ATV Action: Chris, how have you
trained for the GNCC series and your
fifth straight title defense?
Chris Borich: Training has gone
well. I’ve been doing a lot of moto and
found some woods tracks. We’ve been
tearing it up. I’ve also done some road
bikes and running for cardio.
ATV Action: How has it been riding
and training with Chad Wienen?
Borich: Well, I guess time will tell.
He’s a champion on the motocross
side, and, obviously, I’m champion on
this side, so we both push each other
to the limit. I think it’s going to be good
for both of us. I mean, we’re not on
the same team or anything, but we’ve
become pretty good friends. I want to
see both of us do well.
ATV Action: How long have you
been training in Florida, and how
important is the southern saddle time
for your preparation?
Borich: I’ve been down here about
two and a half months. It’s pretty
much just trying to get out of the cold.
The cold up north is too much. There’s
too much snow. It’s nice we’ve got a
place down here in Florida. It’s nice to
get away, come down here and just be
able to ride.
ATV Action: What’s done to your
LT-R450R for the racing season?
Borich: Pretty much the basic
setup; we’ve got most of the same
sponsors we’ve had in past years.
Maxxis is obviously a big one that
helps me with my program, and I can’t
ATV Innovations, Walsh Racing, Fox
Shocks and Hiper wheels all help out a
ATV Action: What’s done to the race
bike between races?
Borich: It’s stripped down to the
frame and just the A-arms, and the
motor gets yanked out. We go through
the motor. We tear the whole bike completely down and go with a freshy.
ATV Action: Are there any changes
in your program for 2014?
Borich: No, not really. It’s pretty
much the same. We picked up a sponsor back at home (Energy Controls).
He’s helping me out this year.
Another buddy back home is with OIP
(Orthopedic Institute of Pennsylvania),
and he does surgeries and things like
that; he helps people with broken collarbones and stuff like that. I’ve got a couple of buddies out with broken bones.
Other than that, we’ve pretty much got
the same basic guys, and Maxxis is
really the main one that keeps me going.
ATV Action: Your next win will put
you on top of the career win list. Does
that add any pressure?
Borich: No, no. I mean, everybody
makes a big hype about it, and I guess it
is a pretty big thing. I just want to go out
and just race and have fun. Obviously,
I just want to race as long as I can and
keep winning championships. That’s the
goal, and that’s the way I was brought
up. Doing good; just keep a good head
on and keep doing what I love doing.
GNCCs use a dead-engine start, so Borich’s electric-start Suzuki 450R has an advantage over kick-start
race machines. Chris also got first gate-pick as the returning champion, and he’ll get first pick in Georgia
due to him leading the 2014 season points after one round. Beadlock Hiper wheels, Tire Balls and
wheel discs helped fight flats and imbalance in the Florida mud.
A Hinson clutch puts the power to the ground, and a Boyesen Super Cooler and CV4 hoses prevent a
coolant-related issue. HMF nerfs and IMS Roll footpegs provide a platform for the two-hour races, and
Borich treats a GNCC like NASCAR—get in position to take the lead on the last lap.