New Berlin, IL — Jeremy Lawson won Sunday's top qualifier award for turning the fastest lap time with a 2:02.355. The gate was packed for the first Pro moto and Joe Byrd pulled the holeshot over MSR Yoshimura Suzuki's Dustin Wimmer, Jeremy Lawson and Patrick Brown and Josh Creamer rounding out the top five. Then Wimmer passed Byrd after a couple laps, pulling up beside him multiple times before making the pass on lap four. Lawson and Byrd maintained second and third while Wimmer pulled a slight lead over the front runners. The battle ensued for Brown and Creamer for the fourth spot, until Creamer's ATV started smoking and he began to fall back. The three-time Canadian champion Jasmin Plante brought his Yamaha to the fifth place position. Meanwhile, Lawson and Byrd battled for second as Wimmer had a comfortable 7-second lead by the finish. Byrd held second over Lawson, who was 3/10 of a second behind, with Brown over Plante in top five.
Byrd pulled another holeshot in Moto 2, over Wimmer, Lawson, Chris Bithell and Plante for the top five. By the end of lap one, Wimmer had passed Byrd for the lead before the skyshot jump, and Wimmer checked out from Byrd and Lawson. No real changes came from the top three, though Brown was trying to get passed Plante on lap five of the 11-lap race. Brown ended up going down hard when he tried to maneuver passed Plante, and re-fired his machine to finish 13th. With Wimmer out front, Byrd and Lawson finished top three, with the current Canadian MX champ Richard Pelchat in fifth.
The overall went to Dustin Wimmer, followed by Joe Byrd in second, Jeremy Lawson in third, with Jasmin Plante and Josh Creamer inside the top five overall.
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Harv Whipple contributed to this report.
Photos by Shane Hartman