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Recreational Trails Program Wins Funding Increase in House Approved Bill

July 7, 2021 – YES! Trail Funding May Get a BIG BOOST


Recreational Trails Program Wins Funding Increase in House Approved Bill

More good news for off-road enthusiasts. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a $715 billion transportation bill last week, including up to 75 percent increased funding for the Recreational Trails Program. The RTP funds trail development, maintenance, and educational materials nationwide.

“While there is significantly more work to be done getting the bill passed by the Senate and signed into law by the president, it is great to have the House on-record supporting the increase,” said Scott Schloegel, MIC senior vice president of government relations. “We would love to have senators take up the House bill, but they also have their own bills they are working on, so we’ll continue to advocate for a similar provision in the Senate.”

The multibillion “INVEST in America Act” would spend heavily on road, rail, public transit, and water projects over five years. Proponents of sweeping infrastructure legislation hope that Congress can complete work on it before October 1 and send it to President Biden for signing into law. The RTP is funded with gas tax dollars that powersports enthusiasts pay each time they fuel up off-highway vehicles.

The RTP currently has a funding level of $84 million, and Schloegel said that the budget is long overdue for a significant boost – particularly with the double-digit growth in new-unit OHV sales since the spring of 2020, and the nation’s increasing interest in powersports recreation.

“It is estimated that we pay nearly $300 million in off-road gas taxes each year,” Schloegel said. “We appreciate that the House agrees that more of those dollars should be put into recreational trails.”



The Restore Bonneville program has stalled, bureaucracy has failed, and the legendary Salt Flats are at risk…but you can help 

By Joy Burgess

Photo: Scooter Grubbs

“For motorcyclists,” Hall of Famer and former fastest man on two wheels Chris Carr told American Motorcyclist, “the Bonneville Salt Flats is one of our seven wonders of the world. If you want to go really fast, Bonneville is the most famous place in the world to do that.”

But according to the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), while racers were once able to push velocity limits on 13 miles of racetrack at Bonneville, today there’s only eight miles of straightaway available for those attempting to set land-speed records.

For over half a century, the land-speed racing community has continued to sound the alarm that government neglect and mismanagement is destroying the beloved Salt Flats. Since 1946, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has been the custodian of the land. Their response to racers’ concerns? A long line of studies. “Frankly, Bonneville has been studied to death,” notes SEMA.

Over 60 miles long, the Bonneville Salt Flats are divided in half by highways and railroad tracks, with racetracks on the north side and a potash processing plant on the south side. Racing and mining survived side-by-side until BLM started issuing leases in the 1960s that allowed salt to be transferred south through miles of ditches without any proof that there’d be no damage to the racing portion of the Salt Flats. It’s estimated that 50 to 75 million tons of salt were removed from Bonneville, with much of that salt currently located in large evaporative potash processing ponds.

The potash mine’s owner and the racing community created a salt brine return system in the 1990s, which was implemented with BLM approval. For some time, pumping in an average of 1.2 million tons per year stabilized Bonneville’s crust and even led to some small increases, but the pumping volumes have been more limited in recent years.

In 1989 the Save the Salt Coalition (STS) was formed by a group of racers, community members and businesses with the mission to protect the Bonneville Salt Flats — which has been designated an “Area of Critical Environmental Concern” — and to promote its history and motorsports legacy.

“In 2015,” Stuart Gosswein, Senior Director of Federal Government Affairs at SEMA, told American Motorcyclist, “we had a summit bringing all the stakeholders together ­­­— including the BLM, Utah Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Intrepid potash mining operation, the land-speed racing community, and State and Federal legislators — and what we called the Restore Bonneville program was conceptualized.”

Highlights of the program include: The Utah DNR and BLM will oversee the salt brine pumping program, and the program will be funded via annual appropriations from the BLM and the State of Utah; Intrepid will increase pumping volumes via infrastructure upgrades; the overall cost of the program will be approximately $50 million across 10 years, with most money coming from federal and state appropriations, with Intrepid donating the value of the salt, and contributions from the racing community.

