Defending ATV motocross champ on the shelf
Defending AMA Pro ATV MX champion Dustin Wimmer was injured during a test session at a Monroe, Ga. track, putting him out of commission for at least a few weeks.
The Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki/Yoshimura rider was ejected from his ATV and landed hard on his right shoulder, dislocating it and damaging his rotator cuff.
Wimmer could miss upwards of six to eight weeks, leaving the door open for the competition to fight for his championship.
Joe Byrd, the 2006 and 2007 champion, broke Wimmer’s winning streak with his victory at Ballance MX, proving he has what it takes to beat Wimmer at his best. Byrd is only six points behind Wimmer in the point standings, so a solid finish at the Sunset Ridge National in Walnut, Ill. on May 3 could catapult him over Wimmer to take the lead.
Josh Creamer, of the Monster Energy Kawasaki team, took second at Glen Helen and, suffered a hard crash at the race in Alabama, improved to come in fourth at Ballance MX but struggled at Birch Creek to come in eighth. He is still third in the point standings but is almost 60 points behind Byrd and Wimmer. Creamer’s teammate Chad Wienen improved at Ballance MX, carrying solid 2-2 moto scores and then won his first moto of the season at Birch Creek. With another win, he could move up into championship contention.
2005 Champion John Natalie has moved up to fifth in the standings, coming in with consistent fourth place finishes at Birch Creek. In addition, nationally-recognized stars including veteran Doug Gust, Jeremy Lawson, Josh Upperman, Pat Brown and a crop of hard charging rookies will make up a full gate of talent in the AMA Pro ATV Class.
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