Cody Webb to Race GNCC XC2 at Round 5 Scheduled For South Carolina

FactoryONE Sherco announced this morning that Cody Webb will compete at round five of the Grand National Cross Country Series aboard a brand new SE-F 250 four stroke machine in South Carolina.

Webb is an accomplished hard enduro rider that made the switch to the Sherco brand this past off season. After being sidelined in 2019 from a knee reconstruction surgery, Webb wants to test his physical fitness and endurance by lining up for one of GNCC’s grueling three hour battles through the trees.

Webb isn’t a complete stranger to GNCC, having raced two events in 2011 where he earned a top 10 finish. Having won numerous hard enduro and endurocross championships on the International level since then, it will be interesting to see how the California native stacks up against some of the nations top harescramble racers.

see the official release from FactoryONE Sherco below

“FactoryONE Sherco announces Cody Webb to race next round of GNCC

Spring Branch, TX – FactoryONE Sherco’s Cody Webb will be racing in the XC2 class at the next round of GNCC racing in South Carolina on May 31st. Cody is racing as a means to test his endurance as well as to cross train for his next AMA Extreme Enduro race, Tough Like RORR. Cody competed in a GNCC race back in 2011, so riding fast in the woods isn’t completely new to him. Nevertheless, this will certainly be a big test for Cody whose main focus is highly technical riding through some of the world’s most demanding terrain. Cody will take on the GNCC race on a new Sherco SE-F 250 Factory 4T.

Cody Webb: “I am really excited for the opportunity to race another GNCC. The first one I raced was back in 2011, and it was a double-header weekend at Loretta Lynn’s. It completely kicked my butt, and I am sure the same thing will happen again, but I’m looking forward to the challenge both physically and mentally. With none of my usual races going on, I wanted to utilize my downtime and learn something new. I haven’t raced a 250 four stroke since 2016. I am looking forward to having fun on the smaller bore, allowing me to control the 250, rather than a 450 taking me for a ride. It will be a great and humbling experience, but I can’t turn down a chance to go racing and I can’t wait.”
About FactoryONE Sherco:
Team FactoryONE is a multi-time United States AMA championship observed trials team and newly formed enduro team led by some of the top riders in the business. The Trials team is led by 11x AMA Champion Pat Smage on the men’s side; and 6x AMA Champion Louise Forsley on the Women’s side. The trials team consists of 10 riders on the expert to pro level plus a youth development program. The Enduro team is led By Cody Webb on the hard enduro side and Grant Baylor on the GNCC side. The team features nine total riders competing in disciplines like AMA Extreme off-road, EnduroCross, GNCC and NEPG”

FactoryOne Sherco Splits Ways With Steward Baylor Jr.

After starting the season off with a series of ups and downs, FactoryOne Sherco Racing has confirmed they have parted ways with Hodges, South Carolina’s Steward Baylor Jr.

This season saw Steward changing brands for the first time in his racing career by signing a deal to bring the French and Spanish motorcycle manufacturer to the premier classes of off-road racing here on the East Coast. Baylor Jr. started out the season strong grabbing second place at National Enduro’s opening round in Sumter, SC. However, his start to Grand National Cross Country would be a longer battle for a podium position.

Baylor Jr. and the FactoryOne Sherco team ran into mechanical issues at the first two GNCC rounds in SC and FL. While he showed that he had the speed to win races, he ultimately fell short of the podium until the third round in GA where he lead the majority of the race before ultimately losing the lead with three corners left to the finish; Bringing Sherco it’s first-ever overall GNCC podium finish with a second place result.

While neither party is able to provide a comment at this time, the seperation has been confirmed. We will continue to watch the situation and hopefully provide more information in the future.

Sherco motorcycles is a multinational SMEs as it is geographically divided into two subsidiaries in Western Europe. This company operates in the secondary sector of the economy, specifically in the motorcycle industry. It is particularly oriented towards off-road (off-road) vehicles. This French company is headquartered in Nîmes France and was created in 1998. The strategic choice was to create two plants, each producing a range of products which are specific and diametrically opposed to each other. Thus, the Spanish factory in Barcelona which was founded in 1998 specializes in the trial category, while the French factory, which was established in 2003, specializes in the rest of the production. Indeed, the company designs and produces off-road motorcycles in a semi-industrial scale, the firm has evolved into a niche sector. However, its development has led the company to move away from the trial class, and move into the enduro market. The Sherco range currently consists of nearly twenty different vehicles. The range is divided into two main categories, enduro and trial. The trial category consists of five models with displacements from 80 to 305 cubic centimeters and are all equipped with 2-stroke motors. The enduro category, meanwhile, consists of eight 4-stroke models with displacement of 250 to 510 cubic centimeters, and the 2-stroke models with displacement of 50 to 300 cubic centimeters.

OTP Tuesday 9 – Mikey Waynes & Rodney Tomblin

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2020 ISDE Postponed until 2021

Monday morning the regulating body of the the International Six Days of Enduro, the FIM, announced that the event will no longer take place in 2020. This years Contest was set to be held in Italy, which is currently being affected by the ongoing COVID-19 virus more than anywhere else in the world per capita.

The USA Teams had one of the most successful campaigns in history at the 2019 ISDE in Portimao, Portugal. Taking wins in the World Trophy, Women’s Trophy, and Club Division, while also taking 2nd place in the Junior World Trophy division.

