KEMP, Texas – Reigning three-time AMA Pro ATV Champion, and current points leader, Chad Wienen picked up where he left off a month ago at the first round of 2015, claiming his second-straight overall victory on Saturday at the Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing (ATVMX), debut from Underground MX Park in Texas. Wienen faced stiff competition aboard his Wienen Motorsports/Maxxis/SSi Decals/Walsh Race Craft Yamaha at the inaugural Texas ATV National, but ultimately emerged victorious following consistent 3-1 moto finishes.
BUCHANAN, Mich. - The 2013 Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship Series, sanctioned by AMA, has been filled with action packed racing and full of excitement. This weekend RedBud MX in Buchanan, Mich. hosted Round 9 of the 10-race series and it proved to be no different as the series crowned Chad Wienen the 2013 Pro National Champion after going 1-1 for the overall win of the weekend.
After going 1-1 for the day, Wienen not only took his eighth overall win of the season but secured his second consecutive National Championship a round early aboard his Wienen Motorsports SSi Walsh Yamaha presented by Maxxis Tires & Team Vollmer machine.
DELMONT, Pa. – Round 7 of the 2013 Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship, sanctioned by AMA, saw clear skies and nearly perfect race conditions as the series made its return to Steel City Raceway on Saturday. Defending champion Chad Wienen captured his fifth consecutive win of the season, while Pennsylvania native Joel Hetrick made his return to the podium with a second place finish and Thomas Brown rounded out the overall podium.
Although laps times were close, Wienen Motorsports SSi Walsh Yamaha presented by Maxxis Tires & Team Vollmer’s Wienen grabbed the ATVRiders.com Fastest Qualifier Award during morning practice.
OAKLAND, KY. - As the 2013 Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship, sanctioned by AMA, Maxxis Bluegrass National concluded at Ballance Moto X mother nature seemed to once again be the twenty-first rider lining up on the gate. Even with spring weather rolling in, defending champion Chad Wienen not only took the overall with a 1-3 finish but extended his points lead at Round 3 of the 10-race series this weekend.
Wienen grabbed the ATVRiders.com Fastest Qualifier Award aboard his Wienen Motorsports SSi Walsh Yamaha presented by Maxxis Tires & Team Vollmer machine. Wienen secured the first gate pick position before the rain rolled in during the first qualifier of the morning. “I knew the first practice was going to be the most important in securing my qualifier time because once the rain came in, the track was going to be slick and times would be slower. I was really happy to have that first gate pick because when rain is a factor the start is crucial,” said Wienen.
Hurricane Mills, Tenn. – Another piece of history was made at the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. as Chad Wienen clinched his first-ever AMA Pro ATV championship, also giving Factory Yamaha its first-ever title in the Pro ATVMX division. Saturday’s finale of the 2012 AMA ATV Motocross National Championship Series boasted some of the most exciting race-battles of the year, but it was the 2012 champion Wienen that grabbed the spotlight.
Wienen opened the 2012 season with a big win for his all-new Wienen Motorsports/SSi Decals/Walsh Race Craft/Yamaha team, ultimately winning six of ten rounds in the series. Perhaps the biggest feat of all for the 27-year-old was bouncing back from a serious back injury that kept him out of the final four races of 2011.
Mount Morris, Pa. – Just one week ago, Mount Morris, Pa. played host to the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship and this weekend thousands of Pennsylvania spectators returned for Round 6 of the AMA ATV Motocross National Championship Series at the historical High Point Raceway. Local rider John Natalie shined through his hometown roots as he took home his second overall victory this season in his home state of Pennsylvania. Points leader Chad Wienen split moto wins with Natalie, while Thomas Brown secured his first podium finish of 2012.
It was 19-year-old Joel Hetrick, Seneca, Pa., who landed the ATVRiders.com Fastest Qualifier Award during the morning qualifiers and put himself into a prime first-place gate position heading into Moto 1.
Motoworks/Can-Am’s John Natalie, Warrior’s Mark, Pa., kicked off Moto 1 with the SSi Decals Holeshot Award and held the early lead over Hetrick, Thomas Brown and Nick DeNoble. Points leader Chad Wienen got into a collision with Josh Upperman off the start, causing both riders to fall behind the pack. It wasn’t long before Hetrick put the moves on his teammate Natalie, taking control of the Moto 1 lead; but only for a couple laps as he experienced mechanical issues that forced the Motoworks/Can-Am rider to pull into the mechanic’s area to readjust.
Hurricane Mills, Tenn. - Some of the best racing action in the 2011 AMA ATV Motocross Championship Series has actually taken place in the Pro Am Production class, one of the deepest fields of talent this year. Kentucky boy Casey Martin led Florida’s Mark Madl in the championship standings by only two points heading into the final round of racing this weekend. The points battle would come down to the final two motos of the year on the most coveted and historical track on the circuit: Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.
