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Warnert AMA ATV MX report round 7
John Natalie Takes Moto Win at Unadilla

Cody Miller
Cody Miller

John Natalie
John Natalie

New Berlin, NY – Diversity was the name of the game at Unadilla this weekend where the only thing hotter than the weather, was the action on the track as John Natalie took his second moto win of the season. The blistering heat wave that has been plaguing the east coast not only brought rising temperatures, but also some very diverse weather conditions; conditions which were a blessing in disguise for the Warnert team.

Some issues with the gate pick put both John Natalie and Cody Miller in the last places for the pick, which landed both racers in less than desirable gate positions.  Natalie and Miller made the best of the situation even though they were at the back of the pack on the first moto holeshot.

John came into the first corner in 16th place, but began the process of picking off his competition. By the 7th lap, John had worked his way to 7th place, where he stayed to the end of the moto. Miller did not fare quite as well in the first moto as the high heat and humidity took their toll and fatigue set in. Miller ended his first moto in 16th place; however, moto number two would be a different story for both racers.

With only a couple of hours before they would be lining up for the second moto, the rain began to fall. The Warnert team made a couple of last minute changes to ensure the DS450’s would make it through the slick mud and abundant puddles that were forming with out sucking in any water as goggles were being prepped with extra tear offs to keep vision as clear as possible in the wet conditions.

As the gate dropped, John came flying off the line and by the 2nd turn had taken the lead. John began to pull away from the rest of the pack and at one point had an incredible seven-second lead. John led the entire moto unchallenged and went on to take his second moto win of the season. “It feels really good to take the win again. Warnert did a good job of getting things ready today,” said Natalie. John’s 7-1 finishes put him in 4th overall for the day and moved him up to 4th place in the points race with 181 points.

Meanwhile, Cody Miller, who was secretly hoping for rain, got his wish for moto two. Conditions that seem less than favorable to other racers seem to agree quite well with Miller as he has always seems to prevail in the mud and this time was no different. Miller came off the line in mid-pack and began picking off riders one by one. “I just stayed focused and tried to keep my vision clear,” said Miller. By the 11th lap, Miller had charged his way up to 6th place, where he remained all the way to the checkered flag. Cody’s 16-6 finishes put him in 10th overall. Cody currently remains in 11th place in the points standings with 117 points.

The next round of the AMA ATV Motocross Nationals will be held at Muddy Creek Raceway in Blountville, TN on June 21-22 where Natalie hopes to put his DS450 at the top spot on the podium.

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