Thomas-Brown-ATV-MX-8-12-13HURRICANE MILLS, Tenn. – It wouldn’t seem right if the 2013 Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship, sanctioned by AMA, didn’t have some rain fall for the final round of racing at the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. With the most mud races the series has had in a single season, Mother Nature has played more than her part in the 10-round race series. But as clear skies came through in the afternoon, Saturday’s track shaped up to give spectators some great racing.

Wienen Motorsports SSi Walsh Yamaha presented by Maxxis Tires & Team Vollmer rider Thomas Brown won his first ever Pro class overall at Loretta Lynn’s. Brown made his pro debute in 2009 and has been working towards his life goal since. Brown has been present on the podium at all but two rounds this season and was able to secure second place overall for the 2013 Championship points this weekend.

Chad-Wienen-ATV-MX-8-7-13MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Loretta Lynn’s Dude Ranch has been home to motocross for over thirty years and once again the notorious track will host the final round of the 2013 Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship Series, sanctioned by AMA, on August 10 and 11 in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. Although the 2013 Pro Class National Championship has been wrapped up by Chad Wienen, the nation’s fastest riders on four-wheels will be holding nothing back to take the last win of the season and carry the momentum into the offseason.

The recently crowned Wienen is looking to end the season with a bang and extend his winning streak to eight in a row for his Wienen Motorsports SSi Walsh Yamaha presented by Maxxis Tires & Team Vollmer team. Wienen has taken the overall win at eight of the nine events so far this season and looks to make it nine this weekend.

Wienen Motorsports SSi Walsh Yamaha presented by Maxxis Tires & Team Vollmer rider Thomas Brown has had his most successful Pro Class performance in 2013, as he currently sits in second in overall championship points. Brown has a twenty-two-point lead on the rider in third and has only missed the podium twice this season. Brown will be looking to come on strong at Loretta Lynn’s and hopes to finally find the top spot on the podium.

Wienen-ATVMX-4-29-13OAKLAND, KY. - As the 2013 Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship, sanctioned by AMA, Maxxis Bluegrass National concluded at Ballance Moto X  mother nature seemed to once again be the  twenty-first rider lining up on the gate. Even with spring weather rolling in, defending champion Chad Wienen not only took the overall with a 1-3 finish but extended his points lead at Round 3 of the 10-race series this weekend.

Wienen grabbed the ATVRiders.com Fastest Qualifier Award aboard his Wienen Motorsports SSi Walsh Yamaha presented by Maxxis Tires & Team Vollmer machine. Wienen secured the first gate pick position before the rain rolled in during the first qualifier of the morning. “I knew the first practice was going to be the most important in securing my qualifier time because once the rain came in, the track was going to be slick and times would be slower. I was really happy to have that first gate pick because when rain is a factor the start is crucial,” said Wienen.

ATV-MX-Round-2-Pre-4-10-13MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (April 10, 2013) – Less than ten points separate the top five ATVMX Pros heading into Round 2 of the 2013 Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship, sanctioned by AMA. The AMSOIL Spring National descends upon the nationally renowned Muddy Creek Raceway in Blountville, Tenn. this weekend, April 13 and 14, to continue one of the most highly contested championship chases in recent ATVMX history.

Defending champion Chad Wienen picked up where he left things off in 2012, as he claimed the overall win at the series opener aboard his Wienen Motorsports SSi Walsh Yamaha presented by Maxxis Tires and Team Vollmer machine. Wienen currently holds the points lead early in the season but with nine rounds to go, the defending champ has his work cut out for him with a field of rising talent and several veterans of the sport chasing close behind.

ATVMX-Logo-3-21-13Morgantown, W.Va. – Defending ATVMX champion Chad Wienen will wear the coveted number one plate for the first time ever heading into the 2013 Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship, sanctioned by AMA, season opener this weekend. Wienen Motorsports/SSi/Walsh/Yamaha presented by Maxxis Tires and Team Vollmer’s Wienen will be up against the fastest four-wheeled ATV Motocross racers in the world this Saturday, March 23, at Aonia Pass MX Park in Washington, Ga.

