Just a matter of days remain until the 2015 Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship, sanctioned by AMA (ATVMX), begins with its inaugural visit to legendary Daytona International Speedway, for the first ever ATV Supercross on Tuesday, March 10. While this one-of-a-kind event signifies one of the most historic moments in ATVMX racing, it’s also the beginning of one of the most anticipated seasons in the championship’s 29-year history.
Valcourt, Québec – Can-Am Maverick 1000R side-by-side pilot Marc Burnett won Class 19 at the 2014 Tecate SCORE International Baja 500 race held this past weekend in Baja California, Mexico. In Ohio, fellow Maverick racer Kyle Chaney won the XC1 Modified side-by-side class at the Wiseco John Penton Grand National Cross Country race in Ohio. Can-Am ATV racers also had a great weekend sweeping their respective podiums in the GNCC 4×4 Pro class and in the New England ATV Motocross Pro class.
“Highlighted by Maverick racer Marc Burnett’s dominating victory in the SCORE Baja 500, we had several Can-Am racers win their class either on an ATV or in a side-by-side. Burnett, Kyle Chaney and our GNCC 4×4 Pros have been outstanding this year” said Jeff Leclerc, Racing Project Leader, Can-Am. “With wins in gnarly terrain like Baja, the challenging GNCC series in Ohio and at the Maine NEATV-MX race, our racers, once again, proved – no matter the Can-Am vehicle — our guys will challenge for the win at every event.”
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – With only a week off, the 2013 Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship Series, sanctioned by AMA, will return to racing this weekend, July 13 and 14, at historically Unadilla Raceway in New Berlin, N.Y. The second half of the season is well underway as Unadilla hosts Round 8 of the 10-race series.
New Englander Josh Creamer won the ATVMX National Championship in 2010 and after a brief hiatus from the series, Creamer has made his return back to the series in 2013. The highly anticipated return of the series’ former champion has proven to be as eventful as expected but Creamer is still looking for his first win of the season aboard his BCS Can-Am machine. Returning to his home region of the U.S. for Unadilla, Creamer is expected to make a statement in front of his hometown crowd.
Millfield, Ohio – Round 8 of the 2012 AMA ATV Motocross National Championship Series took to the hills of Sunday Creek Raceway where Chad Wienen and Joel Hetrick split moto-wins in the AMA Pro ATV division. Wienen’s Moto 2 win gave him the overall win, while Hetrick and Josh Upperman rounded out the podium.
Despite Friday evening’s severe storms that crippled much of southern Ohio, the crew had the track prepped and ready for qualifying Saturday morning. It was Motoworks/Can-Am’s Joel Hetrick who once again earned the ATVRiders.com Fastest Qualifier Award after only one timed qualifying session—a result of the severe weather.
When the gate dropped for Moto 1, it was Wienen Motorsports/SSi Decals/Walsh Race Craft/Yamaha’s Chad Wienen who grabbed his first SSi Decals Holeshot Award of 2012, with Hetrick, Baldwin Motorports/PEP’s Upperman and John Natalie in tow. Hetrick began applying pressure to Wienen early, before finally securing the pass for the lead on lap 3. Wienen began closing the gap on Hetrick by mid-race, but the young gun put in several quick and consistent laps, building a comfortable cushion all the way to the checkers.
Wienen crossed the finish line in second, while Motoworks/Can-Am’s Natalie came through in third after working his way past Upperman for the final podium position. Meanwhile, TBROWN Yamaha Racing/Moto-X-Perts Yamaha Thomas Brown spent much of Moto 1 chasing after Upperman and the lead pack, ultimately settling for a fifth place finish.
Hurricane Mills, Tenn. – This year’s AMA ATV Motocross Championship Series presented by DWT has been an array of ups, downs, career-firsts and even season enders; it’s been chalked full of excitement as well as disappointment as the fastest ATV racers in the nation have put everything on the line to compete for the coveted AMA Pro Racing ATV Motocross Championship title. However, amidst all the hard work and emotion, only two riders were in actually in contention this weekend to take home the championship title, and those riders were Motoworks Can-Am’s John Natalie and Baldwin Motorsports PEP Racing’s Josh Upperman – who came into the final round of racing at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch only ten points apart.
