Noah & Haedyn
Mickelson Shine in Texas MX Opener
Maxxis /Elka / Liquid
Wrench / Honda Amateur ATV Team Report
Salisbury, NC (4/5/2017) - Maxxis
/ Elka / Liquid Wrench / Honda rider Noah Mickelson
won two races during the kickoff of AMA ATV Motocross
amateur racing at Underground MX in Kemp, TX.
Haedyn Mickelson scored a second-place finish
and a fifth, while Grayson Eller scored a best
finish of sixth.
With threatening weather in the forecast, amateur
racing was moved to Saturday and changed to a
one-moto format. Noah and Haedyn Mickelson each
won their heats and finished overall first and
second overall, respectively in Pro Sport, which
was scored based on the heat finishes. Noah Mickelson
also won the 450 A race.
Mickelson claimed wins in both Pro Sport
& 450 A
“In the Pro Sport race, I pulled the holeshot,
got the fastest lap and got the overall win,”
said Noah Mickelson. “In 450 A, I got the holeshot
and ran my own race. It’s really cool that we
both got wins. I would have liked to run the second
moto, but we’ll have to do that next time.”
Noah Mickelson credited his team for his success.
The Mickelson brothers relocated to North Carolina
from Minnesota to join ATV Motocross’ “super team.”
The results are already speaking for themselves.
“I couldn’t ask for a better setup,” said Noah
Mickelson. “The Elka suspension is amazing through
the rough stuff and through the whoops. The track
was really rough and that made it fun.”
Haedyn Mickelson was also pleased with his heat
win and second-place overall in Pro Sport. He
also finished fifth in Pro-Am.
Mickelson claimed the Heat Win in Pro Sport,
but finished 2nd Overall in the class behind
his brother, Noah
“The track was smooth because it was an early
race,” said Haedyn Mickelson of his Pro Sport
race. “I had some good lines I found in practice.
I made two passes into the lead and then tried
to run my own race and not make any mistakes.”
The track completely changed character for the
Pro-Am race, which was run late in the afternoon.
Haedyn Mickelson overcame the rough conditions
and a bad gate pick to score the top five.
Mickelson finished Top 5 in Pro-Am
“The track was pretty beat up and I didn’t have
a very good gate pick, so I got pinched off into
the first corner,” explained Haedyn Mickelson.
“So I put my head down and charged as hard as
I could. By the end of lap two, I was up to fourth.
I was trying to catch up to third, but I was riding
a little tight. I think a top three in Pro Am
is definitely doable and Texas was a good starting
Grayson Eller had difficulties with his start
in Production A. Though he came out nearly last
at the gate drop, he recovered to finish sixth.
Eller will work on his starts at the team’s test
track prior to the next race.
Eller finished 6th in Production A
“I made up as much ground as I could,” said Eller.
“I just tried to ride my own race and let things
get to me. My starts aren’t where I want them
to be, but I will really work them before the
The Maxxis/Elka/Liquid Wrench/Honda amateurs
will be back in action as the ATV Motocross Series
next heads to Monster Mountain MX Park in Tallassee,
AL April 15-16.
2017 Race Team Sponsors
Maxxis, Liquid Wrench, Elka,
Fly, Scott, SSi Decals, DWT, Hinson, Bel Ray,
Sunstar, Works Connection, Sandridge Foods, Impact
Solutions, Fourwerx, Alpinestar, DC Designs, Precision
Racing Products, Rath Racing