The official press release from the FIM is below:

“Whilst the ISDE was not due to take place until late August early September of this year – between Lombardy and Piedmont, Italy – there are many influencing factors that made it necessary to take a decision sooner rather than later regarding the 95th edition of what remains the oldest event in the FIM international calendar.

The annual off-road event attracts several hundred competitors from more than thirty countries around the World each year, all of whom which have to commit to extensive travel and logistic plans several months in advance of the ISDE.

Moreover, the ISDE demands many months of forward planning and work to prepare many hundred of kilometres of course, all of which rely on the permission of the various local authorities and stakeholders.

With this in mind the FIM, FMI and the local organising committee decided that in the best interest of all parties, and to ensure that the ISDE continues to hold it place as one of the most important events in the off-road calendar that all early decision to postpone the event was the right and proper action.

The 95th edition of the FIM International Six Days of Enduro will now take place from 30th August to 4th September 2021 with the 5th edition of the FIM Enduro Vintage Trophy from 2nd to 4th September, between Lombardy and Piedmont in Italy.

Please note all 2020 pre-entry fees will be refunded in due course. Details regarding 2021 entries will be released in the coming months, as and when further information is available and it appropriate to do so.

A keen supporter of the ISDE, FIM President Jorge Viegas explained: “The FIM along with its stakeholders have had to take many difficult decisions over recent weeks as we adapt to the ongoing COVID19 pandemic and the impact it is having on various countries around the World. Postponing the ISDE was not a decision that we have taken easily, as we know how important it is to riders from a large number of nations and to the various national federations too. However, thanks to the great co-operation of the FMI and the local organising committee we feel we have taken the correct step to be fair to all concerned and to ensure we can celebrate a great 95th edition of the ISDE in Italy in 2021. At this present time the FIM and the wider motorcycling family continue to offer their support to ensure that everyone affected by COVID19 remains safe and well during this tough period.

FMI President Giovanni Copioli expanded: “Due to the Covid-19 outbreak health emergency, we must take this difficult decision. Postponing the 2020 FIM ISDE to next year shows that we care about the riders’ health. We were always very pleased to have the opportunity to host 2020 FIM ISDE – the most prestigious Enduro event – in Italy, but at the moment this is the right decision. I am thankful to the FIM and its President, Mr. Jorge Viegas, for the support and to the organising committee for the hard work. We are already looking to the 2021 FIM ISDE in Italy: the event will be even more exciting!

The FIM Enduro Commission DirectorJohn Collins added: “We all appreciate how difficult and disappointing this decision has been for the organisers and Italian Federation and they have our complete understanding. Our thoughts and prayers remain with Italy and all our other colleagues and enthusiasts at this time. We are confident when this terrible pandemic is over Italy will produce an unforgettable edition of the ISDE in 2021.

Speaking on behalf of the local organising committee Giorgio BandoliValter Carbone and Edoardo Zucca issued a joint statement: “Due to the serious situation that occurred on Italian territory and in the world, some time ago we had already started discussions with FIM and FMI to monitor the coronavirus pandemic as it was evolving. After the recent news, the shared decision of this postponement is absolutely necessary and must be done also in respect to victims of this tragedy.

“It will be next year that, with the strength and energy that support us since the first days of this extraordinary project, we want to organise the 95th edition of ISDE, hoping that it will be able to contribute positively to the complete return of the meeting between people all over the world and offer a renewed energy to the tourism sector. We thank the FIM and FMI for the strong support provided in this very difficult moment.

OTP Tuesday 8

A quick update to check in and keep you all informed during this coronavirus pandemic. Hang in there with me, I’m working to make these shows worth it!

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OTP Tuesday 7 – Mackenzie Tricker & Jason Raines

This week we talk about GNCC round 3, the General in Washington, GA.  We also have on the show WXC competitor Mackenzie Tricker to talk about her race and also Jason Raines who won the XC3 class this past weekend.  Don’t forget to subscribe to the show and follow us on social media!

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Round 4 of the Grand National Cross Country Series at Steele Creek park Gets Postponed

The Grand National Cross Country Series presented by Specialized, an AMA National Championship announced Friday afternoon that the 4th round of the series, originally scheduled to take place at the Steele Creek Campground in Morganton, NC has been postponed.

Due to the concerns of the growing COVID-19 virus that has been spreading and cancelling events across the nation; Steele Creek Park notified GNCC that the park has decided to close the facility to all large gatherings, including the race that was originally scheduled for April 4-5.

GNCC is communicating with riders, teams, and Southeastern Enduro and Trail Riders Association (SETRA), who is the co-sanctioning partner of round 4, to determine whether the race will be rescheduled elsewhere.

We will continue to monitor this and provide updates as they become available

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OTP Tuesday 5 – Jared Bolton & Brody Johnson

Here is your weekly recap of what happened this past weekend with Brody Johnson taking his first career overall win at the Mideast Harescramble, then we talk with GNCC Trail Boss Jared Bolton about what it takes to prepare a GNCC for everyone to race! Don’t forget to subscribe and follow us @onthepipepodcast

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OTP Tuesday 4 – Becca Sheets, Mike Witkowski, & Josh Strang

We talk Big Buck GNCC with a stacked line up of guests including WXC winner Becca Sheets, XC2 winner Mike Witkowski, and 3rd place rider overall Josh Strang. 

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