The 2013 ATVMX Pro lineup boasts one of the most stacked fields in recent history with 24 riders expected to line up at the opening round of racing. With several veteran riders, past champions and new riders making their debut into the pro class, the chase for the 2013 championship title will be one to follow. Two-time champ and ATVMX veteran John Natalie contested Wienen for the championship in 2012 but was left short and finished second overall in the points chase. This season Natalie will be riding a MotoSport.com/Motoworks/DWT machine and looking to reclaim that number one plate.

New Berlin, N.Y. - The 2012 AMA ATV Motocross National Championship Series headed north to Unadilla Valley Sports Center in New Berlin, New York for Round 8 of the 10-race series. Chad Wienen extended his points lead over defending champ John Natalie, despite heavy pressure from 2010 ATVMX champ Josh Creamer.

Wienen began the morning on fire by grabbing the ATVRiders.com Fastest Qualifier Award with a 1:52.8 time. When the gate dropped for Moto 1, it was BCS Performance/Can-Am’s Josh Creamer with the SSiDecals Holeshot Award as he put himself into the front of the pack right away. Wienen put his Wienen Motorsports/SSi Decals/Walsh Race Craft/Yamaha right behind Creamer and the duo put on an exciting race for the lead.

Motoworks/Can-Am teammates John Natalie and Joel Hetrick battled back and forth for the third place position but it was Natalie who ultimately secured the spot in Moto 1, while Hetrick took a close fourth.

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.

CYPRESS, Calif. – Yamaha’s ATV Race Teams have been claiming podiums this season at the nation’s top racing series from East to West.  With returning champions and strong challengers on blue, Yamaha riders have seen success in Grand National Cross Country (GNCC), QuadX and AMA ATV Motocross Championship racing and are poised to capture titles in motocross and cross country action.

“We have a great group of racers who are doing spectacular things on the tracks and trails aboard their YFZ450Rs and YFZ450Xs,” said Donnie Luce, Yamaha ATV/Off-Road racing coordinator.  “While there are fewer factory programs this year, the competition is still extremely tough – our racers are showing their talents and stamina pushing harder and faster.  Yamaha is deeply ingrained in ATV racing, and we’re excited to see how the rest of the 2011 season plays out.”

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. (April 14, 2011) – MX Sports Pro Racing is pleased to announce SSi Decals as the sponsor of the ATVMX Pro Holeshot Award for the remainder of the 2011 AMA ATV Motocross Championship Series presented by DWT. The SSi Decals Holeshot Award will begin this weekend at the Motoworks Budds Creek event, distributing $125 to the fastest starter of each moto in the Pro class.

“Sponsoring the holeshot award is a great way for SSi decals to show our commitment to the riders that make this all possible,” said Ian Harris, owner of SSi Decals. “Our investment in this sport has been growing steadily over the last four years and the quality of our business and product is evident in the numerous riders and teams that we have had the opportunity to work with,” Harris added.

SSi Decals is a leading supplier of decals and graphic kits from the Midwest that reaches out to almost all aspects of the motorsport industry. Sponsoring riders such as Chase Snapp, Chad Wienen, John Natalie, Jeremy Lawson, Thomas Brown, Nick Denoble, Derek Swartfager, Devin Heimes, John VenJon, Casey Martin and Ronnie Higgerson, SSi Decals has a strong presence in the ATV Motocross industry.

For more information on SSi Decals products, visit their website at www.ssidecals.com.

The 2011 AMA ATV Motocross Championship heads to Budds Creek, Md. this weekend. Pro class racing starts at 1 p.m. Saturday, supported by 37 amateur classes throughout Saturday and Sunday. For more information, please visit www.atvmotocross.com.