In moto one, it was the Mushin Racing/GBC Bombsquad Honda of Nick Moser with the holeshot and the early lead, until JB Racing/PEP/ITP’s Jeffrey Rastrelli blitzed to the front around lap four. Blue Rok Racing/Ditch Witch’s Mark Madl was just inside the top ten out of the holeshot until he worked his way up to the lead position just after the halfway mark. Rastrelli showed a burst of speed in the early part of the moto but Madl rode a consistently fast-pace throughout the entire moto, showing no signs of fatigue and eventually winning moto one by nearly ten seconds.
Casey Martin, Pro Am Production points leader stepping into the final round, started off in a favorable position to maintain his championship lead but as the moto wore on, it became harder and harder for Martin to catch up to the leaders of Madl and Rastrelli. Moser managed to stay in front of Martin to claim the third place finish in moto one, while Martin took fourth and Jesse Barnes rounded out the top five.
Jeffrey Rastrelli grabbed the holeshot in moto two but it was Mark Madl who made his way to the front of the pack before the second lap. Rastrelli was determined to keep Madl in his sights this time, though, staying within seconds of the points leader for a majority of the race. Rastrelli didn’t have anything left for Madl by the end of the moto, as Madl took his second win of the day in moto two.
Casey Martin battled with Nick Moser once again in moto two, but this time Martin came out on top after Moser was only able to complete the first half of the race. Pro Motorsports/Lonestar Racing/Top Training/DASA/Dr. D backed Jesse Barnes used Moser’s misfortune to move himself into the top five, just as Cole Henry brought himself up to the sixth position all the way from tenth place start.
“I came from behind in the second moto after a bad start,” said Barnes. “I worked my way up to fifth and ended the day with a fourth overall and I’m really happy about that. I’m ready to head South this winter and do some training, we’re really looking forward to next season,” Barnes added.
Jeffrey Rastrelli finished out the day with a (2-2) score, giving him the second overall behind Mark Madl. Rastrelli will finish out the Pro Am Production season with a fourth overall. “It was a good season; I just didn’t have the luck that I wanted. I was hoping to get that win today but it didn’t work out. The bike had some mishaps but I’m happy with second place today and hopefully next year I’ll be in the pro class and go for the podium,” Rastrelli said.
Yamaha Racing’s Thomas Brown was on site to present the Pro Am Production Champion, Mark Madl, with a brand new Yamaha Racing Generator for his achievement in the 2011 season. Madl went (1-1) for the first overall, beating out former points leader Casey Martin for the 2011 Pro Am Production Championship title. Martin came in third overall with a (4-3) score for the day, taking home the second place overall in the championship standings.
Ohio’s Aaron Meyer posted a (7-4) to take the fifth overall, giving him the third spot in the final championship standings. Jesse Barnes finished out the season in the fifth please position, just behind Rastrelli.
All riders will receive their awards at the season ending celebration in October, more details to follow. For more information on the series, visit http://www.atvmotocross.com.
AMA Pro ATV Results
1. Mark Madl (SUZ)
2. Jeffrey Rastrelli (SUZ)
3. Casey Martin (HON)
4. Jesse Barnes (YAM)
5. Aaron Meyer (HON)
6. Cole Henry (CAN)
7. Cody Suggs (HON)
8. Sean Taylor (HON)
9. Tc Nales (SUZ)
10.Nick Moser (HON)
AMA ATV Motocross Championship Pro Point Standings
1. Mark Madl (253) 2. Casey Martin (246) 3. Aaron Meyer (211) 4. Jeffrey Rastrelli (203) 5. Jesse Barnes (149) 6. Ronnie Higgerson (141) 7. Cole Henry (127) 8. Nick Moser (120) 9. Kyle Fix (112) 10. Alex Nowlan (67)
New Berlin, Ny. – It was only a matter of time before this year’s determined rookies topped the podium amongst a deep field of veterans in the 2011 AMA ATV Motocross National Championship Series presented by DWT. Pro class rookie Chase Snapp took his first-ever moto win two weeks ago in Ohio, while Makson Construction JB Racing’s Joel Hetrick swept Saturday’s Unadilla event, giving the rookie a career-best overall win.
Sunny skies and warm temperatures graced the Unadilla Valley Sports Center for round nine of the eleven-stop circuit. The habitually rough Unadilla racetrack was sleek and fast, an additional variable to the already exciting championship points battle. The points margin is closer than it’s ever been this season and with only two rounds remaining on the 2011 schedule, every moto counts.
