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Delong to Compete in Japan National Cross Country
Season Finale on November 4
GNCC and JNCC Continue 13 Years of Partnership
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.
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 Viriginia 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.
For more information on the GNCC series, visit the official website at www.gnccracing.comPhoto Ken Hill