By: ATV Motocross
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (June 29, 2016) – The 2016 ProX ATV Motocross National Championship (ATVMX) presented by CST Tires, an AMA National Championship, reaches its stretch run with five rounds remaining and continues this weekend, July 2, at the popular Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, Minn.
While Maxxis/Elka Suspension/Liquid Wrench’s Joel Hetrick comes into the Spring Creek ATVMX National with a five-race win streak behind him, Wienen Motorsports/Yamaha/Maxxis/SSi Decals/Walsh Racecraft/FLY Racing’s Chad Wienen maintains control of the points. Wienen sustains nearly one full moto of points between his championship rival Joel Hetrick, but Hetrick will look to keep his Honda in front of Wienen in both motos this Saturday in an attempt to gain valuable points toward the National Championship standings.
The key for Wienen this weekend at Spring Creek, where he is the defending race winner, is to stay out of trouble. Any hint of misfortune could prove to be very costly to Wienen’s hopes of earning a fifth-straight AMA Pro ATV title, and Hetrick is eagerly awaiting the chance to take advantage of any opportunity Wienen gives him.
It is obvious that Hetrick has the speed needed to earn his first ATVMX Pro National Championship, but due to a crash he suffered at the opening round he has spent the first half of the season chasing Wienen down. While he remains a permanent fixture on the podium he is eager to earn a pair of 1-1 moto scores this Saturday.
Maxxis/FLY Racing/Baldwin Motorsports’ John Natalie and Root River Racing/Hoosier Tires/Rage ATV’s Josh Upperman both have podium finishes behind them this year. While the pair come into this round ranked third and fourth they will aim to take over the middle spot on the box for the first time this season at Spring Creek.
After earning his first moto podium, AGX Designs/Walsh Racecraft/Maxxis-backed Nick Gennusa will be looking to put it all together to land a spot on the overall podium this weekend. However, Maxxis/Root River Racing/JB Racing’s Thomas Brown will be looking to do the same. Brown, a 2015 podium finisher at Spring Creek, will use that as motivation to repeat his success this weekend.
Maxxis/Liquid Wrench/Elka Suspension/Honda’s David Haagsma had a stand-out performance just two weeks ago in Illinois where he earned his first career professional podium. That result will serve as a springboard as the California native looks to secure the seventh-place position in the National Championship standings.
Savage Motorsports/Maxxis/Walsh Racecraft/Elka Suspension/BCS Performance’s Ronnie Higgerson and Koster Racing/Blommel Motorsports/Walsh Racecraft’s Brett Musick round out the top 10 in points heading into the Spring Creek ATVMX National.
Saturday’s race schedule is as follows: practice at 10 a.m. followed by a timed qualifying session at 11:30 a.m. Pro motos are at 2 and 4 p.m. with an autograph session taking place at 4:30 p.m.
For a complete schedule of the weekend’s activities, please visit the Spring Creek ATV National event page on the series website by clicking here.
Saturday spectator passes run $20 for adults and $10 for children (6-11), with kids five and under getting in free. Each pass includes pro pit access and pro autographs at no additional charge.
Amateur racing will take place throughout the weekend alongside the AMA Pro class, and local riders are invited and encouraged to compete in the event, as ATVMX offers classes for riders of all skill and experience levels. The amateur race entry fee is only $40 and riders can sign up at the event.