Rewinding back to June, Motoworks Can-Am’s Chad Wienen had swept four of the first seven rounds of racing – giving himself a padded points lead heading into the second half of the schedule until a season-ending practice crash put a halt to his championship sights in 2011. Like the true champion that he is though, Wienen attended this weekend’s season-finale race to support his Can-Am teammate as well as his friends and fellow racers. To keep his mind in the game, Chad even co-announced both pro motos alongside ATVMX announcer Rodney Tomblin, adding his on-track experience and expertise for the fans at Loretta Lynn’s.
It wasn’t either of the championship contenders standing out in the morning’s times qualifying, but instead – Makson Construction/JB Racing/Maximum RPM’s Joel Hetrick who grabbed the ATVRiders.com Fastest Qualifier Award, posting his fastest lap time of the day in the first qualifying session. “I’m pumped to get the fastest qualifier award, it was a great start to the day and definitely set the tone for what we wanted to do this weekend,” Hetrick said.
Hetrick carried his qualifying momentum into moto one as he grabbed the SSiDecals.com Holeshot Award as well, followed closely by fellow rookie Chase Snapp. It was an epic battle for the AMA Pro Racing ATV Motocross Rookie of the Year award until SSiDecals/Motoworks/Can-Am’s Snapp was forced to pull off the track to fix his derailed chain. Snapp eventually made his way up to tenth in moto one, although he lost crucial points in the championship standings.
Points leaders John Natalie and Josh Upperman both got off a rough start, but worked their way up throughout the moto. “I spun out of the gate and missed a gear, so I didn’t get the best jump and then just settled in behind John [Natalie]. I wanted to find good lines and maybe try some different things for the second moto,” Upperman said.
Joe Byrd led a pack of Natalie, Upperman, Thomas Brown and Jeremy Lawson – all fighting for the fourth place position but it was Ballance Racing Yamaha’s Brown who charged hard about mid-moto, past Byrd and Lawson to eventually wrap up the fourth spot in moto one.
Natalie caught up to Hetrick towards the end of the moto and put the pressure on pretty thick but even the veteran didn’t have anything for Hetrick who was on rails in moto one. “John [Natalie] was on my bumper the whole time but I just did my best to stay in front of him the entire race. I made a couple mistakes and he closed up the gap a little bit but luckily he didn’t put a pass on me,” said the rookie Hetrick. Hetrick edged out Natalie for the moto one win and Upperman finished in third behind Natalie, extending Natalie’s points lead heading into the final moto.
“I hung back a little bit, we didn’t want to take any chances for that second moto. Joel [Hetrick] was riding really good and I didn’t want to take a chance of taking him and myself out so I figured I would wait for him to make a mistake, but he rode flawless,” Natalie said after moto one.
As the gate dropped for moto two, it was the Baldwin Motorsports PEP Racing Honda machine of Josh Upperman who shot out of the gate to claim the SSiDecals.com Holeshot Award. Points leader John Natalie and Ballance Racing’s Thomas Brown got tangled up in first corner carnage, sending both riders to the back of the pack right away.
Heading into the final moto, Natalie only needed an eighth place finish to capture the championship title, so he played it cool on the first few laps. But, as any true champion would, Natalie dug deep and began picking off riders until he got into the top five, and even then he still kept on it.
Meanwhile, Upperman and Hetrick fought for the lead position in moto two, each keeping two different goals in mind. Hetrick wasn’t vying for the championship, although he was looking to score as many points as he could; but his sights were on the AMA Pro Racing ATV Motocross Rookie of the Year Award, which he claimed after going (1-1) for the overall win at Loretta Lynn’s. The award didn’t come easy to Hetrick though, as Chase Snapp was in high contention until his chain derailed in moto one.
“It’s great to win here in the pro class at Loretta’s,” said Hetrick. “A lot of people came out here to watch us today and I think it’s pretty cool that the “rookie” won!” Hetrick added.
Finishing with a (2-4) score for the day, John Natalie captured the 2011 AMA Pro Racing ATV Motocross Championship title by only eight points over Josh Upperman. Jeremy Lawson finished fourth overall to claim third place in the championship standings in front of Thomas Brown and Joel Hetrick, who round out the top five in overall standings.
