TEAM ITP RACE REPORT
Nationals, Round 5
BALLANCE MOTO X; OAKLAND, KY — The key talking
point about round five of the 2012 ATV MX
National Championship was the fact that Ballance
Moto X in Oakland, Kentucky, played host to the
series’ first-ever night event.
However, the lights would
be on mainly for the Pro class race program. And
while ITP is proud to have a rider like Jeffrey
Rastrelli among these ranks — he finished eighth
overall and holds that same position in the Pro
point standings — Team ITP is made up primarily
of the grass-roots racers found in the Amateur
classes. These athletes shined in the sun at
Ballance Moto X, just as they have all season.
For example, Merrill Crose raced in four
classes and never finished lower than second in
all eight motos. This privateer rider from
Missouri won the Open A, Junior 25+ and Vet 30+
classes, and was second overall in the 450 A
class. He holds a top-three position in the
point standings in all four classes.
as always, Haedyn Mickelson blasted to three
second-place overall podium appearances, with
the help of two moto victories. Schoolboy Sr.
(14-17), Schoolboy Jr. (13-15) and Super-Mini
(13-15) were this Root River Racing rider’s
stage, and he’s in the top six in points in all
A 3-2 moto score put Cody
Janssen on the Pro-Am Unlimited podium once
again in second overall. That performance moved
the Janssen Motorsports/Roberts Racing Outlaws
rider up two notches in the standings, to second
for the series.
Maci Devenport had
another good weekend, winning the 90 Production
(8-15) class to extend her points lead in this
co-ed class, and was fourth overall in Girls
(12-15) to hold third in the standings there.
More impressive riding was put in by Chloe
Buerster, who was fifth overall against the guys
in the 4-Stroke B class. This moved her up to an
amazing third overall for the season. This
Janssen Motorsports/Roberts Racing Outlaws star
was strong in the Women’s class as well, and
made a statement by winning the second moto. But
a seventh in moto one resulted in fourth overall
for the day and for the series after five of ten
events on the schedule.
Mike Barnhart enjoyed one of his best days of
the season, winning the first Open A moto and
backing it up with a third in moto two for
second overall. He also went 3-3 in the Veteran
30+ battle for third overall. He’s top five in
both classes for the year.
Dalton Hicks of Root River Racing, who placed
third in all four of his motos to score a second
overall in Production A and third overall in 450
A. He now holds fourth in points in the latter,
and sixth in the former.
Gillette had fun stepping onto the Schoolboy Jr.
(13-15) rostrum after his 2-4 third overall
achievement. He also stepped up to fifth in the
point standings for Root River.
Samuel Rowe tightened his grasp on two
championships by way of second overall in
Schoolboy Sr. (14-17) and a 1-1 sweep of the
Schoolboy Jr. (13-15) division. This Janssen
Motorsports-powered Root River Racing standout
is the series leader in points for both classes
at the halfway mark of the season.
series now starts down the home stretch at High
Point Raceway in Mount Morris, Pennsylvania,
In ATV MX for 2012,
Team ITP consists of Cody Janssen and Chloe
Buerster of Janssen Motorsports/Roberts Racing
Outlaws, Merrill Crose, Jeffrey Rastrelli, Brian
Johnson, Kyle Fix, Benjamin Brocado, Maci
Devenport and the entire Root River Racing team:
Jordan Digby, Mike Barnhart, Dalton Hicks,
Haedyn Mickelson, Noah Mickelson, Brent Sellers,
Sean Taylor, Alexander Gillette, Samuel Rowe and
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