got underway it was Magna1 Motorsports/Husqvarna’s Jordan Ashburnjumping out to grab the $250 All Balls Racing XC1 Open Pro Holeshot Award, but as the pack of eager racers made their way to timing and scoring on lap one it was Coastal GasGas Factory Racing’s Ricky Russell holding the early lead.
As they headed out for their second lap AmPro Yamaha’s Steward Baylor was on a mission to get to the front. Baylor would put his head down and push from a seventh place start to take over the lead as they came through on lap two. Baylor would continue to push himself as he held the lead. As he made his way around for the white flag, Baylor had over a minute lead. Baylor remained focused and crossed the finish line after three-hours of racing to take his first overall win of the 2021 season.
March 10 2021
Round two of the 2021 Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series presented by Specialized, an AMA National Championship, concluded with motorcycle racing on Sunday, March 7 in Palatka Florida. The world’s fastest off-road motorcycle racers would take to the sandy terrain of Florida at Hog Waller’s Mud.
Getting a great jump off the line and earning himself the $250 All Balls Racing XC1 Holeshot Award was Magna1 Motorsports/Husqvarna’s Jordan Ashburn. After getting that early lead, Coastal GASGAS Factory Racing’s Ricky Russell would soon make a pass into the number one spot, holding onto it for the first two laps of racing.
February 24 2021
Plenty of bench racing before the season began in regards to the vacant Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series throne. Kailub Russell had retired from the series after winning eight-straight titles, and there were many contenders for this year’s crown, including Steward Baylor. But few probably had Stu's younger brother Grant Baylor at the top of their list. While making his debut on the new KLM Milwaukee GasGas team, Grant notched the second win of his GNCC career, firing first in what promises to be a wild season.
October 26 2020
The 2020 Supercross season was a weird one. With Covid-19 stopping the races halfway through the season, Team Babbitt's riders perservered through a season no one could have ever predicted.
January 13 2020
KYLE PETERS IS VICTORIOUS IN HOBBS
And With a 450 Pro Sport Win, He Moves into First Overall
January 06 2020
DEFENDING CHAMPION JACE OWEN WINS BIG IN LOVELAND
And Newcomer to Series Starts Strong, Narrowly Trailing Owen Overall
August 07 2019
CONGRATS ARE IN ORDER FOR MICHIGAN TEAM GREEN RIDER - #70 JOHN GREWE
Foothill Ranch, Calif. (August 5, 2019) – Kawasaki Team Green™ wrapped up the 37th Annual AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships at Loretta Lynn’s Dude Ranch, in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee with plenty to celebrate.
John Grewe once again won the Masters 50+ championship for the fourth consecutive year. Grewe also placed his Babbitt’s Online Kawasaki KX™450 on the podium with a second overall in the Senior 40+ class with 2-2-2 scores!
March 07 2019
Foothill Ranch, Calif. (March 5, 2019) -Babbitt's Online/Monster Energy®/Kawasaki Team Green™ lined up this past weekend for the second round of the Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series at Moccasin Creek in Blackshear, Georgia. Defending series champion, Josh Strang took on the 12 different tests over the two days of racing and was able to land on the overall podium in second place
February 13 2019
Foothill Ranch, Calif. (February 12, 2019) - The Babbitt's Online/Monster Energy®/Kawasaki team made its off-road racing debut this weekend at the opening round of the Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series at the GTR Complex in Gaston, South Carolina. Defending series champion, Josh Strang took on the 12 different tests over the two days of racing and was able to land on the podium in second place overall.
January 23 2019
Foothill Ranch, Calif. (December 2, 2018) – Following the team introduction at the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) banquet, Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. is pleased to introduce the Babbitt’s/Monster Energy®/Kawasaki Team Green™ effort that will field two XC-1 class riders in the 2019 GNCC and Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series. With this effort, Kawasaki will continue a long and successful racing relationship with Team Babbitt’s where they captured eight of the last nine AMA Arenacross Championships from 2010-2018. Joining the team aboard his all-new KX™450 motorcycle will be former GNCC XC-1 Champion and current Full Gas Sprint Enduro Champion Josh Strang.
May 07 2018
The 2018 Amsoil Arenacross series wrapped up Friday night in Las Vegas. The GPF team came in to Vegas with a shot at winning the East and West Lites titles.
