AMA ATV Motocross
Round #4 Ironman Raceway
May 7, 2016
Joel Hetrick Makes it Two in
a Row at Ironman ATV MX
IN (5/8/2016) –
The 2016 ProX ATV Motocross National Championship
(ATVMX) presented by CST Tires, an AMA National
Championship, continued today, May 7, at the iconic
Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana. The
rain began to fall right before the second timed
qualifying session creating a rough and rutted track,
but Maxxis/Elka Suspension/Liquid Wrench's Joel
Hetrick conquered the obstacles to come out with
the overall win. Wienen Motorsports / Yamaha / Maxxis
/ SSi Decals / Walsh Racecraft / FLY Racing's Chad
Wienen and JB Racing/Root River Racing/Gold Speed
Tires' Jeffrey Rastrelli rounded out the overall
podium in second and third.
Pro ATV Motocross - Ironman Raceway
- Round 4
MX - Round 4 - Pro ATV Motocross Podium
(left to right)
Chad Wienen (2nd), Joel Hetrick (1st), Jeffrey
Once the gate dropped for the first moto it was
Wienen who jumped out to the early lead and claimed
the SSi Decals Holeshot Award. Root River Racing/Hoosier
Tires/Rage ATV's Josh Upperman found himself in
a favorable position where he came out of the
first turn in second. Hetrick was stuck mid-pack,
but was able to work his way into the top three
once after lap one was complete.
Chad Wienen grabbed the Moto One Holeshot
& went on to take the win
Hetrick made quick work and moved into second
on the second lap, with Upperman remaining in
third. Perhaps one of the best battles of the
race was for the fourth place position between
Rastrelli, Maxxis/Root River Racing/JB Racing's
Thomas Brown and Maxxis/FLY Racing/Baldwin Motorsports'
John Natalie. The three racers continued to switch
places throughout the latter half of the race.
Josh Upperman finished fourth overall
after a third place finish in moto one
While the battle for fourth was going on behind
them, Hetrick was busy charging for the lead.
After getting around Upperman Hetrick had his
eyes set on Wienen. Due to his unfavorable start,
Hetrick had to throw his goggles off in an attempt
for better vision. After putting forth his best
effort, Hetrick was unable to make the pass at
the end of the 15-minute moto finishing just a
tenth of a second behind Wienen.
Joel Hetrick charged to a 2nd place finish
in Moto One
Wienen would end up seeing the checkered flag
first followed by Hetrick and Upperman. With the
battle for fourth winding down with a couple of
laps remaining it was Rastrelli taking the position
followed by Natalie in fifth and Brown in sixth.
"I had a bad holeshot in the first moto
and missed a shift," said Hetrick. "I
ended up having to take my goggles off and it
was pretty hard to follow that close behind without
goggles, but I had an epic battle with Chad and
just couldn't make the pass."