Motoworks Can-Am’s John Natalie took home the ATVRiders.com Fastest Qualifier Award, with a 1:43.668. Natalie, who is still recovering from a mid-season injury, carried on the Can-Am tradition that teammates Chad Wienen and Jeremie Warnia have dominated so far this season.
As the gates dropped on the opening AMA Pro ATV moto, Wisconsin’s Nick DeNoble grabbed the SSiDecals.com Holeshot Award aboard his Janssen Motorsports Honda, with Can-Am/Canada’s Richard Pelchat close behind. The 7-Time Canadian National Champion held off Hetrick, Josh Upperman and Natalie for the first few laps until the trio finally moved past and Pelchat dropped to seventh. Hetrick passed DeNoble for the lead around lap five and the rookie went on to claim his first-ever moto win in the AMA Pro class.
“It was definitely my weekend here at Unadilla,” said Joel Hetrick. “The track was good. I mean it was smooth, simple and real fast. I started off the first moto in third and then I caught up to [Nick] DeNoble and Josh [Upperman] so I just tried to stay on their pace for a while and then I got around them and went for it,” Hetrick added.
Baldwin Motorsports JB Racing Honda’s Josh Upperman eventually passed DeNoble in the second half of the race and locked in the second place finish in moto one. Walsh Race Craft Suzuki’s Jeremy Lawson started off at the back of the pack but steadily climbed his way to a podium position after laying some of the fastest lap times of moto one. DeNoble dropped to fourth after dicing back and forth with Lawson and Natalie in a fight for the third position – which Lawson claimed – and Natalie fell back to fifth on the last lap.
In moto two, the SSiDecals.com Holeshot Award went to moto one winner Joel Hetrick, who set an untouchable pace early on. Upperman got off to a great start behind Hetrick and latched onto the pace of the leader at first, until Natalie contested the Honda rider at the end of the race. With such a tight points margin, Natalie was more focused than ever on beating Upperman in order to maintain his points lead. Natalie made the pass on Upperman with just two laps to go, finishing second in moto two and securing his points lead with a (5-2) finish for third overall. Joel Hetrick went on to take the overall win, the first of his rookie career, with a (1-1) sweep.
“I got the holeshot and just lead the whole race. I kind of pulled a gap and held it until the end,” Hetrick said. “I’ve been working out a lot different at home and trying some different stuff. I rode a lot to get ready for this race and it seemed like it went well for us.”
Josh Upperman claimed second overall with (2-3) finishes, gaining valuable points as the 2011 season winds down. Jeremy Lawson managed to slate a fourth overall; despite a comeback effort in moto two and Canadian Richard Pelchat went (7-6) for the fifth spot.
John Natalie fought through a recovering injury to capture yet another podium for the Motoworks Can-Am team, edging Upperman out by only three points in the championship point standings. Jeremy Lawson is 28 points back from the leader in third and 20 points ahead of Can-Am’s Chad Wienen, who will not be racing the remainder of the season.
The AMA ATV Motocross Championship Series heads to RedBud MX in Buchanan, Mich., July 30 and 31, with Pro class racing starting at 1 p.m. Saturday, supported by 37 amateur classes throughout Saturday and Sunday. For more information, please visit www.atvmotocross.com.
AMA Pro ATV Results
1. Joel Hetrick (HON)
2. Josh Upperman (HON)
3. John Natalie (CAN)
4. Jeremy Lawson (SUZ)
5. Richard Pelchat (CAN)
6. Thomas Brown (YAM)
7. Greg Gee (HON)
8. Devin Heimes (SUZ)
9. Derek Swartfager (HON)
10. Nick DeNoble (HON)
AMA ATV Motocross Championship Pro Point Standings
1. John Natalie (345) 2. Josh Upperman (342) 3. Jeremy Lawson (317) 4. Chad Wienen (297) 5. Thomas Brown (261) 6. Chase Snapp (258) 7. Joel Hetrick (246) 8. Nick DeNoble (237) 9. Joe Byrd (211) 10. Travis Moore (210)
Manufacturer’s Cup Points
1. Team Can-Am (421) 2. Team Honda (380) 3. Team Suzuki (317) 4. Team Yamaha (262) 5. Team Kawasaki (62)
Millfield, Ohio – There was a noticeable absence at this weekend’s Suzuki Summer ATV National at Sunday Creek Raceway as Motoworks Can-Am’s Chad Wienen missed his first race of this season after undergoing surgery just last week. Although Wienen will not be racing again this season, the ATV Motocross family will continue to follow and support Wienen in his recovery efforts.
Round 8 of the AMA ATV Motocross National Championship Series presented by DWT took over the grounds of Sunday Creek Raceway in Millfield, Ohio, for the first time ever in the history of the series. With its wide-open spectating view, first-class parking and undeniably workable clay terrain, the Sunday Creek facility was a big hit on the AMA ATVMX circuit. A small rain took place in the early afternoon, creating an interesting dynamic for the first set of motos, but as soon as the rain stopped and the sun came out, it was a perfect day for ATV racing.
