By: ATV Motocross
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (Aug. 11, 2016) – The 11th round of the 2016 ProX ATV Motocross National Championship (ATVMX) presented by CST Tires, an AMA National Championship, is set for this Saturday, Aug. 13 at the historic Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.
The Loretta Lynn facility has been the home of the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship for 35 years, and just last week the world’s largest and most prestigious motocross event crowned 37 amateur National Champions. Now it’s time for the world’s best ATVMX riders to take center stage at the Ranch for what is sure to be a thrilling battle between Wienen Motorsports/Yamaha/Maxxis/SSi Decals/Walsh Racecraft/FLY Racing’s Chad Wienen and Maxxis/Elka Suspension/Liquid Wrench’s Joel Hetrick as they continue to fight for the coveted National Championship.
Wienen and Hetrick are the only two riders who have a shot at claiming the 2016 championship; however, a full slate of racers are qualified to take the overall win this Saturday. Most recently, JB Racing/Root River Racing/Gold Speed Tires’ Jeffrey Rastrelli has found success and will be looking to steal the top spot away. After two solid podium finishes, Rastrelli is eager to improve his season and take home his first win. The Florida native may have an advantage when it comes to competition in the hot and humid conditions that ATV Dirt Days is known for.
With only two races remaining this season, Hetrick will need some luck on his side in order to claim the title; he sits in second and 22 points behind Wienen. Hetrick comes into this round fresh off his overall win just two weeks ago in Michigan and will look to repeat his success and earn his seventh victory of the season. However, Wienen has shown that he is one of the most consistent riders in the series as he hasn’t finished off the podium the entire season and has proven that he has what it takes to be a five-time National Champion.
Although he has yet to find himself on the podium, Root River Racing/Hoosier Tires/Rage ATV’s Josh Upperman has put in a solid season. He heads into Tennessee ranked fourth in points. Upperman has yet to find himself up on the box, but has put forth some impressive rides this season and will look to put it all together this weekend.
Maxxis/Liquid Wrench/Elka Suspension/Honda’s David Haagsma will ultimately be a rider to keep an eye on this Saturday. Haagsma finished just off the podium at the ATV Dirt Days in 2015, but now has nearly a full ATVMX professional season under his belt. With two podiums and six top-five finishes behind him, Haagsma will be pushing his Honda machine to the limit as he charges for his first career win.
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 Loretta Lynn’s ATV National event page on the series website by clicking here.
RacerTV will provide a LIVE broadcast of the racing action from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., including both pro motos via www.racertv.com. For the first time ever, live streaming will continue on Sunday, Aug. 14, to capture the fight for amateur ATV National Championships.
Saturday spectator passes run $20 for adults and $10 for children (6-11), with kids five and under getting in for 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.