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GRAND NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY SERIES ANNOUNCES 2022 SCHEDULE

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (November 22, 2021) – After a record-breaking year, Racer Productions, producer of the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series presented by Specialized, an AMA National Championship, is excited to announce the series schedule for the upcoming 2022 season.

The 2022 schedule is happy to welcome back many of its most seasoned venues, including Big Buck in Union, South Carolina; The General in Washington, Georgia; The John Penton in Millfield, Ohio; West Virginia’s popular Snowshoe GNCC in Snowshoe, West Virginia; and the Ironman finale in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

KAWASAKI FLOODS THE PODIUM

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?”

Josh Strang NABS HIS FIRST GNCC WIN OF 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.

MAKE IT FOUR-STRAIGHT IN GNCC FOR STEWARD BAYLOR

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.

BAYLOR TRAIN KEEPS ON ROLLING

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.

Stu Baylor GOES BACK-TO-BACK

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.

Steward Baylor CAPTURES FIRST WIN OF 2021 AT THE GENERAL GNCC

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.

BEN KELLEY FIGHTS BACK AT WILD BOAR GNCC

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.

Straight From Arenacross: Rounds 7 and 8 Recap from Tampa, FL

Tulsa, OK (March 2, 2021) – The 2021 Kicker AMA Arenacross Series switched things up and headed outdoors for Rounds 7 and 8 of the series. The events were held at the East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, Florida on this past Saturday and Sunday. The oversized arenacross track and full gates of top Arenacross and Supercross talent, in the pro classes, gave way to some of the best racing of the series thus far.

Phoenix Racing Honda Team's Kyle Peters finished the weekend with his unbeaten streak still in tact. He's now won 16 straight main events this series, and heads to Amarillo looking to finish the series with the streak alive, while clinching his second straight AMA National Championship title. 

GRANT BAYLOR SURPRISES IN GNCC OPENER

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.

Straight From Arenacross: Rounds 5 and 6 Recap from Guthrie, OK

Tulsa, OK (January 24, 2021) The 2021 Kicker AMA Arenacross Series stopped in Guthrie, Oklahoma for rounds five and six of the series. The events were held at the Lazy E Arena on Friday and Saturday. The oversized arenacross track and full gates of top talent in the pro classes gave way to some of the best racing of the series thus far.

Phoenix Racing Honda Team's Kyle Peters managed to continue his win streak this weekend, remaining unbeaten at the top. Though with each passing round the feat is seeming to become a little tougher to accomplish. Team Babbitt's Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Mike Alessi is one of a few pressing to get that first win and knock Peters off the top of the podium. Alessi led for many laps during a few main events this weekend, showing he has skillset and ability to make it happen.

Straight From Arenacross: Rounds 3 and 4 Recap from Lubbox, TX

Tulsa, OK (January 16, 2021) – The 2021 Kicker AMA Arenacross Series headed to Lubbock, Texas for rounds three and four of the series. The events were held at the Mallet Events Center and Arena on Friday and Saturday. There were over 20 pro riders in each class, making for some tight and exciting race action.

Phoenix Racing Honda Team's Kyle Peters fought his way to the top of the podium for all four classes over the weekend, but this weekend it was evident that his competitors were challenging him more than the opening weekend. There was also a lot of drama and a lot of action from the rest of the pack throughout rounds three and four.

STRAIGHT FROM ARENACROSS: THE 2021 KICK AMA ARENACROSS SERIES DEBUTS IN STARKVILLE

Tulsa, OK (January 10, 2021) – The 2021 Kicker AMA Arenacross Series opening weekend took place on Friday and Saturday with Rounds One and Two being held at the Mississippi Horse Park Arena in Starkville, Mississippi.

The opening rounds saw a lot of drama, a lot of action and a lot of new faces in the 250 Pro Sport and 450 Pro Sport classes. But three familiar faces dominated a lot of the weekend with privateers Kyle Bitterman and Gared Steinke getting podium finishes throughout the weekend, and Phoenix Racing Honda Team Rider Kyle Peters continued his 2020 dominance into the new year, sweeping the pro classes across the weekend.

2021 SGB Racing Maxxis Tires Babbitt's Online Team Looks Towards Another Great Season

Who is ready for Supercross to return?! With Covid-19 still playing a factor in the upcoming series, it's going to be another weird season. Hopefully things can return to normal and the fans can pack the stadiums to see their favorite teams and riders! Now with only a couple weeks between us and the first race, we should introduce you to our team! 

Add One More to our Kicker Arenacross Team - Isaac Teasdale Joins Team

Isaac Teasdale joins our Babbitt's Monster Kawaski team, along with Mike Alessi, to compete in the 2021 Kicker Arenacross series! 

Mike Alessi joins Team Babbitt's Monster Kawasaki for Kicker Arenacross

Mike Alessi, the most successful amateur motocross racer of all-time, with 11 career national championships at Loretta Lynn's, is joining the Babbitt's Monster Kawasaki team to compete in the 2021 Kicker Arenacross series! 

