Wienen Earns Sixth Win at Unadilla Raceway
Round 8 of the 2013 Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship Series was held in Unadilla Raceway this past weekend. Defending Champion Chad Wienen secured his sixth-consecutive overall win. Rounding out the podium in second and third, respectively, was Josh Creamer and John Natalie.
“I’m so thankful for the season I’ve been having so far it’s been a lot of hard work and dedication,” Wienen said. “Holding onto the red points lead plate at the end of each race weekend is what keeps me motivated as we wind down on the season.”
Corrosion Hetrick Racing’s Joel Hetrick led the field as he earned the ATVRiders.com Fastest Qualifier Award during morning practices. When the gate dropped for moto one it was Josh Upperman who came out of the first turn and took the SSi Decals Holeshot award aboard his Baldwin PEP Upperman Racing machine.
“I’m really happy I was able to grab the holeshot,” Upperman said. “Coming into Unadilla you know the start is always really important and really focused on that gate drop.”
Wienen got off to a great start in moto one just behind Upperman after turn one. By the second lap, Wienen put a two-second gap between himself and the rest of the field and he maintained that distance until he took the first checkers of the day in New York.
“Unadilla’s a really tough track on the rider and their machine,” he said. “I knew I had to get out front quickly and ride my own race. We had our bike set up perfectly and was really hooking up well on the fast track.”
Behind Wienen, Natalie crossed the checkers in second. Hetrick had a top-five start and was able to move in behind Natalie by the end of the second lap and was able to move into third.
“Unadilla Raceway had a really great track out there for us this weekend,” Natalie said. “I knew I had to ride smart and get set up to make a pass stick. I always like when you can hear the fans from anywhere on the track and Unadilla always draws a big crowd, I’m just happy we could put on a good show for them.”
As moto two started, it was Creamer who came out of the holeshot first and grabbed the SSi Decals Holeshot award. The New England native never looked back and led every lap in moto two to earn the win. Creamer secured a second-place overall finish.
“It feels really good to come out here at Unadilla and perform well in front of a lot of my family and friends from New England,” Creamer said. “It’s our closest race and I’m really happy I was able to grab the holeshot in moto two and come out with the win for another podium finish.”
Wienen got off to another great start in moto two, coming out of the first turn in second place which he held to the finish. Wienen went 1-2 for the day and was able to secure his sixth consecutive overall win of the season. Natalie followed Wienen out of the first turn in third and despite trying to make a pass early on, Natalie settled into the third place position to earn third place overall for the weekend.
The series will continue Round 9 of the 2013 Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross, sanctioned by AMA, National Championship at Red Bud MX in Buchannan, MI. on July 27. For more information, please visit http://www.atvmotocross.com/.
AMA Pro ATV Results
1.Chad Wienen (YAM)
2. Josh Creamer (CAN)
3. John Natalie (HON)
4. Thomas Brown (YAM)
5. Josh Upperman (HON)
6. Nick Denoble (SUZ)
7. Jeffrey Rastrelli (CAN)
8. Joel Hetrick (HON)
9. Casey Martin (HON)
10. Tyler Hamrick (HON)