Ontario, CA (6/6/2012)
River Racing teammates #38 Samuel
Rowe & #88 Alexander Gillette
go wheel-to-wheel into the first
turn in Schoolboy action at Ballance
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.
Hot 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 three
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.
Janssen went 3-2 to place second
overall in the Pro-Am Unlimited
Devenport took the win in the 90
Production (8-15) Youth class
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.
Root River’s 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.
Likewise for 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.
Alexander 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.
Finally, 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 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 Allyson Westfield.
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