Joel Hetrick's First
Joel Hetrick takes his first of two
Pro holeshots during Round 5 at Sunset Ridge MX.
Hetrick suffered severe blisters and
arm pump from a stiff thumb throttle but didn't
back off in his quest to prove he can run with
Hetrick had to put on his thinking
cap to remember his sponsors during all the
excitement of his first appearance on the Pro
podium but he managed, as always, to plug those
who support him. They are...
(Oil City, PA - 5/10/2011) Someday he will be
a champion. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow,
but some day in the not so distant future,
Hetrick Racing/Makson Construction's Joel
Hetrick will leave a major mark on the sport of
ATV racing...bank on it.
During his Pro debut at the opening round of the
2011 AMA-ATV Motocross Championship series in
Georgia, Hetrick came out of the gate smokin'
with a bundle of nerves wrapped around his neck.
He admitted he was concerned about the veteran
Pros behind him and after two motos of racing,
filled with looking back to see who was closing
in on him, he scratched out a 6th place overall
finish for the event. Not bad for a rookie Pro,
but unacceptable to Hetrick's higher
expectations of himself.
Rounds 2 and 3 proved to be trying times.
Plagued by mechanical problems and towed off the
track more often than he crossed the checkers,
Hetrick decided to make major changes in his
racing program, going so far as to change ATV
manufactures completely, a decision which is
unheard of in the Pro ranks due to the time
necessary to adjust to a totally different brand
of quad. Did this set Hetrick back?
Round 4, the "Rain Race" as it has been tagged,
in Maryland at Budds Creek was a sloppy test of
survival, not a proving ground for a Rookie Pro
who's on a new machine. Then came Round 5. At
Sunset Ridge in Illinois, Joel Hetrick made a
statement which was heard loud and clear
throughout the ATV motocross national
community..."Here's what I'm made of...Here's my
new ride...Expect more."
Not only did he capture both Pro moto holeshots,
but he ran up-front with the best of them for
twenty minutes plus two laps, never backing down
to nerves, never letting off the throttle. He
had found his machine and had rekindled the
confidence that had driven him to multiple
amateur championships in year's past. The
decision to change brands paid off. He crossed
the checkers in the first moto in third and the
second moto in second. Thus, his first Pro
podium, taking second overall, a feat not
accomplished by any Pro rookie for well over a
Joel Hetrick's performance at Sunset Ridge is
just a sneak peek at what's to come during the
remaining six rounds of this year's AMA-ATV
Motocross Championship series. With a machine
under him that he can count on and a belly full
of confidence provided by his Round 5 run,
Hetrick will be a factor in the Pro class...a
major factor...a deciding factor...a factor that
will have to be dealt with on it's own terms,
which happen to be...Joel Hetrick's terms.
Hetrick had to put on his thinking cap to
remember his sponsors during all the excitement
of his first appearance on the Pro podium but he
managed, as always, to plug those who support
him. They are...Hetrick Racing, Makson
Construction, JB Racing, Maximum RPM, Fly
Racing, Elka Suspension, Walsh Race Craft,
MotoWorks, Easton, Maxxis, Lone Star Racing,
Tiger Racing, Pro Graph-X, Quad Tech, Rage ATV,
Rath Racing, Luke Nixon Racing, Precision Racing
Products, DWT, Oury ATV Grips, DP Brakes, Fuel
Customs, PowerMadd, Outerwears, Rebel Gears,
Kal-Gard, Intense Fabrication & Design, Hinson
Clutches, Pafford EMS and World Of Wheels.