MAXC Round 1 – Circle W Ranch – ATV Race Report


2012 Mid America Cross Country Series Season Opener
Ballance Racing / Yamaha’s Walker Fowler Wins , Taylor Kiser & Ryan Lane Podium

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Canaan, IN (4/22/2012) – The 2012 AMA MAXC ATV / UTV Racing series kicked off this weekend in Canaan, IN. Ballance Racing / Yamaha’s Walker Fowler and Taylor Kiser went 1-2 in the AA Quad Class with Houser Racing’s Ryan Lane rounding out the podium in third.The first round of the AMA Mid America Cross Country Series was hosted at Circle W Ranch and it’s challenging course proved to be an interesting race for both racers and fans in attendance. The track consisted of many creek crossings, wide-open field sections, wooded areas, and a few long up hills.

Mother Nature would also play a role at Circle W Ranch as temperatures stayed in the low 40s with light rain tough out the day, making the track slick. With the cold weather and many rocky creek crossing riders were battling with both the weather and the terrain.

Walker Fowler - Yamaha YFZ450X ATV
Ballance Racing/ Yamaha’s Walker Fowler took the first win of the 2012 MAXC ATV Racing Series

2011 GNCC XC2 Pro-Am Champion Walker Fowler was able to endure the cold weather conditions as he rode consistent throughout the race. Fowler started mid pack and quickly made his way to front with teammate Taylor Kiser. The two went head to head throughout the race until they came into the pits. Fowler then made the pass on Kiser to take over the first place position until checkered flag waved.

“I got a fourth place start and Taylor (Kiser) started working his way up and I tucked in behind him and was able to run consistent good laps. When Taylor fueled there was a three way battle for first and me and Taylor were supposed to pit and leave together at the same time so it would be clean racing, but Ryan (Lane) was right there and if we would of waited on each other we would have been in trouble,” said Moto-Xperts’ Walker Fowler after he took the win in the AA Quad Class at Circle W Ranch.

Walker Fowler - Yamaha YFZ450X ATV
There were several hills that proved to be challenging for some ATV racers, but not for Maxxis Tire’s Walker Fowler as he made easy work of the long up hills

“The MAXC Series is very organized and stayed pretty much on time. There was a great turnout and there was a good payout for the fast guys. The MAXC also did a good job marking the course and the course marshals were fast with getting anyone that broke down,” said Lonestar’s #5 Walker Fowler.Walker Fowler’s Teammate and GNCC XC1 Pro Class racer #3 Taylor Kiser led the first three laps on his Yamaha YFZ450R ATV. “The track didn’t have a lot of passing and I got a better start than Walker. I was able to make some moves early to take the lead and Walker was able to tuck in behind me,” said Kiser. “ When we pitted Walker was able to get by me and also put some time between us with some of the lappers. I wasn’t able to make up the distance before crossing the finish line,” said FMF ‘s Taylor Kiser

2011 MAXC A Class Champion Kevin Cunningham
2011 MAXC A Class Champion Kevin Cunningham finished just outside top 3 placing fourth in the AA ATV Class

After grabbing the Irrigation Plus Holeshot award, #82 Ryan Lane got hung up on a tree after the start putting him in the back of the pack. “I had a pretty good day and it started right up (Lane’s’s DC Motorsports Honda 450R ATV) and I slid into a tree pretty quick and then I had to work my way back up,” said Spider Graphix’ Ryan Lane.

Lane eventually caught up with Walker Fowler and Taylor Kiser at the front of the pack after making his way around lapped riders. Lane moved into third place but fell back to fourth position after his ATV stalled out. Lane battled with 2011 MAXC A Class Champion Kevin Cunningham to regain third place before crossing the finish.

Fred Marley - Honda 450R ATV
S.I.C.C. Racing’s #30 Fred Marley placed second in the Open A Class

In the amateur ranks, #176 Brycen Near was able to grab the win the Open A Class aboard his Honda 450R ATV and was joined on the podium by #30 Fred Marley in second and #387 Joshua Beach in third.

Sam Garvin - Yamaha YFZ450R ATV
MAXC Youth ATV Racing
Not only were there many creek crossing at Circle W Ranch MAXC Round 1 but there were also several mud holes to be found that made things interesting

#443 Joshua Huxhold from Muncie, IN took the win in the B 15-24 ATV class followed by #430 Kellan Alspaugh, and #269 Matthew Harris in third.
Honda mounted rider #63 Zack Watters won the C 15 -24 Class with Stephen Austin Ranard and Joshua Paul rounding out the podium.

Jonah Stevens - Yamaha Raptor 250 ATV
Jonah Stevens makes his way threw one of the many creek crossings at MAXC Round 1 at Circle W Ranch

The Youth ATV classes were also in full swing at MAXC round 1 with many entries in each class.

In the 90cc Limited class it was #501 Bo Martin who took top honors with #8 Bryce Enright and #994 placing first and second respectively.

In the 13-15 yrs 300cc 4 Stoke class it was #811 Thomas Hufferd from Sheridan, IN that took the win with #6 Charlie Welch and #22 Travis Spencer rounding out the podium at Circle W Ranch.

MAXC ATV / UTV Racing Series will make its second stop of the ten round series in Greenfield, IN on May 19, 2012.

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