Jason Thomas (left) and Jesse Robinson (right) will attend the Japan National Cross Country Series representing the GNCC.
The Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series is proud to celebrate its continued alliance with the Japan National Cross Country Series with the announcement of once again sending GNCC Racers to Japan. XC2 Pro Lites front-runners Jason Thomas and Jesse Robinson will represent GNCC November 20, in the final round of the JNCC series – the AAGP in Aso-city, Kyushu-Kumamoto – located on the south end of Japan.
F.A.R Husqvarna’s Jason Thomas is an XC2 Pro Lites podium-regular, currently holding second place in the championship standings with four races left in the season. His GNCC mechanic Joey Maurer will accompany Thomas, as the UK-Native visits Japan for the first time.
“I am really pumped for the opportunity to represent GNCC in Japan this year,” said Thomas. “It’s definitely going to be a different experience and I’m excited to be a part of it.”
Jesse Robinson, who has numerous podium finishes in the XC2 Pro Lites class – including a race-win at round two, will also compete in Japan’s AAGP as a guest of the JNCC Series. Robinson was called upon to fill in for injured Factory Beta rider Chris Bach in the XC1 Pro class for the remainder of the season, but will ride a KTM in Japan.
“It’s a great honor to be selected for this opportunity to race in Japan,” said Robinson. “This is something that I’ve always wanted to do and I can’t wait to get over there and experience the culture and represent America in the JNCC Series!”
Robinson and Thomas follow GNCC Racers Paul Whibley (2006), Charlie Mullins and Rodney Smith (2007), Nate Kanney and Thad DuVall (2008), Josh Strang and Kailub Russell (2009) and Cory Buttrick (2010). Since 2006, GNCC Racers have been victorious in the Japanese AAGP.
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 the opening round of the GNCC series. In March, Hoshino sent two Japanese riders and crewmembers to the opening round of the GNCC Series at the Westgate River Ranch Resort in Florida.
The three-hour AAGP in Japan follows the same format as an American GNCC and the winner receives 100,000 YEN. For more information on the JNCC, visit http://www.jncc.jp/index.html.
The Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series heads to St. Clairsville, Ohio for the ITP Powerline Park GNCC October 8 and 9. For more information on the series, visit www.gnccracing.com.