Villopoto-Motocross-Win-6-8-13MT. MORRIS, Pa. – After two consecutive days of rain in southern Pennsylvania, the 37th running of the GEICO High Point National shaped up as a great day of racing at the historic High Point Raceway in Mt. Morris. Ryan Villopoto extended his points lead in the 450 Class after sweeping both motos to secure his third victory of the season at Round 4 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing. Marvin Musquin rode on to his second straight victory in the 250 Class this season after taking his first career moto-win in Lucas Oil Pro Motocross.

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto returned to his winning ways on Saturday after finishing third overall at the last round. In Moto 1, Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Justin Barcia grabbed his fourth Motorcycle Superstore Holeshot of the season, but it didn’t take long for Villopoto to take command of the lead on the opening lap.

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Tyla Rattray got off to a third place start in Moto 1, while Lucas Oil/Troy Lee Designs/Honda’s Malcolm Stewart jumped in close behind. Malcolm experienced a crash that dropped him out of podium contention, while Rattray maintained his third place position in the early portion of the race.

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.

Irvine, Calif. – Most anticipated a wet weekend in Mt. Morris, Pa., but Saturday turned out to be perfect racing conditions for Round 4 of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship at High Point Raceway. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer rode up front all day to finish 3-3 for third overall and earn his second-consecutive podium. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Broc Tickle rode strong to a 6-9 moto score for seventh overall. In the 250 class, Blake Baggett finished third in the first moto and fifth in the second moto for fourth overall. Teammate Ivan Tedesco was seventh overall with a 7-10 moto result for the day.

The Mountaineer
After landing his first career overall podium finish in the 450 class last weekend, Weimer knew he wanted to stay on the podium for the rest of the season. In qualifying practice, he threw down the third fastest lap and had a good gate pick for the first moto. Weimer and his KX™450F got off to a decent start and started picking off riders. Once into third he kept his lap times consistent and finished on the podium. Second moto, Weimer grabbed the holeshot, but was shuffled back. He secured third and continued to try and close the gap on second, but as the moto wore on the track continued to dry out, making it hard for Weimer to push. He finished third overall for his second-consecutive podium and now sits third in the points standings.

MT. MORRIS, Pa. – Southeastern Pennsylvania’s High Point Raceway was the site of the fourth round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, on Saturday, for the 36th annual FMF High Point National, presented by United Bank. One week after claiming his first win of the season, Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey, of Belle Plaine, Minn., grabbed his second straight 450 Class victory with a 1-1 moto sweep. In the 250 Class, GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac, of Cortez, Colo., became the first repeat winner in the division (2-1), emerging victorious after a captivating battle.

In the opening 450 Class moto, MotoConcepts Suzuki’s Mike Alessi, of Victorville, Calif., grabbed the early lead and opened a significant advantage over the field. However, following a third-place start, Dungey began to make his charge forward. At the halfway point, he made the pass on Alessi to win by nearly 20 seconds.

In Moto 2, Dungey put himself out front at the start, only to have Alessi respond before the conclusion of the opening lap and take the lead. Dungey paced his rival for half of the moto before again making his move and pulling away for the win.

Morgantown, W.Va. – The ATV Promoters Group (ATVPG) announces today a change in the location of the opening round of the AMA ATV Motocross National Championship Series. Round one, originally scheduled for March 24-25 at Millcreek in Pell City, Ala., will now take place the same weekend at Aonia Pass Motocross in Washington, Ga.

“Aonia Pass proved last year that their facility is worthy of holding the opening round of ATVMX and it just makes sense to make the change to this location for 2012,” said Sam Gammon, Director of the ATVPG. ”

Aonia Pass MX will remain the host for round two of the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series March 17 and 18, while the ATVMX will take place the following weekend, March 24 and 25.

“On behalf of the ATVPG, we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. However, we hope series sponsors will find this move as the most convenient choice. Please find the revised 2012 schedule below,” Gammon added.

2012 ATVMX Schedule *REVISED
March
24-25
Aonia Pass MX
Washington, GA
April
21-22
Muddy Creek Raceway
Blountville, TN
May
5-6
Budds Creek
Budds Creek, MD
May
19-20
Sunset Ridge
Walnut, IL
June
2-3
Ballance MX
Oakland, KY
June
16-17
High Point Raceway
Mount Morris, PA
July
30-1
Sunday Creek
Millfield, OH
July
14-15
Unadilla
New Berlin, NY
July
28-29
RedBud
Buchanan, MI
August
11-12
Loretta Lynn’s
Hurricane Mills, TN

For questions regarding the schedule change, contact Victory Sports at (423) 323-5479 or contact@victory-sports.com. For more information on the series, visit www.atvmotocross.com.

