New Berlin, Ny. (July 12, 2011) - The 2011 AMA ATV Motocross National Championship Series heads to Unadilla Valley Sports Center in New Berlin, Ny., July 16 and 17 for round 9 of the 11-round race series. With only three races left in the series, the championship title is coming down to the wire.

Round 8 mixed up the results board a bit as Chad Wienen dropped back to third in points, John Natalie tookover the lead and Josh Upperman advanced to within seven points from the leader. Rookie Chase Snapp finally captured his first-ever moto win in the AMA Pro class after putting in several top five finishes all season long. As one of the newest additions to the AMA Pro class, Snapp is acclimating himself to the Premier class very quickly this year.

UnadillaValley Sports Center is a premier racetrack in the northeast, home to both the AMA Pro Motocross and the AMA Pro ATV racing as well as the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series and several other Amateur motocross events.

Millville, Minn.  – Warm temperatures and sunny blue skies surrounded round 7 of the AMA ATV Motocross National Championship Series presented by DWT, as the series headed to Spring Creek MX in Millville, Minn. this weekend. Challenging track conditions made for an exciting day of racing as the top ATV racers in the country battled for the overall win.

Chad Wienen grabbed the ATVRiders.com Fastest Qualifier Award after taking advantage of the smooth track conditions in the first qualifying session. As the day went on, the notoriously rough Millville track chalked longer and more demanding lap times.

Joel Hetrick shot off the start to grab the SSiDecals.com Holeshot Award in moto one, barely edging out Jannsen Motorsports rider Nick DeNoble. Wienen, the fastest qualifier of the day, got a mid-pack start, forcing him to work his way through the pack early on. Hetrick held Natalie off for about five laps until the rookie appeared to get a little winded. Natalie took over the lead and for the remainder of the race focused on holding his teammate Wienen off. Wienen had Millville’s famous “whoop monster” whoop section down, gaining time each lap.

“The whoops started to get tough as the race went on but I was able to find a faster pace through them and I think I definitely gained some time through there,” said Wienen. “I had to work my way up to John [Natalie] and a little past the halfway point I tried a couple different lines, I tried to mirror him a couple times and then tried to swing around him one lap but he was protecting his lines pretty well,” Wienen added.

Walsh Race Craft Suzuki’s Jeremy Lawson appeared to be one of the stronger riders on the rough track as he continuously charged throughout the entire moto. Lawson got off to a rough start but quickly picked off riders, eventually making his way to the fourth place of Josh Upperman. Lawson passed Upperman on the last lap to claim a fourth place finish in moto two.

Joel Hetrick was on fire aboard his Makson Construction Hetrick Motorsports Honda machine, grabbing the SSiDecals.com Holeshot Award once again in moto two. Wienen immediately took over the lead on the first lap and never looked back. Hetrick began the race strong once again, but faded back by mid-moto. Natalie made his way around Hetrick for third just before the rookie fell victim to the “whoop monster”. Hetrick swapped sideways through the whoop section and after taking a lap to restart his machine after crashing, Hetrick was no longer in contention for an overall.

On the last lap before the downhill drop-off, Natalie charged up the hill to the inside of Ballance Racing’s Thomas Brown, making the move for second as Brown was put to a standstill. Lawson finished in fourth behind Brown in moto two, going 4-4 for the day to capture third overall. Brown nabbed the fourth overall and Josh Upperman rounded out the top five. Chad Wienen took home the overall win with a 2-1, extending his point lead to ten over teammate John Natalie, who went 1-2 for second overall.

The AMA ATV Motocross Championship Series heads to Sunday Creek Raceway in Millfield, Ohio, July 2 and 3, 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. Chad Wienen (CAN)

2. John Natalie (CAN)

3. Jeremy Lawson (SUZ)

4. Thomas Brown (YAM)

5. Josh Upperman (HON)

AMA ATV Motocross Championship Pro Point Standings

1. Chad Wienen (297) 2. John Natalie (287) 3. Josh Upperman (253) 4. Jeremy Lawson (241) 5. Chase Snapp (201) 6. Thomas Brown (192) 7. Nick DeNoble (183) 8. Joe Byrd (180) 9. Joel Hetrick (170) 10. Travis Moore (166)

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.

Tickets on Saturday are $20 for spectators ($10 for ages 6-11), and admission includes full pro-pit access and an autograph session.

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

Walnut, Ill.  – The chase for the championship tightened up this weekend at round five of the AMA ATV Motocross National Championship Series presented by DWT. Only four points separate the current points leader from second place, the closest margin yet this season. At almost halfway through the season, the veteran riders are beginning to mark their territory while several Rookie riders are showing flashes of brilliance.

