Gust Comes away Clean in Johnstown
veteran earn second win of the 2008 season.
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (July 13,
2008) -- Doug Gust raced fast and
consistent to earn the overall Pro ATV victory
Sunday at Pleasure Valley Raceway. The event,
the American Suzuki Summer National, was Round 9
of the ITP Tires/Moose Racing AMA ATVA Pro
Doug Gust does a burnout on the podium
after winning Sunday's race as the large
crowd looks on (Stephani McIntyre
Gust (No. 55 Team
MSR/Suzuki/Yoshimura/Pro Taper Suzuki) took the
victory, his second this season, ahead of Josh
Creamer (No. 9 Monster Energy Kawasaki). Series
points leader Dustin Wimmer (No. Team
MSR/Suzuki/Yoshimura/Pro Taper) finished third,
maintaining his healthy points advantage.
"When it started raining, I started
smiling,” said the affable Gust. “Dustin was
riding really well and when he got around me I
wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to get him
back. But, when it started raining, that
"These wins feel better than any
I’ve had in my career because of how tight the
competition is," added Gust. "Look at the lap
sheets. We are all within a second or so of each
other, so to be able to win against a field like
we have feels incredible.”
riders won the event, it was a great day for
factory Kawasaki. Josh Creamer took the holeshot
and the win in the first moto, while his
teammate Keith Little (No. 12 Monster Energy
Kawasaki) rode well all day to finish fifth
“I wanted the win today very
badly,” said Creamer. “I didn’t get a very good
holeshot in the second moto, but I charged as
hard as I could to get to the front pack. Right
when I reached fourth, it started raining and I
had to take off my goggles. It was a good day
though, and we’ll win soon.”
grabbed the Suspension Systems Holeshot Award in
the first moto and led the pack to the green
flag. Also gating well were Gust and Wimmer,
with John Natalie Jr. (No. 13 Cam-Am) and Greg
Gee (No. 10 Team Epic Racing/Can-Am) rounding
out the top five at the conclusion of the first
lap. Creamer set a lightning quick pace and
pulled out to a two-second lead by the halfway
Meanwhile, Gust pulled clear of
Wimmer, who appeared to be riding cautiously in
the slick conditions. Natalie could smell blood
and laid down a couple of the fastest laps of
the moto to draw close to Wimmer’s rear wheels.
From there, things went downhill for the
hometown hero, as Natalie suffered a flat tire,
and, later, engine problems. Up front, Gust
mounted a charge but Creamer held on for the
opening moto victory. Wimmer rode home third
with Little and Gee rounding out the top five.
The moto was a big heartbreak for Chad
Wienen (No. 44 Rockstar/MSR/Suzuki/Yoshimura/Pro
Taper Suzuki) who had qualified a close second.
Wienen’s Suzuki suffered an electrical problem
on the starting line and was unable to start the
Gust earned the ATVRiders.com
Holeshot Award in the second moto. Hot on his
heels was teammate Wimmer, who dogged the
veteran relentlessly. Creamer had a poor start
but was charging through the pack quickly.
Business picked up around the halfway point of
the moto as Wimmer made his move on Gust and
took over the lead. Almost simultaneously, the
heavens opened and heavy rain began to pound the
Wimmer would only lead one lap
before sliding out on a tricky jump. Once in the
lead, Gust never faltered, taking the checkered
flag about five seconds ahead of Jeremy Lawson
(No. 16 Team Epic Can-Am) and earned the overall
victory. Creamer finished the moto third, which
was good enough for second overall.
Suzuki continues to hold the lead in the
Manufacturers' Cup standings.
award winners were:
Ti Lube Fast Qualifier
Award: Dustin Wimmer
Holeshot Award--Moto 1: Josh Creamer
ATVRiders.com Holeshot Award--Moto 2: Doug Gust
DASA Mechanic of the Race: Brandon Lamey
The next race for the ITP Tires/Moose Racing
AMA/ATVA National Motocross Championship is
scheduled for July 26-27 at Redbud Raceway in
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (July 13,
2008) – Results of Sunday’s ITP/ Tires Moose
Racing AMA Pro ATV Motocross Championship at
Pleasure Valley Raceway (Showing finishing
position, rider, bike number, bike brand,
hometown, and moto finishes):
Gust, 55, Suzuki, Salem, Wis., 2-1.
Creamer, 9, Kawasaki, North Stonington, Conn.,
3. Dustin Wimmer, 191, Suzuki, Center
Valley, Pa., 3-4.
4. Jeremy Lawson, 16,
Can-Am, Battletown, Ky., 6-2.
Little, 12, Kawasaki, Spruce Pine, Al., 4-6.
6. Greg Gee, 10, Can-Am, Simcoe, ON., 5-9.
Joe Byrd, 7, Honda, Union City, Tenn., 8-8.
8. Russell Schumaker, 68, Kawasaki, Bristol,
9. Sage M. Baker, 9, Can-Am,
Shasta Lake, Calif., 12-7.
10. Rocco Arno,
Jr., 101, Honda, Bridgeton, N.J., 14-10.
Josh Upperman, 20, Honda, Louisville, Ohio.,
12. Chad Wienen, 44, Suzuki, Galena,
13. Cody Miller, 22, Can-Am,
Greenville, Texas., 10-17.
14. John Natalie
Jr., 13, Can-Am, Houtzdale, Pa., 16-12.
Cale Downen, 727, Honda, Juction, Ill, 13-15.
16. Harold Goodman, 708, Honda, Romulus,
17. Jason Dunkleberger, 19,
Honda, Treverton, Pa., 19-14.
Brown, 199, Yamaha, Pittstown, N.J., 15-18.
19. John Ragon, 98, Honda, Milan, Tenn., 18-16.
20. Hunter Miller, 90, Honda, Greenville,
ITP Tires/Moose Racing AMA
Pro ATV Motocross Championship points leaders:
Wimmer 367, Byrd 288, Gust 280, Creamer 242,
Lawson 233, Natalie Jr., 214, Goodman 209,
Upperman, 182, Weinen 174, Arno Jr., 164
RIDE TO LIVE...An after race
benefit dinner was held by 88 Live to Ride
Mobile Medical Unit Saturday night. Nearly
$4,000 was raised to support the Mobile Medical
Unit, which is sponsored by the 88 Live to Ride
non-profit organization. The organization is
headed by Debi Bartosek, which established the
effort in honor of her son, Matt who lost his
life in a racing accident.
Pleasure Valley staff held an impressive
fireworks display Saturday night. Explosions and
starbursts lit up the sky for a solid 30
minutes, thrilling the crowd.
REQUIRES BALLANCE...GNCC ATV legend Bill Ballance was on hand assisting the factory
Yamaha/Golden West Cycle team.
CONNECTION… Jeremie Warnia made the long trek
from Bountigny, France to compete in the Pro Am
and Pro Am Production classes. Warnia displayed
impressive speed but struggled to find
consistency on the unfamiliar track.
FEVER…Team Suzuki riders take the win and two
spots on the podium at the American Suzuki
Summer National. American Suzuki Sports Manager,
Pat Alexander could be seen wearing a big smile
after the race.
"Jeff Cernic did a lot of
preparation with the track, and I think things
went pretty well for the first time," said event
winner and Team Suzuki veteran Rider Doug Gust.
"It’s easy for me to say because I won and all,
but it was a great day of ATV racing and we had
a great crowd.”
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