Morgantown, W.Va. (October 17, 2011) – MX Sports Pro Racing and ATVPG announce today the 2012 schedule for America’s most prestigious and longest standing ATV racing series – the AMA ATV Motocross National Championship Series presented by DWT. The 2012 ten race series kicks off March 24 and 25 at Millcreek Raceway in Pell City, Ala. and wraps up August 11 and 12 at Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.

The series moves to a ten-race format in 2012 and will be returning to many of the ATV racing community’s favorite venues such as High Point Raceway in Mt. Morris, Pa. and Muddy Creek Raceway in Blountville, Tenn.

“The ATV promoters are excited to release the National ATVMX schedule for 2012,” said ATVPG Director Sam Gammon. “We have put a lot of consideration into creating a schedule that best accommodates riders and families, while still creating an exciting series that is worthy of its national status.”

For the first time in ATV Motocross history, the Ballance MX event in Kentucky will incorporate a night race into Saturday’s program, giving spectators even more opportunities to catch racing action at different parts of the day.

“The race in Kentucky will bring a whole new excitement factor to the series, as the pro show will be at night under the lights on Saturday,” Gammon added. “We are going to make every effort to keep the series fun and to give the racers a good value for their dollars spent.”

Last month, 2011 AMA ATV Pro Champion John Natalie Jr. was awarded his national title, along with the other AMA Pro award recipients, in conjunction with the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Racing Season Celebration in Pala, Calif. Amateur racers will be recognized at the ATVMX Awards Banquet October 29 in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., where thirty-seven national championships will be awarded. For more information on the series, visit www.atvmotocross.com.

2012 AMA ATV Motocross National Championship Series Schedule
March 24-25 Millcreek Pell City, AL
April 21-22 Muddy Creek Raceway Blountville, TN
May 5-6 Budds Creek Budds Creek, MD
May 19-20 Sunset Ridge Walnut, IL
June 2-3 Ballance MX Oakland, KY
June 16-17 High Point Raceway Mount Morris, PA
July 30-1 Sunday Creek Millfield, OH
July 14-15 Unadilla New Berlin, NY
July 28-29 RedBud Buchanan, MI
August 11-12 Loretta Lynn’s Hurricane Mills, TN

About the AMA ATV Motocross Championship

The AMA ATV Motocross Championship is the nation’s premier amateur and professional ATV motocross series, hosted at top motocross facilities nationwide. The 10-round series features the Nation’s best racers, teams and sponsors, and is America’s largest and longest-running ATV national motocross program. Since 1985, the series continues to expand and produce top talent from the amateur ranks, while premiering the professional class. For more information, please visit http://www.atvmotocross.com.

MT. MORRIS, Pa. – A massive crowd lined the hillsides surrounding High Point Raceway on Saturday, as the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship hosted its third round of the 2011 season. The Rockstar Energy High Point National marked the first East Coast stop of the summer and after two challenging motos, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto, of Poulsbo, Wash., took his first win of the season. In the 250 Class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett, of Grand Terrace, Calif., captured his second win in three races, sweeping both motos.

Coming into the weekend, Villopoto had garnered back-to-back third-place results through the first two rounds. He started the day off at High Point with a dominating performance in the opening moto, finishing in the top spot for the first time in 2011, over eight seconds ahead of Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey, of Belle Plaine, Minn.

Just prior to the start of Moto 2, a rain shower moved through the area, leaving a muddy track for the riders to compete on. Red Bull KTM’s Mike Alessi, of Victorville, Calif., grabbed the early lead, only to crash and hand the position to TwoTwo Motorsports/Bel-Ray Racing’s Chad Reed, of Australia.

From there, Reed, the current championship points leader and winner of the previous two rounds, maintained the position to collect his fourth moto win of 2011. Villopoto followed in second to secure the overall, while Dungey’s third-place finish in the moto landed him in the runner-up spot for the day. Reed (5-1) rounded out the overall podium in third.