Although Wienen lined up at his home track, all holeshot advantages were pushed aside as Sunset Ridge debuted a brand new starting structure this weekend, but that’s ok since he grabbed the ATVRiders.com Fastest Qualifier Award earlier in the day. Makson Construction/JB Racing/Maximum RPM/Hetrick Racing’s Joel Hetrick had no problem adjusting to the changes as he shot out of the hydraulic-powered gates to capture the SSi Decals Holeshot Award. It didn’t take long for Wienen to put the move on Hetrick as the duo went side-by-side over the finish line jump on lap two.

Motoworks Can-Am’s John Natalie spent the first half of moto one chasing the Honda of Hetrick, who rode a tenacious race – even pulling away from the veteran rider at times. Natalie finally made his move about halfway through the race, turning his sights to Can-Am teammate Wienen out front.

The intense racing action actually took place in the battle for fifth between Ballance Racing’s Thomas Brown, SSI Decals/Motoworks/JB Racing/Fox Shox’s Chase Snapp and Walsh Race Craft/Fox Shox/Maxxis/FMF’s Jeremy Lawson. Brown got off to a bad start but hammered his way through the pack and put the pressure on Lawson who was all over Snapp for the fifth spot. Snapp, Lawson and Brown were in freight train formation heading into the corner – Brown railed the outside while Snapp tucked inside and Lawson followed. Brown swept around Lawson first and then went to work on Snapp, eventually slipping inside on the downhill corner. Snapp returned the favor the next time around, making contact with Brown and finishing out the race in fifth behind Baldwin Motorsports/JB Racing/PEP’s Upperman. Brown held off Lawson for sixth and the Rookie claimed his first-ever Pro podium behind the Motoworks Can-Am duo of Wienen and Natalie.

“You had to be really patient out there, the track was only turning a couple fast lines and you really had to pick them right,” Wienen said. “I had to be really safe on the lines I picked and I just all of the sudden turned the light switch and hit it,” he added.

Joel Hetrick was on fire aboard his Honda machine, grabbing yet another SSi Decals Holeshot Award in moto two with fellow Honda rider Josh Upperman close behind. The Can-Am duo of Chad Wienen and John Natalie tucked in behind the Honda riders and immediately began picking away. Wienen railed the outside line to steal second from Upperman and it wasn’t long before Natalie followed suit. The fans cheered home state rider Chad Wienen hard as he pushed his way past Hetrick for the lead and never looked back. Hetrick lost steam midway through the moto, falling victim to another Can-Am rider for the second position.

“I got a couple blisters on my hands and had real bad arm pump for a while, I couldn’t even push the gas through the turn but that eventually went away and I just cleared my head and calmed down after that,” Hetrick said.

Natalie heightened his pace near the end of the moto, turning lap times nearly two seconds faster than the leader. With two laps to go, Natalie put himself within striking distance of his teammate until his bike started smoking. Natalie lost his momentum as his bike slowly deteriorated, making it as far as the corner before the finish line before it shut off. Natalie pieced together a sixth place overall despite his moto two breakdown.

“It stinks what happened to John out there but I’ll take it,” Upperman said. “That’s all I’m asking, is to be in the top three,” he added.

After battling to the end in moto one, Chase Snapp and Thomas Brown found themselves paired up once again in moto two – this time Brown controlling the fate. Snapp, Lawson and Joe Byrd were close behind but through the rough track conditions couldn’t make the move around Brown. Upperman took home a comfortable third after Natalie dropped out and Brown finished with fourth to take the fourth overall with Snapp going 5-5 for fifth.

Wienen now holds a four-point lead over Natalie in the Championship standings heading into round six. Josh Upperman, who has been consistent all season, holds the third position over Jeremy Lawson and Rookie Chase Snapp bumps out Joe Byrd for the fifth spot.

The AMA ATV Motocross Championship Series heads to Steel City MX in Delmont, Pa., May 21 and 22, 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. Chad Wienen (CAN)

2. Joel Hetrick (HON)

3. Josh Upperman (HON)

4. Thomas Brown (YAM)

5. Chase Snapp (CAN)

6. John Natalie (CAN)

7. Jeremy Lawson (SUZ)

8. Joe Byrd (HON)

9. Nick DeNoble (HON)

10. Adam Clark (HON)


AMA ATV Motocross Championship Pro Point Standings

1. Chad Wienen (221) 2. John Natalie (217) 3. Josh Upperman (189) 4. Jeremy Lawson (172) 5. Chase Snapp (140) 6. Joe Byrd (137) 7. Nick DeNoble (134) 8. Joel Hetrick (122) 9. Travis Moore (117) 10. Thomas Brown (115)

Morgantown, W. Va. (May 3, 2011) - After the first two rounds of the AMA ATV Motocross National Championship Series presented by DWT, it appeared that Motoworks Can-Am rider Chad Wienen had it all figured out as he led the rest of the field by nearly 20 points. After struggling with bad luck in the mud last round, Wienen now sits seventeen points behind John Natalie for the first place points position heading to his home track at Sunset Ridge MX this weekend.