“In April 2020,” Gosswein continued, “the Utah Department of Natural Resources and the BLM signed a Memorandum of Understanding to create the Restore Bonneville program.” While this initially seemed like a huge win for the Salt Flats, bureaucratic inefficiency has the program at a standstill. Paperwork outlining the project’s scope and requirements is incomplete, and funding has been withheld as a consequence.

“We had an unspecified amount of money available,” Gosswein mentioned, “in the 2020 Federal Appropriations — likely around $1 to $4 million — that we could have tapped to start the program. And that money has gone by the wayside. We potentially have a similar amount of monies available for 2021, but right now we’re still trying to get that money released so we can start funding the project.” Gosswein added that there’s an additional $1 million in Utah matching funds available once federal monies are released.

In May 2021, the Department of the Interior briefed Congressional appropriators on the status of the program. BLM and Utah DNR officials are still outlining program specifics and measurables that will allow a release of federal funds. They want to review previous studies to quantify the effects of an increased salt laydown and confirm the program’s ultimate success, while also outlining the infrastructure upgrades needed to dramatically expand the pumping. So while there’s some positive news on the bureaucratic front, the project is spinning wheels until more salt is pumped.

Meanwhile, the racing community continues to move ahead. “Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials supports the responsible stewardship of the historic racing surface on the Bonneville Salt Flats, and the Restore Bonneville program,” says Delvene Reber, owner and operator of Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials. “As history continues to be made every year by motorcyclists vying for FIM World and AMA National Land Speed Records, these restoration efforts are essential to ensure that future generations can continue to race.”

“There are very few places in the world where you can flat out go as fast as you want,” Carr said, “and racers down the road might not get a chance to experience this if something isn’t done soon. People have been racing there longer than I’ve been alive; knowing future generations might not be able to enjoy that is a scary feeling.”

Until the Restore Bonneville agreement is implemented, Bonneville remains critically endangered. Still, there’s the potential for a happy ending. You can send a message to the Bureau of Land Management and Utah’s Dept. of Natural Resources to let them know you support saving the historic Bonneville Salt Flats. Check americanmotorcyclist.com for the latest news on Bonneville or visit savethesalt.org to get involved.

NOTE: Racing continues at Bonneville…for now. The Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials, the AMA Land Speed Grand Championship — an AMA- and FIM-sanctioned event — will take place Aug. 28 through Sept. 2, 2021

This article first appeared in the July edition of American Motorcyclist.

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Logan Cipala Lets Freedom Ring on his Buell® 1190HCR

Logan taking First Place at the Brick Mine Pro Motoclimb
Logan taking First Place at the Brick Mine Pro Motoclimb. [📷 credit: @motoclimbsuperseries]

Walhalla, North Dakota]: On July 2, 2021, Logan “The Machine” Cipala celebrated the holiday weekend with a red, white, and Buell® win in the open class at Brick Mine Pro Motoclimb. Cipala didn’t stop there, he cleaned up at the event taking home first place in the 450 and 700 classes too. Brick Mine left Cipala “The Machine” in the lead with a solid 50 points, followed by Logan Mead with 44 points, and Harold Waddell with 35 points.

Standing on the podium is a regular thing for Logan “The Machine” Cipala, especially on his Buell® 1190HCR. His nickname comes from the community, seeing his dedication to the sport with his travel and race schedule.

After his clean sweep win on Friday at Brick Mine, Cipala drove south to take part in the Eagle Ridge Pro Motoclimb. Cipala took home another award on the Buell® 1190HCR for the fastest hillclimb.

“It was another great weekend at the Eagle Ridge MC hill climbs in North Dakota. My Mueller Motorsports tuned Buell 1190HCR and Full Throttle Motorsports GasGas MC450 were running and working great. I was able to sweep the Motoclimb Event on Saturday. Riding first in the order in open class I knew it would be a difficult task to take the win,” said Cipala. “I committed to a risky line and laid down a ride that would hold into halfway through the second round. Logan Mead laid down a near perfect run that beat me by a full second. I felt confident I could charge through the motocross style bottom of the hill to make up that time and get through the challenging middle cleanly. Once I made I through the corner I let the Buell power go to work and earned the open win.”

We look forward to seeing Logan claim King of the Hill again, at the Wiseco Shootout this weekend July 10 in Bay City, WI.

