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ITP/Moose Racing AMA/ATVA ATV Motocross National Championship Series

Wimmer on Way to Defending Championship
Takes Glen Helen Overall followed by Creamer and Byrd

SAN BERNARDINO, CA (March 8, 2009) -- Defending champion and Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Dustin Wimmer challenged a full gate of hungry Pro riders to take the win at the opening round of the 2009 ITP/Moose Racing AMA ATV Motocross Championship presented by Parts Unlimited. The weather was perfect for racing, and while Wimmer could not say the same of his first moto, he rebounded with a holeshot and a solid second moto to secure his bid for the number-one spot on the podium.

"It's always easy getting out front first. You don't have to work as hard," Wimmer said of his second moto. "However, it is never easy on a rough and sandy track like Glen Helen Raceway. I came up on two wheels in the second or third lap and thought I was going to lose it. But defending my championship like this; it feels great."

The first moto was easily the most exciting way to open the 2009 series. The MotorcycleUSA.com Holeshot Award winner, Josh Creamer with Monster Energy Kawasaki, pulled some early ground over a pack of Honda's including rookie Nick DeNoble, Josh Upperman and Joe Byrd after rounding the famous Talladega turn. Wimmer came out fifth, after taking nearly half the race to reach and pass Byrd who made it up to second. Eventually gaining ground on Creamer, Wimmer stalked him for the later part of the moto narrowly taking the lead on several occasions until Creamer changed his lines to hold his ground. With Creamer riding smart, Kawasaki earned their first moto of the year.

The second moto played out quite differently with Wimmer powering his Suzuki to the second MotorcycleUSA.com Holeshot Award and easily settling into the lead over Byrd who leveled out in second. Creamer, after a middle pack start, made his way into the number three spot that secured the second spot on the podium behind Wimmer; something that he did not quite realize during the race.

"My mechanic was telling me 'second, second' and I didn't know what it meant," Creamer said. "I was thinking, trying to figure it out. I guess I was never really good at math."

Byrd rounded out the podium happy with a better start to the season compared to last year. "We had a better setup in the second moto and we like this track," he said. "It's good and rough."

Yamaha rookie Thomas Brown was so excited to be at the race you couldn't wipe the grin off of his face. The Sanger, Texas native was riding like he definitely belonged next to the veterans of the class. Riding an ailing machine in moto one, he kept it together to finish ninth then upped it to fourth for a fourth overall.

Another rookie and Byrd's protege, Clay Holmes of Lexington, Tenn., came close to earning the number four spot, but the quiet rider earned eighth and fifth to grab his first Top 5 finish in the Pro class.

Can-Am mounted riders John Natalie of Warnert Racing earned fifth and tenth for sixth overall while Motoworks' Jeremy Lawson finished the day in seventh with tenth and seventh for his motos.

Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Doug Gust, who got tangled on the start in moto one, reached thirteenth at the checkers and ended the second moto in sixth for eighth overall.

Baldwin Motorsport Honda's Josh Upperman had a great start to moto one but faded back to sixth then suffered a rough second moto relegating him to fourteenth for ninth overall.

Rounding out the Top 10 overall was Canadian Greg Gee who switched brands in the off season and entered 2009 on a Honda.

The 2009 ITP/Moose Racing AMA ATV Motocross Championship heads east to Pell City, Alabama for the FMF Spring Nationals at Mill Creek Raceway on March 21 and 22 where the amateur classes will join the series with their opening round of the season.

Quick Notes: The weather was perfect, the stands were full of spectators and the track had incredible media support for the only California round on the tour...As one of four Pro rookie's entering the 2009 season, Nick DeNoble got "too excited" and ran out of steam after narrowly pulling the holeshot in his first moto as a Pro rider...Houser Honda's Harold Goodman and Warnert Can-Am's Cody Miller connected in the rolling section of the track in moto one forcing a disappointing moto (and day) for both...Mitch Reynolds is not only a rookie but also pilots the only Polaris in the field.

Results:
Glen Helen National
San Bernardino, CA
March 8, 2009

OVERALL

#

BRAND

NAME

MOTO 1

MOTO 2

1

1

SUZ

Dustin Wimmer

2

1

2

9

KAW

Josh Creamer

1

3

3

7

HON

Joe Byrd

3

2

4

84

YAM

Thomas Brown

9

4

5

79

HON

Clay Holmes

8

5

6

13

CAN

John Natalie

5

10

7

16

CAN

Jeremy Lawson

10

7

8

55

SUZ

Doug Gust

13

6

9

20

HON

Josh Upperman

6

14

10

10

HON

Greg Gee

14

9

11

12

KAW

Keith Little

7

16

12

44

KAW

Chad Wienen

4

19

13

99

YAM

Pat Brown

11

13

14

70

CAN

Brandon Smith

15

11

15

708

HON

Harold Goodman

19

8

16

68

KAW

Russell Shumaker

12

15

17

123

HON

Nick DeNoble

16

12

18

46

CAN

Richard Pelchat

17

17

19

22

CAN

Cody Miller

18

18

20

137

PLS

Mitch Reynolds

20

20

About the ITP Tires/Moose Racing AMA ATV Motocross Championship Presented by Parts Unlimited
The ITP Tires/Moose Racing AMA ATV Motocross Championship 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 Pro series and 10-round amateur 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 in the Pro ranks, while keeping close to the grassroots racing and fun that makes people love to go to the races. For more information, please visit www.atvmotocross.com.

About the ATV Association (ATVA)
The ATV Association ("ATVA") is the official sanctioning body of the amateur division of the ITP Tires/Moose Racing AMA ATV Motocross Championship 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 in recent years, and continues to gain momentum and support, outselling off-road motorcycles annually. For more information, please visit www.atvaonline.com.

About the ATV Promoters Group (ATVPG)
The ATVPG is composed of the individual promoters that host the ITP Tires/Moose Racing AMA ATV Motocross Championship Presented by Parts Unlimited. The goal of the ATVPG is to raise awareness of ATV motocross through the production of professional and amateur championship racing events. For more information on the ATVPG and the ATV National events they produce, please visit www.atvmotocross.com.


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