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AMA ATV Motocross Nationals
Round #3 - Ballance Moto X
Bowling Green, Kentucky
April 4-5, 2009

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AMA ATV Motocross - Round 3 - Pro ATV Race Report & Video
Joe Byrd Wins & Moves Within One Point of Dustin Wimmer for the Points Lead

AMA ATV Motocross Nationals
Round #3 - Ballance Moto X
Bowling Green, KY – “I want to make a race out of this!” exclaimed American Honda’s Joe Byrd after taking the win at round three of the AMA ATV Motocross Championship. Byrd’s win now puts him within striking distance of first place with only one point separating him and current champ and points leader, Dustin Wimmer.
Nick DeNoble - Honda TRX 450R ATV
Mitch Reynolds - Polaris Outlaw 450MXR ATV
In the Pro LCQ, #123 Nick Denoble grabbed the Holeshot & lead from start to finish with #137 Mitch Reynolds making the pass on #86 Justin Bush to claim the final qualifying spot in the main, which was a season first for Reynolds. Unfortunately for both DeNoble & Reynolds, they both suffered serious wrecks in the main event, which kept them out of the running. Also, missing from the Pro line-up this weekend was #727 Cale Downen who decided to sit out the LCQ as he continues to deal with back pain suffered from the Mill Creek wreck just 2 weeks earlier

A storm was brewing both on the track and on the horizon, as the weather forecast was calling for thunderstorms and a tornado watch was in effect for the area. As racers began to head for the starting gate, everyone was keeping their fingers crossed in hopes that this race would not turn into a muddy mess like last year’s Ballance Moto X round.

Honda's Joe Byrd
Honda's Joe Byrd
Honda's Joe Byrd
Dasa Racing's #7 Joe Byrd grabbed his 1st Holeshot of the season followed by Dustin Wimmer & Chad Wienen, but the start wasn't uneventful as #20 Josh Upperman went tumbling in front of #84 Thomas Brown. Luckily, Upperman wasn't injured & he quickly remounted his Honda and continued the race

Conditions remained favorable as racers began to line up for moto one, and those favorable condition certainly worked to Joe Byrd’s advantage as the lucky number 7 Honda launched off the line, taking the holeshot and the lead.

Honda's Joe Byrd
#7 Joe Byrd claimed the Moto One win with nearly 7 seconds to spare
As the rest of the pack jockeyed for position, Byrd began to put some distance between himself and the rest of the pack and rode unchallenged until in the last couple of laps when Chad Wienen began to pressure the former champ. Byrd held his line despite Wienen’s efforts and caught a bit of a break when Wienen had an off track adventure in the next to last lap, allowing Byrd some breathing room as he took the checkered flag.

In moto two, Byrd was second out of the hole, but took over the lead in the fourth lap. Once securing the front position, Byrd checked out, increasing his lead dramatically over the rest of the pack for several laps until once again, Chad Wienen came nipping at Byrd’s heels.

Chad Weienen - Kawasaki KFX450R ATV
Honda's Joe Byrd
Kawasaki's Chad Wienen challenged Joe Byrd in both Motos, but wasn't able to make the pass as Joe Byrd went 1-1 to close the points gap on Dustin Wimmer to just 1 point

Byrd kept his blistering pace and was able to keep Wienen at a 2 second distance as he crossed the finish line, taking the overall win. “I went back to a better set up for my starts this round and it worked good for me. It feels really good to take the win,” said Byrd.
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