MX Sports Pro Racing and the ATVPG are pleased to announce Mtn. Dew as the title sponsor of the 2013 Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship, sanctioned by AMA, America's most prestigious and longest standing ATV racing series.
"We're very excited to have Mtn. Dew as the title sponsor of ATVMX this season," said Series Director, Dean VanLeeuwen. "Mtn. Dew is one of the biggest names in its industry and we couldn't be more pleased to have them on board to bring a whole new degree of exposure to the sport of ATV motocross racing."
As a part of Mtn. Dew's partnership with the ATV national series, the "Dew it Here" Fan Zone will be set up at all 10 rounds to provide fans a place to watch the AMA Pro races refreshed and in style. The "Dew it Here" Fan Zone will house cold Mtn. Dew products during both AMA Pro motos, while showing live timing and scoring on the Mountain Monitor.
"We are extremely excited for Mtn. Dew to be such an integral part of the ATV motocross national series in 2013," said Rich Gillette. "We're hoping to capitalize on Mtn. Dew's brand awareness and recognition in order to bring notoriety to our sport and further expose ATVMX outside of the industry."
The 10-round national series kicks off March 23 at Aonia Pass MX in Washington, Georgia. For more information on the series, visit www.atvmotocross.com.
The American Sand
Association is an all volunteer-run organization that relies on memberships,
business sponsors, and donations to effectively fight the current Land Use
issues at the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area.
One of the most
successful programs implemented by the ASA to help raise funds, which are used
primarily for Biological Studies, Attorney Fees, and other administrative
costs, are the annual Giveaway Vehicles which happen each year at the Sand
Sports Super Show. This year's show runs September 14 - 16, 2012 in Costa Mesa,
This year, the ASA Giveaway vehicle is a custom built Baja
GTR Sand Truck from Sand Limo Racing. As a bonus, there will be a 2nd Prize
which is an upgraded Polaris RZR XP 900.
Drawing will be held on Sunday September 16, 2012.
Tickets are $20 and winner does not need to be present to win
Suzuki is pleased to introduce the addition of the Ozark 250 utility ATV to the 2013 Suzuki lineup. The Ozark 250 joins the previously introduced 2013 KingQuad utility ATV models.
The Ozark 250 offers everything riders are looking for in an entry-level utility ATV. Its sleek styling and entry-level size reflect its versatile capabilities. When it comes to value, the Ozark’s performance and list of standard features launch it to the head of the class.
Powering the Ozark is a 246cc, 4-stroke, single-cylinder,
air-cooled, SOHC engine designed to produce abundant mid-range torque. It
features a convenient electric start, a semi-automatic clutch mated with a
smooth-shifting, wide-ratio 5-speed transmission with super-low first gear and
convenient reverse gear that allows the rider to select the best gear position
for maximum traction and fuel efficiency. The engine utilizes rubber engine
mounts to reduce vibration and specific design features reduce mechanical noise
for a quiet and comfortable ride.
The Ozark 250 offers a low 30.9-inch
seat height for a comfortable, ergonomic riding position for a wide variety of
riders. Together with an impressive 8.3 inches of ground clearance, a towing
capacity of 728lbs and lightweight maneuverability, the Ozark 250 delivers it
all with class-leading features and a proven, low-maintenance
“The Ozark 250 is a versatile entry-level utility ATV,” said
Suzuki Senior Communications Manager Steve Bortolamedi, “Whether it’s tackling
tough chores on the farm, ranch or job site or riding a rugged trail, the Ozark
250 is the perfect lightweight entry level utility ATV that’s always ready for
fun when the work is done.”
The 2013 Ozark 250 will be available in
Terra Green and Flame Red and will be available at Suzuki dealerships in fall
More information about the 2013 Ozark 250 can be found at: suzukicycles.com
Photo by Ken Hill
Round 5 of the AMA ATV Motocross National Championship Series made its way to
Oakland, Ky., where defending champion John Natalie made history by sweeping
the first-ever ATVMX night race at Ballance Moto X. The specially-designed
night track was made up of technical whoop-sections and quick lap times, and
the unique atmosphere made for a spectator-friendly weekend of racing.Central Kentucky hosted a regular day of amateur racing at the home track of
9-Time GNCC ATV champion Bill Ballance, but the evening show brought an all-new
element to the race program. The AMA Pro ATV class featured two motos under the
lights, while the Pro-Am Production class highlighted the amateur portion of
night racing, and the Women and 50cc Sr. (6-8) classes wrapped up their second
motos under the lights.
