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AMA Pro ATV Racing

Joe Byrd dominates another 1-1 sweep at the ITP/Moose Racing ATVA MX Series at Sunset Ridge

Walnut, IL — The competition was curiously stacked for Round ten of the 2007 ITP/Moose Racing ATVA MX Series as Defending Champion Joe Byrd and contending Jeremy Lawson and Pat Brown lined up against Suzuki’s Doug Gust and Chad Wienen together with Japan’s Seiya Sakuma, the reigning All Japan ATV Championship Race Series champion, for a total of fifteen AMA Pro ATV competitors on the line at the Concept Haulers ATV Showdown.

As the hometown favorite and winner of the top qualifier award, Chad Wienen earned sixth gate pick for turning a 1:47.521 in practice. “I was just trying to find some good solid lines,” Wienen said. “I believe that [Sunday] we’ll have something more; the track will be changing. I’m just trying to keep a good pace and see where I stand compared to everybody else. The real racing will be done [Sunday.] Hopefully [I’ll be] on the middle of the podium. You have to be humble and respect everybody that’s out there, just go with what you’re given out there, I guess.”

Joe “The Professor” Byrd picked up the ATVRiders.com holeshot award along with the 1-1, leading the first moto battle over Brown, followed by Wienen and Gust. “I’d much rather come out front with those guys chasing me down,” Byrd said.

Lawson went from fifth to fifteenth after the first lap, when he “spun out and fell off a little bit,” Lawson said later.

Meanwhile, by lap two Brown was breathing hard down Byrd’s neck, less than 0.227 off the leader.

"The bike was working awesome out there,” Brown said. “We really had it dialed in for this track, and I could work on my condition a little bit because Joe pretty much pulled off on me. It was a good race; good hard-fought battle.”

Wienen passed Gust by lap three, clocking the fastest lap of the race with a 1:46.246. Gust held fourth over hometown Illinois’ Cale Downen until, suddenly, Gust disappeared off the side of a berm. Wienen grabbed third before passing Brown in second; his sights were set on Byrd, who was staying clean out front.

Lawson charged through the pack, passing from fifteenth to tenth in one lap.

“I came back and was feeling great,” Lawson said. “I passed everybody, and wound up with a fourth. I was happy; it was fun passing everybody.”

Wienen scored the lead over Byrd on lap nine, and the crowd went wild. Wienen held first for three laps, until Byrd found the right opportunity to take back the lead. With two laps to go, Byrd finalized first over Wienen, Brown took third over Lawson, and Downen rounded out the top five.

In Moto 2, Byrd scored another ATVRiders.com holeshot award, with Gust, Brown, Wienen and Lawson mixing it up behind the leader. Brown had second on lap three, while Lawson and Wienen battled for fourth, while Byrd pulled almost five seconds over Brown by lap four.

Behind Byrd, a three-way battle emerged as Brown turned the fastest lap of 1:46.799 from second place, Wienen had third, with Lawson fourth over Gust.

By lap nine, Wienen pulled off with a mechanical problem, which extended third to Lawson, but not for long.

"Chad had a little bike trouble, and it’s too bad for that, because I was hoping I could pass him legitimately,” Lawson said.

On lap 12, Lawson passed Brown for second, all while sporting a flapping piece of his chest protector. The battle for second lasted through the white flag, as Lawson held off Brown to finish second overall with a 4-2.

“[Lawson] was definitely on the move,” Brown said. “He passed me earlier on in the moto, and I got back around him, and I thought I was going to pull on him, but he waited until the end of the moto and snuck around me. He was running really good. I’m wore out after that moto; it was hot out there. What an awesome track here; one of my favorites, definitely.”

As Byrd looks to the last two rounds of racing, he considers four separate motos.

“I tried to keep the same pace,” Byrd said. “I knew I didn’t want to override. I want to focus on the championship. I want to win the war, not the battle.”

The ITP/Moose AMA Pro ATV National Championship presented by Parts Unlimited continues with the Can-Am Northeastern ATV National presented by Renegade at the Unadilla Valley Sports Center on July 28-29 in New Berlin, NY.

ITP/Moose ATVA National MX Championship Presented by Parts Unlimited
AMA Pro ATV
ATV Showdown, Sunset Ridge MX, Walnut, IL
July 15, 2007

Overall

1. Joe Byrd 1-1
2. Jeremy Lawson 4-2
3. Pat Brown 3-3
4. Doug Gust 7-4
5. Cale Downen 5-5
6. Travis Spader 6-7
7. Chad Wienen 2-14
8. Steve Runkel 9-6
9. Sage Baker 8-8
10. Seiya Sakuma 10-9

AMA Pro ATV MX Series Standings

Joe Byrd (448/6 wins)
Jeremy Lawson (420/3 wins)
Pat Brown (339)
Michael Brown (230)
Justin Bres (222)
Doug Gust (168)
Christopher Tait (162)
Justin Bush (146)
Dustin Wimmer (141/1 win)
Alex Trompen (122)

AMA Pro ATV Manufacturer Cup Standings

Honda
Yamaha
Suzuki
Kawasaki

About the AMA ITP/Moose ATV National Motocross Championship Series Presented by Parts Unlimited:
Sanctioned by the AMA and ATVA, the nation’s premier amateur and professional ATV motocross series is hosted by many of America’s premier motocross facilities. The 12-round series approaches its 21st season with the Pro class newly under the wing of AMA Pro Racing. The 2006 series hosted over 8,000 entrants, making it America’s largest, as well as its longest running, ATV National Motocross series. Series sponsors include title sponsors ITP Tires and Moose, and presenting sponsor Parts Unlimited. Premiere and Feature sponsors include ATV Sport, Moto Tees, Scott USA, Maxxis Tires, Elka Suspension and H-Bomb Films/Division Four. Associate sponsors include Weekend Warrior Trailers, Denton Racing, and Hinson Racing. Media partners include ATV Insider, ATV Rider and ATVRiders.com.

About AMA Racing:
AMA Racing is the competition arm of the American Motorcyclist Association and is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its professional properties include the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series, the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship presented by FMF, the AMA Superbike Championship presented by Parts Unlimited, the AMA Ford Quality Checked Flat Track Championship, the AMA Supermoto Championship and the AMA Pro ATV Championship. In amateur and pro-am competition, AMA Racing sanctions over 4000 events in 24 different disciplines and supports over 110 thousand active members. For more information about professional racing, visit www.amaproracing.com. Accredited media outlets can also access an on line Press Room at www.amaproracing.com/pressroom. For amateur racing information visit www.amadirectlink.com/amrace/amasports.asp.

About the ATVA:
The ATV Association (“ATVA”) is the official sanctioning body of the amateur divisions of the ATVA ITP/Moose ATV National Motocross Championship Series Presented by Parts Unlimited. The 9,000 member ATVA is the sister organization of the 260,000 member American Motorcyclist Association (“AMA”). ATV racing has experienced phenomenal growth at the rate of 25% in the past two years alone, and continues to gain momentum and support, outselling off-road motorcycles annually. Each round attracts 600-700 racers who compete for bragging rights to one of 31 amateur national titles. For more information about ATVA, visit www.atvaonline.com.

About the ATVPG:
The ATVPG is comprised of the 12 individual promoters that host the AMA ITP/Moose ATV National Motocross Championships, presented by Parts Unlimited. The goal of the ATVPG is to raise awareness of ATV motocross through the production of professional and amateur championship racing events. For more information on the ATVPG and the ATV National events they produce, go to www.atvmotocross.com.


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