Byrd Nets Win
No. 3 in Michigan
clinches 2008 AMA Championship.
BUCHANAN, Mich. (July 27,
2008) -- With the championship decided
and the pressure off, Joe Byrd put on a riding
clinic Sunday, winning the RedBud National at
RedBud MX. The event was Round 10 of the 2008
Moose Racing/ITP Tires AMA/ATVA National
Championship Presented by Parts Unlimited.
Joe Byrd clutches his trophy after
winning the RedBud National on Sunday (Amelio
Joe Bird (center) shares the podium with
runner-up Chad Wienen (left) and
third-place finisher Doug Gust (Amelio
With his fourth-place finish in the first
moto, Dustin Wimmer (No. 191 Team
MSR/Suzuki/Yoshimura/Pro Taper Suzuki), clinched
the Riders' Championship, taking home the AMA
No. 1 Plate.
"I'm still speechless," said Wimmer. "This
makes all of the hard work really meaningful.
What a great season."
Byrd (No. 7 American Honda/Joe Byrd Quad
School Honda) finished second in the first moto
behind Chad Wienen (No. 44 Team Rockstar/MSR/Suzuki/Yoshimura/Pro
Taper Suzuki), and he dominated the second moto,
winning the ATVRiders.com Holeshot Award and
running away from the pack. Wienen was second
overall, ahead of teammate Doug Gust. (No. 55
Team Rockstar/MSR/Suzuki/Yoshimura/Pro Taper
"Dunlop gave me some new tires this
weekend and they really hooked up," said Byrd of
his third victory of the season. "The bike was
just fast all weekend. We took the holeshot and
then we just cruised.
"It's my job to win
races," said Byrd, who remains second in the
points chase. "It's what I get paid to do."
Byrd was congratulatory of Wimmer winning his
first ever AMA title.
"Lady luck really didn’t smile on us early in
the season," said Byrd, "but Dustin and his team
really worked hard all season. My hat is off to
them. He deserved the championship."
Byrd also won the Third Base of the ITP Grand
Slam presented by QUAD Magazine, earning a
$1,000 bonus. Byrd retains his lead in the Grand
Slam points. The $5,000 program is a
championship within a championship that
concludes in two weeks at the season finale. In
addition to cash prizes for the Pros, Amateur
riders will earn special Gold, Silver and Bronze
Special award winners were:
Ti Lube Fast Qualifier Award:
Suspension Systems Holeshot
Award--Moto 1: Josh Creamer
Holeshot Award--Moto 2: Joe Byrd
Mechanic of the Race: Glen Schulde (Wimmer)
The next race for the ITP Tires/Moose Racing
AMA/ATVA National Motocross Championship is the
2008 regular season finale, scheduled for Aug.
9-10 at Loretta Lynn's Ranch in Hurricane Mills,
BUCHANAN, Mich. (July 27,
2008) -- Results of Sunday’s ITP/ Tires
Moose Racing AMA Pro ATV Motocross Championship
at RedBud MX (Showing finishing position, rider,
bike number, bike brand, hometown, and moto
Byrd, 7, Honda, Union City, Tenn., 2-1.
Chad Wienen, 44, Suzuki, Galena, Ill., 1-2.
3. Doug Gust, 55,
Suzuki, Salem, Wis., 3-5.
John Natalie, Jr., 13, Can-Am, Houtzdale, Pa.,
5. Dustin Wimmer,
191, Suzuki, Center Valley, Pa., 4-6.
Harold Goodman, 708, Honda, Romulus, Mich., 8-7.
7. Josh Upperman, 20,
Honda, Louisville, Ohio, 6-9.
Jeremy Lawson, 16, Can-Am, Battletown, Ky., 9-8.
9. Jason Dunkelberger,
19, Honda, Trevorton, Pa., 11-11.
Josh Creamer, 9, Kawasaki, North Stonington,
11. Pat Brown, 199,
Yamaha, Pittstown, N.J., 5-20.
Gee, 10, Can-Am, Simcoe, Ontario, 16-12.
Keith Little, 12, Kawasaki, Spruce Pine, Ala.,
14. Rocco Arno, Jr., 101, Honda,
Bridgetown, N.J., 14-14.
Shumaker, 68, Kawasaki, Bristol, Wis, 10-18.
16. Jeremi Warnia, 62, Suzuki, Paris,
17. Cale Downen, 727,
Honda, Junction, Ill., 12-17.
Jasmin Plante, 91, Yamaha, Notre Dame, Quebec,
19. Cody Miller, 22, Can-Am,
Greenville, Texas, 18-15.
Baker, 49, Can-Am, Shasta Lake, Calif., 17-16.
