Suzuki Paints the Town Yellow with One, Two,
Three, Four, Five, Placings at Taylorville
Illinois WPSA Thriller!
Chad Wienen going for the win.
Brea, CA – May 14, 2007 – The triple threat
of the Suzuki Factory Team took over the
podium Sunday evening for the second round of
the World PowerSports ATV SuperQuad 450 Pro
Series. Overall, Suzuki riders finished one,
two, three, four, and five in a dominating
performance by the Suzuki QuadRacer R450s.
Illinois native, Chad Wienen of Team Rockstar/MSR/Pro
Taper/Suzuki/Yoshimura finished as top dog after
an incredible come from behind race and an all
out dogfight with his two teammates Doug Gust of
Team Rockstar/MSR/Pro Taper/Suzuki/Yoshimura and
Dustin Wimmer of Team MSR/ProTaper/Suzuki/Yoshimura.
The ESPN2 cameras were able to catch some heart
stopping action as Wienen jockeyed for passing
positions with both his teammates. The local
fans cheered loudly for Chad, the home state
Wienen movin' up on Wimmer.
The event started as always with the heat
races – which the Suzukis dominated. The first
Saturday heat race saw "Digger" Doug Gust come
out strong with teammate Chad "Wide Open" Wienen
not too far behind. Chad stalled his bike
momentarily in a corner and lost a chance at the
heat race win. It was Gust first with Lost
Creek/Yoshimura/Suzuki rider Joe Haavisto
bagging second at the checkers.
The second heat race was the "Dustin Wimmer
show". Team MSR/Pro Taper/Suzuki/Yoshimura rider
#191 grabbed the holeshot and then flat checked
out. In victory circle, Wimmer felt positive,
"This is going to be an incredible weekend. My
teammates and I are on the gas and are going to
be putting our QuadRacer R450s up on the box all
year. This is the beginning of something big. We
are going to put together a pretty good show for
ESPN2 by the time we are done this weekend."
Sunday morning's first heat race saw Doug
grab the holeshot with Wienen coming in behind
him. Wienen soon passed Doug for the lead and
the win. Dustin dominated his heat race again
and everything pointed to a Suzuki shootout in
Doug Gust on the gas!
Under the hot sun, Sunday's main event began
with Doug Gust getting the holeshot, followed by
Wimmer and then Suzuki privateer Russell "Hot
Shoe" Shumaker. Weinen came out about 6th and
then started moving forward. Meanwhile, Dustin
Wimmer started pressuring Gust about the 4th lap
and then got by him. Wimmer pulled about a
second and a half on Doug and was trying to
check out. About this time, out of nowhere,
Wienen pulled in behind Gust's rear grabbar.
Wienen first passed Doug and then, two laps
later... he got Wimmer through the whoops
section. At the checkers, the Suzuki factory
team went one, two, three with Lost Creek Cycles
Joe Haavisto in 4th and Rookie Pro Russell
Shumaker in 5th.
This was Wienen's first overall Pro win. Chad
won a moto in Alabama- but not an overall until
today. "Wow, my first overall win," an excited
Wienen said after the race. "I'm really happy,
everybody is pumped... the team, my friends, my
family. It's a great day for Suzuki and for me.
I can't believe how great the bike is... and the
team behind it."
Suzuki's march at the start.
Suzuki ATV Operations Manager Rod Lopusnak
was ecstatic with the win, "I think it's great
that Chad got his inaugural win in front of his
home town fans. It's a great day for Suzuki and
the QuadRacer R450. What makes me even happier
is the amount of our product in the amateur
classes. We worked really hard with riders like
Doug Gust in developing the QuadRacer and it's
very gratifying to see so many being raced
2006 WPSA Champ Doug Gust was philosophical
at the end of the day, "I had some health issues
that have been holding me back so I am happy to
get out of here with third." The likeable
multi-time champion said, "I was really not
expecting to do to well today but I'll take this
third place for sure. I'm looking pretty good in
the points and it's a long season."
The Suzuki tide is looking like it's only
going to get stronger as the season progresses.
The starting gates are filling up across the
country with QuadRacer R450s, and after today's
performance, we know why. Wienen, Wimmer and
Gust are individually each a powerhouse and
together they are truly a triple threat and well
on their way to a great WPSA season.
TEAM ROCKSTAR/MSR/PRO TAPER/SUZUKI/YOSHIMURA
Maxxis – Douglas – Repsol – Pro Aluminum –
AFAM – BMC Filters –
Galfer – PowerMadd – CV Products – Full Bore –
Motion Pro – Liquid Performance –
Walsh – Fox Shocks – NGK – Hinson Clutch –
Precision Racing Products – VP Fuels – Quad Tech
– RPM – Mechanix Wear – One Industries