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ITP/Moose Racing AMA/ATVA ATV Motocross National Championship Series

DOUG GUST WINS BLUEGRASS ATV NATIONAL WIMMER AND NATALIE SCORE MOTO WINS

Doug Gust won his first ATV Motocross race of the season on Sunday.
Doug Gust won his first ATV Motocross race of the season on Sunday.

Jasmine Plante finished second, handing Yamaha its first podium this season.
Jasmine Plante finished second, handing Yamaha its first podium this season.

Dustin Wimmer finished third and retains the points lead.
Dustin Wimmer finished third and retains the points lead.

John Natalie leads the field at the start of the first moto. Natalie handed Can-Am its first-ever AMA Motocross victory on Sunday.
John Natalie leads the field at the start of the first moto. Natalie handed Can-Am its first-ever AMA Motocross victory on Sunday.

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (April 13, 2008) -- Third-year Pro ATV rider Dustin Wimmer predicted his third consecutive victory this weekend at Ballance Moto X. His teammate Doug Gust, however, proved that experience trumps youthful exuberance as Gust won his first ITP Tires/Moose Racing AMA/ATVA Pro ATV Championship Series race this season on Sunday.

Gust (No. 55 Team Rockstar/MSR/Suzuki/Yoshimura/Pro Taper) finished second in both motos, just behind Wimmer (No. 191 Team MSR/Suzuki/Yoshimura/Pro Taper) in Moto 1 and he followed Natalie (No. 13 Can-Am) in the second moto. Quebec's Jasmine Plante (No. 91 Yamaha) was second overall, handing Yamaha its first podium this season. Wimmer was third overall.

"When it's muddy like this, it's important to get out front," said Gust. "I'd rather be the rooster than the 'roostee.' I missed being on the podium a lot. I knew I had to get up here again. My Team Suzuki mechanics really got me out front and I have them to thank for this.

"It's going to be a great year," added Gust. "From here on in, we'll keep going forward."

Natalie won the Suspension Systems Holeshot Award in the first moto, while Gust netted the ATVRiders.com Holeshot Award in Moto 2. Interestingly, Natalie, who finished 17th after leading much of the first moto, handed Can-Am it's first-ever ATV Motocross Series victory in Moto 2.

Chad Wienen (No. 44 Team Rockstar/MSR/Suzuki/Yoshimura/Pro Taper) won the Ti Lube Fastest Qualifier Award.

The next race for the ITP Tires/Moose Racing AMA/ATVA ATV Championship is scheduled for April 26-27 at Birch Creek MX in Danville, Va.

Results
(Showing finishing position, rider, bike number, bike brand, hometown and moto finishing positions):

Doug Gust, 55, Suzuki, Salem, Wis., 2-2.
Jasmine Plante, 91, Yamaha, Notre Dame, Quebec, 6-3
Dustin Wimmer, 191, Suzuki, Center Valley, Pa., 1-12.
Josh Creamer, 9, Kawasaki, N. Stonington, Conn., 3-8.
Rocco Arno, Jr., Honda, Bridgeton, N.J., 9-4.
John Natalie, Can-Am, Houtzdale, Pa., 17-1.
Pat Brown, Yamaha, Pittstown, N.J., 10-7.
Russell Shumaker, Kawasaki, Bristol, Wis., 8-9.
Richard Pelchat, St. Romuald, Quebec, 15-5.
Sage Baker, Can-Am, Shasta Lake, Calif., 14-6.
Chad Wienen, Suzuki, Galena, Ill., 4-19.
John Ragon, Honda, Milan, Tenn., 12-11.
Harold Goodman, Honda, Brownstown, Mich., 7-16.
Keith Little, Kawasaki, Spruce Pine, Ala., 11-14.
Greg Gee, Can-Am, Simcoe, Ontario, 13-13
Cody Miller, Can-Am, Greenville, Texas, 5-20.
Josh Upperman, Honda, Louisville, Ohio, 18-10.
Joe Byrd, Honda, Union City, Tenn., 16-15.
Jeremy Lawson, Can-Am, Battletown, Ky., 19-17.
Jason Dunkelberger, Honda, Trevorton, Pa., 20-18.

ITP/Moose Racing AMA Pro ATV Motocross Championship points leaders: Wimmer 134, Gust 113, Wienen 89, Natalie 87, Creamer 81, Goodman 74, Byrd 69, Arno 60, Ragon 54, Shumaker 51.

Notebook:

ENTRIES ASTOUNDING...This weekend's event featured 743 entries, of which 27 were Pros.

NATALIE TACKLED...John Natalie (No. 13 Can-Am) hit a hole while leading the first moto and flipped his ATV over the embankment in Ballance Moto X's "NASCAR Turn." Though he was unhurt in the incident, he was a bit shaken: "Man, I felt like I was playing football out there. I fell off and I just slid across the grass and the mud."

SUCCESSFUL SHOWCASE...This weekend's race was the first of five "Showcase Events." Many fans took advantage of Can-Am's demo ride area, which utilized a modified cross-country and technical motocross track adjacent to the spectator viewing area. The event also featured outdoor expo exhibits and displays from community dealers and vendors, and other entertainment and activities.THE MOOSE WAS LOOSE...Moose Racing hosted a dinner show on Saturday evening. The event was well attended by the competitors, who were served dinner by Moose Racing-sponsored riders.

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

About the ATV Promoters Group (ATVPG)
The ATVPG is composed of the 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, please visit www.atvmotocross.com.

About the ITP/Moose ATV National Motocross Championship Series Presented by Parts Unlimited
The AMA ITP/Moose ATV National Motocross Championship Series Presented by Parts Unlimited is the nation’s premier amateur and professional ATV motocross series, and competes at top motocross facilities nationwide. The 11-round series features the Nation's best racers, teams and sponsors, and is America’s largest and longest-running ATV National Motocross series with more than 20 years of competition. The series continues to expand and produce top talent from the amateur ranks, while keeping close to the grassroots fun that makes people love to go to the races.

Series sponsors include title sponsors ITP Tires and Moose Racing, 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. For more information, please visit www.atvmotocross.com.


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