Motoworks/Can-Am’s John Natalie kicked off the afternoon’s qualifying with
high intensity as he took home the ATVRiders.com Fastest Qualifier Award for
the first time this season. Natalie maintained his momentum as the gate dropped
for Moto 1. It was Texas native Craig Porter who grabbed the SSi Decals
Holeshot Award in Moto 1, but Natalie put himself into the lead position after
getting around Porter and Chad Wienen on the opening lap.
Wienen Motorsports/SSi Decals/Walsh Race
Craft/Yamaha’s Chad Wienen is coming off a three-race win streak after taking
the victory in his home state last round. Wienen settled in behind the
defending champ Natalie and the duo kept within two seconds of each other
throughout the entire 17-lap race. Moto 1 came down to the final moments
between Natalie and Wienen, and this time it was Natalie who came out on
“I was determined to get that fastest qualifier award this afternoon and I
was pumped to take it home,” said Natalie. “We got the bike dialed in after
last night’s practice and everything was working well today.”
Baldwin Motorports/PEP’s Josh Upperman got off to a good start in Moto 1 and
spent a majority of the race battling with Motoworks/Can-Am’s Joel Hetrick for
the third place spot. Hetrick’s holeshot was less-than-desirable but the young
gun pushed his way inside the top three by mid-moto, only to have Upperman
reclaim the third place position by the end of the moto.
TBROWN Yamaha Racing/Moto-X-Perts rider
Thomas Brown got a back of the pack holeshot in Moto 1, but quickly made his
way into the top five battle with Hetrick and Upperman. From there, Hetrick put
a charge on Wienen for the second place spot but a late pass attempt caused
Hetrick to lose some time and Wienen went on to take second.
Natalie grabbed his first SSi Decals Holeshot Award of the season in Moto 2
and the rest was history for the defending champ. Natalie laid down the fastest
lap of the moto on lap 5, but Hetrick wasn’t letting him go anywhere fast.
Wienen put in a valiant effort to catch the Motoworks/Can-Am teammates near the
end of Moto 2, and the top three came through the checkers with less than 10
seconds in between.
“I really liked the whole night race this weekend,” said Hetrick. “It added
another element to the racing and I’m actually a night person, so it worked out
well for me!”
Upperman finished in the fourth place position in Moto 2, but it didn’t
come easy. Brown held the upper hand for a majority of the race, but Upperman
made the move late in the race to claim the fourth place spot, giving him
fourth overall for the day with a 3-4 score. Brown followed in fifth place,
taking home fifth overall.
Lonestar/SSi Decals/Get Dirty MX’s Nick
DeNoble went 6-6 for a sixth overall on the day, his best finish since the
opening round in Georgia. Derek Swartfager (HON) finished seventh overall,
ahead of rookie Jeffrey Rastrelli (SUZ) who matched his season-best eight place
overall in Round 3. Another rookie, Mark Madl (HON), took home ninth overall,
while Ohio’s Adam Clark rounded out the top ten.
Tennessee’s Cody Gibson was the highlight of the Pro Am Production class once
again as he swept both motos of the evening. Ohio’s Tyler Hamrick (HON) came in
second overall with a 3-3 score, while Pennsylvania’s Nick Moser went 2-5 for
With GNCC and WORCS races, Polaris’ factory racers were out in
full force doing what they do best, winning.
GNCC UTV race season kicked off in Washington, Georgia and
Polaris’ factory sponsored race teams all finished in the top five. National
Guard/Polaris/ Coastal/Yoshimura/DragonFire/Yokley Racing Team Driver William
Yokley took the checkered flag in his RZR XP 900 in the XC1
Modified Class with National Guard/Polaris/Coastal/Yoshimura/Yokley Racing
Team Driver Scott Kiger finishing third. Polaris’ newest sponsored team, Team
Hendershot, and their new RZR XP 900 took fourth despite some setbacks
and Rath Racing finished fifth.
In WORCS, Walker
Evans/Polaris Racing’s RJ Anderson was back on top at Round 3, in Lake Havasu
City, Arizona. Anderson took the checkered flag in the SxS Production
1000 class with Beau Baron finishing second. RANGER RZRs dominated
the class taking the top 13 finishes and Anderson regained the points lead in
the series with the win.
“It is nice to
kick off the season with such a strong start” said Donna Beadle, Polaris Race
Team Manager. “We congratulate all our teams on their successes this past
weekend and look forward to another exciting year.”
Photo by Harlen Fholey
The 2012 AMA ATV Motocross National Championship
Series kicked off Saturday at Aonia Pass MX Park in Washington, Ga., providing
some of the best racing in series history, pitting the fastest ATV Motocross
racers in the country against one another for two twenty-plus minute motos.