Check out Cipala’s winning run at Brick Mine — LINK

Visit the Buell website for more information at: www.BuellMotorcycle.com.

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Logan Cipala Podiums Again on his Buell® 1190HCR

Logan taking Third Place at the Motoclimb
Logan taking Third Place at the Motoclimb. [📷 credit: @motoclimbsuperseries]

[Bay City, Wisconsin]: On July 10, 2021, Logan Cipala put up a great fight at the Wiseco Shootout in Wisconsin. Taking home 1st place in both the 700 and 450 classes and third place in the open class on his Buell® 1190HCR.

Cipala, after his clean sweep at Brick Mine the previous weekend on the Buell® 1190HCR, swung for the fences to go for two in a row, missing 1st place by only a couple points. Thankfully this is only round two, and there are more hills to climb in the next few weeks.

“I’m super damn proud of how good of an event we put on,” Cipala said, “As for the open race, it was a technical hill and I missed it at the bottom on my first run. I cleared that up on my second run, but lost momentum at the top.”

“The track at IRC Wiseco shootout was very technical and proved to be a challenge for us in the open class as Logan found some fluff towards the top and that cost him his momentum. Ultimately, we left Bay City with the points lead and the awesome Cipala race team on the Buell 1190HCR,” said Steve Laham, Chief Product Officer at Buell Motorcycles.

Cipala will be competing in round 3 at Big Hill Jam in Yoncalla Oregon on July 31st and August 1st. If you’re in the area go check it out!

Visit the Buell website for the latest information at: www.BuellMotorcycle.com

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Buell® Dominates the NHRA Nationals

Denso Team Celebrating
Denso Team Celebrating

[Denver, Colorado]: On July 16th, 2021 the NHRA Nationals Championship were wide open throttle off the starting line all weekend! Buell® blew the Bike Pros out of the water with both Matt and Angie Smith on their Denso Buell® bikes taking 1st and 2nd place in the Bike Pro qualifiers. Matt and Angie had a strong run both reaching the semi finals.

It didn’t stop there though, in the semi finals all 4 racers were on Buell® bikes. Matt Smith (Buell®) vs Andrew Hines (Buell®) and Angie Smith (Buell®) vs Eddie Krawiec (Buell RX®). The semi finals were a tight race. Matt Smith took Hines by fractions of a second for the win, and Kraweic did the same to Smith.

“No doubt that Buell was King of the mountain this weekend in Denver, Qualifying #1 & #2 with Matt & Angie Smith on their Buell’s was certainly a highlight of Saturday evening. However things got even better by Sunday evening as Matt Smith rode his Denso Buell® to the winners circle, besting second place finisher Eddie Krawiec on his Vance & Hines Buell RX®” said Steve Laham, Chief Product Officer at Buell Motorcycles.

After this weekend the new rankings for the NHRA Nationals are as follows: Matt Smith (Buell®) in 1st, Angie Smith (Buell®) in 6th, Eddie Krawiec (Buell RX®) in 7th and Andrew Hines (Buell RX®) in 11th.

Follow more Buell rider success at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals on July 23-25.

Visit the Buell website for the latest information at: www.BuellMotorcycle.com.

[Photo Credit: @SRDrivenMedia // https://www.srdrivenmedia.com/]

Check out SRDrivenMedia’s Highlight Video of Matts Win




Johnny Lewis


Women of Royal Enfield BUILD TRAIN RACE battle on at second BTR exhibition race

Milwaukee, WI (Monday, July 26, 2021) – On the heels of their historic win at Lima Half-Mile, Johnny Lewis and the Moto Anatomy X Royal Enfield Team were looking to start a hot streak aboard the Royal Enfield Twins FT at the inaugural Port Royal Half-Mile, round eight of the Progressive American Flat Track Championship at Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, Pennsylvania. While the all-new venue held its share of challenges for Lewis, he and the Moto Anatomy X crew fought for every inch throughout the day, ultimately coming in fourth overall in the AFT Production Twins main event.

“Days like today remind me what a great crew we have,” said Johnny Lewis, “Today had its ups and downs but our Moto Anatomy crew never stopped working hard. It was a bit of a battle for us, but we had competitive lap times in the end; it just showed that our work throughout the day paid off. It was great to end tonight on a positive note.”