May 07 2018
Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy®/Kawasaki rider Jacob Hayes raced his KX™250F to a 2-1 finish Friday night to earn the 2018 AMA Arenacross Championship at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
April 30 2018
With only one round of the 2018 AMA Arenacross Championship remaining, Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy®/Kawasaki rider Jacob Hayes closed in on the 250AX championship points lead moving to within only a single point as he finished the night in a three-way tie for the overall win but was credited third, just behind fellow Kawasaki rider Travis Sewell.
April 26 2018
Round 10 of the Amsoil Arenacross series hit Portland, Oregon last Saturday and was another solid weekend for the GPF/Babbitt’s/MMCR/Monster Energy Team.
April 23 2018
Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy®/Kawasaki heavyweight Jacob Hayes holds his second place position in the 250AX Class Championship Standings by a meager four points after finishing second overall for the night. Kawasaki rider Mason Kerr and GPF Babbitt’s Online Kawasaki’s Ryan Breece finished second and third in the AX Lites West Class.
April 10 2018
It was another near perfect weekend for the GPF AX team in Wichita Saturday night for the 9th round of the Amsoil Arenacross series.
April 09 2018
The 2018 AMA Arenacross Championship returned to action at the Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas on Saturday night for the second round of the Race to the Cup. Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy®/Kawasaki rider Jacob Hayes returned to the winners circle by topping the 250AX Class, and earned an additional championship point by winning the Head 2 Head Challenge, moving within a single point of the championship points lead.
March 26 2018
Was another great weekend for the GPF team as the Arenacross series visited Nampa, ID Saturday night.
Team riders, Ryan Breece and Isaac Teasdale dominated the Lites class going 1-2 in timed Qualifying, winning their respective heat races, and Ryan Breece winning the main event with Teasdale 2nd.
March 26 2018
The Ford Idaho Center in Nampa, Idaho hosted the first round of the 2018 AMA Arenacross Race to the Cup this weekend as the points reset for the final five rounds. Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy®/Kawasaki rider Jacob Hayes returned to action and raced his KX™250F to a second place podium finish, while Idaho native Ryan Breece collected his first 250AX Class podium and second consecutive AX Lites West Coast Class victory.
March 19 2018
After a month long break, the AMA Arenacross Championship returned to action for Round 7 at the Denver Coliseum in Denver, Colorado. Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy®/Kawasaki rider Gavin Faith raced his KX™250F to a 2-1 finish for second overall and now leads the 250AX Rider Points Standings...
March 19 2018
Ryan Breece returned to action with the team to defend his Lites West title and he did not disappoint. Ryan would lead every lap in the Lites class in his heat race and the main event handily...
February 19 2018
Round 6 of the Amsoil Arenacross series visited Florence, SC this weekend. Team ride Isaac Teasdale was on fire dominating the Lites Arenacross class and even double classing making his first appearance of the season in AX class.
February 19 2018
The sixth round of the AMA Arenacross Championship was hosted at the Florence Civic Center in Florence, South Carolina with Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy®/Kawasaki rider Jacob Hayes entering the night as the 250AX points leader and red plate carrier.
February 12 2018
Foothill Ranch, Calif. (February 11, 2018) – After a weekend off, the 2018 AMA Arenacross season resumed with Round 5 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Madison, Wisconsin, with Kawasaki once again on top.
January 29 2018
Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy/Kawasaki continued its flawless run through the first four rounds of the 2018 AMA Arenacross Championship as Gavin Faith and Jacob Hayes exchanged main events wins in the 250AX Class.
January 22 2018
After competing for the win with Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy/Kawasaki teammate Gavin Faith in the first two rounds, Jacob Hayes took his first victory of the 2018 AMA Arenacross season at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Click to read the entire article...
January 17 2018
Round two of the Amsoil Arenacross series took the team to Worcester, MA over the weekend. Click to read the entire race recap.
January 15 2018
After capturing the 2018 AMA Arenacross season opening victory, Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy/Kawasaki wasted no time jumping out to the early lead at Round 2, as Gavin Faith and Jacob Hayes finished first and second in 250AX Heat 1... Click to read the entire article.
January 09 2018
After a long off season round 1 of the Amsoil Arenacross series kicked off in Dayton, OH. GPF team riders Isaac Teasdale and Richard Jackson hit the track ready to go quickly securing some fast timed qualifying laps. Click here to read the entire report...
