Taper/Suzuki/Yoshimura's Dustin Wimmer Walks Off
with First ATVA Win at GNC Rebel National
Winning Team Photo
Brea, CA April 16, 2007 Dustin Wimmer
braved the cold wind and rough track busting out
the first ATVA National overall win of his young
career and his first win for Team MSR/Pro
Taper/Suzuki/Yoshimura. A heavy rainstorm moved
through South Georgia on Saturday night raising
fears that the track would be washed out. Sunday
dawned cold and overcast but the sand base of
the track made for a raceable surface.
Moto one saw a Suzuki One - Two - Three sweep
into the first turn. Dustin Wimmer snagged the
holeshot with teammate "Digger" Doug Gust hot on
his heels in second, and Suzuki support rider
and rookie Pro Russell Shumaker in third.
Wimmer was smooth and fast around the
elevation changes of Echeconnee, pulling away to
a commanding lead by moto end. Digger Doug had
an up and down race but managed to pull off
"The Suzuki was really working for me today,"
an excited Wimmer said after the race. I'm
really good in the mud, but it wasn't all that
muddy out there, they really cleaned up the
track. I had good lines and was able to stay out
"We are all really proud of Dustin today,"
Suzuki's Rod Lopusnak happily said. "We all knew
he could do it and it was really great to see
him get his first ATVA win on a QuadRacerฎ 450."
Doug Gust also ran a good race dicing with
Lawson in a few places, but was able to cross
the line in second place. "This is one of my
favorite tracks," Digger Doug said. "I pulled
two good starts and was really happy about that.
The Rockstar/MSR/Pro Taper/Suzuki/Yoshimura
QuadRacer 450 was really awesome getting off the
Dustin Wimmer taking the holeshot
Moto two saw lots of ruts but a pretty
raceable track surface. There were a lot of
rollers and stutter bumps leading up to most of
the jumps. Two-track ruts also made precision a
Once again when the gate dropped Wimmer
holeshot with Doug right behind him in second.
Wimmer blistered the track surface and pulled
out a slight advantage by the end of the lap.
Doug picked a few outside lines on lap one to
avoid Wimmer's roost and ended up stuck in some
very deep and soft dirt. His momentum gone, Doug
lost three spots in just a few seconds. Once
back under way- Digger was on the prowl looking
to get back up front.
"I took a bad line because I thought it
looked smoother to the outside," Digger said.
"And it was like driving into quick-sand. By the
time I got through it, three guys went by me
like I was tied to a post...I was pretty mad at
Meanwhile back up front, Wimmer lead for the
first five laps. Joe Byrd pushed by a few laps
form the end but Dustin knew he wouldn't factor
into the overall as Joe had only a 4th place in
the first moto. Dustin crossed the checkers in
2nd grabbing his first overall win and pumping
his fists in the air.
"My Suzuki QuadRacer 450 is so fast. Doug and
I ruined those other guys on the starts today,"
an elated Wimmer said after the race. "Both
motos, I just set a fast pace and let my bike do
the rest. About halfway through the second moto
I knew I had it... it was a really good
In addition to the Double D's machines,
Suzuki was the brand of choice with the majority
of bikes in the pro class and four of the top
ten with Russell Schumaker, Jason Dunkelberger,
Joe Haavisto and others campaigning QuadRacer
Yoshimura's Brant Russell summed it up this
way, "The Suzuki QuadRacer 450s really shine on
technical tracks. The power delivery, the frame
geometry, and overall quality of these machines
are at a very high level. What is really
gratifying, is that Dustin and Doug's quads are
probably the least modified of any of the Pro
The team will stay in Georgia to do some more
testing and training. Team Manager Pat Alexander
explains, "The bikes are really dialed in right
now and running really well. But there is always
some tweaking to do. We're going to be ready for
some real racing in two weeks time at the first
WPSA event at Silver Dollar."
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