Ontario, California – ITP-backed ATV motocross racers earned four class wins and 10 podiums at round five of the 2014 Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship series held in Nashport, Ohio. JB Racing / Can-Am / ITP racer Jeffrey Rastrelli took second overall in the Pro-Am class, while fellow ITP-backed Pro Ronnie Higgerson was third. Higgerson earned the top finish for Team ITP in the Pro class, matching a career-best with sixth.
HURRICANE MILLS, Tenn. – It wouldn’t seem right if the 2013 Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship, sanctioned by AMA, didn’t have some rain fall for the final round of racing at the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. With the most mud races the series has had in a single season, Mother Nature has played more than her part in the 10-round race series. But as clear skies came through in the afternoon, Saturday’s track shaped up to give spectators some great racing.
Wienen Motorsports SSi Walsh Yamaha presented by Maxxis Tires & Team Vollmer rider Thomas Brown won his first ever Pro class overall at Loretta Lynn’s. Brown made his pro debute in 2009 and has been working towards his life goal since. Brown has been present on the podium at all but two rounds this season and was able to secure second place overall for the 2013 Championship points this weekend.
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.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (June 5, 2013) – As the hunt for the coveted National Championship continues in the 2013 Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship, sanctioned by AMA, the excitement on the racetrack makes this season one of the most contested championships in recent history. The fastest racers on four-wheels return to the northeast this weekend, June 8 and 9, to compete for the win at Round 6 of the 10-race series, deemed the Bob “Smitty” Smith Memorial ATV National.
Smitty was the series amateur referee and involved in the ATV community for over 10 years until he lost his battle to cancer late last year. Round 6 opening ceremonies at Birch Creek MX-Smitty’s hometown track-have been dedicated in memory of the late Bob Smith, who was a Danville local and always had a special place in his heart for the Birch Creek event.
The defending series champion and current points leader Chad Wienen is looking for his fourth consecutive overall win this weekend aboard his Wienen Motorsports SSi Walsh Yamaha presented by Maxxis Tires & Team Vollmer machine. Wienen went 1-3 in front of his hometown crowd to grab the overall win last round but with competition high, there’s no telling who’s going to find that top spot in Virginia.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – As the chase for the 2013 Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship, sanctioned by AMA, heats up, the nation’s fastest motocross racers on four-wheels head to Bowling Green, Ky. for Round 3 of the 10-race series. The Maxxis Bluegrass National will play host to the next stop on the tour April 27 and 28 at the nationally renown Ballance Moto X racetrack.
Joel Hetrick, one of the youngest championship contenders on the circuit, took the overall win at Round 2 by sweeping both motos on his Corrosion Hetrick Racing machine, closing the gap on the series points leader Chad Wienen, now trailing by one. With the speed and determination to lead the field, the twenty-year old has proven he has what it takes to contest the championship.
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.
Each year, AMA Pro Racing awards the manufacturer that accumulates the most points in the AMA Pro class throughout the course of a season with the coveted Manufacturer’s Cup. The series points are configured race-to-race, based on each manufacturer’s best overall finisher. Can-Am finished out the season with seven of the eleven victories, aided by Can-Am riders John Natalie, Chad Wienen and Chase Snapp.
“On behalf of BRP and Can-Am we are extremely proud of our racers and teams that contributed to winning this year’s Manufacturer’s Cup championship aboard the DS450. The entire Can-Am / Motorworks team has worked extremely hard, investing countless hours and making numerous sacrifices to help us achieve our common goal,” said Can-Am Race Manager, Jimmie O’Dell. “Our team riders John Natalie and Chad Wienen were true inspirations this season by both overcoming adversity and have also taken training and preparation to another level. I also want to thank Can-Am X-Team rookie pro Chase Snapp and his team as they worked extremely hard this season and have contributed to Can-Am winning this manufacturer’s cup title,” O’Dell added.
Honda comes in a close second, claiming the other four wins this season. Honda riders Josh Upperman, Nick DeNoble, Joe Byrd and Joel Hetrick contributed to the success of Honda this season by each scoring best-finish points for their brand.
Suzuki riders Jeremy Lawson and Devin Heimes each added points to give Suzuki third place in the standings, while Thomas Brown held Yamaha in the fourth position. Joel Hetrick contributed to Kawasaki’s points, before switching to Honda after three rounds of racing.
The 2011 Manufacturer’s Cup will be awarded to the Can-Am team at the AMA Pro Racing banquet next month. For more information on the series, visit www.atvmotocross.com.
Final Manufacturer’s Cup Points
1. Team Can-Am (509) 2. Team Honda (470) 3. Team Suzuki (380) 4. Team Yamaha (339) 5. Team Kawasaki (62)
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)