After an eight-month hiatus from racing due to a season ending injury in 2011,
Wienen Motorsports/SSi/Walsh/Yamaha-backed Chad Wienen began the season in a
winning fashion, going (1-1) for the overall and the early points lead.In the opening moto of the Pro ATVMX class,
it was Baldwin Motorports/PEP's Josh Upperman who grabbed the SSi Decals
Holeshot Award and led the early part of the race. It wasn't long before Wienen
powered his new Yamaha ride into the lead, though, passing Upperman through the
fan-filled finish line section.
While the rest of the
field was viewing the track on the site lap, Motoworks/Can-Am's newest
addition, Joel Hetrick, was waiting behind the gate while his crew worked to
fix a mechanical issue on the ATV. Earlier in the day, Hetrick grabbed the ATVRiders.com
fastest Qualifier Award over a
stacked field of veteran riders, and after finally fixing the ATV in time for
the gate drop, Hetrick proved it wasn't a fluke as he caught and passed the
front-runners and pressured Wienen for the lead spot. Hetrick finally made a
bold attempt to pass Wienen for the lead, but in doing so, the
nineteen-year-old went off the track and was forced to sit the rest of the moto
on the sidelines.
Defending champion, Motoworks/Can-Am's John
Natalie, came through the pack and spent a majority of Moto 1 battling with
longtime competitor Josh Upperman for the second place spot. Natalie finally
got around Upperman in the latter part of the initial twenty-minutes of racing,
and although the "Ironman" put a late charge on the leader as the two-lap card
came out, Natalie wasn't able to catch Wienen in time for the
checkers.In Moto 2, it was once again the Honda of
Josh Upperman who took the SSi Decals Holeshot Award, but the defending champ
Natalie inched his way out front right away, fending off a very driven duo of
Wienen and Uppeman. Pennsylvania's Derek Swartfager put his Waldo
Motorsports-backed Honda inside the top five early in the moto, battling with
Thomas Brown on the TBROWN Yamaha powered by Moto-X-Perts machine. Brown led a
tight-pack of riders who were battling for the top five positions, including
pro class rookie Mark Madl, the 2011 Pro Am Production champion and fifth
fastest qualifier for the day.
and Wienen combated back and fourth in an intense battle for lead. Wienen
chased Natalie for most of the race, slipping past his former teammate in a few
spots, but the most famous line was through the whoop-section and into the
final corner before the finish, where Wienen showed his front tires to the
leader several times. On the final lap, Wienen made the move on the defending
champ just one turn before the finish line, giving Wienen the overall win and
the points lead after the first round of racing.
"This is definitely a moment for me right
now," Wienen said. "To come back like this and just being able to walk and to
come out here and do what I love, this is the greatest moment. We're taking it
one race at a time, super excited to start the season off with a (1-1) sweep.
I've been dreaming about this day (first race back from injury) and it's
finally coming on. This is going to be a story for the books this
finished out the day with second overall, while Josh Upperman took the final
podium position and third place in the championship points
"I didn't get tired out there at all today,
just a couple issues there on the last lap not being able to shift but we're
going to go back and fix it to be ready for round two," said Natalie. "I really
liked the track today but I like the rough and tumble bumps, so I'm ready to go
to a rougher track where it really separates the men from the boys."
"I've really taken my
training program to another level this year and it's starting to show," said
Upperman. "It's boosted my confidence a lot, because I know what I can do now
from last year to this year and I'm ready to make it happen."
Thomas Brown (YAM)
finished with a (4-5) score to take fourth overall, just ahead of rookie Mark
Madl (HON), who took an impressive fifth overall in his first-ever pro race.
Nick DeNoble (HON) ended the day with sixth place, ahead of Derek Swartfager
(HON) and Joel Hetrick went (14-4) to salvage an eighth place finish for the
The 2012 AMA ATV
Motocross Championship heads to Muddy Creek Raceway in Blountville, Tenn., for
round two of the ten-race circuit. For more information, please visit www.atvmotocross.com.
AMA Pro ATV
1. Chad Wienen, Yamaha,
Natalie, Can-Am, (2-2)
Josh Upperman, Honda, (3-3)
Thomas Brown, Yamaha, (4-5)
Mark Madl, Honda, (8-6)
Nick DeNoble, Honda, (5-8)
Derek Swartfager, Honda, (7-7)
Joel Hetrick, Can-Am, (14-4)
Jeff Rastrelli, Suzuki, (8-9)
Adam Clark, Honda, (10-10)
Motocross Championship Pro Point Standings
Chad Wienen, Yamaha - 50
John Natalie, Can-Am- 44
Josh Upperman, Honda - 40
4. Thomas Brown, Yamaha - 34
5. Mark Madl, Honda -
DeNoble, Honda - 29
Derek Swartfager, Honda - 28
Joel Hetrick, Can-Am - 25
Jeff Rastrelli, Suzuki - 25
Adam Clark, Honda - 22