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2013 AMA Mtn. Dew ATVMX Pro National Series opener March 23-24

March 19, 2013

ATV motocross racers racing on a track.

Defending champion Chad Wienen will wear the coveted No. 1 plate heading into the 2013 AMA Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship season opener March 23-24 at Aonia Pass MX Park in Washington, Ga. 

  The 2013 pro lineup boasts one of the most stacked fields in recent history with 24 riders expected to line up at the opening round of racing. With several veteran riders, past champions and new riders in the pro class, the chase for the 2013 championship title will be one to follow.

Two-time champ John Natalie contested Wienen for the championship in 2012 but was fell short and finished second overall in the points chase. This season, Natalie will be riding a machine and looking to reclaim the No. 1 plate.

Joel Hetrick, 19, is one of the youngest championship contenders in the class but he finished a solid third overall in 2012. Hetrick will compete aboard a Honda this season, making the move from his 2012 Factory Can-Am ride.

  Baldwin Motorsports/PEP/Upperman Racing's Josh Upperman, who finished fourth in 2012, is one of the most consistent riders on the circuit and looks to continue the trend this season.

  Thomas Brown, the fifth-place finisher last season, will be riding under the Wienen Motorsports/SSi/Walsh/Yamaha presented by Maxxis Tires and Team Vollmer tent this season.

Returning to the ATV motocross series full-time for the first time in three years, 2010 champion Josh Creamer will be a force to be reckoned with. Creamer will be making his return to the series aboard his BCS/Can-Am team.

There will be several rookies to watch this year, including longtime Pro-Am championship contender Casey Martin and RootRiver Racing's Sean Taylor.

The pro riders will run Saturday as part of a full schedule of amateur racing, including classes for Youth, Women and Veteran riders. Amateurs will practice on Friday and race on Saturday and Sunday, while Pro practice at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. and races will be held at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

To get to the track from Atlanta, take I-20 East to Exit 160 (Hwy 223 Norwood Exit), Go left and travel on Hwy 223 until it dead-ends with Hwy 78. Turn right on Hwy 78. The venue is 2.5 miles down on your right (look for the big Aonia Pass Motoplex sign).

ATV racers racing on a track.

Chad Wienen, John Natalie and another ATV MX racer on the podium.

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