For the first time in series history, the ATV Motocross National Championship Series heads to Wildcat Creek MX in Rossville, Ind.
Defending champ and current series points leader, Chad Wienen will attempt to extend his lead on a talented field of Pros this weekend in Indiana. Although the Wienen Motorsports SSi Walsh Yamaha presented by Maxxis Tires & Team Vollmer rider has two of the three overall wins this season, Wienen finally grabbed his first moto-win of the season last round, which attests to the great amount of competition in the Pro division. Protecting the National title has made Wienen hungrier than ever for another race win heading into Round 4.
However, it’s still the ATVMX young gun Joel Hetrick who has the most race wins heading into Round 4 this weekend. The Corrosion Hetirck Racing rider currently sits second in overall championship points and is one of the many looking to take the overall win at Indiana’s inaugural event this weekend. After securing the moto one win, Hetrick experienced some bad luck in the final moto of Round 3, salvaging a fifth place overall and valuable championship points.
After struggling through some early season bad luck, 2011 National champ John Natalie had an impressive ride at the last round in Kentucky. The MotoSport.com Motoworks DWT racer also grabbed his first holeshot and moto win of the season to secure his first podium finish of the 2013 season. The veteran privateer has found his way in 2013 and will be looking for an overall win this weekend.
Texas native Thomas Brown has been one of the most consistent riders on the podium so far this season, sitting third overall with all third place finishes aboard his Wienen Motorsports SSi Walsh Yamaha presented by Maxxis Tires & Team Vollmer machine. Brown placed second in moto one and had his work cut out for him in moto two but managed to salvage a seventh place finish.
Josh Creamer just missed the podium with a 2-6 finish for the weekend at Round 3 aboard his BCS Can-Am DS 450. The return of the 2010 champion has been a thrill for the fans to watch but Creamer has proven that he won’t stop until the checkered flag falls and he’s out front. The BCS Can-Am rider will be heading to Round 4 more determined than ever to find that podium finish.
Baldwin Motorsports PEP Upperman Racing’s Josh Upperman found his groove with the gate drop of moto two last round, grabbing a second place start out of the first turn and keeping the pace all the way until the checkers flew. Although Upperman was not able to grab the moto win, the Ohio native showed that he is still up for the championship chase.
Indiana’s own Cody Suggs – 2013 Rookie – will attempt to find his rhythm among the nation’s fastest riders on four-wheels in his home state this weekend for the Suggs Racing team. Sitting just outside the top ten, Suggs has showed many promising times so far this season and will be looking to break into the front of the field.
The pro riders will run Saturday as part of a full schedule of amateur racing, including classes for Youth, Women and Veteran riders. Amateurs will practice on Friday and race on Saturday and Sunday, while Pros race on Saturday.