After a hard-fought battle with Dan Bromely for fourth in the main event, Lewis was able to edge him out by 0.007 seconds at the checkered flag—an incredible sight for the Port Royal fans. “Within the team, it was a success!” Lewis added.

“Johnny puts every ounce of himself into each race weekend and you could see it at Port Royal,” commented Breeann Poland, Marketing and Communications Lead – Royal Enfield Americas. “After battling some issues throughout the test and earlier in the day he was able to push through to a fourth-place finish today. We were proud to see this level of passion and dedication from the whole team.”

Port Royal Speedway was host to the second round of the Royal Enfield BUILD TRAIN RACE (BTR) Flat Track program, and the ladies of AFT thrilled the Pennsylvania crowd with some great battles. In the end, Jaycee Jones beat Jillian Deschenes to the checkers for the overall win. Lanakila MacNaughton was holding third, but made a mistake on the final lap, opening the door for Sarah Dixon to nab the final podium spot.

The Port Royal weekend got out to a great start for the ladies of AFT on Friday when they were invited to participate in the test on Friday, allowing for extra track time and eight rounds of practice. “Extremely happy we got practice Friday,” said Jaycee Jones. “If we didn’t have that day to figure out the track and make changes to the bike it could have been completely different.”

Jones captured her first win of the season
Jones captured her first win of the season

Jones was able to dial in her new Ohlins rear shocks, that she credits with making “all the difference in the world.” Jones not only captured her first win of the season, but set a scorching lap of 27.939—a time that could have potentially qualified her for the Production Twins class.

Jones and Deschenes are now battling for the BTR championship with one win apiece. Sarah Dixon, with a pair of thirds, is looking to break through for a win, while the talented field of builders and racers is also hungry for podium finishes in the 2021 championship.

“It’s been over a month since the ladies first raced in Chicago and we were eager to see them back at it again,” said Breeann Poland. “The racing between the women is definitely heating up. I am proud of each and everyone of them for pushing themselves both on and off the track. Lana missed the test on Friday and was at a disadvantage all day but when the green flagged dropped she put everything she had into it and battled for a podium spot.”

Johnny Lewis and the Moto Anatomy X Royal Enfield team will be back in action at Weedsport, New York for the Short Track doubleheader on August 13-14. They will be once again joined by the women of Royal Enfield BTR as the American Flat Track Championship makes its return to New York.

Tune in for broadcast coverage of the Port Royal Half-Mile on NBCSN on Sunday, August 15 at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT.

About Royal Enfield
The oldest motorcycle company in continuous production in the world, Royal Enfield made its first motorcycle in 1901. A division of Eicher Motors Limited, Royal Enfield has created the midsize motorcycle segment in India with its unique and distinctive modern classic motorcycles. With its manufacturing base in Chennai, India, Royal Enfield has been able to grow its production rapidly against a surge in demand for its motorcycles. Royal Enfield is a leading player in the global middleweight motorcycle market.

The Moto Anatomy X Royal Enfield team is supported by Harris Performance, SENA, Motul, Beringer Brakes, Solid Performance, EVS, ODI, Just 1, Tucker, Saddlemen, S&S Cycle, Team Lawant, Quayle Construction and Goon Glass and Rubber.

Royal Enfield North America (RENA) is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is developing a growing network of more than 125 dealers in North America, including the contiguous U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. RENA currently offers the all-new Meteor 350, Himalayan and the 650 Twins (INT 650 and Continental GT 650) motorcycles, along with a range of Genuine Motorcycle Accessories and apparel.

For more information on Royal Enfield North America, visit www.RoyalEnfield.com/us/en/, www.Instagram.com/RoyalEnfield_NA, www.Facebook.com/RoyalEnfieldNorthAmerica.




Ladies of BTR are set to take the MotoAmerica stage at Brainerd International Raceway.

Milwaukee, WI (Thursday, July 29, 2021) – Royal Enfield’s groundbreaking BUILD. TRAIN. RACE. (BTR) Road Race program, which has invited seven women from all walks to prepare Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 motorcycles for competition and train under the mentorship of professional road racer Melissa Paris, is preparing to enter the final stage of the program this weekend at Brainerd International Raceway—RACE.