The ITP Sunset Ridge event is the fifth stop on the eleven round ATVMX tour. A mixture of sand and loamy dirt, Sunset Ridge provides a fast-paced track with plenty of opportunity to roughen up.

Walsh Race Crafts Suzuki rider Jeremy Lawson is coming off a season-best second place finish at Budds Creek, looking to capture a win this weekend. Being from Florida, Lawson is looking to use the sandy course to his advantage. Ballance Racing’s Thomas Brown will be back in full swing this weekend after experiencing mechanical issues in the first few rounds. Brown currently sits in tenth overall in points, not reflecting the hard work the Yamaha rider has been putting in both on and off the track this season.

Wisconsin’s Nick DeNoble captured his first podium of the season in round four as he endured the muddy track conditions at Budds Creek. The Janssen Motorsports-backed DeNoble currently sits in sixth place overall, looking to put his Honda inside the top five this weekend at his home track.

John Natalie, Chad Wienen and Thomas Brown will be at the Moto Armory this Thursday, May 5, from 5-7 p.m. The riders will be signing autographs and displaying their race machines at the American MX history museum, located five miles east of Colona, Ill. Event tickets and other merchandise will be raffled off at this event. For more information on the Moto Armory Museum, please visit http://moto-armory.com/.

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. Local riders are encouraged to take part in the amateur racing schedule and may sign up at the event.

Tickets on Saturday are $20 for spectators ($10 for ages 6-11), and admission includes full pro-pit access and an autograph session.

For more information, please visit www.atvmotocross.com


ATVMX Rescheduled on VERSUS

Racer TV’s coverage of round one of the 2011 AMA Pro ATV Motocross National Championship Series presented by DWT (ATVMX) was pre-empted this weekend due to extended live coverage of Indy Car Racing on the VERSUS Network.

The opening round of ATVMX at Aonia Pass in Washington, Ga., has been rescheduled to air Saturday, May 14 at 4:30 p.m. EST. Round two at Millcreek MX in Pell City, Ala. is scheduled to follow on Sunday, May 15 at 4:30 p.m.

Round five of the ATVMX Series heads to Sunset Ridge MX in Walnut, Ill. this weekend, May 7 and 8.

Morgantown, W.Va. (March 15, 2011) - The second round of the 2011 AMA ATVMX Championship presented by DWT, will head to Pell City, Ala. this weekend, March 19-20. The fastest four-wheeled ATV riders in the world will compete for a chance at the championship title.

This nationally televised event on the VERSUS network is expected to draw nearly 800 riders. With a full-gate of ATV Pro riders for 2011, there is no telling who is going to claim the series championship.

Motoworks / Can-Am rider Chad Wienen took the victory at round one in Georgia, winning both motos and claiming the early points lead in the Pro class. Teammate John Natalie settled in behind Wienen to carry the Motoworks / Can-Am team to two out of three podium positions.

After finishing with a third overall in round one, Baldwin Motorsports Honda rider Josh Upperman has great potential to contest the Can-Am teammates next weekend at Millcreek. Walsh Race Crafts Suzuki rider Jeremy Lawson and Joe Byrd Quad Racing School’s Joe Byrd had a heated battle for the fourth overall, with Lawson coming out on top. These two riders have some unfinished business that is sure to make things interesting at round two.

The Millcreek facility is surrounded by beautiful hard woods, pine, creeks and rolling hills. With its wide lanes, flowing natural jumps and enormous elevation changes, the track exceeds two miles in length from the starting gate to finish.

Tickets on Saturday are $20 for spectators ($10 for ages 6-11), and admission includes full pro-pit access and an autograph session.

The pro riders will run as part of a full schedule of amateur racing, including classes for Youth, Women and Veteran riders. Amateurs will practice on Friday and race on Saturday and Sunday. Pros will practice on Friday and race on Saturday.

To get to the track from Birmingham, take I-20 East to Exit # 156; turn south, take 1st road on the RIGHT, Roberts Mill Rd. Track is a short distance on the LEFT. Watch for signs.

For more information, please visit www.atvmotocross.com