Chad Wienen wins AMA ATV MX battle in Ohio on July 1
July 03, 2012
Chad Wienen and Joel Hetrick split moto wins in AMA ATV Motocross National Championship Series action at Sunday Creek Raceway in Millfield, Ohio, on July 1.
Wienen’s second moto win gave him the overall win, while Hetrick and Josh Upperman rounded out the podium.
It was Motoworks/Can-Am’s Hetrick who earned the ATVRiders.com Fastest Qualifier Award after only one timed qualifying session because of the severe weather.
When the gate dropped for the first moto, it was Wienen Motorsports/SSi Decals/Walsh Race Craft/Yamaha’s Wienen who grabbed his first SSi Decals Holeshot Award of 2012, with Hetrick, Baldwin Motorports/PEP’s Upperman and John Natalie in tow. Hetrick began applying pressure to Wienen early, before finally securing the pass for the lead on the third lap.
Wienen began closing the gap on Hetrick by mid-race, but the young gun put in several quick and consistent laps, building a comfortable cushion all the way to the checkers.
Wienen crossed the finish line in second, while Motoworks/Can-Am’s Natalie came through in third after working his way past Upperman for the final podium position.
Meanwhile, TBROWN Yamaha Racing/Moto-X-Perts Yamaha Thomas Brown spent much of the moto chasing Upperman and the lead pack, ultimately settling for a fifth-place finish.
Things were heating up as the field made its way to the line for the second moto.
It was points-leader Wienen who rocketed out of the gate quickest to nab the SSi Decals Holeshot Award over Natalie and Upperman. Hetrick was marred with a mid-pack start, and had his work cut out for him as he attempted to work his way to the front.
Upperman overtook Natalie for second place during the second lap and was glued to the rear tires of the leader, Wienen, for the first half of the moto.
Meanwhile, Hetrick was a man on a mission, moving up methodically as the laps wore on. Hetrick caught Upperman and engaged the Ohio boy in a battle for the runner-up spot, where he eventually stuck the pass for a second-place finish.
Wienen took the moto win and overall victory. Hetrick’s second-place score gave him second overall for the day with 1-2 finishes.
Much to the delight of his home state fans, Upperman finished third place in the moto, giving him the final podium position at Sunday Creek.
Natalie lost the momentum he had coming into this round with a 3-5 score for the day, finishing off the podium for the first time this season with a fourth overall. Brown fought hard and made a late pass on Natalie to grab fourth in the second moto, which earned him another solid top-five overall.
AMA ATV Motocross Championship Pro Point Standings
1. Chad Wienen, Yamaha, 327
2. John Natalie, Can-Am, 303
3. Joel Hetrick, Can-Am , 270
4. Josh Upperman, Honda, 256
5. Thomas Brown, Yamaha, 245
6. Derek Swartfager, Honda, 182
7. Mark Madl, Honda, 164
8. Adam Clark, Honda, 163
9. Jeff Rastrelli, Suzuki, 155
10. Nick DeNoble, Honda, 152