Creamer and Wienen go 1-2 at Steel City
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Josh Creamer earned the first AMA win of his career, while teammate Chad Wienen followed close behind to finish second overall at the sixth round of the AMA ATV Motocross Championship at Steel City Raceway in Delmont, Pa.
The victory was Kawasaki’s second win in a row in the Pro class. The Kawasaki KFX450R also had strong results in the Pro Am classes as Cody Gibson and Joel Hetrick won the Pro Am Production and the Pro Am Unlimited, respectively.
The day seemed to be going Creamer’s way as soon as the gate dropped in the first moto. He rode a solid first moto to come away with a comfortable victory. In the second moto it took him less than a lap to get to the front and that is where he stayed for his first overall AMA win.
“It seemed like a pretty easy day,” says Creamer. “I didn’t have to ride crazy to come through the pack and was able to ride at a comfortable pace. The second moto was definitely interesting with it raining, but I felt comfortable. I think it was finally my day.”
Though he has won several motos in, the 23-year-old Creamer has not been able to secure his first overall win until now. Knowing all his hard work has finally paid off made the victory that much sweeter.
“It’s the best feeling I’ve ever experienced,” says Creamer. “It’s been a long time coming and I feel like I finally got the monkey off my back. I have a great group supporting me and I knew that a win was very close. I’m really happy!”
After earning the top qualifier award again, Wienen’s speed came to good use, as he had to work through the pack during both motos. The first moto brought him from mid-pack to finish behind Creamer in second. At the start of the second moto, Wienen found himself at the back of the pack. It looked to be a long race, but he passed quickly and worked his way to fourth for second overall.
“I had to work a little bit harder than I wanted to in order to get around some guys in the first moto,” says Wienen. “By that time, Josh (Creamer) had a pretty good lead. In the second moto, I was actually really happy with how I rode since I’m not normally a mud rider. I’m really happy for Josh. He rode a great race and deserves the win.”
Just before the second moto started, the skies opened and the riders knew they had a difficult moto ahead. Both Creamer and Wienen don’t like the mud, but their results didn’t prove it.
“It was slippery as icicles,” says Creamer. “It’s not so much the mud that is a factor than it being super slick. But I rode well. I don’t tend to ride well in the rain, but where I’ve been riding during the off-time has had lot of rain and that could have helped.