Not even the weather can stop Dustin Wimmer this season. The Team MSR/Suzuki/Yoshimura/Pro Taper rider cruised to victory in the rain-shortened Pro portion of the Concept Haulers ATV Showdown on May 11.
Wimmer now has three wins in five rounds of the ITP Tires/Moose Racing ATV National Motocross Series Presented by Parts Unlimited and has finished on the podium every time.
Wimmer took the holeshot at the start of the rain-soaked Sunset Ridge MX track in Walnut, Ill. and never looked back as he led every lap.
“We survived,” says Wimmer. “Getting out front is always the key in a muddy race. Moving through lapped traffic became very difficult late in the event due to the lack of visibility.”
With the victory Wimmer has taken a 40-point lead in the title chase over Suzuki teammate Doug Gust.
“Every point counts this late in the season,” says Wimmer. “We’re pleased to get this victory.”
John Natalie rode his DS450 to second, handing Can-Am its first-ever podium in Series history despite an eye infection that was limiting his vision.
“I was doing my rain dance all week, hoping for a mud race,” says Natalie. “If I couldn’t see, I wanted to make sure everyone else couldn’t!”
Yamaha’s Pat Brown finished third to complete the podium. This was the first time all season that three different OEMs netted an overall podium in a single race.
The event was shortened to a single 15-minute-plus-two-laps moto due to rain and muddy conditions.
Wimmer won virtually all of the event’s special awards, taking the Ti Lube Fast Qualifier Award, and both the Suspension Systems and ATVRiders.com Holeshot Awards. Wimmer’s mechanic Glenn Shulde earned the DASA Mechanic of the Race Award.
Rath Racing’s Brock Lyons qualified for Sunday’s race, marking Polaris’ first start in the Series with its Outlaw 450 MXR.
High Point Raceway in Mount Morris, Pa. hosts the next round of the ATV Motocross Series with the ATV Stampede May 24 to 25.
National Motocross Series Round 5 Results:
Championship Points Leaders:
Byrd is back in Winner’s circle