JOE BYRD BOUNCES BACK, WINS BIRCH CREEK ROUND
Joe Byrd takes the holeshot at the start
of the second moto.
Winner Joe Byrd, Runner-up Dustin Wimmer
and third-placed Jason Dunkelberger
celebrate on the podium on Sunday.
DANVILLE, Va. (April 27,
2008) -- Is Joe Byrd back? "Let's hope
so," said a triumphant Byrd after sweeping both
motos to win Sunday's TriangleCycles.com ATV
National at Birch Creek Motorsports, marking his
first victory of the season. The event was Round
4 of the 2008 ITP Tires/Moose Racing AMA/ATVA
Byrd (No. 7 Honda) traded the lead once with
Dustin Wimmer (No. 191 Team
MSR/Suzuki/Yoshimura/Pro Taper) before winning
and the first moto, and ran away with the second
moto. The two-time and defending AMA Pro
Champion finished ahead of Wimmer, who notched
his fourth consecutive podium. Jason
Dunkelberger (No. 19 East Coast ATV/Honda)
earned his first ATV Pro podium, finishing
"This track really worked for me this weekend,"
said Byrd, who was near the top of the timing
charts all weekend. "We've been working hard
this season, and we're going to keep doing what
we're doing. The early part of the year was
difficult; hopefully this is a sign of things to
"This will definitely build momentum going into
the next race," added Byrd. "More importantly,
it will raise the morale in the Byrd compound,
making all of those 18-hour shifts meaningful."
With the victory, Byrd moves up four positions
to third in points, 59 markers behind Wimmer.
Doug Gust (No. 55 Team Rockstar, MSR, Suzuki,
Yoshimura, Pro Taper) is second in the title
chase, while John Natalie (No. 13 Can-Am) and
Josh Creamer (No. 9 Team Monster Energy
Drink/Kawasaki) are fourth and fifth,
The next race for the ITP Tires/Moose Racing
AMA/ATVA Championship is scheduled for May 10-11
at Sunset Ridge MX in Walnut, Ill.
DANVILLE, Va. (April 27, 2008) – Results of
Sunday’s ITP/Moose Racing AMA Pro ATV Motocross
Championship at Birch Creek Motorsports (Showing
finishing position, rider, bike number, bike
brand, hometown and moto finishing positions):
Joe Byrd, 7, Honda, Union City, Tenn., 1-1.
Dustin Wimmer, 191, Suzuki, Center Valley, Pa.,
Jason Dunkelberger, 19, Honda, Trevorton, Pa.,
Doug Gust, 55, Can-Am, Salem, Wis., 4-7.
Jeremy Lawson, 16, Can-Am, Battletown, Ky., 6-5.
Josh Upperman, 20, Honda, Louisville, Ohio,
Harold Goodman, 708, Honda, Brownstown, Mich.,
John Natalie, 13, Can-Am, Houtzdale, Pa., 5-11.
Cody Miller, 22, Can-Am, Greenville, Texas, 9-9.
Josh Creamer, 9, Kawasaki, North Stonington,
Rocco Arno, Jr., 101, Honda, Bridgeton, N.J.,
Jasmin Plante, 91, Yamaha, Notre Dame, Quebec,
Keith Little, 12, Kawasaki, Spruce Pine, Ala.,
Greg Geen, 10, Can-Am, Simcoe, Ontario, 16-12.
John Ragon, 98, Honda, Milan, Tenn., 15-14.
Pat Brown, 199, Yamaha, Pittstown, N.J., 18-13.
Cale Downen, 727, Honda, Junction, Ill., 14-19.
Sage Baker, 49, Can-Am, Shasta Lake, Calif.,
Russ Shumaker, 69, Kawasaki, Bristol, Wis.,
Chad Wienen, 44, Suzuki, Galena, Ill., 19-20.
ITP Tires/Moose Racing AMA Pro ATV Motocross
Championship points leaders: Wimmer 178, Gust
145, Byrd 119, Natalie 113, Creamer 104, Goodman
103, Wienen 92, Dunkelberger 82, Lawson 80, Arno
ENTRIES STRONG...Total entries for this weekend
were an event record 654 in 34 classes, with 26
riders representing the Pro Class.
TOP QUALIFIER... Josh Creamer set the fastest
time in final qualifying held mid-morning on
Sunday, winning the Ti Fuel Fast Qualifier
Award. Creamer turned a two-minute,
.524-of-a-second lap on the wet track surface.
Creamer backed up his fast time in first-round
qualifying, which was more than four seconds
faster, set yesterday in dry conditions.
HOLESHOT WINNERS...Joe Byrd won the Suspension
Systems Holeshot Award en route to winning the
first moto and the ATVRiders.com Holeshot Award
in the second moto.
IRON MEN...John Natalie, Jr. and Chad Wienen
were both suffering the after effects of
injuries sustained prior to the weekend. Natalie
has an infection in his left eye, and Wienen was
involved in an accident last week while training
for this event, which left him with a sore
shoulder. Interestingly, the two made contact in
the first moto and Wienen ended up with the
worst of the incident, going off in one the
track's uphill sections. Neither rider was
seriously injured in the tangle.
TRACK CONDITIONS...Saturday was warm and dry,
but evening thunderstorms washed over the
Danville area Saturday evening and didn't stop
until 7 a.m. Sunday. However, due to hard work
by the track staff, the wet weather only delayed
Sunday's program by one hour.
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