Season End - The Success of Team Babbitt's at Supercross

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. 

Babbitt's Online is Always Proud to Team up with Kawasaki

Babbitt's is always proud to team up with Kawasaki!  Check out this Sponsor Spotlight that highlights our relationship in racing through the years. 💚 #teamgreen

 

Straight From Arenacross: Thrilling Pro Race Decided By 0.09 Seconds

Amarillo, TX (March 9, 2020) - The final round of the AMA Kicker Arenacross Series wrapped up in Amarillo, Texas this past Saturday.


Though Kyle Peters secured his win the weekend before in Salt Lake City (thus sitting out this event in Amarillo) the rest of the top five spots in the Pro Series were still up in the air and the racing was as exciting as ever in the final two races of the season.

Straight From Arenacross: Kyle Peters Clinches AMA National Championship Title in SLC

Salt Lake City, Utah (March 2, 2020) - Rounds ten and eleven took place this past weekend at the Maverik Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Straight From Arenacross: Rounds 8 & 9 From Reno, NV 2020

Rounds eight and nine took place this past weekend at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center in Reno, Nevada.

Round Six and Seven Recap from Denver, CO - Arenacross 2020

DENVER, CO (February 2, 2020) – The 2020 Kicker Arenacross series continued to provide fans with some exciting pro race action, this time from Denver Colorado. Rounds six and seven took place at the National Western Events Center.

Peters Puts on A Show in OK - Arenacross Round 4-5 2020

GUTHRIE, OK (January 26, 2020) - Current series points leader, Kyle Peters, widened the gap between first and second place during Rounds four and five in Guthrie, Oklahoma. Peters won both the 250 Pro Sport and 450 Pro Sport classes on Friday and Saturday, sweeping the weekend.

Straight From Arenacross: Round 2 Hobbs, NM 2020

KYLE PETERS IS VICTORIOUS IN HOBBS

And With a 450 Pro Sport Win, He Moves into First Overall

2020 Arenacross Series to Air on Fox Sports 2

2020 Arenacross Series to Air on Fox Sports 2

TV Series premieres on Saturday, January 18th with Round One from Loveland

AX-Defending Champion Jace Owen Wins Big in Loveland

DEFENDING CHAMPION JACE OWEN WINS BIG IN LOVELAND

And Newcomer to Series Starts Strong, Narrowly Trailing Owen Overall

2020 Babbitt's Online Headed to Supercross with SGB Racing & Maxxis Tires

It's going to be an exciting race season, we are happy to announce that Babbitt's Online will partner with SGB Racing and Maxxis Tires for Supercross this year!

Another Successful Year at Loretta Lynn's for Kawasaki Team Green

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!

 

Babbitt's Online/Monster Energy/Kawasaki Team Green's Josh Strang Podiums at Sprint Enduro

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

Kawasaki Off-Road Teams Podium from Coast to Coast - FullGas R1

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.

Kawasaki Team Green Establishes Off-Road Racing Efforts with Babbitt's Online

 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.

Thank You Racers and Fans

Feld Entertainment, Inc. is proud to announce a new racing program, Supercross Futures, an AMA Amateur National Championship, to build on the success of this year’s Supercross Amateur Racing events and transition the Arenacross program as part of an overall effort to continue improving the overall quality of Supercross.

Las Vegas Recap | GPF Lites | Race Report 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. 

Round 12 | Las Vegas, NV | Race Report 2018

Team Babbitts/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.

Round 11 | Reno, NV | Race Report 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. 

Portland Recap | GPF Lites | Race Report 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. 

Round 10 | Portland, OR | Race Report 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.

Wichita Recap | GPF Lites | Race Report 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. 

Round 9 | Wichita, KS | Race Report 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. 

Nampa Recap | GPF Lites | Race Report 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. 

Round 8 | Nampa, ID | Race Report 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. 

Round 7 | Denver, CO | Race Report 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...

Denver Recap | GPF Lites | Race Report 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...

Florence Recap | GPF Lites | Race Report 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. 

Round 6: Gavin Faith Posts Perfect Night

AMSOIL Arenacross made its first-ever appearance at the Florence Center in Florence, South Carolina where Gavin Faith had a perfect night, winning both Main Events and clenching the extra point in the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Head 2 Head Challenge.

Round 6 | Florence, SC | Race Report 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.

Round 5 | Madison, WI | Race Report 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. 

Round 4: Faith Wins Again

Gavin Faith Clinched a Third 250AX Victory at Round 4 of 2018 AMSOIL Arenacross in Greensboro
Heath Harrison Lands Lites East Class Victory and Points Lead

Round 4 | Greensboro, NC | Race Report 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.

Round 3: Hayes Captures Career First

In front of a packed house at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Jacob Hayes took his first victory of the 2018 AMSOIL Arenacross season on January 20.

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