Morgantown, W. Va. - The ATVPG is pleased to announce the success of this year’s 88 Live to Ride Benefit Auction, held at the final round of the 2012 AMA ATV Motocross National Championship Series at Loretta Lynn’s. Kicking off with a spaghetti dinner on Friday evening, the night’s auction raised an all-time high of over $33,000 for 88 Live to Ride, Inc.

Debi Bartosek, President of 88 Live to Ride, said, “I would like to thank everyone who attended the dinner and auction at Loretta’s. Special thanks to ITP and Root River Racing for sponsoring the dinner, and to Stan “Big Daddy” Digby and his family for preparing and serving up the delicious spaghetti dinner.”

There was a wide and varied list of items to be auctioned and guest auctioneer, Rodney Tomblin, used his experience on the microphone to coax higher bids out of the audience. Some of the more memorable items were the hand crocheted blanket with AMA ATVMX Emblem, made by Jen Richards, that topped out at $3,000; Joel Hetrick race gear that went for $2,000; Jeremiah Jones jersey $1,650; PEP shocks $2,000; John Natalie one day riding school, jersey and a day of boating $3,650 and of course, the Podium Backdrop which fetched a whopping $8,000. All in all, this was the best auction ever raising over $33,000 for 88 Live to Ride, Inc.

The auction wouldn’t be possible without the help of dedicated volunteers – sincere thanks to: Erica, Chris & McKenna Peters; Lisa & Maci Devenport; Freida Rozelle; Missy & Maddie Guyer; Laura & Jeff Rastrelli and Debi Bartosek.

Thank you to everyone who donated to the auction: Motogems Jewelry; Scrapped Homemade Creations; Salon 11; One Dog Mom; ApronStrings Catering; Fly Racing; PEP; Baldwin Motorsports; 88 Live to Ride; Nac’s Racing; JB Racing; ATVA Promoters Group; Coop’s Designs; SSi Decals; Quad Tech; Survival Straps; BeautiControl; Janssen Motorsports. Individual donations were received from Freida & Gary Rozelle; Carol Lee Bettis; Steve Lloyd; Todd Sweigart; Joel Hetrick; Cody Gibson; Joe Byrd; Jen Richards; John Natalie; Krista Marie, The Farm; Nancy Beer, Heather Byrd; Mamaw Digby; Nick Moser; Jeffrey Rastrelli; Brent Sellers; Thomas Brown, Josh Upperman, William W., Debi Bartosek, Allie Kobar and Bbeca Ison.

UNADILLA; NEW BERLIN, NY — Lambeau Field, Wrigley Stadium, Madison Square Garden, Augusta National. All are iconic venues for their respective sports. For ours there may be no more recognizable name than Unadilla. This storied facility in central New York has been host to countless epic battles on two wheels and four since just after the Earth cooled. Its rolling, flowing, “natural” yet spectacular layout is a favorite of competitors and spectators alike.

This hallowed ground in mid-July with Holeshot, QuadCross MX and Turf Tamer tires at the eighth round of the 2012 ATV MX National Championship Series. Many of these athletes can be applauded for scoring numerous podium finishes. Because in the words of Vince Lombardi, “If it doesn’t matter who wins or loses, then why do they keep score?”

FOX is pleased to announce the return of its ATV Grassroots sponsorship program for 2012. The grassroots race program is a great opportunity for amateur racers of all levels to receive huge discounts on FOX products for the 2012 race season. We will accept applications for the 2012 season from October 15, 2011 through March 15, 2012. Please send your resumes to psgrassroots@foxracingshox.com and be sure to include basic information like contact info, racer results, and your plans for the 2012 season.

For the past four years, FOX has owned the top step of the podium at AMA/ATVA Nationals, GNCCs, and WORCS series events. Amateur riders who ride on FOX suspension systems will also get trackside support, running the same technology that has led riders like Chris Borich, John Natalie, Josh Frederick, Josh Creamer, Dustin Wimmer, and more to several championships over the last few years.

The 2012 FOX grassroots team will have the option of upgrading their new Gen II FLOAT X EVOLs to the Kashima-coated version that our factory-level riders have been testing for the past year with great success. Our Kashima-coated air sleeves and reservoirs reduce friction on the key surfaces of the shock absorber, resulting in a smoother action throughout the stroke of the shock. Kashima-coated reservoirs are also available to enhance the performance of the PODIUM X rear shock.

With the 2012 season, FOX brings more support by utilizing a few of its key dealers for the ordering process. FOX is pleased to announce that Brothers Motorsports in Minnesota, Dirt Works in Missouri, Janssen Motorsports in Wisconsin, Honda East in Ohio, and Temecula Motorsports in California will be assisting them with your orders.
See you on the podium!

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)