By: ATV Motocross
TALLASSEE, Ala. (June 5, 2016) – Hot and humid weather returned for the sixth round of the ProX ATV Motocross National Championship (ATVMX) presented by CST Tires, an AMA National Championship. Maxxis/Elka Suspension/Liquid Wrench’s Joel Hetrick walked away with the overall win after claiming both moto wins at the famed Monster Mountain MX Park in Tallassee, Ala.
Hetrick kicked off the day by earning the ATVriders.com Top Qualifier Award where he turned the fastest lap time during both timed qualifying sessions. Hetrick continued to carry his speed into the first moto.
Once the first gate dropped on the inaugural event, Koster Racing/Blommel Motorsports/Walsh Racecraft’s Brett Musick found himself in a favorable position and earned his first SSi Decals Holeshot Award of the season.
Hetrick quickly took over the lead over a jump, and he continued to stay out front until the checkered flag waved. Wienen Motorsports/Yamaha/Maxxis/SSi Decals/Walsh Racecraft/FLY Racing’s Chad Wienen charged hard in second in an attempt to earn back the lead, but had to settle for second at the conclusion of the race.
JB Racing/Root River Racing/Gold Speed Tires’ Jeffrey Rastrelli was busy working his way up from a sixth-place start where he was able to pass Musick and Maxxis/FLY Racing/Baldwin Motorsports’ John Natalie to take third in the first moto.
Maxxis/FLY Racing/Baldwin Motorsports’s John Natalie jumped out to the early lead and claimed the SSi Decals Holeshot Award for the second moto. Natalie used the open track to his advantage, and he continued leading for the first few laps, while Wienen and Hetrick were engaging in their own battle in second and third.
“The track turned out great this weekend,” said Natalie. “I didn’t do so well in qualifying, but was able to make some adjustments to pull the holeshot in the second moto and come away with a third overall for the weekend.”
Wienen and Hetrick were able to pass Natalie on the fourth lap where they eventually came in contact as they entered the pro section of the race course. Wienen ended up spinning out due to the hit from Hetrick and flipped over, which allowed Hetrick to move into the lead position and check out on the rest of the pro field. While Natalie slid into second, Wienen quickly recovered to run in third and then made the pass back for second.
With a pair of 1-1 moto finishes Hetrick took home the Monster Mountain National win, followed by Wienen (2-2) and Natalie (4-3).
“I started out the day with first in both qualifiers,” said Hetrick. “I was able to follow it up with two moto wins for first overall. Both motos were great with Chad and John, and I felt really fast all day and was able to bring it all together.”
“I’m really happy with my performance and our team,” said Wienen. “I felt like we had a win in us, but we are right where we need to be and will be going home with some extra fuel in the tank to come into the next few rounds strong.”
Rastrelli finished within the top five in the second moto, which placed him just off the overall podium in fourth, with Maxxis/Liquid Wrench/Elka Suspension/Honda’s David Haagsma finishing behind him with an impressive fifth overall (5-4).
Savage Motorsports/Maxxis/Walsh Racecraft/Elka Suspension/BCS Performance’s Ronnie Higgerson continued his success, going 7-6 for sixth overall. Root River Racing/Hoosier Tires/Rage ATV’s Josh Upperman followed in seventh overall (6-7), with AGX Designs/Walsh Racecraft/Maxxis-backed Nick Gennusa behind him in eighth (8-8). SSR ATV Racing’s Wes Lewis (10-9) and Root River Racing/Motowoz Shocks/JB Racing/Amped Apparel/Hoosier Tires’ Sam Rowe (9-10) rounded out the top ten overall.
The ATVMX circuit continues in two weeks, June 18, for the Sunset Ridge National to be held at the popular Sunset Ridge MX in Walnut, Ill.