Alyssa Bridges, Becky Goebel, CJ Lukacs, Kayla Thiesler, Michaela Trumbull, Scarlett Grosselanghorst and Trisha Dahl are ready to put their hard work on the racetrack this weekend in Brainerd, Minnesota, where round six of MotoAmerica, the premiere motorcycle road racing series in North America, will host the first of three exhibition races for Royal Enfield’s BTR Road Race program. Through the support of the program’s sponsors such as BOXO USA Tools, along with Maxima, S&S, Dunlop, Ohlins, Arai, SBS and Vortex, the Royal Enfield BTR women will take to the track on Sunday, August 1, 2021 in Brainerd, Minnesota.

Watch the race live on the MotoAmerica Facebook page, Sunday, August 1, 2021.

The three-month build phase of the program, also overseen by Melissa Paris, saw seven women competitors design and construct their Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 race bikes, which were revealed to the public on June 12 at the Road America round of the MotoAmerica Championship. The participants then entered into the training phase, where the women got to push their skills on the track at Grattan Race Track in Michigan for two days, and fine tune their Continental GT 650 motorcycles. Now, all that is left to do is race!

“The opportunity that Royal Enfield is giving us here, is the dream. Who else is going to hand you a motorcycle, say ‘turn it into a race bike, and then race it yourself?’” said fashion designer-turned motorcycle racer Scarlett Grosselanghorst.

All seven women of the Royal Enfield BTR Road Race program are eager to put themselves and their machines to the test this weekend at Brainerd International Raceway. Former pro motocross racer CJ Lukacs summed it up best. “I’m looking forward to the go-fast portion of it,” she said with a smile.

“After months of building and training the women are ready to race,” said Breeann Poland, Marketing and Communications Lead – Royal Enfield Americas. “My nerves are through the roof. I am excited for the world to see how incredible each one of these women are and for them to finally be able to race. Melissa Paris, our sponsors and Royal Enfield have supported this program from the beginning.”

Get an up-close look at the Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 motorcycles of the BTR Road Race program, and tell us which is your favorite. Along with competing on the track, the BTR participants are competing for Fan Favorite. Cast your vote now! Voting ends July 31, 2021.

Find out more about the inspiring women of Royal Enfield BTR Road Race, such as hairstylist Michaela Trumbull from Wyoming, who decided she was tired of riding on the back of her husband’s motorcycle and wanted to get behind the bars herself. Or 25-year-old Kayla Theisler, a mechanical engineer from Wisconsin who has an AHRMA Vintage Sidecar National Championship to her name. CJ Lukacs, who comes from a professional motocross background, opted to challenge herself in road racing, an all-new two-wheel element for the teacher from California. See featured videos of all seven Royal Enfield BTR Road Race participants on the Royal Enfield North America Instagram @royalenfield_na.

Find more information on the Royal Enfield BUILD. TRAIN. RACE. Road Race Program at https://buildtrainrace.com/, and at https://motoamerica.com/women-who-race-royal-enfields-build-train-race-program-set-for-three-motoamerica-rounds/.

About Royal Enfield
The oldest motorcycle company in continuous production in the world, Royal Enfield made its first motorcycle in 1901. A division of Eicher Motors Limited, Royal Enfield has created the midsize motorcycle segment in India with its unique and distinctive modern classic motorcycles. With its manufacturing base in Chennai, India, Royal Enfield has been able to grow its production rapidly against a surge in demand for its motorcycles. Royal Enfield is a leading player in the global middleweight motorcycle market.

Royal Enfield North America (RENA) is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is developing a growing network of more than 125 dealers in North America, including the contiguous U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. RENA currently offers the all-new Meteor 350, Himalayan and the 650 Twins (INT 650 and Continental GT 650) motorcycles, along with a range of Genuine Motorcycle Accessories and apparel.

For more information on Royal Enfield North America, visit www.RoyalEnfield.com/us/en/, www.Instagram.com/RoyalEnfield_NA, www.Facebook.com/RoyalEnfieldNorthAmerica.

Jean Turner, 805.705.3572, prnorthamerica@royalenfield.com
Breeann Poland, 703.314.4487, breep@royalenfield.com

Melissa Paris (center) and the women of Royal Enfield BTR Road Race are ready to put their hard work to the test at Brainerd International Speedway this Sunday, August 1.



