Chad Wienen Takes Third Consecutive Win at Red Bud ATV MX
July 30, 2012
With nine rounds of racing complete, points leaders Chad Wienen and John Natalie have perpetuated the title chase in the AMA ATV Motocross National Championship Series all the way to the season finale.
Wienen and Natalie split moto wins at the penultimate round of the series at RedBud MX in Buchanan, Mich, on July 28.
Wienen proved strong as he outlasted the defending champion in a two-moto format, taking the overall win and extending his points lead with one round remaining.
Wienen grabbed the ATVRiders.com Fastest Qualifier Award with a 2:10.9 time. When the gate dropped for the first moto, it was Motoworks/Can-Am's Natalie who took the SSiDecals Holeshot Award, with TBROWN Yamaha/Moto-X-Perts' Thomas Brown close in tow. Brown made the move past Natalie to take over the early lead but Natalie quickly got it back for what turned into a dominant moto for the defending champ.
Wienen Motorsports/SSi Decals/Walsh Race Craft/Yamaha's Wienen began the first moto just outside the top five but worked his way into the third-place position where he battled with his Yamaha Racing teammate Thomas Brown, eventually passing Brown with two laps to go. Brown was able to hold on for a third-place finish.
Just behind the second-place battle, Baldwin Motorsports/PEP/Maxxis' Josh Upperman and 2010 ATV MX champ Josh Creamer pushed each other hard in an intense battle for fourth place. Upperman edged out Creamer in the first moto, while Motoworks/Can-Am's Joel Hetrick came in sixth place.
Upperman shot out of the gate in the second moto to grab the SSiDecals Holeshot Award and immediate gained a lead on Brown, Wienen and Creamer, who remained close behind.
Natalie went down in the first corner of the opening lap and was forced to work his way up from behind the pack.
The battle for the lead began to heat up between Wienen and Upperman by mid-race but Upperman dropped back just enough to allow Wienen to confirm the second moto victory and secure the overall win at RedBud MX.
“The track was pretty rough today but my goal was to ride smart, patient and not over ride the machine and I think we accomplished those things today,” Wienen said.
Upperman came in a close second to Wienen in the second moto, giving him second overall with a 4-2 score. It was his best overall finish this season.
Upperman remains fourth in the championship standings as the series heads to the season finale at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., Aug. 11-12.
Natalie made his way up to sixth place in the second moto. His first moto victory was enough to boost his score to claim third-place overall.
Natalie's third afforded him enough points to remain in the championship hunt with one round remaining.
AMA Pro ATV Results
Chad Wienen, Yamaha, (2-1)
Josh Upperman, Honda, (4-2)
John Natalie, Can-Am, (1-6)
Thomas Brown, Yamaha, (3-4)
Joel Hetrick, Can-Am, (6-3)
Josh Creamer, Can-Am, (5-5)
Derek Swartfager, Honda, (7-8)
Adam Clark, Honda, (8-9)
Harold Goodman, Honda, (9-10)
Mark Madl, Honda, (14-7)
AMA ATV Motocross Championship Pro Point Standings
Chad Wienen, Yamaha - 421
John Natalie, Can-Am- 385
Joel Hetrick, Can-Am - 341
Josh Upperman, Honda - 326
Thomas Brown, Yamaha - 314
Derek Swartfager, Honda - 224
Adam Clark, Honda - 213
Mark Madl, Honda - 205
Jeff Rastrelli, Suzuki - 196
Harold Goodman, Honda - 183