“There are a lot of people that put their heart and soul into this team and they made it all possible. Can-Am started out with a dream and four years later we finally realized it. We took this DS-450 and we took a championship!” said the 2011 Champion Natalie.
The 2011 AMA ATV Motocross Championship Series presented by DWT wraps up Sunday with Pro-Am and Amateur racing throughout the day. 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. Thomas Brown (YAM)
6. Travis Moore (HON)
7. Chase Snapp (CAN)
8. Harold Goodman (HON)
9. Joe Byrd (HON)
10.Nick DeNoble (HON)
AMA ATV Motocross Championship Pro Point Standings
1. John Natalie (432) 2. Josh Upperman (424) 3. Jeremy Lawson (374) 4. Thomas Brown (339) 5. Joel Hetrick (319) 6. Chase Snapp (315) 7. Chad Wienen (297) 8. Nick DeNoble (277) 9. Travis Moore (268) 10. Joe Byrd (264)
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)
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)
Round #5 and #6 of the Quad X series was held at the famous Glen Helen Raceway July 9th and 10th in Devore, California. The Glen Helen racetrack is one of the roughest and toughest tracks on the west coast. Known for its treacherous square edge holes, sandy soil, acceleration and deceleration bumps, and huge jumps; suspension setup is key to winning at the Glen.
Round 5 – Dustin Nelson and Beau Baron would continue their 2011 QuadX battle for the top 2 spots throughout the weekend. In Moto 1 on Saturday, Baron grabbed the holeshot and never looked back, to take his first Quad X moto win of the season. With this win, Beau would break the streak of Nelson’s undefeated Moto wins through the first 4 rounds of the Quad X series this year. Moto 2 would once again play out with Baron and Nelson once again banging bars early on. Dustin Nelson grabbed the win and the Overall for round 5 on Saturday with a 2-1 finish to make it 5 for 5 overall wins for the season so far. Roll Design / Elka dominated the podium at round 5 with Nelsons Yamaha teammate Josh Row in the 3rd place spot overall with a 5-3 overall. Garrin Fuller also took 1st in the Pro Am class.
Round 6 – The double header weekend continued on Sunday for Round 6. Dustin Nelson’s and Beau Baron would once again put a show on for the fans as the top ran an all out Moto 1 and Moto 2 as if they were the only 2 riders on the track. Nelson took Moto 1 without question and Moto 2 saw Baron grab his second holeshot for the weekend. Nelson found an opening right away and took advantage of it, to once again put in a perfect 2 Motos with a 1-1 win taking the overall for Round 6, while Baron went 2-2 claiming the second spot. Sunday it was Barons Teammate MCR/Roll Design/Elka rider David Haagsma who was 3rd fastest for the 3rd spot on the podium with a 3-3 finish and Josh Row was consistently fast all weekend and taking 4th on Sunday with a 4-4 for the motos. This gives Roll Design and Elka the entire Pro podium for the entire double header weekend, not to forget Duncan Racings Garrin Fuller also continued his hold on the top spot in the Pro-Am division, giving him top billing for the Pro Am racers all weekend.
The Roll Design / Elka combo once again displayed its superior quality and stability in one of the roughest tracks in the west coast [Glen Helen Raceway]. The top spots for both Round 5 and 6 of the Yamaha Quad X in the Pro and Pro – Am Classes were equipped with Roll Design A-Arms, Steering components and Elka Shocks.
San Bernardino, Calif. – June 16, 2011 – The 2011 Yamaha Quad-X Series presented by STI returns this Saturday, June 18th, for round four at Speedworld MX in Surprise, AZ. Saturday’s race marks the mid-point of the 2011 Quad-X Championship, and will be the first of the season’s two night races.
Yamaha’s Dustin Nelson has won the first three rounds of the series, giving him a perfect score of 75 points in the series standings. Nelson is looking to extend his points lead as he attempts to defend his 2010 Pro 450 Production Class title.
After finishing second overall over the past three rounds, Beau Baron sits only nine points behind Nelson in the series standings. With the series nearing the halfway mark, Baron still has a very realistic chance of winning the 2011 championship if he can find a way to beat Nelson.
