Team Rockstar/MSR/Pro Taper/Suzuki/Yoshimura
Lands on Podium in WPSA Virginia Double-Header
Fastest man on the track, Chad Wienen
Brea, CA – July 2, 2007 – The inaugural visit
to the Virginia Motorsports Park came up short
after sweeping the podium in London, KY. The
three-man team pulled second and third honors in
both events, with John Natalie securing the top
Heat and humidity were in abundance on Friday
and Saturday with the clay, hard packed track
starting out muddy on Friday. By the time the
two main events came around on Sunday it had
dried up to a slick, fast, superfreeway.
Overall, most of the riders liked the track
with Suzuki's Chad Weinen getting down to
business setting the weekend's fast times with a
series of 1:48 laps. John Natalie was next
fastest with 1:49's while Gust was third in the
1:49 -1:50 range with Wimmer consistently
The various heat races went pretty well for
the Suzuki camp with Weinen and Wimmer capturing
wins. At the end of all the qualifying heats,
the net result was that nothing much had
changed. Dustin Wimmer maintained his point lead
while all the usual guys were going fast. It
seems that so far in the race season four riders
have emerged as potential winners: Wienen,
Natalie, Wimmer, and reigning champ "Digger"
Doug Gust hard on the throttle.
On Sunday, the cloud cover of the previous
few days disappeared and a dry, slick track
faced the riders. The race would be sort of a MX/TT
but with peaked step-up's and assorted
supercross type obstacles. The Round 6 Main
Event was typical of the last few races, Keith
Little holeshot and was quickly passed on the
first lap by the Natalie, Wimmer, Weinen, Gust
freight train. The race was on with Natalie in
first but a hard charging Weinen coming on fast.
Towards the end of the race Weinen had a rock
lodge in his chain/countershaft and that was
enough to decide the event. Natalie took the
win. The podium ended up Natalie, Wimmer and
The Round 7 Main Event started the same as
the previous one, Little got the holeshot and
was quickly passed by Natalie. Weinen got hung
up by Little for several laps before he, and the
rest of the Suzuki riders blasted around him.
Weinen was on the charge and cutting large
chunks of time off Natalie. Things were shaping
up for a repeat of the London race where Chad
ran Natalie down for the win. But the slick
track got the best of Weinen as an over
aggressive throttle hand saw the Illinois
speedster spin out exiting a corner.
Once under way, Chad closed back up to
Natalie but simply ran out of time in his quest
for the win.
Point man Dustin Wimmer
An unfortunate note – in the first lap of
Round 6, Lost Creek Cycle/Suzuki/Yoshimura rider
Joe Haavisto got crossed up with another rider
and suffered either a hip or leg injury. It
looks like Joe will be out for some time.
John Natalie's double win tightens up the
points even more. With three races remaining it
is really getting exciting. Look for the Suzuki
QuadRacers to come out on top!
Round 6 will be aired on ESPN2 on August 18th
at 12:00 pm and Round 7 will be aired on August
25th at 1:00 pm.
Next stop on the WPSA Tour is The AMSOIL Wild
Cat Open Championship in Rossville, IN on July
TEAM ROCKSTAR/MSR/PRO TAPER/SUZUKI/YOSHIMURA
Maxxis – Douglas – Repsol – Pro Aluminum –
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Walsh – Fox Shocks – NGK – Hinson Clutch –
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– RPM – Mechanix Wear – One Industries