Yamaha Racing Snowshoe: Motorcycle Race Report

Ben Kelley (FMF/KTM Factory Racing) conquered the mountain, and earned the overall win on Sunday afternoon. Photo: Ken Hill
Ben Kelley (FMF/KTM Factory Racing) conquered the mountain, and earned the overall win on Sunday afternoon.
Photo: Ken Hill

Ben Kelley (FMF/KTM Factory Racing) conquered the mountain, and earned the overall win on Sunday afternoon. Photo: Ken Hill

SNOWSHOE, W.Va. (June 29, 2021) – The Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series presented by Specialized, an AMA National Championship, concluded its ninth round of racing at the Yamaha Racing Snowshoe GNCC in Snowshoe, West Virginia on Sunday, June 27.

FMF/TKM Factory Racing’s Benjamin Kelley would come through to earn his second win of the season and conquer Snowshoe Mountain. Kelley found himself running third throughout the first couple of laps, but he would make the pass for the lead on the fourth lap and hold that lead until the checkered flag flew.

Earning second at round nine was AmPro Yamaha’s Steward Baylor. Right off the start Baylor had hoped to grab the early lead, but he would slide out on the pavement start at the first turn. Baylor would move into the lead on the second lap but would be unable to hold off Kelley as he applied the pressure. Baylor would hold onto second, coming through 30 seconds behind Kelley.

Magna1 Motorsports/Husqvarna’s Jordan Ashburn grabbed the early lead, holding onto first for the first lap. Ashburn continued to run at the front of the pack and battle with Baylor and Kelley. As they came through the finish Ashburn would come through to earn his fourth podium finish of the season.

Coming through fourth on the day was FMF/KTM Factory Racing’s Josh Toth. Toth had a consistent day running in fourth for the entire three-hour race. Toth remains sixth in the points standings as the series will kick back off in September. KLM Milwaukee GASGAS’s Grant Baylor made his way to fifth in XC1 after starting out the day in seventh.

Steward Baylor (AmPro Yamaha) battled throughout the three-hour race

Steward Baylor (AmPro Yamaha) battled throughout the three-hour race, earning second at this 2021 Snowshoe GNCC.
Photo: Mack Faint

Rockstar Energy Factory Husqvarna Racing’s Thad Duvall fought back to finish the day sixth overall in his home state of West Virginia. Duvall started out the day in eighth and steadily worked his way up through the pack. Coastal GASGAS Factory Racing’s Ricky Russell crossed the finish line seventh overall on the day after battling early on in the race in the top five.

After a mid-race setback, Babbitt’s Online/Monster Energy/Kawasaki Team Green’s Josh Strang would continue to push until the checkered flag flew. Strang crossed the finish eighth in the XC1 Open Pro class.

AmPro Yamaha’s Layne Michael maintained the ninth place position in XC1 throughout the duration of the race. Rounding out the top 10 in the XC1 Open Pro class was RedBull/MSC Sherco Racing’s Benjamin Herrera.

Johnny Girroir (Coastal GASGAS Factory Racing) earned his sixth XC2 250 Pro class win of the season.

Johnny Girroir (Coastal GASGAS Factory Racing) earned his sixth XC2 250 Pro class win of the season.
Photo: Mack Faint

In the XC2 250 Pro class it was Coastal GASGAS Factory Racing’s Jonathan Girroir coming through to earn his sixth win of the season. Girroir made the move into the lead after running in second for the first two laps. Girroir continues to lead the championship standings as the series heads into its summer break.

Earning his first XC2 podium finish was 760 Motorsports/JDP Suspension/FXR’s Ben Nelko. After coming through in 13th on the opening lap, Nelko put his head down and pushed for the rest of the race. Nelko steadily moved through the pack at Snowshoe and put himself in a great position during the last lap where he overtook second place just miles from the finish line. After missing three rounds due to an injury Enduro Engineering/Kenda/XC Gear’s Ryder Lafferty came through to earn third in the XC2 class.

