Defending champion Dustin Wimmer takes two in a row at the AMA ATV Motocross Championship in Pell City, AL.
Staking his claim to the victory with two near-perfect motos, Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider Dustin Wimmer made it two in a row by grabbing the win at Millcreek Raceway’s FMF ATV Spring National, round two of the 2009 ITP/Moose Racing AMA ATV Motocross Championship presented by Parts Unlimited. Although Wimmer did not secure either of the MotorcycleUSA.com Holeshot Awards, they were not necessary to go home with what he wanted most, another check in the win column.
“I take everything race-by-race and try to be real consistent and be up on the podium everytime,” said Wimmer. “Consistency wins championships.”
In the first moto, rookie Nick DeNoble led the pack to the $250 MotorcycleUSA.com Holeshot Award, the first Pro holeshot of his career. He held Honda Baldwin Motorsports’ Josh Upperman and Wimmer off for several turns before relinquishing spots to both riders. Wimmer eventually took over the lead, and a charging Joe Byrd rallied from a bad start to drop Upperman to third for the moto.
“I could’ve gated better, and that was definitely my fault,” said Wimmer of not getting the holeshot. “Half way up the hill for the first turn I started to pull it together and after a lap or two I was in the lead in both motos.”
Early moto one contenders, Warnert Racing Can-Am’s John Natalie and ATVSource.com Top Qualifier Award winner Chad Wienen, both fell to mechanical troubles, ending their challenge for podium finishes.
Moto two began with Upperman, known for great starts, grabbing the $250 MotorcycleUSA.com Holeshot Award followed by rookie Clay Holmes, Wimmer and Byrd. Upperman admitted to not being in the same level of shape as Wimmer and Byrd, and the Ohio native did not have much breathing room and lost the lead to both of them.
“If I stay healthy and get my endurance up a little more, I hope to hang up there in the top spot with Dustin [Wimmer] and Joe [Byrd],” said Upperman.
Making up for his mechanical setback in moto one, Natalie charged from the back half of the pack, picking off one rider at a time to collect third for the moto by mere inches over Upperman. “I worked my butt off and the bike worked great,” said Natalie. “I just picked people off one at a time and didn’t even know where I finished until the end.”
Factory Yamaha and rookie Thomas Brown flirted with the podium again, ending the weekend in fourth overall for the second race in a row. The Sanger, Texas, native rallied from two bad starts to notch 5th and 7th for his two motos.
Upperman coming off the start of Moto 2 in first beats Holmes and Byrd for the MotorcycleUSA.com Holeshot Award.
Jeremy Lawson, in his second year on a Can-Am with Team Motoworks, collected fifth overall with 4th and 8th in each of his motos. Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Doug Gust settled for 6th overall after a rough set of motos, with Natalie on his heels salvaging 7th overall.
A recent shock test helped Greg Gee to dial in his machine with obvious benefits. The Canadian privateer from Ontario went 9th and 11th in the motos for 8th overall, rising two positions over his Glen Helen finish.
Rookie DeNoble collected 6-14 scores for 9th overall. French Champion, Jeremie Warnia, returned to the Pro line-up, this time on a Can-Am. The anxious rider from Paris, France, collected the final spot in the Top 10 with 14th and 9th for his motos, after battling clutch problems and a spin out.
The Spring National marked the opening round of the amateur series, with the new schedule format welcoming all Pro riders to Sunday’s program while also elevating the level of recognition for the Pro-Am Production class, filled with the next crop of Pro riders. The morning started with Timed Qualifying for both classes. The top 18 riders head straight to the first moto while the rest of the field entered the last chance qualifier to determine the final two entrants.
The anticipation for the noon debut of the Pro-Am Production class was as high as the expectations for the Pro class itself. Cody Gibson eventually sailed away on his Kawasaki KFX450 to win both motos. He shared the podium with Bobby Ross and Chase Snapp, demonstrating an exciting season in the making.
The Millcreek FMF ATV Spring National will be covered in this week’s Motosode of ATVision powered by Quad Magazine, debuting this Wednesday at 7 p.m. at www.quadmagazine.com.
The 2009 ITP/Moose Racing AMA ATV Motocross Championship now heads north to Bowling Green, Kentucky for the Bluegrass Nationals at Ballance Moto X on April 4-5. The event serves as AMA Pro round three and amateur round two for the series.
Quick Notes: A total of 779 entries (eight more than 2008) were confirmed as the final figure for all classes of the Millcreek National…Josh Creamer got the worst end of a first turn moto one pile-up that ended his expected successful follow-up to finishing second at the Glen Helen opener. Managing sixth in moto two, sore and battered, he salvaged an otherwise damaged weekend…As part of the first turn moto one pile-up Cody Miller managed to finish the moto, but a mechanical in moto two ended any sort of comeback relegating him to 17th overall for the weekend… Deemed to have been “riding outside the course boundaries” Clay Holmes was penalized early in moto two ending his run up front… After proving he had the speed by earning the ATVSource.com Top Qualifier Award, Chad Wienen unfortunately suffered back-to-back mechanical breakdowns landing him 20th for the weekend…Go to www.atvmotocross.com for official results for all classes.
