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By: Vicki Eaton

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

MillCreek 2009 ATVA MX National Championship Women’s Pro Am

Millcreek MX Park in Pell City, Alabama hosted Round 2 of the AMA ATV Motocross Championship of 2009, the first round that the amateur racing actually begins.

This year starting in the Pro Am Women’s Class, Heather Byrd will defend her championship title once again. Michelle Natalie is back along with Adrienne Cooper. I had a chance to speak with Adrienne Cooper while she was training in Florida. She starts off her day of training with a trip to the gym for a few hours and then heads out to the track to ride for the rest of the day 5-6 days a week. It’s nice to see Adrienne Cooper back in the saddle this year looking good at Friday’s practice.

Jamie Jones is back along with Michelle Suciu, Emily Young, and Jessica Doherty. Jessica “Shorty” Doherty has been out for a few years after a very serious injury in Florida in 2007. It’s good to see her back on the track.

Moto 1 Heather Byrd takes the holeshot with Michelle Natalie tracking behind her in second place. Heather and Michelle are in a race of their own with a few seconds gap between them and third place which falls to Michelle Suciu. Adrienne Cooper passes Michelle Suciu in the second lap and starts to leave a gap between Suciu and Jones. Jamie Jones is battling it out with Michelle Suciu. Jamie Jones tries several times to pass Michelle Suciu and finally does on the fourth lap and holds it to the checkered flag. Meanwhile, Jessica Doherty, on the start of the second lap, goes to hit the step up at the finish line; ends up coming off her bike and tumbling down the other side of the jump. Doherty gets up and walks over to her bike and gets back on it. She does a half a lap and pulls off. Heather Byrd takes the win for the first moto followed by: Michelle Natalie, Adrienne Cooper, Jamie Jones, Michelle Suciu, and Emily Young.

Moto 2: Heather Byrd takes the holeshot once again with Michelle Natalie battling all the way up the hill sticking to Byrd’s bumper for a short while until Byrd starts to pull away. Michelle seems to be faster this year but just not fast enough to pass the champ. Yet, Michelle runs a faster lap time on the second moto than Heather runs. Heather’s fastest lap time was a 1:39, Michelle’s fastest lap time was 1:38; and if Michelle could keep that speed for a few laps, she would have a good chance of taking the lead. Adrienne Cooper takes third in the holeshot and stays there till the checkered flag with no pressure from anyone. Back in fourth we had another battle with Jones and Suciu. Suciu holds off Jones till the checkered flag with only tenths of a second lead. Jessica Doherty did not start the second moto due to a wrist injury she received from the wreck in the first moto. Emily Young finished sixth in both races.

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