Team ITP Report: Muddy Creek MX
Team ITP riders came into round two of the 2012 ATV Motocross National Championship Series at Muddy Creek Raceway in Blountville, Tenn. determined to keep their substantial momentum from the opening round rolling.
ITP’s sponsored guys and gals, riding with a variety of ITP QuadCross MX and Holeshot MXR6 tires as well as T-9 Pro Series wheels, claimed several class wins and stepped up on the podium regularly after the dust had settled.
One of the highlights of the weekend for ITP was the on-track introduction of ITP’s all-new Turf Tamer Classic MX. This legendary tire has been redesigned for modern sport quads and features an industry-first pre-grooved tread pattern for an extra competitive edge on loose, loamy track surfaces.
ITP’s “MX Bucks” contingency program paid out for a number of riders at round one, and that will be the case after this race too. And once again, no one cashed in like Merrill Crose. This privateer was victorious in both the highly competitive 450 A and Open A classes, and third in both the Junior 25+ and Veteran 30+ classes. He now holds first in the season point standings in the first two classes mentioned, and second in the other two.
Cody Janssen of Janssen Motorsports had an excellent performance in Pro Am Unlimited, with a first-moto win followed by third in moto two for second overall. He holds fifth in the point standings.
Root River Racing’s Sam Rowe was triumphant in Schoolboy Jr. (13-15) thanks to his 1-2 moto finishes. He will go into round three with second place in the class standings.
Haedyn Mickelson (Root River) continued to shine with second overall in Schoolboy Sr. (14-17), fourth in Schoolboy Jr. (13-15) and a third-place finish in moto one of the Super-Mini (13-15) division. Unfortunately, an uncharacteristic seventh in the second moto of that class dropped him to sixth overall. Still, he sits top-five in all three classes in points and leads Schoolboy Jr. (13-15).
Texas’ Brent Sellers carried Root River Racing’s flag to fourth overall in Pro Am Production with a 7-4 moto day, and that moved him to third in the class standings.
Noah Mickelson (Root River) slid into fourth overall in the 90 Modified (12-15) class via a 3-4 moto tally.
A consistent Mike Barnhart (Root River) went 3-3 for third overall in the Open A class, and 4-4 for fourth in Veteran 30+ racing.
Chloe Buerster (Root River) enjoyed two top-five finishes at Muddy Creek: fourth overall in the Women’s class, and fifth in 4-Stroke B.
One of the most active ITP racers is Jordan Digby, but unfortunately Jordan suffered a hard fall and broke his leg. He’ll be out for a while but is expected to make a full recovery.
The ten-event series now moves to Budds Creek in Mechanicsville, Md., May 5-6.