Suzuki pilot takes stranglehold on points chase
Rockstar Makita Suzuki‘s Dustin Wimmer sailed to his sixth win of the year in a methodical 1-1 moto sweep at RedBud MX in Buchanan, Mich.
Wimmer has run the gamut of luck this season, starting off exceptionally well, then sitting out two races with an injury, struggling trying to mount a comeback, and then winning the last two races back. Now, Wimmer stands close to winning back-to-back championships in the ITP Tires/Moose Racing AMA ATV Motocross Championship Presented by Parts Unlimited, this one his toughest yet.
Monster Energy Kawasaki‘s Josh Creamer and Chad Wienen were close behind, keeping the Kawasaki versus Suzuki fight alive for in the Manufacturer’s Cup Championship.
In moto one, Creamer took the holeshot and led the first five laps while Harold Goodman, Wimmer and Doug Gust stayed close behind. Wienen had a rough start, starting back in ninth but in typical Wienen fashion, recovered to fourth place by the end of the moto. Wimmer passed Goodman on the 2nd lap and pressured Creamer until the 6th lap, when he took the lead for the win.
“I had to work my way up,” said Wimmer after the first moto. “Halfway through, though, I got into the lead. I started getting pressured, but I continued riding safe and smart and I was able to get the win!”
Gust took a solid 3rd place. Honda‘s Joe Byrd crashed in the first turn and finished 13th, but bounced back in the second moto.
In that moto, Goodman continued to ride well, taking the holeshot while Wimmer, Creamer, Byrd and Gust followed behind. Wienen had another bad start in 9th place before he was able to recover. Wimmer passed Goodman on the second lap and took the lead, but his win wasn’t easy. Byrd and Creamer pressured each other as they started to gain on Wimmer. At the last minute, Wimmer was able to dig a little deeper to hold onto first. Byrd took second, while Creamer took third.
“I got a good jump, got a little lead going, but those guys were right behind me the whole time,” says Wimmer. “They kept pushing me along, but I just rode my own race and brought it home for the win. The bike ran great all weekend, and I’m pretty much back to 100%.”
Wimmer took to the podium with an escalated points lead. Creamer took second overall with teammate Wienen in third. Wimmer is now 45 points ahead, so he needs to score just five points at the final round in two weeks, the ATV Dirt Days at Loretta Lynn Ranch. Wienen is in second in the points with Byrd only six points behind. Gust is only a few points behind Byrd in fourth.
“If I have a halfway decent first moto at Loretta’s, I’ll wrap the championship up, but I go to every race prepared to win, so I’ll be pushing out there just like every other moto,” says Wimmer.
As for the Manufacturer’s Cup, Wimmer’s win vaulted the Suzuki team further into the points lead, with 382 points. Kawasaki is still in second with 351 points. Kawsaki’s big competition is Team Honda with 348.
|Red Bud MX Results||ATV Motocross Pro Class Standings|
|1.||Dustin Wimmer||Suzuki||1 – 1||1.||Dustin Wimmer||Suzuki||385 (6 wins)|
|2.||Josh Creamer||Kawasaki||2 – 3||2.||Chad Wienen||Kawasaki||340 (2 wins)|
|3.||Chad Wienen||Kawasaki||4 – 5||3.||Joe Byrd||Honda||334 (1 win)|
|4.||Doug Gust||Suzuki||3 – 6||4.||Doug Gust||Suzuki||327|
|5.||Joe Byrd||Honda||13 – 2||5.||Josh Upperman||Honda||301|
|6.||Richard Pelchat||Can-Am||8 – 8||6.||Josh Creamer||Kawasaki||298 (1 win)|
|7.||Jeremy Lawson||Can-Am||10 – 7||7.||John Natalie||Can-Am||258|
|8.||Josh Upperman||Honda||7 – 10||8.||Jeremy Lawson||Can-Am||250|
|9.||Harold Goodman||Honda||5 – 14||9.||Cody Miller||Can-Am||215|
|10.||Jermie Warnia||Can-Am||9 – 11||10.||Thomas Brown||Yamaha||203|
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