Wienen-ATV-MX-off-road-6-10-13DANVILLE, Va. – The 2013 Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship, sanctioned by AMA, once again put on a show for ATVMX fans despite undesirable weather conditions at Round 6. After steady rainfall prior to the weekend, the weather finally cleared for Saturday’s Pro race. The Bob “Smitty” Smith Memorial ATV National showcased tight racing all afternoon in Danville, Va., where series points leader and defending champion Chad Wienen claimed his fourth consecutive overall win of the season.

“I wish the weather was something we could control but I’m just really glad we have our mud set up dialed in and we have our machines working really well. You never know what is going to happen in the mud but I’m always thrilled to come out of a weekend that can go any which way on the box and still holding onto the red plate,” said Wienen.

Two-time national champion Joe Byrd snagged the moto 1 SSi Decals Holeshot award aboard his Joe Byrd Quad Riding School Dasa machine in front of a raging field. “I knew the start was going to be crucial and that I had to get a great jump. My machine was set up well and was really hooking up to pull me to top of the hill first,” said Byrd.

Mechanicsville, Md. – Sometimes in motocross, it’s not always the rider who wins the races that ends up taking home the overall win. For Joel Hetrick at round four of the AMA ATV Motocross National Championship Series, two second place finishes was enough to put the sophomore rookie on top of the podium at Budds Creek MX, where he scored his first overall win of the 2012 season.

Wienen Motorsports/SSi Decals/Walsh Race Craft/Yamaha’s Chad Wienen continued his five-race win streak in Moto 1 as he made his way out front immediately and went on to lead all twelve laps of the race. But it was Baldwin Motorports/PEP’s Josh Upperman who grabbed the SSi Decals Holeshot Award and led for a brief moment before Wienen put himself into the lead. Hetrick put in a solid second place finish, coming in less than three seconds behind Wienen. Upperman worked hard to fend off TBROWN Yamaha Racing/Moto-X-Perts rider Thomas Brown to maintain third place in Moto 1, while Brown finished a close fourth after getting off to a rough start.

ATVRiders.com Fastest Qualifier Joe Byrd landed the fastest lap time in the morning qualifying sessions and the veteran made his way up to fifth place after getting off to a bad start in Moto 1. Motoworks/Can-Am rider John Natalie began the race inside the top five until he overshot a corner, causing him to go off the track and lose a significant amount of time and positions. The Ironman was able to work his way back into a sixth place finish, despite his early fumble.

Morgantown, W.Va. – The AMA ATV Motocross Championship Series announces today that Can-Am will be the recipient of the 2011 Manufacturer’s Cup, edging out Honda by less than forty points.

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)

Morgantown, W.Va. – Coming off a strong finish last season, both Motoworks/Can-Am Pro riders were heavy favorites coming into the first round of the AMA ATVMX Championship, presented by DWT. With beautiful, sunny temperatures in the 70′s, conditions could not have been better for the season opener at Aonia Pass MX in Washington, Ga.

Josh Upperman grabbed the moto one holeshot aboard his Baldwin Motorsports Honda, taking over the lead early on. Motoworks/Can-Am riders Natalie and Wienen weren’t letting Upperman out of their sight, though. Pro class Rookie Joel Hetrick got a great holeshot behind the veteran riders. On lap 5, Natalie went over the berm, allowing his teammate Wienen to cruise on by for the second place position. Hetrick also capitalized on Natalie’s mistake, moving himself into the third spot behind Wienen. It didn’t take Wienen long to make his way past Upperman and cruise on for the moto one victory. Natalie finished out in second behind Wienen with early on leader Josh Upperman capping the top three. As rider and owner of Joe Byrd Quad Racing School, Byrd put in a solid ride to capture fourth overall with Walsh Race Crafts Suzuki rider Jeremy Lawson rounding out the top five.

“It was a picture perfect day out there, the bike is working great and I couldn’t ask for more,” said points leader Chad Wienen. “I’ve been working really hard on the off-season and with a great start today, it all came together,” Wienen added.

Harold Goodman captured the moto two holeshot, with moto one winner Chad Wienen breathing down his neck. Wienen made his way around Goodman right away, setting his machine on autopilot for the rest of the race. Motoworks/Can-Am teammate John Natalie got around Goodman as well, and then settled in behind Wienen to take over a comfortable second. Josh Upperman took over the third spot and never looked back as he carried his Baldwin Motorsports Honda to the final podium spot. Tough luck for Factory Yamaha rider Thomas Brown, as he had bike problems in both motos.

The real story here is Rookie Joel Hetrick, who finished an impressive sixth place overall in his first ever-Pro race. After getting a third place holeshot in moto one, Hetrick has proved that he has what it takes to run with the big dogs in the Pro class.

“I started off the first moto in third place and lost three more spots after I tensed up,” the Rookie said. “Second moto I got a bad holeshot, like thirteenth, and I worked my way up just trying to stay calm and race. My goal for next week is to get in the top five,” said Hetrick.

Motoworks/Can-Am rider Chad Wienen heads into round two of the series as the points leader, with teammate John Natalie sitting 6 points behind. Josh Upperman is just 10 points out from the lead, making for a much-anticipated 2011 season.

The AMA ATV Motocross Championship Series heads to Millcreek MX Park in Pell City, Ala., 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. Josh Upperman (HON)

4. Josh Lawson (HON)

5. Joe Byrd (KAW)

6. Joel Hetrick (KAW)

7. Nick Denoble (HON)

8. Chase Snapp (CAN)

9. Travis Moore (HON)

10. Harold Goodman (HON)


AMA ATV Motocross Championship Pro Point Standings

1. Chad Wienen (50) 2. John Natalie (44) 3. Josh Upperman (40) 4. Josh Lawson (34) 5. Joe Byrd (34) 6. Joel Hetrick (30) 7. Nick Denoble (28) 8. Chase Snapp (26) 9. Travis Moore (24) 10. Herold Goodman (22)