Grabbing the early lead in the FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am class was Magna1 Motorsports/Husqvarna’s Jonathan Johnson. Johnson would continue to lead the way in the class for the duration of the three hour race. Crossing the line in second was Enduro Engineering/Husqvarna/FXR’s Jake Froman. While Marionville Powersports/Enduro Engineering/Fly Racing’s Noah Clark rounded out the top three in the FMF XC3 class.

Rachael Archer (AmPro Yamaha) brought home the WXC win at round nine.

Rachael Archer (AmPro Yamaha) brought home the WXC win at round nine.
Photo: Ken Hill

AmPro Yamaha’s Rachael Archer battled back at Snowshoe to earn the WXC class win and close the points gap to just two behind BABS Racing Yamaha’s Becca Sheets. After holding the lead for the first two laps, Magna1 Motorsports/Husqvarna/Rockstar Energy/Moose Racing’s Tayla Jones would come through to finish second on the day in West Virginia. KTM Canada/FXR Moto/SRT Off-Road Racing’s Shelby Turner battled for the last spot on the WXC podium atop Snowshoe Mountain. This was also Turner’s first-ever WXC podium finish.

In the youth race it was Cole Forbes coming through to earn the overall and YXC1 Super Mini Sr. class win. Nicholas Defeo and Thor Powell came through to round out the top three overall and in the YXC1 class. Peyton Feather earned the YXC2 Super Mini Jr. class as Robert Weiss and Ryan Amancio finished second and third in the class. Ryder Sigety earned the 85cc (12-13) class win, while Mason Raynor took the 85cc (7-11) class win. Nash Peerson and Hunter Hawkinberry took home the two 65cc class wins. Ruby Fustini earned the Girls (8-15) class with Chance Mayfield earning a win in the trail rider class.

GNCC Racing will return to racing in September for The Mountaineer GNCC in Beckley, West Virginia.

For more information on the GNCC series, visit the official website at www.gnccracing.com or call (304) 284-0084. Join the conversation on the series Facebook page, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and be sure to always hashtag #GNCC.

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Benjamin Kelley (center), Steward Baylor (right) and Jordan Ashburn (left) rounded out the top three at Snowshoe.

Benjamin Kelley (center), Steward Baylor (right) and Jordan Ashburn (left) rounded out the top three at Snowshoe.
Photo: Ken Hill

Snowshoe Results and Points Standings

Snowshoe, West Virginia
Round 9 of 13
Sunday, June 27, 2021

XC1 Pro Event Results:

Benjamin Kelley (KTM)
Steward Baylor (YAM)
Jordan Ashburn (HQV)
Josh Toth (KTM)
Grant Baylor (GAS)
Thad Duvall (HQV)
Ricky Russell (GAS)
Josh Strang (KAW)
Layne Michael (YAM)
Benjamin Herrera (SHR)

*Overall National Championship Standings:

Benjamin Kelley (212)
Steward Baylor (203)
Jordan Ashburn (158)
Grant Baylor (156)
Josh Strang (153)
Josh Toth (128)
Ricky Russell (120)
Jonathan Girroir (113)
Craig DeLong (95)
Layne Michael (71)
*Indicates that the Overall National Championship Standings will determine the 2021 National Champion.

XC2 250 Pro Event Results:

Jonathan Girroir (GAS)
Benjamin Nelko (HQV)
Ryder Lafferty (HQV)
Evan Smith (HQV)
Liam Draper (KTM)
Craig DeLong (HQV)
Cody Barnes (HON)
Jesse Ansley (KTM)
Aaron Riordan (KTM)
Ruy Barbosa (HON)

XC2 250 Pro Series Standings:

Jonathan Girroir (232)
Craig DeLong (198)
Cody Barnes (146)
Lyndon Snodgrass (135)
Liam Draper (131)
Ruy Barbosa (130)
Michael Witkowski (127)
Evan Smith (120)
Thorn Devlin (110)
Benjamin Nelko (99)

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How to Watch

Racer TV and MAVTV are the official homes for coverage of the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) events. All 13 rounds, from the season opener in South Carolina to the finale, will air in taped-delayed telecasts on MAVTV, while Racer TV provides live streaming coverage of the 2 p.m. ATV and 1 p.m. motorcycle races from each event. Catch all the action at http://www.mavtv.com/ and http://www.racertv.com/.

