2013 Mtn. Dew ATVMX Pro National Series Opener
Aonia Pass to
host Round 1 on March 23 & 24
Morgantown, W.Va. (March 19, 2013) - -
Defending ATVMX champion Chad Wienen will wear
the coveted number one plate for the first time
ever heading into the 2013 Mtn. Dew ATV
Motocross National Championship, sanctioned by
AMA, season opener this weekend. Wienen
Motorsports/SSi/Walsh/Yamaha presented by Maxxis
Tires and Team Vollmer's Wienen will be up
against the fastest four-wheeled ATV Motocross
racers in the world this Saturday, March 23, at
Aonia Pass MX Park in Washington, Ga.
The 2013 ATVMX Pro lineup boasts one of the most
stacked fields in recent history with 24 riders
expected to line up at the opening round of
racing. With several veteran riders, past
champions and new riders making their debut into
the pro class, the chase for the 2013
championship title will be one to follow.
Two-time champ and ATVMX veteran John Natalie
contested Wienen for the championship in 2012
but was left short and finished second overall
in the points chase. This season Natalie will be
riding a MotoSport.com/Motoworks/DWT machine and
looking to reclaim that number one plate.
Nineteen-year-old Joel Hetrick is still one
of the youngest championship contenders in the
class but Hetrick finished a solid third overall
in 2012. After a few years under his belt in the
pro ranks, Hetrick has gained valuable
experience in the field and is expected to once
again contest the championship this season.
Hetrick will compete aboard a Honda machine this
season, making the move from his 2012 Factory
Racing's Josh Upperman who finished fourth in
2012, is one of the most consistent riders on
the circuit and looks to continue the trend this
Thomas Brown, the fifth place
finisher last season, will be riding under the
Wienen Motorsports/SSi/Walsh/Yamaha presented by
Maxxis Tires and Team Vollmer tent this season.
The Texas native will once again be a threat to
win races each weekend.
Returning to the ATVMX National Series
full-time for the first time in three years,
2010 champion Josh Creamer will contest the
championship chase this season as well. Creamer
will be making his return to the series aboard
his BCS/Can-Am team.
There will be
several rookies to watch this year, among them
will be long-time Pro-Am championship contender
Casey Martin and RootRiver Racing's Sean Taylor.
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, while Pro practice at 9
a.m. and 10 a.m. and races will be held at 1
p.m. and 3 p.m.
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). For more information, please visit
About the Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross
Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship,
sanctioned by AMA, 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 www.atvmotocross.com.