New Berlin, N.Y. – Round 10 of the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series saw a record number of nearly 1900 participants this weekend at the Unadilla Valley Sports Center in New Berlin, N.Y. Shenandoah Honda/Offroadchampion’s Thad DuVall was the highlight of Sunday afternoon as he secured his first-career XC1 Pro Class win at the Can-Am Unadilla GNCC, giving Honda its first GNCC XC1 win since 2007. Meanwhile, JG Offroad/American Honda’s Nate Kanney also earned his first podium finish of the year in his home state of New York, thus adding to the momentous day for Honda in GNCC Racing.

This season has been all about the highly contested XC1 championship battle between AmPro Yamaha’s Paul Whibley and Factory FMF/KTM’s Kailub Russell, with the occasional spoiler of WMR/KTM’s Rory Mead. However, Round 10 added a fourth race-winner to the list and yet another new face to the podium for 2012. The field of talent runs far and wide in the XC1 division and with three rounds remaining in the 13-race series, all hands are on deck for the championship point battles.

Valcourt, Québec – Can-Am DS 450 ATV Pro class racer Josh Creamer finished second overall at round eight in Unadilla, N.Y., in a successful return to the AMA ATV Motocross National Championship Series. He was joined on the Pro class podium by defending AMA ATV MX champion John Natalie, who finished third overall. Natalie’s Motoworks / Can-Am teammate Joel Hetrick finished fourth while Canadian Can-Am X-Team racer Richard Pelchat took seventh on his DS 450.

“It was another great weekend of racing, as our Can-Am riders battled hard to earn two spots on the Pro podium in Unadilla, N.Y. Josh Creamer had a memorable return to the AMA ATV MX National series convincingly winning the first moto and ending up second overall. Motoworks / Can-Am pilot John Natalie earned a hard-fought third-place finish and kept himself in the championship points race with only two rounds remaining,” said Jimmie O’Dell, Race Manager, Can-Am. “Joel Hetrick just missed the podium, finishing fourth, but gained some valuable points in his pursuit to remain in the top three in the Pro class points race.”

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.

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)

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.