ATVA MX Nationals, Pro Am Action First Round Win Goes to Greg
Pro Am Moto 1
It is the first round of racing this season, and
this year’s 19 Pro am riders are really looking
good. The lap times on some of these riders at
practice Friday were outstanding. This year the
competition will be “hot” in the Pro am class.
The top competitors, Brian King and Clay Holmes,
along with a few riders from Florida are moving
up from A and B class last year. One very
outstanding rider, #7 Devin Heimes, with the
Blue Rok Suzuki Team; along with teammate Chris
Bowen, #6, are coming from the B class last
year. Chris Bowen has a lot of potential in the
Pro am class this year. Chris Williams, #188, is
moving from the A class to Pro am this year.
Chris is aboard Suzuki and looking really good
in Friday practice. Williams has a lot of
support here. Backed by Walsh Racing he should
do really well this season. Sixteen year-old
Jake Gunn, #53, riding Yamaha takes the
challenge with a lot of his local Florida
riders, also very talented racers.
Moto 1 #491 Brian King gets the hole shot as
the Pro am class goes up towards the elevator.
They all pile up, doubling up on the elevator.
Two and three quads landed side by side at the
top going into that very sharp corner on the
other side of the elevator. All riders are
trying to keep themselves in front positions not
giving any slack to each other. #11, Jacob
Hakala is riding in second chasing #491. #7, the
yellow Blue Rok Suzuki rider, Devin Heimes is in
third, running strong in this first Pro am Moto.
Hakala is shadowing King watching every move
King makes. Hakala is just waiting for a mistake
so he can take that first place from King. #79,
Holmes, is making a move through the pack and
#156, Denton Boyer, is closing the gap on the
top three riders. What a battle it is on the
track! #137, Mitch Reynolds, makes a move from
way back in the pack to get in the fourth spot.
Meanwhile, #7 Devin Heimes has picked up the
pace laying a comfortable gap between himself
and fourth place. Jake Gunn, #53, hits the
elevator; his bike misses and backfires as he
leaves the launch. This causes him to come up
just a little short on the landing of the
elevator, and he flips his quad.
#79 Clay Holmes and #3 Cody Harris battle
through the pack. Brian King does a good job
holding off rider #11 in the six-lap moto. King
takes first place in Moto 1 with #11 right
behind him in second, and Devin Heimes holding a
strong third. Mitch Reynolds is in fourth and
Clay Holmes is in the fifth. Jake Gunn is a very
lucky kid. He walks away from that wreck with
bumps and bruises and a broken steering stem.
Good luck next race, Jake!
Pro Am Moto 2
These guys are really fired up today! After Moto
1 they all want to win the first race of the
#10 Greg Gee from Ontario, Canada, wins the
hole shot, an A class rider last year showing
his stuff here in Moto 2. Brian King charges up
to try and get first place. Devin Heimes in
fourth and #188 Chris Williams puts pressure on
Travis Moore to take the fifth spot. These
riders are making passes in the air going over
the triple showing no fear out there. Eager to
win, they battle each other every inch of this
track for six laps. Brian King, in the middle of
the pack, moves up. He is all over the track
taking different lines trying to catch Greg Gee.
King triples the infield jump and goes off track
falls back a spot.
Greg Gee, a 17 year-old rider, continues to
hold first place and Jacob Hakala is in second.
Clay Holmes third, Devin Heimes is holding
fourth, Chris Williams is holding a strong
fifth. As they come around the alligator corner
towards the finish line, Greg Gee whips his quad
sideways to take the win in Pro Am Moto 2. Gee
takes fourth place overall. Jacob Hakala takes
the overall win for the Pro am race in round
one, followed by Devin Heimes in second, Brian
King third, and Clay Holmes in fifth. These are
the top five overall Pro am riders in round one
of the ATVA MX National.