January 08 2018
Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy®/Kawasaki rider and two-time defending series champion, Gavin Faith, captured the overall win for the AMSOIL Arenacross season opener in Dayton, Ohio. Click here to read the entire report...
August 08 2017
The elite Kawasaki Team Green™ roster wrapped up the 36th Annual AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee with much to celebrate. Collectively, Team Green left the ranch with an astonishing seven championships along with Monster Energy® Kawasaki Team Green rider Garrett Marchbanks earning the coveted AMA Amateur Rider of the Year award. Familiarly known as “Loretta Lynn’s”, the week at the Ranch gives a glimpse as to who will become the future of the sport.
May 22 2017
The final round of the 2017 Amsoil Arenacross series took place Friday night in Las Vegas for the east/west shootout finale. Lites West rider Ryan Breece came into Vegas tied for ...
May 08 2017
Designs rider Gavin Faith rode his KX™250F to his second consecutive 250AX AMSOIL Arenacross Championship. Ryan Breece followed suit and went on to win the 250AX Lites West Championship, while the young Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green rider Jett Reynolds captured the Supermini title on his KX™100.
May 01 2017
This was also the penultimate round of the Lites West championship where Team GPF rider Ryan Breece entered the night just two points out of first place...
April 25 2017
Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki Presented by AP Designs riders Gavin Faith and Travis Sewell raced to two podium finishes in Denver, Colorado.
April 05 2017
Our Lites West rider, Ryan Breece, came into Sacramento 2nd in points and just one spot out of the lead...
April 05 2017
Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki Presented by AP Designs rider Gavin Faith raced to an overall podium at Round 4 of the 2017 AMSOIL Arenacross Race to the Ricky Carmichael Cup, increasing his points lead...
March 27 2017
From the moment Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki Presented by AP Designs rider Gavin Faith hit the track, there was no stopping him...
March 20 2017
Foothill Ranch, CA (March 19, 2017) – Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki Presented by AP Designs started off the 2017 AMSOIL Arenacross Race to the Ricky Carmichael Cup with a huge victory by defending champion Gavin Faith aboard his Kawasaki KX™250F...
March 13 2017
Travis Sewell and his KX™250F earned the holeshot and a hard fought victory in Main Event 2...
March 06 2017
Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki Presented by AP Designs rider Gavin Faith took a hard fought overall podium on Night One...
February 28 2017
The first ever MotoFest began on Friday night with Round 7 of the AMSOIL Arenacross Championship inside the Georgia Dome.
February 21 2017
Podium Finish for Kawasaki’s Gavin Faith in Kansas City...
February 21 2017
GPF's west coast rider Ryan Breece joined the team just a few weeks ago after recovering from a off season injury...
February 06 2017
Faith Sweeps in Louisville...
February 01 2017
GPF team riders, Jacob Williamson and Cody Williams, came out swinging in timed practice jumping to the top of the leaderboard of the Lites Arenacross class...
January 30 2017
Faith Captures Third Podium Finish in Nashville...
January 27 2017
Rounds 3 and 4 of the Amsoil Arenacross series took place in Baltimore, MD on Friday and Saturday nights.
January 23 2017
January 21, 2017 | Royal Farms Arena | Baltimore, Md. Foothill Ranch, CA (January 22, 2017) – Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki presented by AP Designs rolled into Royal Farms Arena chasing their first win of the 2017 AMSOIL Arenacross season...
January 18 2017
Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy®/AMSOIL/Kawasaki Rider Faith Wins Head 2 Head Challenge in Grand Rapids...
January 18 2017
Jacob Williamson and Cody Williams came out swinging at round 2 of the Arenacross series in Grand Rapids, Michigan Saturday night...
January 10 2017
Round 1 of AMA Amsoil Arenacross took place in Cincinnati, Ohio Saturday night. The GPF team returned to the series for first time in six years were able to continue their success in the Arenacross Lites class....
January 07 2017
Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy®/AMSOIL Kawasaki Kicks-Off 2017 on the Podium
May 09 2016
Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki and the KX250F Claim the Top Three Spots in Arenacross Championship
May 06 2016
The Babbitt’s/Monster Energy®/AMSOIL Kawasaki team of Gavin Faith, Chris Blose and Jacob Hayes have been a consistent threat...