By: ATV Motocross
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (June 2, 2016) – The world’s fastest ATV racers are set to travel to Tallassee, Ala., for the Inaugural Monster Mountain ATV National this Saturday, June 4, for the sixth round of the 2016 ATV Motocross National Championship (ATVMX) presented by CST Tires, an AMA National Championship.
This Saturday marks the first time the ATVMX series will descend upon the iconic Monster Mountain MX Park, and the championship title fight continues between Maxxis/Elka Suspension/Liquid Wrench’s Joel Hetrick and Wienen Motorsports/Yamaha/Maxxis/SSi Decals/Walsh Racecraft/FLY Racing’s Chad Wienen. Hetrick comes into this round with three consecutive wins behind him and will aim for a pair of first-place moto finishes in order to gain valuable points toward the National Championship.
“It’s been great to get these three victories, but my main goal at Monster Mountain is to get both moto wins so I can start gaining points toward the championship,” said Hetrick. “We are reaching that point in the championship where every moto matters.”
Although Wienen has not won a race since the second round, the defending champion has maintained consistent results where he has not finished off the podium thus far. It has also been apparent that Wienen has been putting in valuable practice hours as he also leads the way in the holeshot standings. Wienen heads into Monster Mountain eager to add another win to his resume.
“Even though I haven’t been in the middle of the box these past few races, they’ve still been good points races for me,” said Wienen. “Heading into Monster Mountain I’m going to get a solid two weeks of training in, and hopefully we will have some great weather and we can go out and do some real racing.”
Savage Motorsports/Maxxis/Walsh Racecraft/Elka Suspension/BCS Performance’s Ronnie Higgerson will ultimately be a rider to keep an eye on this weekend. Although he sits 11th in points, the Illinois native had a stand-out performance just two weeks ago where he landed his first-ever podium finish. Higgerson will aim to repeat his success this Saturday.
“I’ve actually been to Monster Mountain before,” said Higgerson. “I think I have an advantage on some of the guys who haven’t been there. I love the track and the facility in general. I’m excited that we get to race there and I’m just going to keep training hard like I have been and hopefully get back on the podium.”
After a two-round podium hiatus Maxxis/FLY Racing/Baldwin Motorsports-backed John Natalie will be looking to return to the box at the conclusion of the second moto. Natalie’s veteran experience could benefit him this weekend where he will be able to quickly adjust to the brand-new track.
Two weeks ago Maxxis/Root River Racing/JB Racing’s Thomas Brown just missed the overall podium with his fourth place finish. Brown will be looking to redeem himself this Saturday as he attempts to make his second podium appearance of the season.
After battling with an illness at the previous round, JB Racing/Root River Racing/Gold Speed Tires’ Jeffrey Rastrelli comes into this round aiming to move up in the points championship where he currently sits fifth. The Florida native is familiar with the hot and humid conditions that will be present this Saturday and will be able to excel against the rest of the competitors.
Root River Racing/Hoosier Tires/Rage ATV’s Josh Upperman has a string of finishes behind him where he has yet to finish outside the top ten. Upperman is known for excelling on tracks that are similar to Monster Mountain and will look to use that as momentum for another solid finish this Saturday.
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 Monster Mountain 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.