ATV MX Championship
May 14, 2017
Ironman Raceway Amateur ATV
- The 2017 AMA ATV Motocross National Championship
series made its return to Ironman MX in Crawfordsville,
IN on May 13-14th. The weekend was packed full of
intense racing as the fastest amateur racers around
the country lined the gates with their sights set
on the top of the podium.
Pro-Am was once again one of the top races to
watch. Spectators lined the fences as this talent
packed class took to the track. Parker Wewerka
was the star of the show, going 1-1 for first
overall and maintaining his undefeated record
this season. Wewerka was up front early in moto
one but had his work cut out for him in moto two.
After coming around seventh on the first lap,
he managed to keep cool and pick off riders one
by one until he made it to first place on the
eighth lap, and cruised to the win.
Haedyn Mickelson fought his way to second in
Pro Am with 2-3 moto finishes. Mickelson has been
building all season and it finally all came together
as he took his first Pro Am podium. “I had an
amazing start first moto. I pulled the holeshot
and led about four or five laps. Second moto I
came out of the gate decently, and ran in first
place for a few laps. It’s my first podium in
Pro Am ever, and especially for it to be a second
place I am super happy,” stated Mickelson.
Westley Wolfe took third in Pro Am with 4-2 moto
finishes. Wolfe battled his way through two intense
motos, swapping positions often and even managed
to lead several laps of moto two. Wolfe is second
in the championship points and has stayed on the
podium each round.
In the Pro Sport class Noah Mickelson, Haedyn
Mickelson, and Peyton Zimmerman battled it out
for the win. Ultimately, it was Noah Mickelson
who took home the win with 2-1 moto finishes.
“It’s a big confidence booster knowing you can
pull off a win like that. There are a lot of fast
kids in that class,” explained Mickelson.
The very respectable second place Pro Sport finish
went to Peyton Zimmerman with 1-2 moto finishes.
Despite missing the first two rounds, Zimmerman
is fourth in the championship points and only
19 down from the leader.
Haedyn Mickelson, older brother to Noah Mickelson,
shared the podium with his brother after taking
third overall in Pro Sport. Mickelson won his
heat race and took third in the final moto. All
together, the Mickelson brothers took home an
impressive four total podiums over the weekend,
two of which were wins.
Andrea Berger took her first overall win in the
WMX class. Berger dominated the class, taking
first place in both motos and winning by over
six seconds in each race. Berger sits third place
in the championship points.
Kiersten Keane stayed strong and consistent to
take second place overall in WMX with two second
place moto finishes. Keane is second place in
points, just three down from the leader, JoHannah
Vossman. However, Vossman took a crash at Ironman
and suffered injuries serious enough to keep her
out for the season. “I had the scariest wreck
of my life Sunday at Ironman. I ended up with
multiple breaks throughout my back and tons of
roadrash,” explained Vossman.
Michelle Jenkins rounded out the WMX podium with
third overall and consistent 3-3 moto finishes.
Jenkins also competed in the Women 25+ where she
went 1-1 for the overall win.
Troy Hill clinched the win in Production A with
2-1 moto finishes and remains undefeated in the
class this season. “I’m really looking forward
to the little break and putting the work in for
Muddy. I can’t thank my team enough for everything
they do for me,” explained Hill.
Cody Ford out of Texas took second in Production
A. Ford finished first in moto one and second
in moto two. It was a battle to the finish in
moto two. Ford led the first four laps and put
down the fastest time of the class, but lost the
lead on the last lap of the race. Ford finished
just 1.7 seconds down from the leader, just barely
missing the overall win.
Tommy Vossman took his first Production A podium
finish of the season with third overall and is
third in the championship points. “It’s not exactly
where I want to be, but being consistent is important.
The bike, my team, and myself felt and worked
great this weekend and I am looking forward to
the next round,” said Vossman.
In the Open B class Eli Lingle rode his Honda
to first overall for the third time in a row this
season. Lingle has dominated the class, going
undefeated and leading the championship points
by 27 already.
Brandon O Neill came in second behind Lingle
with consistent 2-2 moto finishes and Ty Hudson
rounded out the Open B podium in third with 1-3
The Veteran 30+ class saw some great battles.
Greg Meeks took second in the first moto but came
back to win moto two for first overall in the
first national event he attended this season.
Meeks also took second in Senior 40+.
Sebastian Foche from Argentina rode his Yamaha
to second overall. Foche put his head down for
a strong ride and went 3-2 for his position on
Coming in third overall was Federico Palacios
with 4-3 moto finishes. Palacios is third in the
championship points race.
The 2017 AMA ATV Motocross National Championship
will next bring racers to Blountville, TN at Muddy
Creek Raceway on June 3-4.