GNCC and JNCC Continue 13 Years of Partnership

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (October 31, 2018) – Racer Productions, producer of the AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series, an AMA National Championship, is excited to announce that XC2 250 Pro racer Craig Delong will compete in the AAGP season finale on Sunday, November 4, at the Jigatake Ski Resort in Omachi City, Japan. GNCC Racing marks their 13th year of partnership with the Japan National Cross Country (JNCC) Series.

Delong’s 2018 GNCC season has been exceptional, where he has earned multiple XC2 250 Pro podium finishes and a second place at the Dunlop Tomahawk GNCC. Delong earned third place in the XC2 250 Pro class championship standings. Delong follows GNCC racers such as Paul Whibley (2006), Jason Raines, Charlie Mullins and Rodney Smith (2007), Nate Kanney and Thad Duvall (2008), Josh Strang and Kailub Russell (2009), Cory Buttrick (2010), Jesse Robinson and Jason Thomas (2011), Rory Mead, Josh Strang (2013), Jordan Ashburn (2014), Chris Bach (2015), Trevor Bollinger (2016); and most recently, Ricky Russell (2017), in being selected to represent GNCC Racing in Japan.

“It’s an honor and an amazing opportunity to be selected to race in Japan this winter. I’m looking forward to representing the GNCC Series, Coastal Racing and all my other sponsors and I’m hoping to bring back a win and make the fans proud,” said Delong.

Craig Delong earned fourth at GNCC Season Finale in Indiana, and holds onto the third place position in the XC2 250 Pro class championship standings.
Craig Delong earned fourth at GNCC Season Finale in Indiana and holds onto the third place position in the XC2 250 Pro class championship standings.

– Ken Hill

It is a tradition for JNCC President Masami Hoshino to invite GNCC riders to the season finale in exchange for Japanese riders that will compete in a single round of the GNCC series. Earlier this year, Ren Ishidoya traveled to West Virginia and raced in the XC1 Open Pro class at the Snowshoe GNCC in June where he finished 12th in class. Also visiting was Women JNCC rider, Mai Ishimoto, who raced in the 10 a.m. Women’s class where she finished 7th in class.

Delong’s mechanic, Tyler King, and GNCC Marketing Coordinator, Derek Garcia, will accompany Delong as he makes his bid against Japan’s top off-road talent including former GNCC guest racer Takeshi Koikeda. The three-hour AAGP Series in Japan follows the same format as an American GNCC. For more information on the JNCC, please click HERE.

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About GNCC Racing

The AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series is America’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 three-hour GNCC races lead as many as 2,400 riders through tracks 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 weekly on NBC Sports and For more information, please visit

How to Watch

Racer TV and NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) are the official homes for coverage of the AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) events. All 13 rounds, from the season opening Big Buck GNCC in South Carolina to the finale at Ironman Raceway in Indiana, will air in 30-minue; taped-delayed telecasts on NBCSN, while Racer TV provides live streaming coverage of the 1 p.m. ATV and motorcycle races from each event, in addition to the six UTV rounds. Catch all the action at and

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