2013-03-14 / Front Page

‘The General’ GNCC dirt bike,ATV race will kick off Aonia Pass Motocross action

By Kip Burke
news editor


The dirt bike and ATV cross-country racing action will be hot and heavy this weekend as The General returns to Aonia Pass Motocross Park. The dirt bike and ATV cross-country racing action will be hot and heavy this weekend as The General returns to Aonia Pass Motocross Park. Some 1,700 of the top amateur and pro dirt bike and ATV cross-country riders and their families are already arriving at Aonia Pass Motocross for this weekend’s 12th annual “The General” GNCC, part of the 2013 Amsoil Grand National Cross Country Series.

As in years past, the influx of riders, families, and spectators will fill the hotels, restaurants and shops in Washington and the surrounding area, providing a solid boost to the local economy. The Aonia Pass Motocross complex is located five miles south of Washington on Highway 78.

Local riders are invited to race the event, as GNCC racing offers classes for riders of all skill and experience levels. In 2010, local rider Austin Denard took a top 15 in his class.

Riders may sign up at the track. Four-wheel ATVs race on Saturday and dirt bikes race Sunday. The amateur racer entry fee is $40. Spectator passes run $15 for the entire weekend, with access to the pro pit area included. Children six and under are admitted free. On both days, youth riders race at 8 a.m., beginner riders race at 10 a.m., and the top amateurs and the pros race at 1 p.m.

The Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series is the largest off-road racing series in the nation, said Racer Productions spokesman Jen Kenyon. Spectators can check out the action from a variety of vantage points around the 12-mile woods course.

Visitors with iPhones, Androidbased devices, and other web-enabled phones will be able to access live timing and scoring, as well as GNCC videos, in a more mobilefriendly format.

For fans that don’t have a webenabled phone, GNCC’s “Live Laps Texting Service” is a way to receive lap-by-lap real-time updates from GNCC events via text message. Users need to log on to GNCCRacing.com with a web-enabled mobile device to use the new mobile site.

The 2013 Amsoil Grand National Cross Country Series kicked off last weekend with the Westgate River Ranch GNCC in River Ranch, Florida, in conjunction with Daytona Bike Week. After this week’s visit to Aonia Pass, the GNCC series has 10 more stops before working its way to Indiana for the season finale in October.

For more information, log on to www.gnccracing.com or call 304- 284-0084.

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