Wienen Takes the Overall at Round 4
Wienen, Byrd and Brown take the Podium in Indiana
ROSSVILLE, Ind. (May 11, 2013) -
The ATVMX Pros left a statement at the series' first-ever race at
Wildcat Creek MX as Round 4 of the 2013 Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National
Championship, sanctioned by AMA, took to Rossville, Ind. With a fast
rack, close racing and a full gate of pro riders, the inaugural event
made for yet another exciting round of racing.
The Wildcat Creek MX track conditions were fast and smooth as the
pros went out for the morning's practice session where Joel Hetrick
grabbed the ATVRiders.com Fastest Qualifier Award, taking first gate
pick heading into the first moto.
Josh Upperman, aboard his Baldwin Motorsports PEP Upperman Racing
machine, grabbed his first SSi Decals holeshot award of the 2013 season
in moto 1. But it wasn't long before Hetrick, who came out of the first
turn in second place, found his way around Upperman to take over the
lead. From there, Hetrick found a comfortable pace in front of the rest
of the field and was able to maintain the lead in order to take the moto
Upperman Grabbed his First SSi Decals Holeshot Award this Season
was really happy with my moto 1 win. I had a lot of fun out on the
track and our team really had my machine working well," said Hetrick.
off of his podium finish at Round 3, John Natalie had another great
start in moto 1, rounding the first turn inside the top five on his
MotoSport.com Motoworks DWT machine. The 2011 National champ charged
hard and made a quick pass on Upperman for the number two position.
Trying to make up some ground on Hetrick, Natalie put his head down but
was unable to match the speed of Hetrick, finishing second place in moto
Natalie Took Second in Moto 1
series points leader and defending champion Chad Wienen had a bad jump
off the gate and had to make his way up through the field. The Wienen
Motorsports SSi Walsh Yamaha presented by Maxxis Tires & Team
Vollmer rider came out of the first turn barely inside the top ten but
made quick passes to reach the fifth place spot within a few laps. After
battling his way through the field, Wienen was able to grab onto the
third place position at the end of moto 1.
Wienen Motorsports SSi Walsh Yamaha presented by Maxxis Tires &
Team Vollmer rider, Thomas Brown also got off to a rough start in moto 1
coming out of the first turn mid-pack. Brown settled in behind his
teammate Wienen and started making his way through the field. After
making his way into fifth, Brown set his sights on veteran Joe Byrd who
sat in fourth. With a few laps to go, Brown was able to make a move on
Byrd, grabbing the fourth place position. Byrd, aboard his Joe Byrd Quad
Riding School Dasa Machine, had his best start in the 2013 season
coming out of the turn in the top five. The veteran rider came off
strong and was able to ride at a good speed to stay in the front of the
field. Byrd had many battles throughout moto 1 and was able to secure
the fifth place position before the checkers flew.
felt really comfortable out on the track and am happy I was able to
grab a podium finish. My Dasa motor was really putting out a lot of
power making it possible for my to start and stay out front," said Byrd.
Byrd Grabbed his First Podium of the Year at Round 4
Kyle Fix had his best moto finish of his pro career thus far finishing
eighth in moto 1 aboard his Pro Quad Performance Roberts Racing Burester
the gate dropped for moto 2, Brown grabbed his first-ever SSi Decals
Pro Holeshot Award. "I'm really pumped to grab my first holeshot award
of my pro career. My starts are something I have always worked on so it
was a really good feeling grabbing the holeshot. My Malaska Motorsports
motor had a ton of power and my Maxxis tires hooked up perfectly to get
me out of that first turn at the front of the pack," said Brown.
Brown Took his First-Ever SSi Decals Holeshot Award
teammate, Wienen, came off the line right behind Brown and took over
the lead before the end of lap one. Wienen then put his head down and
rode his own race to the checkers and the moto 2 win.
happy to get to that top spot on the box again today. My YFZ450R was
really working great out on the track and I was able to maneuver it how I
needed. I had a bad start to moto 1 and knew I really needed to focus
on the gate drop for moto 2 and I was able to come out towards the front
and make the pass for the lead early on," said Wienen.
Hetrick had a crash in moto 2 and broke his clavicle
John Natalie looked to be off to another great start in moto 2
coming out in the top five but crashed only a few laps into the race and
was unable to finish the moto. Josh Creamer also got off to a better
start in moto 2 and was in the sixth place position by the end of lap
one. Creamer was able to settle into the track, ride a comfortable lap
and found himself in third place before the checkers came out for moto
Creamer grabbed fourth overall for the weekend
Brown made his way up through the field, fighting his way up through
every position. Before the checkers came out for moto 2 Brown was able
to salvage a fourth place finish for his fourth consecutive third place
crushed the nerves and damaged my tendons and muscles in my neck but am
very fortunate as it could have been much worse. I look forward to
healing up and coming back to where I left off," said Natalie.
Clark took his best moto finish of his career in moto two taking the
fifth place finish. Clark is in his second year as a pro and sits just
outside the top ten in overall series points. There were several rookies
who also had a standout weekend including
Tyler Hamrick who not only took a 9th
place overall for the weekend but moved into the top ten in series
points and Nick Moser rounded out the top ten for the weekend's overall.
2013 ATV Motocross National Championship Series continues May 25 and 26
in Walnut, Ill. for Round 5 of racing at Sunset Ridge MX. For more information, please visit www.atvmotocross.com.
AMA Pro ATV Results
- Chad Wienen (YAM)
- Joe Byrd (HON)
- Thomas Brown (YAM)
- Josh Creamer (CAN)
- Joel Hetrick (HON)
- Kyle Fix (HON)
- Adam Clark (HON)
- John Natalie (HON)
- Tyler Hamrick (HON)
- Nick Moser (HON)
AMA ATV Motocross Championship Pro Point Standings
Chad Wienen (176) 2. Joel Hetrick (150) 3. Thomas Brown (150) 4. Josh
Creamer (144) 5. Josh Upperman (126) 6. John Natalie (123) 7. Joe Byrd
(99) 8. Nick Denoble (90) 9. Jeffrey Rastrelli (88) 10. Tyler Hamrick