By: ATV Motocross
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (July 26, 2016) – The 31st Annual ProX ATV Motocross National Championship (ATVMX) presented by CST Tires, an AMA National Championship, moves to Buchanan, Mich., for the 10th round of the season. With only three rounds remaining this year, Wienen Motorsports/Yamaha/Maxxis/SSi Decals/Walsh Racecraft/FLY Racing’s Chad Wienen holds a comfortable points lead over the rest of the pro field and will look to extend his lead this Saturday, July 30, when the riders take to the RedBud MX track.
After a pair of overall wins at the last two rounds, Wienen seems to be well on his way to earning his fifth straight National title, but Maxxis/Elka Suspension/Liquid Wrench’s Joel Hetrick isn’t ready to settle for second and still remains Wienen’s biggest competition. In 2015, the duo each came away with a moto win at RedBud, but Hetrick vaulted to the top when he took the second moto victory, ultimately claiming the overall win. Throughout the 2016 season, fans have witnessed much of the same outcomes take place.
The biggest challenge Hetrick faces in his continued effort to catch Wienen is the unmatched consistency of the series champion. Through 18 motos this season, Wienen has not finished outside the top three and has finished worse than second only once. Alternatively, Hetrick has had to endure through a tough opening round, where he finished outside the top 10. This finish could prove to be the difference maker in the final championship standings.
While Wienen and Hetrick are the only two riders to emerge victorious this year, JB Racing/Root River Racing/Gold Speed Tires’ Jeffrey Rastrelli is on the verge of changing that statistic. After leading the majority of the first moto at the previous Unadilla round, Rastrelli knows that his training is beginning to show. With an additional two full weeks under his belt, the Florida native will come out swinging in an attempt to claim his first ever professional overall win.
Maxxis/Liquid Wrench/Elka Suspension/Honda’s David Haagsma may have been absent from the overall podium in New York, but definitely did not miss any of the racing action where he secured another top-five finish. Haagsma will look to maneuver his machine around the dynamic and demanding layout of RedBud MX to return to the podium and contend for his first moto victory.
RedBud is one of the most anticipated rounds of the year thanks to the illustrious history of the iconic track. The facility offers racers and attendees the opportunity to experience something truly special thanks to a track layout that winds around three distinct areas, each offering incredible views for spectators and incredible challenges for competitors.
The soil consistency at RedBud can vary greatly, from hard-pack, to deep loam, to sand, and it all gets brutally rough. The jumps here are famous for a reason – big air is the name of the game, as riders fearlessly set sail to give spectators some of the best action of the year. The opportunity to see a 400-pound ATV soar through the air and tear it up in the legendary RedBud dirt makes for a truly remarkable experience.
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 RedBud 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 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.