Chad Wienen takes the win in ATV MX action at Unadilla
July 16, 2012
Chad Wienen extended his points lead over defending champ John Natalie in the AMA ATV Motocross National Championship Series with a win at the Unadilla Valley Sports Center in New Berlin, N.Y., on July 14.
It was the eighth round in the 10-race series.
When the gate dropped for the first moto, it was BCS Performance/Can-Am's Josh Creamer who put himself into the front of the pack right away. Wienen put his Wienen Motorsports/SSi Decals/Walsh Race Craft/Yamaha right behind Creamer and the duo put on an exciting race for the lead.
Motoworks/Can-Am teammates Natalie and Joel Hetrick battled back and forth for the third-place position but it was Natalie who ultimately secured the spot, while Hetrick took a close fourth.
Wienen led all 13 laps in the second moto, with Natalie and Creamer close behind. Natalie held off Creamer to maintain the second-place position, and Creamer took third. Wienen went on to take his fifth overall victory for the season with a 2-1 score. Creamer's 1-3 score was enough to give him second overall for the day in his first ATV MX appearance this season. Natalie went 3-2 to secure the final podium position and gaining valuable points in the overall title chase.
AMA ATV Motocross Championship Pro Point Standings
1. Chad Wienen, Yamaha - 374
2. John Natalie, Can-Am- 345
3. Joel Hetrick, Can-Am - 306
4. Josh Upperman, Honda - 286
5. Thomas Brown, Yamaha - 276
6. Derek Swartfager, Honda - 197
7. Adam Clark, Honda - 188
8. Mark Madl, Honda - 184
9. Jeff Rastrelli, Suzuki - 178
10. Harold Goodman, Honda - 160