GNCC Racing's Maria Forsberg Takes XGames Gold Medal Inaugural Women's Enduro X

Mandi Mastin finishes fifth and Ashley Crouch takes seventh

Los Angeles, Calif. (July 31, 2011) - Defending Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series Champion Maria Forsberg claimed the first-ever X Games Gold Medal in the Moto X Enduro X Sunday at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif.

KTM's Forsberg settled in behind Kacey Martinez for the first few laps until Martinez got hung up in a rock section and went down. From there, Forsberg rode a calm and consistent race as most of the field struggled to get through the rocky boulders and log jumps that made up the inaugural X Games 17 Enduro X course.

"It was really challenging because all the girls out here are really good riders," Forsberg said. "Endurocross is all about consistency, so I just tried to stay on the bike as much as I could."

Multi-time GNCC Champion, Mandi Mastin posted a fifth place finish at her first-ever Enduro X, with GEICO JG Off-Road Honda's Ashley Crouch taking home seventh.

The 2011 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series returns from summer break September 10 and 11 at Unadilla Valley Sports Park in New Berlin, Ny. For more information on the series, visit www.gnccracing.com.

Women's Moto X Enduro X Results

1. Maria Forsberg (Gold)
2. Tarah Gieger (Silver)
3. Kacy Martinez (Bronze)
4. Elizabeth Bash
5. Amanda Mastin
6. Sara Price
7. Ashley Crouch

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About GNCC Racing**

The Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series is America's premier off-road racing series. Founded in 1979, the 13-round championship is produced exclusively by Racer Productions. Cross-country racing is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. The grueling three-hour GNCC races lead as many as 1,800 riders through tracks ranging in length from 10 to 12 miles, competing for more than $3 million in prizes. With varied terrain, including hills, woods, mud, dirt, rocks and motocross sections, GNCC events are tests of both survival and speed. For more information, please visit www.gnccracing.com.