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2012 was a great year for AMA and ATVA competition. Here, some of the national champions and top competitors talk about the 2012 season, look ahead to the 2013 season, and explain why AMA and ATVA competition is the best racing on the planet. No other No. 1 plate matters.


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Nick Gennusa: 2012 ATV MX 450 A, 4-Stroke A and Production A champ

February 28, 2013

Nick Gennusa holding a No. 1 plate

Nick Gennusa, a 17-year-old racer from Wall Township, N.J., was a force to be reckoned with in the 2012 ITP/Moose Racing AMA ATV Motocross Championship Series, presented by Parts Unlimited.

Gennusa took home three national titles in the 450 A, 4-Stroke A and Production A classes. He knew he had a chance to win all three titles, but he also knew it wouldn’t be easy.

“I knew from the beginning of the year that all three classes were going to come down to Loretta’s [the last race of the season] and they did,” he says.

Racing three classes can be tough physically and mentally. Gennusa says what kept him going was an inner drive to win against tough competition. What kept it interesting was keeping track of who he had to beat at each race.

“I have to say, probably the toughest competition in the ‘A’ classes for me [in 2012] were definitely Travis Spader and Merrill Crose,” he says. “The thing with Travis is that he was fast on every track. And if he got a good start and I didn’t, it was not going to be easy to catch him.

“With Merrill, he’s a tank on the track—definitely the fiercest rider I’ve ever raced,” Gennusa says. “Between Merrill and I, whoever got the better start would most likely win. Both of these guys helped me to develop into a much better rider.”

A racer since he was 8 years old, Gennusa won the AMA MX Supermini Championship in 2010 and now has three more titles.

“I love racing, the sport NEVER gets old for me,” Gennusa says. “It’s my favorite thing to do. I’m more relaxed on a quad then I am on anything else. I’m more comfortable on a quad then I am walking. Riding, to me, comes as easy as breathing.”

Looking ahead to the 2013 season, Gennusa plans to step up and race the Pro-Am Unlimited and Pro-Am Production classes.

Gennusa is sponsored by Fly Racing, Sidi boots, FTR Powersports, Odi grips, Maxxis Tires, Ocean County Powersports, Nac’s Racing, Rath Racing, JB Racing, “and most importantly, my family, because racing would not happen without them at all.”