ITP Tires/Moose Racing AMA Pro ATV Motocross
Championship points leaders: Wimmer 400, Byrd
355, Gust 316, Creamer 261, Lawson 258, Natalie
248, Goodman 236, Wienen 221, Upperman 209, Arno
INTERNATIONAL ORANGE...KTM unveiled its
new race-ready SXATVs this weekend at RedBud and
factory-supported KTM quads were serviced at
KTM's race transporter here. The 450 and 505SX
the sport ATVs feature the race-spec engines and
suspension elements. The engines are modified of
the Austrian company's proven dirt bike
powerplants, and feature enlarged engine sumps
and revised engine ventilation systems. The
suspension includes an industry-exclusive fully
adjustable WP piggyback shocks with hi/lo speed
compression, preload, rebound and crossover
height adjustments on both front and rear
shocks. Tuned for motocross, the wider,
adjustable chromolysteel dual A-arms produce
superior motocross handling by achieving 50-inch
width. A-arm shock mounting location is
identical to XC models. The lightweight chromoly
steel swingarm has a new shock mounting point
designed specifically for motocross.
The new KTM quads will be
available for customer purchase at the end of
August. According to team officials, KTM is
currently "exploring" bringing a factory team to
ATV Motocross competition, beginning next
STARS...Polaris recently unveiled its
redesigned Outlaw 450 MXR. This
out-of-the-box-race-ready quad comes from the
factory with many motocross racing features,
include remote-reservoir FOX Podium X Racing
Shox, a KTM 450cc engine, upgraded brakes,
aluminum bumper and heel pockets and
center-mounted exhaust. The Outlaw 450 MXR is
powered by a KTM engine.
Polaris' Rath Racing factory
team will debut the new ride in ATV Motocross
competition, beginning next season.
WORKAHOLIC...According to Team Suzuki
Manager Pat Alexander newly crowned AMA Pro ATV
Champion Dustin Wimmer came into the season well
ahead of the curve: "Dustin came into testing
prior to the season and he was already two
seconds ahead of the rest of the team. I think
it really shows how much of a work ethic he has.
He definitely did his homework in the off
season, and it paid off in a big way. The entire
team is so excited."
FAVORITES...Team Suzuki teammates Doug
Gust and Chad Wienen were definitely the crowd's
favorites this weekend. Both are relatively
local, with Wienen from nearby Galena, Ill. and
Gust from Salem, Wis., and the duo certainly did
their homework prior to the event. Both appeared
at the AMA Toyota Motorcycle National
Championship presented by FMF held here two
weeks ago, signing autographs and meeting the
fans. Many fans returned to see them shine in
the ATV race.
SUCCESS...Many fans chose to take a break
from the racing action and visit this weekend's
Outdoor Showcase. Included as part of the event
were demo rides by both Can-Am and Yamaha, as
well as several other displays, including a
large AMSOIL booth that included all of its
popular synthetic lubricants and other products.
WEATHER...Warm, sunny and thankfully dry
weather was the forecast all weekend at RedBud.
About the ITP/Moose
ATV National Motocross Championship Series
Presented by Parts Unlimited
The AMA ITP/Moose ATV National Motocross
Championship Series Presented by Parts Unlimited
is the nation’s premier amateur and professional
ATV motocross series, and competes at top
motocross facilities nationwide. The 11-round
series features the Nation's best racers, teams
and sponsors, and is America’s largest and
longest-running ATV National Motocross series
with more than 20 years of competition. The
series continues to expand and produce top
talent from the amateur ranks, while keeping
close to the grassroots fun that makes people
love to go to the races. Series sponsors include
title sponsors ITP Tires and Moose, and
presenting sponsor Parts Unlimited. Premiere and
Feature sponsors include ATV Sport, Moto Tees,
Scott USA, Maxxis Tires, Elka Suspension and
H-Bomb Films/Division Four. Associate sponsors
include Weekend Warrior Trailers, Denton Racing,
and Hinson Racing. Media partners include ATV
Insider, ATV Rider and ATVRiders.com. For more
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About the ATV
The ATV Association (“ATVA”) is the official
sanctioning body of the amateur division of the
ATVA ITP/Moose ATV National Motocross
Championship Series Presented by Parts
Unlimited. The 9,000-member ATVA is a sister
organization of the 260,000 member American
Motorcyclist Association (AMA). ATV racing has
experienced phenomenal growth at the rate of 25%
in the past two years, and continues to gain
momentum and support, outselling off-road
motorcycles annually. Each ATVA round attracts
hundreds of racers who compete for bragging
rights to one of 31 amateur national titles. For
more information, please visit