Wins Pro Sport at Red Bud ATV MX
Maxxis /Elka / Liquid
Wrench / Honda Amateur ATV Team Report
Salisbury, NC (8/2/2017) - Maxxis/Elka/Liquid
Wrench/Honda’s amateur race team competed in the
2017 AMA ATV Motocross National Championship series
at Red Bud MX in Buchanan, MI. To no ones surprise,
the team once again put in some incredible rides.
Noah Mickelson clinched another Pro Sport win
and a fourth in 450 A. Haedyn Mickelson took third
in Pro Sport, and Grayson Eller put in strong
rides for seventh overall in 450 A.
Noah Mickelson claimed his fourth Pro Sport
ATV MX Win
Noah Mickelson has been putting in impressive
rides all season, and his performance at Red Bud
was no different with a win in Pro Sport and fourth
in 450 A. “I believed I had both my championships
locked up so I was just trying to have fun and
ride. I couldn’t be happier,” said Mickelson.
With the championships locked up, Mickelson may
try his luck in the Pro Am class in the final
round at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch.
Heading into Red Bud, Mickelson knew the track
would be rough and challenging. Preparation and
training were key to taking the win. “The track
is pretty rough, so I was kind of nervous going
into it. We haven’t had a really rough track since
Millville, so I just rode the roughest tracks
that I could find around where we were to prepare
for Red Bud,” explained Mickelson.
Design's Noah Mickelson
Haedyn Mickelson battled his way to third in
Pro Sport, and is second in the national championship
points behind his brother Noah.
“Saturday I had a pretty decent start around
fifth. I worked my way up to third. As I was battling
with my brother for second I was trying to take
some different lines and got passed, so I finished
fourth. Sunday was close to the same thing. Everybody
was running really good. I was just trying to
stay safe and finish out because I knew I would
finish top three if I went 4-4,” explained Mickelson.
Haedyn Mickelson rounded out the top 3 in
In the Pro Am class, Mickelson went down hard
in the start with a scary crash. “Another guy
and I got together in the holeshot. I hit the
ground really hard but got up and finished the
race,” said Mickelson. After the race was finished,
Mickelson realized just how much pain he was in
from the crash, and made the smart decision to
sit out the next moto. With some time to heal
up Mickelson will return at Loretta Lynn’s as
strong as ever.
Grayson Eller put in some great rides and improved
upon his starts at Red Bud, but made a few small
mistakes that kept him from the results he was
hoping for. “Saturday I made mistakes in both
my motos and I started Sunday off pretty bad with
crashing in practice,” said Eller.
Grayson Eller is currently 6th in both 450
A & Production A, so he is looking to
move into the top five at Loretta Lynn's
Despite the bad luck, Eller has maintained a
great outlook and is optimistic heading into the
next round. “I tried not to get too down and just
understand stuff happens when you race. Not every
weekend is going to go how you want it to go,
you just have to deal with what they give you,”
stated Eller. Heading into the final round of
the season, Eller hopes to put together a strong
weekend and leave with two top five finishes in
the points race.
The Maxxis/Elka/Liquid Wrench/Honda amateur race
team will finish out the 2017 AMA ATV Motocross
National Championship series at Loretta Lynn’s
Ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN August 12-13.
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