AMA Pro ATV Motocross Championship Update

Press Release –

Results of Sunday’s ITP/ Tires Moose Racing AMA Pro ATV Motocross Championship at High Point Raceway (Showing finishing position, rider, bike number, bike brand, hometown, and moto finishes):

Joe Byrd, 7, Honda, Union City, Tenn., 3-1.
Jeremy Lawson, 16, Can-Am, Battletown, Ky., 2-2.
Josh Creamer, 9, Kawasaki, North Stonington, Conn., 4-3.
Josh Upperman, 20, Honda, Louisville, Ohio, 7-4.
Dustin Wimmer, 191, Suzuki, Center Valley, Pa., 1-14.
Doug Gust, 55, Suzuki, Salem, Wis., 5-6.
Harold Goodman, 708, Honda, Romulus, Mich., 11-5.
Chad Wienen, 44, Suzuki, Galen, Ill., 6-10.
Rocco Arno, Jr., 101, Honda, Bridgeton, N.J., 13-8.
Cody Miller, 22, Can-Am, Greenville, Texas, 15-7.
Sage Baker, 49, Can-Am, Shasta Lake, Calif., 12-12.
Keith Little, 12, Kawasaki, Spruce Pine, Ala., 8-17.
Steve Runkel, 911, Honda, Pleasant Prairie, Wis., 14-3.
Pat Brown, 199, Yamaha, Pittstown, N.J., 9-18.
Russell Shumaker, 68, Kawasaki, Bristol, Wis., 20-9.
Greg Gee, 10, Can-Am, Simcoe, Ontario, 18-11.
John Ragon, 98, Honda, Milan, Tenn., 10-20.
Thomas Hager, 215, Suzuki, Flaherty, Ky., 17-15.
John Natalie, 13, Can-Am, Houtzdale, Pa., 19-16.
Hunter Miller, 90, Honda, Greenville, Texas, 16-19.

ITP Tires/Moose Racing AMA Pro ATV Motocross Championship points leaders: Wimmer 235, Gust 194, Byrd 178, Creamer 146, Natalie 142, Goodman 141, Lawson 134, Wienen 126, Upperman 119, Arno 116.

Notebook:

SLAMMED…

With his overall win on Sunday, Joe Byrd (No. 7 American Honda/Joe Byrd Quad School Honda) won an extra “grand” in the form of a $1,000 check for winning the first of four ITP Tires Grand Slam Presented by QUAD Magazine events.

The $5,000 program, being held at the four showcase events left on the 2008 calendar, kicked off here this weekend. Byrd also takes the points lead in the championship-within-a-championship series.

The Grand Slam also awards special Gold, Silver and Bronze medals to the top-three finishers in each of the Amateur divisions.

STRONG ENTRIES…

This weekend featured 704 entries, of which 27 were Pros.

TAKE YOUR SEAT…

Josh Upperman finished fourth overall, despite losing the seat on his No. 20 Baldwin Motorsports Honda early in second moto.

CAN-AM AGAIN…

Can-Am earned its second consecutive podium here, this time with rider Jeremy Lawson. Can-Am earned its first overall podium in ATV Motocross competition two weeks ago in Illinois with rider John Natalie.

QUICK CHANGE…Pat Brown (No. 199 Yamaha) had a change in personnel prior to the first Pro moto on Sunday. Paul Turner, Brown’s mechanic, was called away at the last moment to care for his daughter, who was injured in a non-racing accident. Brown’s father, Fred, stepped in at the last minute to wrench for the younger Brown. For his efforts, the elder Brown was named the DASA Mechanic of the Race.

INJURY UPDATE…

Chad Wienen (No. 44 Team MSR/Suzuki/Yoshimura/Pro Taper) is still suffering the after affects of two separate shoulder injuries. Wienen broke his right scapula several weeks ago in a crash during practice, which was further aggravated by a tumble a month ago. “I’m just trying to finish two motos,” said a dejected Wienen. “That’s my goal right now.”

TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES…

The quads ridden by Pat Brown, Dustin Wimmer, and John Natalie all suffered mechanical problems in the second moto on Sunday.

THREEPEATER…

This weekend’s overall podium marked the second consecutive time three different brands finished in the top three: 1. Honda (Joe Byrd), 2. Can-Am (Jeremy Lawson), and Kawasaki (Josh Creamer).

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