Professional Racing Skills for Free

May 6th, 2022 by Danell Lynn

Have you ever thought of signing up for a master class? What about one that is exclusive to off-road racing fundamentals and led by elite racers, and hands-on technical riding instruction? Well Yamaha Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) University has is all. 

Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, announces registration is now open for the 2022 Yamaha Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) University. All up-and-coming off-road racers and riders are invited to hone their skills with hands-on help and tutelage from some of the greatest ATV and off-road motorcycle racers of all time – both past and present. New for this year, Yamaha is providing bLU cRU scholarships to all attending students to cover the GNCC University’s cost of tuition.



Snowshoe Mountain Resort in West Virginia will host the Yamaha GNCC University June 22-24, followed by a weekend full of GNCC racing. This year, Yamaha stepped up to cover the cost of tuition for all GNCC University students via bLU cRU scholarships, therefore students and their accompanying guests will only need to take care of their room and board. To aid in these costs, Yamaha is offering a discounted option to purchase six meals (two breakfasts, two lunches, and two dinners) for only $50 per person, as well as by providing discounted lodging at Snowshoe Mountain by means of a promo code on the student’s Yamaha GNCC University confirmation email. Interested riders can find more information and register online at Reservations for the Yamaha GNCC University and Snowshoe Mountain lodging are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. There are only 80 Yamaha GNCC University spots total, with 40 per ATV or motorcycle discipline. Students must be at least eight years of age and provide their own equipment and vehicle. 

The Yamaha GNCC University is a fun and unique opportunity for both next-generation and current off-road racers to sharpen their riding and racing skills, while creating memories alongside reigning and previous champions,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s Motorsports group marketing manager. “This year, we’re thrilled to offer free tuition to all students, courtesy of Yamaha’s bLU cRU support program, and look forward to welcoming racers to this one-of-a-kind experience put on with the aid of legends of the sport, our partners at GNCC, and the Snowshoe Resort to refine rider talents on and off the track.



Riders will receive a variety of knowledge from classroom instruction and hands on instruction.

Motorcycle: balance, throttle/clutch control, braking/bike control, body position, race lines, cornering, and how to effectively tackle rocks, roots, mud, hills and off camber situations.

ATV: body position, braking, cornering, passing, hill climbs, tackling obstacles (logs, rocks, creeks), mental preparation.

And you cannot beat the line up of knowledge to be shared in the next generation of racers:

ATV classes will be led by:

  • Walker Fowler, seven-time GNCC XC1 Pro ATV champion and current undefeated series leader.
  •  Johnny Gallagher, XC1 Pro ATV racer celebrating 27 years of racing at a pro-level.
  •  Traci Pickens, 12-time WXC ATV champion.
  •  Danny Fowler, Walker Fowler Racing team manager and owner.
  •  Mark Notman, retired Pro ATV racer and elite Walker Fowler Racing mechanic.
  •  Josh Merritt, XC1 Pro ATV racer.
  •  Jeff Pickens, Vet A (30+) champion.


Motorcycle classes will be led by:

  • Randy Hawkins, seven-time AMA National Enduro champion and AmPro Yamaha Racing team manager and owner.
  •  Stew Baylor, current AMA National Enduro champion and XC1 Open Pro motorcycle racer.
  •  Jason Raines, six-time AMA National champion and Raines Riding University instructor and owner.
  •  Layne Michael, XC1 Open Pro motorcycle racer.
  •  Mike Witkowski, XC2 250 Pro motorcycle racer.
  •  Rachel Archer, WXC motorcycle racer.
  •  Prestin Raines, WXC motorcycle racer and Raines Riding University Team instructor.


Act quickly as those 80 slots will quickly be filled, what an awesome opportunity, and this year with tuition covered, just awesome Yamaha! 


Written by Danell Lynn, Guinness World Record Motorcyclist. Photo Copyrights: Yamaha Motor Corp.

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