Gust Gores ‘em at Wild, Wooly and Wet Balance
Chino, CA - April 16, 2008
- The Bluegrass ATV National at Kentucky's
Ballance MX, really had a little of everything.
The weather was all over the map but mostly
cold. Sunday it really went wacky.
Team Manager Kory Ellis described the action
"Dustin got off fourth in the first moto and
caught up with the John Natalie pretty quickly.
John was riding hard but made a slight mistake
and crashed really hard. Fortunately he was OK
and got going again but was way back."
Chad Wienen got off the gate well, but was
caught up in 1st turn pile-up, ending up around
19th on the first lap. He started charging like
a maniac, moving forward quickly. The track was
on the verge of being muddy - but slowly started
As the moto started developing, it settled in
with Wimmer in the lead and Gust a steady
second. Wimmer ended up with the win, Doug
second and Chad came all the way back up to 4th.
"The track was pretty good really." Wimmer said
after the moto one win. "It was pretty tacky and
I found some pretty good lines. Once I got out
front - I just rode smooth and pulled away."
The second moto was a lot different! The track
was really muddy for the start of the second
moto. The rain really started coming down and it
was going to be one of those "survival" deals.
Gust - knowing that the start was all-important
pulled the hole-shot. His clean goggles were a
huge advantage as the race progressed.
Dustin had a lousy start in the muddy mess. "At
the start it was pouring down rain, I didn't
prep my gate enough and when the gate dropped,
just slithered all over the place. I got roosted
so bad on the first lap, the mud was so heavy
that I couldn't hardly hold my head up - my
helmet was just kinda rolling around!"
It got even worse for the series points leader,
"My goggles were wasted and I was going off
jumps blind- it was really scary. With about
four laps to go I had to take my goggles off. I
also started to my bike. There was so much
weight in mud on the thing that I wanted to be
sure and be as smooth as possible. There were a
lot of people who DNF'd out there, I didn't want
to be one of them."
The end of the race was true survival according
to Dustin: "Everyone was just more or less
rolling all the jumps. It had become dangerous
to try and jump them, especially with all the
mud weight on the quads.
Meanwhile, back up front, Natalie was riding
hard and Doug was having trouble shifting his
bike as a rock had stuck between his shifter and
the cases. Fortunately the quad was stuck in
second gear and in the muddy conditions that
wasn't such a bad thing. Natalie passed Doug for
the lead, with about two laps to go, and about
the same time Doug's rock finally fell out. "I
couldn't jump the jumps being stuck in second
but no one else was doing them anyway. Once it
fell out and I could shift again, it really
didn't make that much of a difference."
While everyone else was making mistakes or
blowing up their bikes, Doug carefully chose his
lines knowing that he just needed to follow
Natalie home for the overall win. Doug's 2-2
scores did indeed net him the overall win, and
the top podium step - a place Gust is very
Doug was really excited after the race, "I had a
great weekend. It feels really good - awesome. I
did it today," the Wisconsin native said. "The
second moto really rained pretty hard. The track
was soupy and very slick. I knew I had to get a
good start and I really concentrated and got the
holeshot. Then I got a stinkin' rock stuck in my
shifter and John got by me. But by then, I had
the overall locked up so it was OK."
The remaining Team Rockstar/MSR/Suzuki/Yoshimura/Pro
Taper rider Chad Wienen bottomed out on a rock
and poked a hole in his engine cases. He was
forced to DNF. Chad has been getting all of his
bad luck out of the way in the beginning part of
the season. He will have to wait for a top
result at the next round in Virginia. PROGRAM
Rockstar - MSR - American Suzuki - Yoshimura R&D
- Pro Taper
Makita Industrial Power Tools - XCeldyne - CV4
Products - JB Racing - Pro Aluminum - Galfer -
NGK - Fox Shocks - Maxxis - Douglas - Quad Tech
- Motion Pro - Hinson Clutch - Precision Racing
VP Fuels - One Industries - Mechanix Wear -