“It’s nice to get my first win in a long time,” said Villopoto, who’s only previous victory in the class came in his 450 division debut in 2009. “I didn’t feel good at Hangtown, but I felt good at Texas – I just didn’t have it. We had a weekend off and the team did a lot of testing. Now, I can ride my bike the way I need to ride it. I showed that in the first moto, but obviously the second moto was a little different with the mud. I just tried to get a good start and ride decent. The track got better, but it also got slippery. We had to be cautious the whole moto. Now, we’ll go to Budds Creek, and I’m happy to be where we’re at (in the championship).”

Villopoto gained six points on Reed in the 450 Class standings, and now sits 15 points out of the lead.

After an impressive performance to open the 250 Class season with a win at Hangtown, Baggett showed even more dominance at High Point. The second-year rider completed the first lap of Moto 1 in ninth, and worked his way through the field for the remainder of the 30-minute race. On Lap 13, he took over the lead from Eleven 10 Mods Honda’s Darryn Durham, of Butler, Pa., and carried it through to the finish.

In Moto 2, Baggett capitalized on a good start to grab the top spot early. On Lap 6, he crashed, handing the lead to his teammate Tyla Rattray, of South Africa, and dropping to third. Despite his misfortune, Baggett refused to settle, fighting his way back into the lead with just three laps remaining to finish the day with perfect 1-1 moto scores.

“In the first moto I had my work cut out for me,” said Baggett. “I waited until halfway and put on a late charge. In the second moto, it was muddy, and I had a brain fade and just went down. After that, I just went for it. I didn’t know what Tyla (Rattray) had done in the first moto, so I just knew that a 1-1 would win. We actually had a battle there for a while, but I ended up getting around him. I’m looking forward to next weekend.”

Rattray (3-2) followed in second, for his third straight podium finish of the season, while GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac, of Cortez, Colo., finished third (6-3). By virtue of his finish, Rattray now moves into the 250 Class points lead, two points ahead of his teammate, Dean Wilson, of Scotland.

The Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship continues next weekend with Round 4 of the 2011 season. Budds Creek MX Park, in Mechanicsville, Md., will host the MotoTees Budds Creek National on Saturday, June 18, beginning at 1 p.m. EST.

Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship
Rockstar Energy High Point National
High Point Raceway – Mt. Morris, Pa.
June 11, 2011
Round 3 of 12

450 Class (Moto Finish)

  1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki (1-2)
  2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki (2-3)
  3. Chad Reed, Australia, Honda (5-1)
  4. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., KTM (4-4)
  5. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha (3-9)
  6. Kevin Windham, Baton Rouge, La., Honda (6-5)
  7. Tommy Hahn, Great Bend, Kan., Yamaha (10-7)
  8. Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Suzuki (8-10)
  9. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki (7-11)
  10. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Yamaha (14-8)

450 Class Championship Standings

  1. Chad Reed, Australia, Honda – 138
  2. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki – 123
  3. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki – 111
  4. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha – 104
  5. Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Suzuki – 88
  6. Kevin Windham, Baton Rouge, La., Honda – 76
  7. Ricky Dietrich, Snohomish, Wash., Yamaha – 72
  8. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki – 68
  9. Tommy Hahn, Great Bend, Kan., Yamaha – 65
  10. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda – 59

250 Class (Moto Finish)

  1. Blake Baggett, Redlands, Calif., Kawasaki (1-1)
  2. Tyla Rattray, South Africa, Kawasaki (3-2)
  3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda (6-3)
  4. Dean Wilson, Scotland, Kawasaki (2-8)
  5. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Kawasaki (10-4)
  6. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda (8-7)
  7. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda (11-5)
  8. Kyle Cunningham, Irving, Texas, Yamaha (5-11)
  9. Darryn Durham, Butler, Pa., Honda (4-14)
  10. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda (13-6)

250 Class Championship Standings

  1. Tyla Rattray, South Africa, Kawasaki – 127
  2. Dean Wilson, Scotland, Kawasaki – 125
  3. Blake Baggett, Redlands, Calif., Kawasaki – 116
  4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda – 104
  5. Kyle Cunningham, Irving, Texas, Yamaha – 90
  6. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda – 79
  7. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda – 68
  8. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Kawasaki – 67
  9. Gareth Swanepoel, South Africa, Yamaha – 61
  10. Martin Davalos, Ecuador, Suzuki – 53

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