John Natalie Takes Holeshot in Moto 1 and Wins
John Natalie taking the holeshot.
John Natalie in the lead.
Bowling Green, KY – A storm was brewing on
the horizon, and this time, it had nothing to do
with Mother Nature. It was none other than John
Natalie, Jr. crossing the finish line with his
first win of the season aboard his Can-Am/Warnert
Racing DS450. John came back with a vengeance in
moto 2 after a nasty wreck in the first moto
knocked the wind out of his sails.
As the gate dropped for the first Pro moto at
Ballance Moto X this weekend, it was John
Natalie who grabbed the holeshot. “We’ve been
working hard and got some really good power out
of the bike,” said the #13 racer. John was
steadily pulling away from everyone else and had
increased his lead to 5 seconds when disaster
struck. Natalie looked smooth coming into a
sweeper at high speed, when his front tire
caught a big rut and sent him cartwheeling into
a fence post. All though he was battered and
bruised, John was relatively ok. John climbed
back on his bike, and all though he was
obviously shaken, went on to finish the race.
Meanwhile, teammate Cody Miller showed than he
is definitely a threat this season as well, as
he made a strong charge off the line. Cody took
7th in the holeshot and soon began working
himself up. Cody put up a good battle for
several laps and worked his way up to 5th place
by the time the checkered flag was waved.
“Everything went really well for the first moto.
My bike was running great,” he said.
As the racers lined up for moto number 2, heavy
rain began to fall, almost instantly making
track conditions a muddy mess. As the gate
dropped, it was a struggle to get traction in
the slick mud, but John Natalie managed to get
out of the hole in 4th place. As John put the
hammer down, he seemed no worse for wear despite
his knarly crash in moto 1. John was determined
to take the win and began chasing down riders
and picking them off one by one as he set his
sights on first place. Once Natalie took the
lead, he began to pull away and was unchallenged
all the way to the checkered flag. “I knew we
could do it!” John said confidently. “We’ve been
working really hard to make this happen,” he
Cody Miller did not share his teammate’s luck in
the 2nd moto. Miller was on the line when his
bike stalled just before the gate drop, and for
reason’s unknown, the bike would not restart
which forced Cody to DNS.
The WPSA series will be kicking off in 3 weeks
in Alvord, Texas and the Can-Am/Warnert team
will be training and working hard in order to
claim the top spots on the podium, while John
Natalie will begin the fight to defend his WPSA