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Monster Energy Kawasaki ATV Race Team

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Josh Creamer Finishes Runner Up in Season Opener

San Bernardino, Calif. – Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Josh Creamer started the season off consistent with two great motos to finish runner-up at the season opener of the AMA ATV Motocross Championship at Glen Helen Raceway. His moto one victory helped him secure second place overall after he finished third in the second moto. Teammate Chad Wienen battled during his first moto to finish fourth, but did not finish the second moto and eventually came away with a 12th place overall.

Starting Off On The Right Foot
After training hard and putting in the time during the off-season, Creamer was able to walk out of the first round with confidence that he can win. His moto one win proved just that and he remained consistent with a third place in moto two to tie his best finish in the series.

“Starting off the season in second place is great,” said Creamer. “I’m not disappointed at all because I want to be consistent. I felt I did that today. But as long as we get on the box in the future I will be happy.”

Expectations
A season opener is full of anticipation, not only for the fans but for the riders as well. Creamer has one thing on his mind as the season starts.

“I want to win,” said Creamer. “Winning is obviously my first goal. I also realize that to win championships you have to be consistent and I feel that second overall definitely helped start the season off right.”

New Team Member, Chad Wienen
Wienen’s first moto allowed him to show off his skill as he worked his way through the pack to fourth. The second moto was a different story as the rough track of Glen Helen Raceway brought Wienen’s race to a stand still.

“In the first moto I was up there with the pack, but I stalled it on my own,” said Wienen. “I ended up coming back up to fourth for that moto so I was happy with that. From there, I just started concentrating on the second moto. The bike was running great and I knew I could get up there, but I think I got a rock stuck in my fan halfway through the moto so my engine wasn’t cooling what it needed to.”

Optimism Is Key
Wienen didn’t get the greatest start to the season, but he is optimistic about the long season ahead of him with 11 events still remaining.

“This really is a long season and anything can happen,” said Wienen. “Right now, I am just looking ahead to Alabama for the next race and hopefully I can put this race behind me.”

Heading Back East
The series has completed its West Coast appearance and now heads back east to Alabama for round two. Creamer hasn’t had the greatest luck with the Millcreek Raceway, but is claiming this year is different.

“I’m looking at the second round as a fresh start,” said Creamer. “I know I haven’t had the greatest luck there in the past, but it’s a new season and I am putting the past behind me.”

Results AMA ATV Motocross Championship
Glen Helen Raceway- San Bernardino, Calif.
March 8, 2009

Pro Overall Results (Moto Finishes)

1. Dustin Wimmer, Center Valley, Pa., Suzuki, 2-1
2. JOSH CREAMER, N. STONINGTON, CONN., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 1-3
3. Joe Byrd, Union City, Tenn., Honda, 3-2
4. Thomas Brown, Sanger, Texas, Yamaha, 9-4
5. Clay Holmes, Lexington, Tenn., Honda, 8-5
6. John Natalie, Houtzdale, Pa., Can Am, 5-10
7. Jeremy Lawson, Live Oak, Fla., Can Am 10-7
8. Doug Gust, Salem, Wis., Suzuki 13-6
9. Josh Upperman, Louisville, Ohio, Honda, 6-14
10. Greg Gee, Simcoe, Ontario, Honda, 14-9
11. KEITH LITTLE, SPRUCE PINE, ALA., KAWASAKI, 7-16
12. CHAD WIENEN, GALENA, ILL., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 4-19
16. RUSSELL, SHUMAKER, BRISTOL, WIS., KAWASAKI, 12-15


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