Participation at AMA ATV Motocross Series
and Chad Wienen Discuss Preparations for Season
CYPRESS, Calif. – March 22, 2012 – Yamaha Motor
Corp., U.S.A., is growing its support of the AMA
ATV Motocross series with an expanded trackside
support program and additional team rider for
Yamaha has grown its AMA trackside
support program to include the ATV Motocross
series events this year. Pro Motorsports
from Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, will lead this effort
providing all Yamaha mounted racers with onsite
technical assistance and Yamaha Genuine Parts &
Accessories at discounted prices.
Brown, who finished a strong fourth in the
national MX series last year, is back and
motivated to climb the podium in 2012.
Chad Wienen, a veteran AMA ATV pro and multi
event winner, has joined Team Yamaha this year
and is excited about his new ride and the
opportunity to put another YFZ450R on the
In advance of the national
opener this coming weekend, Brown and Wienen
discussed how they have been preparing, what the
team expansion means, and what they expect this
Q: So, first, how do you feel
about the team expansion this year? You
guys have competed in the past. Are you
buddies now that you’re both on blue?
Thomas Brown: I’m pumped to be seeing more blue
out there. We have been friends for awhile and
it’s still that way. It will be awesome to cover
the top two spots on the box in blue. I’m just
gonna have to be the one on top!
Wienen: It’s great to see Yamaha pushing forward
with the sport and putting in so much support.
Thomas and I have always been great friends.
We’ve always competed against each other, but
now we are riding the same brand.
What have you been up to in the off-season?
How do you train to stay in shape and maintain
the sharp focus necessary for the highest level
of ATV MX?
Thomas Brown: Well, this
off-season has been way slower than normal. I
left for Florida right after Thanksgiving.
Things were going good, I was getting some good
seat time and had an awesome gym program going.
That all went away quickly. I was riding and
over jumped a jump to the flats. When I landed,
I felt something pop in my ankle. Turned out I
had torn my tendon in my right ankle. I got
surgery later that week and it was off to the
couch. I was able to keep up with some upper
body work outs.
Chad Wienen: T.O.P.
Performance Training along with just enough
riding on the machine and having fun.
You’ve both been recovering from injuries
leading up to the season opener. How are
you feeling, and are you ready for the gate to
drop March 24?
Thomas Brown: Recovery
has been going great. I won’t be 100% for the
first race but I’ll be good enough to go out and
compete. I’ll have been riding for just about a
week when we get to the first race.
Chad Wienen: I feel great. I’ve been on the
machine for a little over three months, and I am
excited for the season to start so I can get
back to racing.
Q: How’s the YFZ450R
working for you in practice this season?
Thomas Brown: The YFZ450R has been working
great. Before I got hurt, it was feeling great.
I know we have made some positive improvements
since then, and I’m ready to show them off.
Chad Wienen: Working great. We have been making
great progress on our set up, but it has been so
great that I’ve been able to ride the machine
every day and do proper maintenance to the
machine and it just keeps on running.
What will be your biggest challenge in the AMA
ATV MX series this year?
I think my biggest challenge is going be getting
through this first race and making as many
points as possible.
Chad Wienen: Being
consistent, having good starts, and getting on
Q: The schedule has changed
a bit this year including a night race at
Ballance MX and a stop at High Point Raceway.
Any thoughts or opinions? Do you like
Thomas Brown: I’m
super pumped about the Ballance night race. It
could be huge. I’m bummed to see Steel City
traded for High Point. I really like Steel City,
but we’ll see what High Point has to offer.
Chad Wienen: I think it will be good for the
sport to have a night race. I grew up racing at
night, so I will be comfortable with it.
Q: What’s your favorite track and why?
Thomas Brown: It would either be Steel City or
Red Bud. Steel City, because normally it’s a
more technical track and you have to be able to
go fast. Red Bud, because it has a great lay out
and gets super rough!
Chad Wienen: Red
Bud ... big jumps, big tracks.
Q: Take a
look at the field -- who’s your biggest
Thomas Brown: I’m going
say Wienen. He is coming back with something to
prove, and we know his bike is going be good.
But the field is deep. I know Joel Hetrick and
Josh Upperman are going to be super fast.
Chad Wienen: The beginning of the season is
always interesting, because you can see who put
all of the hard work and dedication into riding
and training in the off season. Whoever has done
that will always be the biggest competition.
Q: You guys are focused on the national
motocross scene all season. Do you ever
just want to go mudding or ride cross country in
the off season?
Thomas Brown: After our
season is done, I like to do some woods racing
and take the Grizzly mudding with friends. More
than anything though, I like to break out my
YZ250F and turn some motos.
Not really, but every once in a while you may
see me in the woods just out having fun.
Q: What advice do you have for new racers or
people just considering racing?
Brown: Get a YFZ450R! After that go out there
and have fun.
Chad Wienen: If you put
enough hard work and dedication into anything,
you will see the results you want.
Any predictions for this season?
Brown: Hopefully two Yamaha’s up front and a
Championship coming home to Texas.
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