Natalie Becomes the Target as 2012 ATVMX Season
Kicks off in Georgia
Aonia Pass MX
Hosts Opening Round This Weekend
Morgantown, W.Va. (March 21, 2012) -
Motoworks/Can-Am's John Natalie knows exactly
what it's like to defend a championship in the
AMA ATV Motocross National Championship Series,
but it's been since his 2005 title-run that the
ATV Motocross veteran has had the pressure on
his shoulders. Natalie is set to defend his 2011
title against the fastest four-wheeled ATV
Motocross racers in the world this Saturday,
March 24, at Aonia Pass MX Park in Washington,
Natalie is the rider to beat in this
Upperman never goes down without a fight
Photos By: Mike Roth - Event Pix
The pool of talent in this year's Pro ATVMX
class is setting up the 2012 season to be on of
the most highly contested battles to date.
Baldwin Motorports/PEP/Upperman Racing's Josh
Upperman challenged Natalie's championship run
all the way to the final round of racing, where
he and the current champ went head-to-head,
leaving Upperman less than ten points short of
the title. Ohio's Upperman is back with his
Baldwin Motorsports team on a very familiar
Honda machine and looks to continue as a heavy
contender once again this season.
Motoworks/Can-Am's newest addition, Joel
Hetrick, ended his rookie season in 2011 with an
overall win at Loretta Lynn's, sweeping both
motos over a stacked field of seasoned pros.
With a full season in the pro class under his
belt, and a fifth place finish in last year's
point standings, the young Hetrick is expected
to come out on fire this season.
The TBROWN Yamaha powered by Moto-X-Perts
rider, Thomas Brown, returns to the series with
a familiar program again this season, but this
time the Texas native wants vengeance. Brown
struggled early last season with bike issues,
but as soon as he got atop the podium at round
six, consistency set in and the Yamaha rider
finished a close fourth behind Jeremy Lawson in
the championship point standings.
2011 seemed to be the year for Chad Wienen,
as he swept the opening two rounds of racing and
then went on to win all but three of the first
seven races, looking heavily favored to win his
first-ever AMA Pro ATVMX championship.
Unfortunately a practice crash caused the
Illinois boy to sit out the rest of the season
as a result of back surgery, but Wienen is back
this year aboard his Wienen Motorsports/SSi
Decals/Walsh Race Craft/Yamaha Racing machine
and claims to be stronger than ever.
Joe Byrd Quad Riding School/American Honda's
Joe Byrd returns this season after a tenth place
finish in the championship standings. Byrd
secured a win at last year's Steel City round
and there's no doubt he will be back to reclaim
a shot at the title this season.
The pro riders will run Saturday as part of a
full schedule of amateur racing, including
classes for Youth, Women and Veteran riders.
Amateurs will practice on Friday and race on
Saturday and Sunday.
To get to the track from Atlanta, take I-20
East to Exit 160 (Hwy 223 Norwood Exit). Go left
and travel on Hwy 223 until it dead-ends with
Hwy 78. Turn right on Hwy 78. The venue is 2.5
miles down on your right (look for the big Aonia
Pass Motoplex sign).
The 2012 AMA ATV Motocross Championship will
kick off March 24 and 25 at Aonia Pass MX in
Washington, Ga., with Pro class racing starting
at 1 p.m. Saturday, supported by 37 amateur
classes throughout Saturday and Sunday. Tickets
on Saturday are $20 for spectators ($10 for ages
6-11), and admission includes full pro-pit
access and an autograph session. For more
information, please visit
About the AMA ATV Motocross
The AMA ATV Motocross Championship
is the nation's premier amateur and professional
ATV motocross series, hosted at top motocross
facilities nationwide. The 10-round series
features the Nation's best racers, teams and
sponsors, and is America's largest and
longest-running ATV national motocross program.
Since 1985, the series continues to expand and
produce top talent from the amateur ranks, while
premiering the professional class. For more
information, please visit