Borich second in GNCC, Gust third at AMA ATV
Rockstar Makita Suzuki Racing’s Chris Borich earned his third victory of the season at the Weekend Warrior Titan GNCC event in Lafayette, Tenn. on May 2. Borish crossed the finish line behind Yamaha’s Taylor Kiser, but Kiser was penalized for missing a portion of the course, giving Borich the win. Borich now leads in the overall championship points.
“At the start, I took an inside line on my Rockstar Makita Suzuki QuadRacer R450 and was able to avoid a bottleneck that caught a lot of other guys,” says Borich. “But I ended up mid-pack and then worked my way into fifth pretty quickly. Then I just tried to ride smart. I like the track and it would have been nice if the weather had been better, but I just made the best of it. I just wanted to stay consistent because I really wanted to put my Suzuki on the podium.”
In the AMA ATV MX Series, Rockstar Makita Suzuki Racing‘s Doug Gust walked away with a third place finish from round five of the AMA ATV Motocross Series at Sunset Ridge MX Park in Walnut, Ill. on May 3. The multi-time Pro ATV MX Champion carded fourth and sixth-place moto finishes on his Suzuki QuadRacer R450 to capture the final podium spot. This result marks Gust’s first podium of the 2009 season.
“It feels good to be back up on the podium,” says Gust. “I’ve been training really hard and it paid off. I was able to get a good start off the line on my Rockstar Makita Suzuki LT-R450. The track was really good, there were good lines to choose from and there were plenty of places to pass.
“In moto two, I almost tipped over going into the first turn, but I hung on and ended up in about seventh off the start. I just stayed consistent and was able to capitalize on a few things and ended up on the podium at the end. Now, I’m going to head home and train for the next three weeks so I’m ready when we head to Steel City.”
Currently, Gust’s teammate Dustin Wimmer is out with an injury. Prior to getting injured, Wimmer was leading the series and hopes to resume racing soon.
“I’m hoping to return to racing for the next round and I’ve been doing everything I can to heal fast,” says Wimmer. “It makes it really hard when you put so much work and effort into winning and staying on top, then to get injured. It’s so frustrating; I can’t even really describe how it makes me feel.”
Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing will race next at the Geico Mountain Ridge GNCC in Somerset, Penn., the weekend of May 16-17, 2009, and at the ATV Stampede National at Steel City Raceway in Delmont, Penn., the weekend of May 23-24, 2009.