Creamer, Natalie finish on the podium
Chad Wienen’s dream season continued this past weekend at Unadilla Raceway as he secured his sixth straight overall victory at the eighth round of the 2013 Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship Series, sanctioned by AMA. Wienen was joined on the podium by Josh Creamer and John Natalie.
“I’m so thankful for the season I’ve been having so far it’s been a lot of hard work and dedication. Holding onto the red points lead plate at the end of each race weekend is what keeps me motivated as we wind down on the season,” says Wienen.
As the gate dropped for moto 1 it was Josh Upperman who came out of the first turn and took the SSi Decals Holeshot award aboard his Baldwin PEP Upperman Racing machine. Current points leader Chad Wienen got off to a great start in moto 1 coming out of the first turn right behind Upperman. Sitting in second,it wasn’t long before he put his Wienen Motorsports SSi Walsh Yamaha presented by Maxxis Tires & Team Vollmer machine out front leading the field before the end of the first lap. By the second lap, Wienen put a two second gap between himself and the rest of the field and maintained that distance until he took the first checkers of the day in New York.
“I am really happy on my moto 1 win. Unadilla’s a really tough track on the rider and their machine, I knew I had to get out front quickly and ride my own race. We had our bike set up perfectly and was really hooking up well on the fast track,” said Wienen
MotoSport.com Motoworks DWT rider John Natalie came out of the holeshot in the top five and was into the third place position by the end of the first lap. Then setting his sights on the front of the field, Natalie pressured Upperman for the second place position until halfway through the moto. Natalie made several passing attempts but was not able to capitalize until lap seven when he took the inside of a sweeper and was able to make the pass stick. Natalie crossed the checkers in second. Corrosion Hetrick Racing’s Joel Hetrick had a top five start and was able to move in behind Natalie by the end of the second lap. Hetrick focused on setting Natalie up for a pass but was unable to make any advances on the field until he capitalized on Natalie’s pass on Upperman and was able to move into third in the same sweeping corner. BCS Can-Am rider Josh Creamer and Wienen Motorsports SSi Walsh Yamaha presented by Maxxis Tires & Team Vollmer’s Thomas Brown battled for the entirety of moto 1. Both riders came out of the first turn just inside the top ten and Creamer was into seventh while Brown sat in eighth by the end of the first lap. Brown was able to grab the inside corner after the gravity cavity and make a pass on Creamer on lap two. Brown then progressed through the field and made his way into fifth by halfway with Creamer close behind in sixth. Creamer followed in behind Brown until the last lap when he set Brown up for a pass on the last corner and was able to make it stick. Creamer crossed the finish line in fourth followed by Brown in fifth.
As moto 2 started it was Creamer who came out of the holeshot first and grabbed the SSi Decals Holeshot award. The New England native never looked back and led every lap in moto 2. Creamer secured a second place overall finish and is hungrier than ever heading into Round 9 for his first overall of the 2013 season.
“It feels really good to come out here at Unadilla and perform well in front of a lot of my family and friends from New England. It’s our closest race and I’m really happy I was able to grab the holeshot in moto 2 and come out with the win for another podium finish,” says Creamer.
Wienen got off to another great start in moto 2. Coming out of the first turn in second, Wienen held the second place position unable to make any advances on the field. Wienen went 1-2 for the day and was able to secure his seventh overall win of the season. Natalie followed Wienen out of the first turn in third and despite trying to make a pass early on, Natalie settled into the third place position and even with pressure from behind was able to maintain third and grab third place overall for the weekend.
Brown had a much better start in moto 2 and came out of the first turn in fourth. Brown, like the rest of the field, was unable to make any advances throughout the moto. Brown finished off of the podium for the second time this season but was able to secure fourth overall and maintain second place overall in the championship points chase. Upperman was the only rider who finished within the top five who was able to make any passes on the field. Upperman had a bad jump off the gate and came out on the field just inside the top ten. Upperman’s endurance kept strong until the end of the moto as he tried to make a pass into fourth but ran out of time. Upperman took fifth overall in New York and moved into fifth overall in the championship points chase.
Hetrick was sitting inside the top five when he had a mechanical issue and had to pull into the mechanic’s area. Hetrick was able to salvage valuable championship points by finishing fourteenth but fell back into sixth in the championship points trailing Upperman by one point. Walsh Race Craft rider, Nick DeNoble got off to a great start in moto 2, coming out of the first turn in sixth. DeNoble was able to maintain sixth until the checkers flew and secured sixth overall for the weekend.
The series will continue at Red Bud MX in Buchannan, Mich. on July 27.
|Unadilla MX||2013 ATV Motocross Pro Class Standings|
|1.||Chad Wienen||Yamaha||1 – 2||1.||Chad Wienen||Yamaha||360 (7 wins)|
|2.||Josh Creamer||Can-Am||4 – 1||2.||Thomas Brown||Yamaha||302|
|3.||John Natalie||Honda||2 – 3||3.||Josh Creamer||Can-Am||292|
|4.||Thomas Brown||Yamaha||5 – 4||4.||John Natalie||Honda||270|
|5.||Josh Upperman||Honda||6 – 5||5.||Josh Upperman||Honda||258|
|6.||Nick DeNoble||Suzuki||7 – 6||6.||Joel Hetrick||Honda||257 (1 win)|
|7.||Jeffrey Rastrelli||Can-Am||8 – 7||7.||Nick DeNoble||Suzuki||201|
|8.||Joel Hetrick||Honda||3 – 14||8.||Jeffrey Rastrelli||Can-Am||196|
|9.||Casey Martin||Honda||9 – 8||9.||Joe Byrd||Honda||167|
|10.||Tyler Hamrick||Honda||10 – 9||10.||Casey Martin||Honda||158|