Chad Wienen wins sixth AMA ATV MX in a row at Unadilla
July 15, 2013
Defending champ Chad Wienen (above) took his sixth win in a row in the AMA Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship Series at Unadilla in New Berlin, N.Y., on July 13.
As the gate dropped for the first moto, it was Josh Upperman who came out of the first turn and took the SSi Decals Holeshot award aboard his Baldwin PEP Upperman Racing machine.
Wienen got off to a great start, coming out of the first turn right behind Upperman. It wasn't long before he put his Wienen Motorsports SSi Walsh Yamaha presented by Maxxis Tires & Team Vollmer machine out front, leading before the end of the first lap. By the second lap, Wienen put a two-second gap between himself and the rest of the field and maintained that distance until he took the first checkers of the day.
MotoSport.com Motoworks DWT rider John Natalie came out of the holeshot in the top five and was in third place by the end of the first lap. Natalie then pressured Upperman for second place until halfway through the moto. Natalie made several passing attempts but wasn’t able to capitalize until the seventh lap when he took the inside of a sweeper and was able to make the pass stick. Natalie finished the race in second.
Joel Hetrick had a top five start and was able to move in behind Natalie by the end of the second lap. Hetrick focused on setting Natalie up for a pass but was unable to make any advances on the field until he capitalized on Natalie's pass on Upperman and was able to move into third in the same sweeping corner.
BCS Can-Am rider Josh Creamer (below) and Wienen Motorsports SSi Walsh Yamaha presented by Maxxis Tires & Team Vollmer's Thomas Brown had an on going battle for the entire moto. Both riders came out of the first turn just inside the top 10, Creamer was in seventh while Brown sat in eighth by the end of the first lap. Brown was able to grab the inside corner after the gravity cavity and make a pass on Creamer on lap two. Brown then progressed through the field and made his way into fifth by halfway with Creamer close behind in sixth. Creamer followed in behind Brown until the last lap when he set Brown up for a pass on the last corner and was able to make it stick. Creamer crossed the finish line in fourth followed by Brown in fifth.
At the start of the second moto, Creamer came out of the holeshot first and grabbed the SSi Decals Holeshot award. The New England native never looked back and led every lap. Creamer secured a second-place overall finish.
Wienen got off to another great start in the second moto. Coming out of the first turn in second, Wienen held the second-place position but wasn’t able to make any advances on the field. Wienen went 1-2 for the day and was able to secure his sixth consecutive overall win of the season.
Natalie followed Wienen out of the first turn in third and, despite trying to make a pass early on, he settled into third place. He finished third overall for the weekend.
AMA Pro ATV Results
1. Chad Wienen, Yamaha 2. Josh Creamer, Can-Am 3. John Natalie, Honda 4. Thomas Brown, Yamaha 5. Josh Upperman, Honda 6. Nick Denoble, Suzuki 7. Jeffrey Rastrelli, Can-Am, 8. Joel Hetrick, Honda 9. Casey Martin, 10.Tyler Hamrick, Honda.
AMA ATV Motocross Championship Pro Point Standings
1. Chad Wienen (360) 2. Thomas Brown (302) 3. Josh Creamer (292) 4. John Natalie (280) 5. Josh Upperman (258) 6. Joel Hetrick (257) 7. Nick Denoble (201) 8. Jeffrey Rastrelli (196) 9. Joe Byrd (167) 10. Casey Martin (158).