Ethan Thatcher remains third in points with 58, after finishing fifth overall at the previous round at Cahuilla Creek MX. At round three, Dirkie Baard and Josh Row battled for third overall, swapping third and fourth place moto finishes. Baard’s third in the second moto earned him the final spot on the overall podium for the day. With the series well underway, expect more intense racing as riders attempt to earn valuable series points.
For more information on the 2011 Yamaha Quad-X Series, including series schedule, class information and requirements, check out www.quadxseries.com. For the latest updates on this and other series at Glen Helen Raceway, become a fan on facebook at www.facebook.com/glenhelenraceway.
Morgantown, W. Va. (May 18, 2011) – The 2011 AMA ATV Motocross National Championship Series presented by DWT (ATVMX) has been nothing short of unpredictable as we’ve witnessed an array of firsts, bests and even luckless situations in the Premier class.
Current points leader Chad Wienen has experienced his most dominant season ever this year in the ATVMX series. With a total of three wins under his belt, Wienen holds the most overalls this season, edging out his Motoworks Can-Am teammate John Natalie by only one win and a mere four-point margin in the championship standings. Natalie lost his former points lead at Sunset Ridge MX after his bike broke down two turns away from the finish line in moto two – quickly moving the second place rider back to fourteenth. Natalie salvaged a sixth place overall to keep him within a handful of points from his teammate.
Pennsylvania’s Joel Hetrick could be a force to wreak havoc on the Motoworks Can-Am duo this year after a grabbing his first-ever AMA Pro podium at round five. The Rookie has a lot to learn before contesting a championship in the Premier class, but don’t exclude him from mixing it up with the veterans out front – especially in his home state this weekend at Steel City.
With a consistent string of top four finishes, Baldwin Motorsports Honda’s Josh Upperman comfortably maintains the third place points position. The Ohio rider has used his calm and collected attitude to maintain a pace just a few beats off the leaders, putting him in the running for a top three finish at the end of the season. Walsh Race Craft Fox Shox rider Jeremy Lawson struggled to break the top five at Sunset Ridge in an unusual off-weekend for the naturally consistent Suzuki rider. This weekend’s hard-packed Steel City track may be what Lawson needs to get back into his pre-Sunset Ridge groove.
What’s exciting about this year’s deep field of Pro class talent is the heightened level of competition taking place for every position on the track. Ballance Racing’s Thomas Brown and Can-Am’s Rookie Chase Snapp have begun an on-going battle this season that only gets better each weekend. If these riders can secure a holeshot, there’s a good chance they could push each other to the front of the pack.
As the round-six event sponsor, Can-Am will hold its popular demo ride program this weekend at the Can-Am Steel City ATVMX. They will have new machines on display all weekend and available for fans to test ride on a special course being built near the main racetrack. Visit the Can-Am display for more information or to test a vehicle.
Amateur classes will practice on Friday and race on both Saturday and Sunday. Pros will run two timed practice sessions on Saturday morning and race in the afternoon as part of a full schedule of amateur racing, including classes for Youth, Women and Veteran riders.
To get to the track, take Route 66 North to Story Road and take a right. Follow the signs .5 miles to the track.
For more information, please visit www.atvmotocross.com
San Bernardino, Calif. – IMS Products riders Dustin Nelson and Beau Baron battled through less-than-ideal conditions Sunday to take first and second place in the opening round of the Yamaha Quad-X Series. Glen Helen Raceway experienced a turbulent weekend of spring showers and chilling temperatures, leading to slick inclines and soggy flats on the USGP track.
Nelson and Baron spent much of the day fighting for the lead, but it was Nelson who managed to pull off both moto wins and secure the overall victory. Baron finished second in both races to take second overall.
The track conditions proved to be difficult for riders of all levels, as pros and amateurs alike found themselves stuck or sideways at various points on the track. Nelson adapted quickly, holding his hole-shot lead throughout the entire first moto. Baron took the hole-shot in the second moto, but a few slips throughout the race allowed Nelson to overtake him for the win.
Justin Jones, in his first ever race in the pro class, finished third in the first moto and fourth in the second moto. He ended in fourth overall. Johnny Shafe, with a pair of seventh place races finished sixth overall, while Josh Row finished ninth overall.
All in all Sunday’s Quad-X Round 1 was a success for IMS riders. Despite the tough conditions, Glen Helen got the series off to a great start with some exciting racing.