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By: Ray Larez  

ITP Quadcross

2009 Season Wrap Up and 2010 Pre-Season Warm Up

Chase Snapp claiming the holeshot in Moto one with Dustin Nelson in a very close second.
Chase Snapp claiming the holeshot in Moto one with Dustin Nelson in a very close second.
 
Moto two winner Chad Weinen way out front and looking strong for next season.
Moto two winner Chad Weinen way out front and looking strong for next season.
 
Nelson and Warnia battling it out for second place and the overall championship. Here you can see Nelson pressuring Warnia.
Nelson and Warnia battling it out for second place and the overall championship. Here you can see Nelson pressuring Warnia.
 
Running a great first Moto, Dustin Nelson was looking flawless.
Running a great first Moto, Dustin Nelson was looking flawless.
 
Even after only finishing second, Team Yamaha Dustin Nelson still had plenty to celebrate, with a cool arm pump over the finish line.
Even after only finishing second, Team Yamaha Dustin Nelson still had plenty to celebrate, with a cool arm pump over the finish line.

The last race of the season was a great one. It came down to the line as to who was going home the champion. Jeremie Warnia of the Motoworks/Can-Am Team had the point lead by just a mere 3 points, so it was still anybody’s game. Second in the points race was current ITP Quadcross Champ, Team Yamaha’s Dustin Nelson. Nelson, just coming off a last round win, was looking to take the top podium spot and the title for a second season in a row. Behind Nelson was Factory Yamaha teammate Justin Noss who was also having a good season aboard his YFZR third in points. In fourth was another Yamaha. His privateer efforts were now paying off, Jason Dunkleburger. “Dunk” (his nickname around the pits) racing for the Golden West Cycle Team, is doing pretty good being so far from home. Jason is a Pennsylvania native and travels to each round, while Golden West transports his machines to each race. The top three had championship hopes, and the rest still could take home second or third for the year. Either way it was going to be a tight one all the way down to the last Moto.

Moto One 

Moto one kicked off with a big surprise, by a rookie that just moved up in the ranks running off with the holeshot. Chase Snapp throttled his LTR to the front of the pack and took home the holeshot award. Dustin Nelson, also getting an awesome start, was right beside Snapp and wasn’t about to let his back to back championship slip though his fingers. Team Motoworks/Can-am was right behind them and closing fast. Chad Weinen and Jeremie Warnia were trying to catch those two for their own championship hopes. They were followed by Nick DeNoble and Beau Baron in fifth and sixth place.

On the second lap Nelson would take the lead and pass Snapp, as did Chad Weinen. Later, Chad would have a radiator hose blow off right before the finish and would finish third. Snapp would hold onto second and Jeremie Warnia would take third in Moto one. Nelson pulled a good lead on everyone and was looking strong for another title.

Moto Two

Well, the start of Moto two started with Chase Snapp, who in Moto one grabbed the holeshot, and was yet again out front. This rookie to the pro class was making a name for himself. However, this was all short lived as Weinen wasn’t far behind getting a good jump off the gate as well. By the second turn Weinen had made his move and didn’t look back. In third was Jeremie Warnia, Nick DeNoble was in fourth.

Nelson got a back start and was playing catch up. He started off the line in fifth place and had his work cut out for him if he’d plan to win the championship again. With the points as tight as they were, Nelson was going to have to get around Warnia or Frenchy was going to be crowned the new champion. So, Nelson got on the gas and started picking them off, until he got up to third behind Warnia. By this time Weinen already had a sizable lead and was checked out. The battle was now with the points leaders, and it was time for a real race. Nelson pressured Warnia in every corner. Nelson was just trying to find a mistake or an open hole. Then, with one lap to go, as in a fairy tale, or just like a movie plot, Warnia stalls in the middle of the track and can’t even get the machine to fire again. Disgusted, he throws his hands up in the air as Nelson blows by him to take over second place and the overall 2009 Pro Quadcross Title for the second season in a row!! As Dustin crossed the finish line, a celebratory fist pump was totally in order!! I am sure Dustin was extremely happy and was stoked it was all over. The race results for the final are as follows:

Final Rounds Overall

1 - 94  Dustin Nelson                         1 2
2 - 44  Chad Weinen                          3 1
3 - 22x  Chase Snapp                         2 5
4 - 549  Beau Baron                           5 3
5 - 97  Justin Noss                             6 6
6 - 603  Josh Fredericks                     8 7
7 - 19  Jason Dunkleberger                7 8
8 - 62  Jeremie Warnia                       4 11
9 - 123  Nick De Noble                     12 4
10 - 122  Evan Spooner                      9 9
11 - 139  Jason Fife                           10 10
12 - 22  Dustin Terry                         11 12
13 - 88  Dean Pierce                          14 13
14 - 85  Ktm Mark Watson               13 DNS

2009 Official Championship Results

1 - Dustin Nelson - Yamaha 206
2 - Jeremie Warnia 196
3 - Justin Noss - Yamaha 174
4 - Jason Dunkleberger - Yamaha 141
5 - Evan Spooner 127

2009 ended on a high note for reining ITP Quadcross Champ Dustin Nelson. After battling all season long with many fierce rivals, he prevailed as a back-to-back champion and took home the title one more year.

2010 Up Coming Season

ATV Racing has grown tremendously in the west the past 5 or 6 years. Before these years we only participated in small local races. These races were held on a dirt bike course and were predominately raced by those so-called “two wheelers”. With series like the ITP Quadcross and the WORCS series, we now have some real professional racing for ATVs. The turn-out seems to grow every year, and new families show up every weekend. Even with the economy hurting there were still plenty of die-hards out there to make 2009 one of the best seasons ever.

The 2010 season is kicking off, and it’s time to see what’s new, or what may change. The first thing to mention is there are some new sponsors like Knock-out Energy Drink. They were offering free samples at the track and had 3 flavors. As for me personally, I preferred the punch flavor. Also, Yamalube and GYT-R are now offering a holeshot award. Of course, the title sponsors for the series are Yamaha, ITP, and Glen Helen Raceway.

This season expect to see Dustin Nelson current Quadcross Champ running his number 94 aboard his Yamaha YFZ450R. Nelson was seen testing with some new sponsors this season. He will be running a new exhaust system by Motoworks. Also, new to his machine will be a chain rotor guard combo by Blingstar, which we plan to test in the near future. Looks like Nelson is switching up his program a little, and he is running a new suspension as well. He will be running Elka Suspension this season instead of the brightly colored Ohlins.

For the newly crowned WORCS Champs, Team MCR’s Beau Baron will be aboard his trusty Honda TRX450R also with Blingstar as an added sponsor. Justin Noss and Jason Dunkleberger will be aboard the Yamaha YFZ450R backed by Golden West Cycle. You might also see some familiar faces from the GNC series show up from time to time. As for the Motoworks/Can-am Team, they have been M.I.A. and may not be attending the rest of the year to solely concentrate on WORCS Series for some riders this year and GNC Series for others. But don’t worry; there will be plenty of comradely with some rookies moving up in the ranks, and the veteran racers with the experience to deliver some awesome fast-paced west coast racing action! So check back with us later for full Pro Class coverage of the first round of the 2010 ITP/Yamaha Quadcross.


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