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July 2016

ProX ATV MX – Unadilla – Round 9

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NEW BERLIN, N.Y. (July 16, 2016) – The 2016 ProX ATV Motocross National Championship (ATVMX) presented by CST Tires, an AMA National Championship, continued today in the Empire State with the Unadilla ATV National.  Wienen Motorsports/Yamaha/Maxxis/SSi Decals/Walsh Racecraft/FLY Racing’s Chad Wienen posted a dominate 2-1 moto tally at the ninth round of the season to earn his fourth AMA Pro ATV victory of the season and continue his quest for his fifth straight national title.

The iconic Unadilla circuit in Central New York was graced with picture-perfect weather, and for the sixth time Joel Hetrick kicked off the day by earning the ATVriders.com Top Qualifier Award. The speed Hetrick showed early easily carried into the motos, where he was able to take advantage of having the first gate pick.

When Moto 1 got underway, Jeffrey Rastrelli edged out the rest of the field to score his first ever SSI Decals Holeshot Award. With a clean track in front of him Rastrelli quickly set the pace. It would not take long for Rastrelli to feel the pressure from Hetrick and Wienen Motorsports/Yamaha/Maxxis/SSi Decals/Walsh Racecraft/FLY Racing-backed Chad Wienen where mere seconds separated the riders as they crossed the finish line for the first compete lap.

The three continued riding wheel-to-wheel when with only two laps to go it was an all-out drag race through the mechanics area with Hetrick and Rastrelli side-by-side. Rastrelli held onto first, but just a few turns later Hetrick made the pass for the lead.

Once the white flag was waving, Wienen put on a last minute charge with the Unadilla fans cheering him on to make the pass for second with Rastrelli crossing the line in third.  David Haagsma rode a consistent race finishing in fourth and Maxxis/FLY Racing/Baldwin Motorsports’ John Natalie rounded out the top five.

Moto 2 resulted in a considerably better start for Wienen where he grabbed the SSI Decals Holeshot Award with Root River Racing/Motowoz Shocks/JB Racing/Amped Apparel/Hoosier Tires’ Sam Rowe in tow right behind him. Natalie was also in the mix where he looked to fend off Hetrick and Rastrelli who were eager to move up in the pack.

The ProX ATVMX series moves west for the RedBud ATV National in Buchanan, Michigan in two weeks, July 30.

For more information on the 2016 ProX ATV Motocross National Championship, visit the official series website at www.atvmotocross.com. Join the conversation on the series Facebook page, follow on Twitter and Instagram, and be sure to always hashtag #ATVMX.

Unadilla MX
New Berlin, New York
Round 9 of 12
Saturday, July 16

2016 AMA Pro Class Event Results:

  1. Chad Wienen (2-1)
  2. Joel Hetrick (1-2)
  3. Jeffrey Rastrelli (3-3)
  4. John Natalie (5-4)
  5. David Haagsma (4-5)
  6. Nick Gennusa (6-6)
  7. Brett Musick (8-9)
  8. Sam Rowe (7-10)
  9. Josh Upperman (11-7)
  10. Ronnie Higgerson (10-8)

Overall National Championship Standings:

  1. Chad Wienen (399)
  2. Joel Hetrick (377)
  3. Jeffrey Rastrelli (263)
  4. Josh Upperman (255)
  5. David Haagsma (248)
  6. Nick Gennusa (246)
  7. John Natalie (244)
  8. Thomas Brown (215)
  9. Ronnie Higgerson (192)
  10. Brett Musick (190)

 

Full days race report can be found HERE. Courtesy of Chelsea Taylor

ProX ATV MX – Spring Creek – Round 8

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Millville, MN – Maxxis/Elka Suspension/Liquid Wrench’s Joel Hetrick made the first statement of the day earning the ATVriders.com Top Qualifier Award where he turned the fastest lap time during both the timed qualifying sessions. As the ATVMX pros lined up on the gate for the first moto Hetrick looked to continue his speed and take home a win.

When the gate dropped on Moto 1 Hetrick picked up right where he left off and found himself in a favorable position to earn the SSi Decals Holeshot Award. With a clear track in front of him Hetrick slowly started pulling away from the rest of the field.

Meanwhile, his biggest competition, Wienen, found himself stuck in the middle of the pack and had to make quick work to be a front-runner. Even though he made quickly passed majority of the field, Hetrick capitalized on the situation and had a large gap.

JB Racing/Root River Racing/Gold Speed Tires-backed Jeffrey Rastrelli attempted to take control of the lead from Hetrick where he ran in a podium position until a mechanical issue ultimately took him out of the race.

Rastrelli’s misfortune allowed Wienen to slide into second, but Hetrick would remain cool and confident to take the win. Wienen and Maxxis/Liquid Wrench/Elka Suspension/Honda’s David Haagsma followed in second and third.

Wienen showcased his toughness and resiliency in Moto 2 when he came out of the first turn with the lead and the SSi Decals Holeshot Award. Wienen’s veteran experience came into play when he immediately felt pressure from Hetrick. Wienen continued to push, but Hetrick would start to fade back around the halfway point of the race. A 2-1 moto score earned Wienen the overall win with Hetrick finishing in the runner-up spot (1-2).

“I had a solid day today,” said Wienen. “I had a not so good start in moto one and had to battle through the pack from an eighth place start. Overall everything felt good but I knew I needed to get a better start in the second moto. I was able to pull the holeshot and I had pressure from Hetrick for a few laps, but then started to click off some good laps and pull a nice gap until the finish. I have to thank my Wienen Motorsports Yamaha team backed by Maxxis, SSi Decals, Walsh Racecraft, 7240 Team and the rest of my support group for their efforts.”

Haagsma maintained the third place position throughout the entire second moto with a comfortable lead over Rastrelli in fourth. With two respectable motos Haagsma earned his second overall podium of the season with third. Root River Racing/Hoosier Tires/Rage ATV’s Josh Upperman (5-5) and Maxxis/Root River Racing/JB Racing’s Thomas Brown (4-7) round out the top five finishers at the Spring Creek ATVMX National.

The ProX ATVMX series moves to the Empire State in two weeks, July 16, for the Unadilla ATMX National in New Berlin, New York.

For more information on the 2016 ProX ATV Motocross National Championship, visit the official series website at www.atvmotocross.com. Join the conversation on the series Facebook page, follow on Twitter and Instagram, and be sure to always hashtag #ATVMX.

Spring Creek MX Park
Millville, Minnesota
Round 8 of 12
Saturday, July 2

2016 AMA Pro Class Event Results:

  1. Chad Wienen (2-1)
  2. Joel Hetrick (1-2)
  3. David Haagsma (3-3)
  4. Josh Upperman (5-5)
  5. Thomas Brown (4-7)
  6. Nick Gennusa (6-6)
  7. Ronnie Higgerson (7-8)
  8. Brett Musick (8-9)
  9. Jeffrey Rastrelli (17-4)
  10. Sam Rowe (10-10)

Overall National Championship Standings:

  1. Chad Wienen (352)
  2. Joel Hetrick (330)
  3. Josh Upperman (231)
  4. Jeffrey Rastrelli (223)
  5. Nick Gennusa (216)
  6. Thomas Brown (215)
  7. David Haagsma (214)
  8. John Natalie (210)
  9. Ronnie Higgerson (168)
  10. Brett Musick (165)

SSi Decals Holeshot Award Standings:

  1. Chad Wienen (8)
  2. John Natalie (6)
  3. Joel Hetrick (5)
  4. Brett Musick (3)
  5. David Haagsma (1)

Full days race report can be found HERE. Courtesy of Chelsea Taylor