Wienen, Haagsma complete pro podium
The 34th Annual ATV Dirt Days took place today, August 13, at the historic Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. This race served as the penultimate round of the 2016 ProX ATV Motocross National Championship (ATVMX) presented by CST Tires, an AMA National Championship.
With an overcast sky, the track conditions were near perfect once the world’s fastest ATV racers took to the coveted racetrack. After a rough start to the day, Wienen Motorsports/Yamaha/Maxxis/SSi Decals/Walsh Racecraft/FLY Racing’s Chad Wienen was able to put it all together to grab the ATVriders.com Fastest Qualifier Award narrowly edging out Maxxis/Elka Suspension/Liquid Wrench’s Joel Hetrick.
Once the gate dropped signifying the start of Moto 1 it was the Honda rider of Maxxis/FLY Racing/Baldwin Motorsports’ John Natalie who jumped out to the early lead and grabbed the SSi Decals Holeshot Award. Natalie was accompanied by SSR Honda/Quadified/Fourwerx’s Wes Lewis and Hetrick.
Four-time National Champion Wienen quickly found trouble in the third turn right before the famed 10 Commandments, while he was following JB Racing/Root River Racing/Gold Speed Tires’ Jeffrey Rastrelli. The pair became tangled and in a standstill. Once they were able to ungroup and restart their quads the duo was in the last two positions.
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