Byrd, Wimmer and Upperman are the overall winners for Round 2 of the 2009 AMA ATV Motocross Championship.
2009 AMA ATV Motocross – Round 2 Results:
FMF Spring National at Millcreek Raceway – Pell City, AL
Pro Class Overall Results:
1. Dustin Wimmer, SUZ (1-1)
2. Joe Byrd, HON (2-2)
3. Josh Upperman, HON (3-4)
4. Thomas Brown, YAM (5-7)
5. Jeremy Lawson, CAN (4-8)
6. Doug Gust, SUZ (10-5)
7. John Natalie, CAN (17-3)
8 Greg Gee, HON (9-11)
9. Nick DeNoble, HON (6-14)
10. Jeremie Warnia, CAN (14-9)
11. Brandon Smith, CAN (13-10)
12. Richard Pelchat, CAN (12-12)
13. Harold Goodman, HON (11-13)
14. Josh Creamer, KAW (20-6)
15. Clay Holmes, HON (8-18)
15. Pat Brown, YAM (7-20)
16. Cody Miller, CAN (15-16)
17. Cale Downen, SUZ (16-17)
18. Russell Shumaker, KAW (19-15)
19. Chad Wienen, KAW (18-19)
Courtesy of Suzuki Racing
Backing up his opening round victory and working to defend his championship, Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Dustin Wimmer dominated both motos of the AMA ATV MX Championship at Millcreek Raceway in Pell City, Alabama on Sunday.
In Moto 1, Wimmer was forced to work his way through the field, eventually taking the lead from rookie Nick DeNoble. It took Wimmer just a few laps to secure the lead, and from there he rode a nearly perfect moto.
With increased confidence and a better gate pick, Wimmer needed just a couple of short laps before taking the lead in the afternoon race. His Rockstar Makita Suzuki QuadRacer R450 powered him to the Moto 2 victory, earning a first-place finish for the weekend.
Said Wimmer: “Starting off the season with two wins definitely has me motivated. I’m going to take it race by race, try to be as consistent as possible, and win another championship for the Rockstar Makita Suzuki Racing team.”
Wimmer’s team mate and former champion Doug Gust finished in sixth-place overall for the weekend. He said: “Getting a good start is really important this year because the competition is so much faster. Hopefully I’ll be able to avoid any first turn pile ups and I’ll get my Suzuki QuadRacer R450 on the podium at Bowling Green.”
The Rockstar Makita Suzuki Racing team will compete in the third round of the 2009 AMA ATV MX Championship season on April 5th in Bowling Green, Ky.
Courtesy of Kawasaki Racing
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Josh Creamer rose above an unavoidable crash in the first moto to finish sixth in the second moto and finished 14th overall during the second round of the AMA ATV Motocross Championship at Millcreek Raceway in Pell City, Ala. It would be easy to feel defeated, but Creamer rode the pace he could with a sore neck and back in the final moto. Teammate Chad Wienen finished 20th.
First Moto Flight
Creamer hadn’t even made it through two turns when he and his quad were sent flying through the air. His quad was damaged in the crash and Creamer was unable to continue the first moto.
“I felt like I got a good jump, but it was soft which slowed me down a little,” said Creamer. “I was getting ready to settle in with the pack when I got wedged between two guys. Once my front end was in the air, I knew it wasn’t going to be good. I just closed my eyes and waited to land. I felt the impact on my lower back and neck. I’m still a little sore.”
During Sunday’s qualifying practice, Wienen was on the gas and won the top-qualifier award. The rest of his day didn’t go as well, but he was able to walk away with an extra $100.
Bring it Back
After a disappointing start to the first moto, Creamer was eager to ride and see how he could do. Although the soreness in his back and neck hindered his performance, Creamer rode his heart out to finish sixth.
“When I went out for the second moto, I tried to see where I was with the pace,” said Creamer. “The front pack was pulling away so I decided to be smart and finish the best I could.”
Kawasaki rider Cody Gibson made an impressive appearance at Millcreek Raceway, going 1-1 in the Pro-Am Production class. This was Miller’s first race of the series and he made it count with two dominating motos.
Putting the Past in the Past
With Round 2 in the books, Creamer and Wienen look to the next round at Balance Moto X in Bowling Green, Ky. to bounce back from the unfortunate luck in Alabama.
“My back and neck are still a little sore and it looks like rain all week here in Alabama so I think I’m going to take it easy until next week,” said Creamer. “I would rather heal up than push it too hard.”