About GNCC Racing

The Grand National Cross Country Series presented by Specialized is the World’s premier off-road racing series. Founded in 1975, the 13-round championship is produced exclusively by Racer Productions. Cross-country racing is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. The grueling two and three-hour GNCC races lead as many as 2,400 riders through racetracks ranging in length from eight to 12 miles. With varied terrain, including hills, woods, mud, dirt, rocks, and motocross sections, GNCC events are tests of both survival and speed. The series draws talent from all over the U.S., Central America, South America, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. GNCC Racing is televised live on RacerTV.com. For more information, please visit www.gnccracing.com.

About the American Motorcyclist Association

Founded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders’ interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year. The AMA also provides money-saving discounts on products and services for its members. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com. Not a member? Join the AMA today: www.americanmotorcyclist.com/membership/join.

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Returning Combat Veterans Use “Motorcycle Therapy” to Rehabilitate with Help from Veteran Non-Profit Organization

Moab, Utah (July 7, 2021) – Indian Motorcycle®, America’s First Motorcycle Company, today announced its continued support and sponsorship of the seventh annual Veterans Charity Ride (VCR) to Sturgis. The two have partnered with the initiative of “America Get Out & Ride” while using motorcycle therapy to support combat veterans’ transition to civilian life.

Many of the veterans joining the Veterans Charity Ride for the first time are amputees, paraplegics, or suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress and other issues veterans face after leaving the military. Each new veteran will pair with mentors who have already been through the Veterans Charity Ride program and receive one-on-one support to help their transition back to civilian life. The 2021 ride will include 16 total veterans – eight new, along with eight returning veterans who will serve as mentors.

“Veterans Charity Ride was designed to assist combat veterans who face challenges in their daily living and provide them with a support structure that will get them back outside and living life to the fullest,” said Dave Frey, Veterans Charity Ride Founder. “Many of our veterans used to ride motorcycles before their injuries and thought they never would ride again. Through support from companies like Indian Motorcycle and Champion Sidecar, we are able to get these vets back on bikes and enjoy the freedom of the open road.”

This year’s ride to Sturgis will start on July 28 in Moab, Utah where the group will take the trek through some of the nation’s most scenic backgrounds roads in the western United States. The group will stop and visit local communities along the route, such as Fort Collins, Colorado, where the group will be receiving an official proclamation and welcoming by the Mayor before arriving at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota on August 6. Participants will be riding an assortment of Indian Motorcycle models, outfitted with Rekluse® auto clutch systems and custom-built Champion Sidecars for amputee and paraplegic veterans.

The 14-day adventure allows participating veterans the opportunity to push towards conquering their post-war challenges while out on the open road. Throughout the trip, veterans will also conduct team-building exercises allowing riders to share their service experience during the emotional and mind-detoxing motorcycle ride. 

“We’re honored to support our U.S. veterans and contribute to such noble cause like the Veteran’s Charity Ride,” said Aaron Jax, Vice President for Indian Motorcycle. “Riding can be one of the most therapeutic experiences, as we have seen first-hand the dramatic evolution and incredible growth from vets that have completed the VCR program.”

The Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis was created by veteran Army Paratrooper Dave Frey and leverages the therapeutic effects of motorcycle riding to create an adventure of a lifetime for wounded and amputee combat veterans adjusting to post-war life.

To support the Veterans Charity Ride, donate, or to learn more visit IndianMotorcycle.com and VeteransCharityRide.org. Riders can also follow along on Indian Motorcycle’s social media channels: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and Veterans Charity Ride’s social media channels: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Indian Motorcycle is America’s first motorcycle company. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under brand new stewardship. To learn more, please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com.

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Veterans Charity Ride (VCR), started by veterans for veterans, is a non-profit organization that delivers Motorcycle Therapy and additional life changing, life-saving holistic programs specifically designed to assist wounded and amputee combat veterans with their needs and the issues they deal with on a daily basis. Helping our fellow veterans through outreach, action, activities, education and follow-up is what drives our organization. The end result of our program is a healthier and happier, more capable individual, who is now living life in a much better physical and mental condition, and able to help and support other veterans to do the same. Visit www.veteranscharityride.org to learn more and support this worthy cause.

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