Wimmer Dominates ATV MX Season Opener at
Photo By: Rachel FluhartyPell City, AL (March 29, 2010) - Two-time Defending Champion Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Dustin Wimmer opened the 2010 ITP Tires/Moose Racing AMA ATV Motocross Championship season with an almost effortless campaign to the top of the podium, with 1-1 moto wins at the Millcreek Raceway in Pell City, Alabama.
Wimmer started the 2010 season with 1-1 moto scores.
"I really love this track," Wimmer said. "Millcreek is great. I think this is my sixth-straight moto win here. I'm out here to win, what can I say?"
The day started with ominous clouds in the distance that threatened a serious downpour, and just as the Pro-Am Production gate was loaded for the first moto, the rain came down hard for several minutes. While Chase Snapp roared to a first-place finish over Honda rider Jeremy Tulenchik and Marc Winchester, the downpour turned to a light sprinkle for the first moto for the Pros.
Photo By: Rachel FluhartyRockstar Makita Suzuki's Josh Creamer had started the day earlier by grabbing the $100 ATVriders.com Fastest Qualifier Award and kept that speed when the gate dropped for the first moto, when he took the $250MotorcycleUSA.com Holeshot Award. But teammate Wimmer powered to the front to lead all 13 laps, finishing the first moto with three seconds to spare over Baldwin Motorsports PEP's Josh Upperman in second and Motoworks Can-Am's John Natalie in third. Motoworks Can-Am's Chad Wienen finished fourth while fellow Can-Am teammate Jeremie Warnia finished fifth and Creamer 6th.
Wimmer and Creamer battled throughout the second moto, until Wimmer pulled away to take the win.
Photo By: Rachel FluhartyIn Moto 2, Creamer again snuck up to grab the second $250 MotorcycleUSA.comholeshot award, setting off a fierce battle between the Suzuki teammates. Creamer held the lead just seconds in front of Wimmer, but Wimmer was able to slowly close the time margin. By the fourth lap he was on Creamer's wheels and by lap six, Wimmer took over the lead. Then he slowly pulled away from Creamer to finish almost five seconds ahead and take first place overall.
Wienen finished the day with second overall.
Wienen picked up the speed in moto 2, and after starting in the sixth place position, slowly edged his way up to third after battling with Upperman and Joe Byrd Quad Riding School's Joe Byrd.
"The Can-Am is working great," Wienen said. "Thankfully, Mother Nature was nice to us and held off on the rain. I can't say enough about the Can-Am. I'll be on that top spot soon. This is the team that wants it the most, and we're going to go out and get it."
Creamer took a second place finish in moto 2, to finish third overall for the day.
"Yoshimura makes a really good motor," Creamer said. "This thing just flies. Dustin was pressuring me out there and I wasn't about to hold him up. I just need to head to Florida to train but with this team behind me we should be up here every weekend."
Photo By: Rachel FluhartySnapp took the win in moto 2 for the Pro Am Production class, beating out Winchester in second and Jeffrey Rastrelli in third. Snapp took the overall win, followed by Winchester in second overall and Tulenchik in third overall.
Creamer, Wimmer and Wienen land on the podium at Millcreek.
1. Dustin Wimmer (SUZ)
2. Chad Wienen (CAN)
3. Josh Creamer (SUZ)
4. John Natalie Jr. (CAN)
5. Josh Upperman (HON)
6. Jeremy Lawson (WAL)
7. Thomas Brown (YAM)
8. Joe Byrd (HON)
9. Patrick Brown (YAM)
10. Cody Miller (CAN)
1. Wimmer (1 win/50 points) 2. Wienen(38) 3.Upperman (37) 3. Josh Creamer (37) 5.Natalie (36) 6.Lawson (28) 7.T. Brown (26) 8.Byrd (25) 9.Miller (22) 9. P. Brown (22)
The series travels next to the Ballance Moto X in Bowling Green, Kentucky for round two on April 17-18. The second round also features the second round of the South Challenge.
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