AMA ATV Motocross Nationals
Round #8 - Sunday Creek MX
July 2, 2011
Josh Upperman Captures
Overall Win at Sunday Creek
OH (7/4/2011) – There
was a noticeable absence at this weekend's Suzuki
Summer ATV National at Sunday Creek Raceway as Motoworks
Can-Am's Chad Wienen missed his first race of this
season after undergoing surgery just last week.
Although Wienen will not be racing again this season,
the ATV Motocross family will continue to follow
and support Wienen in his recovery efforts.
Rookie Chase Snapp Takes First
Ever AMA Pro Moto Win
Upperman nailed the holeshots all day Round 8 of the AMA ATV Motocross National
Championship Series presented by DWT took over
the grounds of Sunday Creek Raceway in Millfield,
Ohio, for the first time ever in the history of
the series. With its wide-open spectating view,
first-class parking and undeniably workable clay
terrain, the Sunday Creek facility was a big hit
on the AMA ATVMX circuit. A small rain took place
in the early afternoon, creating an interesting
dynamic for the first set of motos, but as soon
as the rain stopped and the sun came out, it was
a perfect day for ATV racing.
Motoworks Can-Am's Jeremie Warnia grabbed the
ATVRiders.com Fastest Qualifier Award after taking
advantage of the dry track conditions during the
morning practice sessions. "The track was
awesome for practice, I prefer when it's dry definitely.
My Can-Am was running really good and I just found
smooth lines out there," said Warnia.
As a part of the Independence Day celebrations
at Sunday Creek Raceway, opening ceremonies consisted
of not only the National Anthem but also a top-notch
fireworks display that preceded the AMA Pro class
start. To add to the excitement, Mother Nature
tacked on a blanket of showers as the Pro riders
lined up for moto one. Ohio's Josh Upperman shot
off to grab the SSiDecals.com Holeshot Award,
adding to his collection on the year. Upperman
lead the Can-Am of Chase Snapp until he slipped
up early on, allowing the rookie Snapp to move
into the lead.
"I got a good jump out of the gate, in a
mud race like that you just want to get out front
early and I did that for about the first half
a lap but then I got a little squirrely but I
got back on and rode safe and smooth the rest
of the race," Upperman said.
Baldwin Motorport's Josh Upperman held tight
behind Snapp in the beginning of the race and
the rain continued to fall, making the track conditions
slippery at best. Several riders fell victim to
the slick track early on, making for a lapper-infested
race for the front-runners. By mid-moto Snapp,
Upperman and Ballance Racing's Thomas Brown had
lapped their way up to seventh place.