Motoworks Can-Am’s Jeremie Warnia grabbed the ATVRiders.com Fastest Qualifier Award after taking advantage of the dry track conditions during the morning practice sessions. “The track was awesome for practice, I prefer when it’s dry definitely. My Can-Am was running really good and I just found smooth lines out there,” said Warnia.
Bowling Green, Ky. -The Motoworks Can-Am duo of Chad Wienen and John Natalie is no stranger to the podium by now, as they currently sit first and second in the AMA ATV Motocross Championship Series presented by DWT after round three at Ballance MX in Bowling Green, Ky. After finishing second to teammate Chad Wienen in the first two rounds, Natalie finally put the pieces together to prove that “Big Red” can be beat – taking his first moto win and overall of the season.
Wienen took the ATVRiders.com Fastest Qualifier Award to bank an extra $100 for the day. Josh Upperman grabbed the moto one holeshot aboard his Baldwin Motorsports JB Racing PEP Honda and led for the first part of the race. Natalie got a third place holeshot close behind Upperman and Devin Heimes before making his move into the lead around lap five.
“It was a good race,” said the moto one winner. “I got a pretty good start and after I passed into the lead I just held on until the end. Chad was right there the whole race.”
Wienen got off to a rough start in moto one, getting pushed out to around seventh. The points leader quickly made his way to the front of the pack and settled in behind his Motoworks Can-Am teammate until he experienced some bike problems when his rear shock broke. Chad pushed through, though, going on to capture his first second place finish of the season.
The Ballance Racing team experienced continued bad luck at their home track as Thomas Brown and Taylor Kiser both dealt with bike problems in moto one. Kiser, who currently sits in fourth place in the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series XC2 class, broke his axel on the first lap of the moto, leaving him out of contention in moto one. Thomas Brown grabbed a decent holeshot and pushed right outside the top five until his bike broke down, leaving him with another DNF for the season.
Rookie Chase Snapp put in an impressive ride aboard his Can-Am and after getting off to a back of the pack start, Snapp worked his way up to fifth behind Florida’s Jeremy Lawson. Walsh Race Craft Fox Shox Maxxis FMF’s Lawson maintained a consistent pace in moto one to finish fourth.
Josh Upperman grabbed the moto two holeshot and it wasn’t long before John Natalie put his Motoworks Can-Am back out front.
“The track was a little more technical this week so and it picked out the riders a little more,” said Natalie. “I like the technical stuff a lot better but this weekend I just got good holeshots and went from there. Chad and I battled it out for about five or six laps and I just held on until the end.”
Wienen got a bad holeshot in moto two but quickly began picking off riders. Upperman kept close behind Natalie until about lap six when Wienen made his way into the second spot. It didn’t take long for Lawson to make his move past Upperman to secure a third spot, giving him a season-best finish on the podium. Lawson now sits fourth in the overall point standings behind Upperman.
After struggling with mechanical issues this season, Ballance Racing’s Thomas Brown was finally able to cross the finish line on his Yamaha machine. Brown maintained a consistent pace throughout the moto and finished fifth, giving him a tenth place overall for the day. Brown currently sits in thirteenth overall in the points.
After finishing second this weekend, Chad Wienen still sits at the top of the point standings with round three winner John Natalie just six points behind in second. Only ten points separate the third and fourth spots of Upperman and Lawson and Joe Byrd rounds out the top five eleven points behind Lawson.
The AMA ATV Motocross Championship Series heads to Mechanicsville, MD for the Motoworks Budds Creek event, with Pro class racing starting at 1 p.m. Saturday, supported by 37 amateur classes throughout Saturday and Sunday. For more information, please visit www.atvmotocross.com.
AMA Pro ATV Results
1. John Natalie (CAN)
2. Chad Wienen (CAN)
3. Jeremy Lawson (SUZ)
4. Josh Upperman (HON)
5. Chase Snapp (CAN)
6. Nick DeNoble (HON)
7. Joe Byrd (HON)
8. Travis Moore (HON)
9. Harold Goodman (HON)
10. Thomas Brown (YAM)
AMA ATV Motocross Championship Pro Point Standings
1. Chad Wienen (144) 2. John Natalie (138) 3. Josh Upperman (116) 4. Jeremy Lawson (106) 5. Joe Byrd (95) 6. Chase Snapp (79) 7. Nick DeNoble (73) 8. Travis Moore (65) 9. Joel Hetrick (62) 10. Derek Swartfager (58)
Photo: Mike Roth, Event Pix