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    Motoworks / Can-Am pro ATV racer and current AMA ATV MX Championship series Pro-class points leader Chad Wienen crashed last week while training at his practice track in Illinois suffering a season-ending injury to his back. Medical crews were on the scene quickly and he was transported to an area hospital. At the hospital, it was discovered Wienen broke two vertebrae in the middle of his back, but he suffered no major spinal cord injury and has feeling in his extremities.

    Wienen underwent surgery on Saturday to stabilize his back. The surgery to fuse several vertebrae in his back was successful and he is conscious and talking; he may be moved out of recovery today. He is anxious to get back on his feet and will start rehabbing as soon as he gets approval from the doctors.

    “Chad is a hard-working and dedicated racer and I am sure he will tackle his recovery from this injury just like he tackled his training: with 100-percent commitment,” says Jimmie O’Dell, Race Manager, Can-Am. “I was glad to hear the surgery was successful and Chad is in good spirits and ready to move on and start recovering. He is in the thoughts and prayers of everyone here at BRP.”

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      The 2011 Yamaha Quad-X Series has reached the halfway point, and Yamaha’s Dustin Nelson continued his domination of the series on Saturday at Speedworld MX in Surprise, Ariz. Despite soaring temperatures, difficult track conditions and the unique challenge of racing at night, Nelson strung together two first place moto finishes to take his fourth overall victory of the 2011 Quad-X season.

      Nelson’s Yamaha/GYTR teammate Josh Row turned in his best performance so far this season, fighting off the advances of Beau Baron, Dirkie Baard and David Haagsma to take second overall behind Nelson. Rounding out the podium was David Haagsma, who went 2-3 for third overall.

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        FRE/KTM rider Bryan Cook earned his first podium of the season at the eighth round of the GNCC ATV Series held in Snowshoe, WV.

        Cook got off to a decent start when the flag dropped, rounding the first corner around seventh position. He quickly climbed his way through the pack and moved to third by the end of the first lap. He remained in third place for the majority of the two-hour race until Adam McGill made a pass on him on the last lap.

        Cook was beginning to settle for fourth when the second place ride of Chris Borich encountered a chain problem and fell out of the race. Borich’s technical difficulty bumped Cook back up to third where he happily took his first podium of the season.

        “It feels great to finally get on the podium,” says Cook. “I have been riding really well this year but have not had the total combination of speed and luck needed to get on the podium until today. Snowshoe is one of the most well known GNCC rounds so I feel fortunate to be on the podium here.

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          For the second time this year, ITP-mounted Adam McGill and Chris Bithell finished 1-2 in a Grand National Cross Country Series event. The Foremost Insurance/Warnert Can-Am teammates topped the Snowshoe GNCC, round eight of the 2011 series at Snowshoe Mountain Resort, some 4,800 feet high in the hills of West Virginia.

          It was a big payday for McGill, as the Snowshoe GNCC rewards the winner an eye-popping $5,000 (the largest purse on the circuit). The win also moved McGill into close contention for the series championship with five events remaining on the 2011 schedule. Bithell holds third in the XC1 Pro class standings.

          The key moment in the wet and sloppy race came on the last lap when McGill turned risk into reward by blasting directly through one of the many challenging mudholes while leader Bithell chose a more conservative route. McGill kept his momentum from there and finished the four-lap, two-hour race just 14 seconds ahead of Bithell. Both riders chose ITP’s Holeshot GNCC tires for the front of their Can-Am DS 450s, and ITP’s QuadCross XC tires for the rear.

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            National Guard Coastal Yokley Racing Team rider Jarrod McClure finished fifth Overall and fourth in the XC1 Pro class. There were 160 total entries including 15 XC1 Pro racers. Yokley Racing Youth Motorcycle Team rider Kaleb Hagan finished sixth in the 65 (10-11) class, and also competed in the Youth ATV 90 Open (8-11) class, finishing in second place. There were 119 total Youth motorcycle entries including 23 65 (10-11) racers, and 95 total Youth ATV entries including 17 90 Open (8-11) racers.

            Summary – XC1 Pro ATV

            The Snowshoe GNCC is considered the toughest race on the schedule, and is brutal on riders and machines. The course runs loops on two sides of Snowshoe Mountain and goes right through the picturesque ski resort. This event is very much like the historic Blackwater 100, where the GNCC had its beginnings. Steep hills, deep mud holes and tons of rocks makes this race a huge accomplishment just to finish.

            National Guard Coastal rider Jarrod McClure has had some bad racing luck the past few races, but he was focused and prepared for a strong run. The grand prix style start features five ATVs per row, starting at five-second intervals. There is always a lot of bumping and banging as the machines funnel out of the main street area into the woods. Jarrod started on row 2, and was seventh as they headed down the mountain. While jockeying for position on lap 1, he blew through a turn and got hung up on a tree. This put him back to 10th place as they began lap 2.

            Jarrod started picking off riders each lap, and by the end of the 4 lap race, he had worked his way to fourth place in the XC1 pro class. His machine was fast and reliable. Mark Baldwin, owner of Baldwin Motorsports, had built Jarrod a new race motor with some trick cylinder head modifications. His bike was ripping up the many long uphill sections! His Kenda tires were hooking up great, and like always, Tireballs were an absolute necessity.

            Jarrod will now prepare for next weekend’s AMA National Hare Scrambles race in New York. The next GNCC race is the John Penton in Millfield Ohio on July 9.

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