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ITP Racers Post Five Wins at Spring Creek ATV MX National

| 4 July 2014 11:27 am

2014 Mountain Dew ATV MX National Championship Series
Round 6: Spring Creek M
otocross Park

Courtesy of ITP Tires
MILLVILLE, MN, JUNE 28-29, 2014

ITP-backed ATV motocross racers won five classes and had a season-high 21 total podium finishes at round six of the 2014 Mountain Dew ATV Motocross National Championship Series, held in Millville, Minnesota. ITP-supported Pro riders Josh Creamer and Jeffrey Rastrelli finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the Pro class on Saturday at Spring Creek Motocross in Minnesota. On Sunday, ITP racer Sean Taylor won the Pro-Am class for the first time this year and was joined on the podium by class points leader Ronnie Higgerson.

Sean Taylor (39) won the Pro-Am class at Spring Creek MX in Millville, Minnesota.

Sean Taylor (39) won the Pro-Am class at Spring Creek MX in Millville, Minnesota.

“Our ITP-backed racers had a good showing at Spring Creek MX in Minnesota,” said Pat McGuire, in charge of public relations and race support for ITP Tires. “We had the fastest qualifier, with Jeffrey Rastrelli, in the Pro ranks, and two in the top five. We also saw Sean Taylor post his first win of the season in the competitive Pro-Am class, which ITP-backed racer Ronnie Higgerson currently leads in points. Earning a season-high 21 podiums on such a rough, technical track, with its unique mix of sand and dirt, speaks to the versatility of our tires and our racers’ skills.”

The Mountain Dew Spring Creek ATV National was held under the threat of heavy rain and potentially severe weather all weekend, but thankfully ended up being held in nearly perfect conditions (sans the gusty wind). Only 14 Pro riders made the trek north to Minnesota, but many of the Amateur classes were filled with riders from Minnesota and surrounding states such as Iowa and Wisconsin.

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The three-day racing weekend also hosted ATV freestyle events, pit-bike racing, full opening ceremonies, fireworks and more.

ITP-supported Pros Josh Creamer, Ronnie Higgerson (both of BCS Performance, Can-Am and ITP), JB Racing/ Cheerwine/ Can-Am/ ITP’s Jeffrey Rastrelli, and RRR/ Motowoz/ ITP’s Sean Taylor battled with 10 other Pros for the top stair of Pro-class podium.

The day started off well for Rastrelli, as he earned the ATVRiders.com Fastest Qualifier award, giving him first gate pick.

At the start of the first moto, Creamer was tucked in second and pushing closer to the leader. However, he ended up dropping to third a few laps later. He held that spot all the way to the checkers.

After a midpack start in moto two, Creamer picked off three racers, but he could get no further and took fourth. He ended up fourth overall, matching his season’s best finish.

Josh Creamer ended up fourth overall in the Pro class at round six of the 2014 Mountain Dew ATV MX National Championship Series.

Josh Creamer ended up fourth overall in the Pro class at round six of the 2014 Mountain Dew ATV MX National Championship Series.

Rastrelli, who led a portion of moto two, finished one spot behind Creamer in the overall standings, and also matched his top run of the year. He ended up with a 4-5 moto scorecard for fifth overall.

Higgerson ended up 10th overall.

These three riders currently rank sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively, in the Pro-class standings with three rounds remaining.

Ronnie Higgerson took third in the Pro-Am class on Sunday to maintain his current class points lead heading into round seven.

Ronnie Higgerson took third in the Pro-Am class on Sunday to maintain his current class points lead heading into round seven.

The Pro-Am class went much better for Team ITP, as Taylor won the overall with an impressive 2-4 scorecard. The Iowa racer came from seventh place to finish second in moto one and then led the first two laps of moto two. It was his first podium finish and overall win of the year.

Rastrelli had a disappointing first moto but won the second moto to climb into the top five overall at round six and to second overall in the season points.

The top spot in the Pro-Am points still belongs to Higgerson, who put together solid 5-3 finishes for third overall at Spring Creek. He currently leads the class by 31 points with three rounds to go.

JB Racing/ Cheerwine/ Can-Am/ ITP’s William “Duck” Lloyd took fourth in the Pro-Am class, giving ITP four riders in the top five spots.

Sam Rowe (38) won the 450cc A class with a 1-1 moto sweep and also took second in the Open A class. He currently leads both classes in the points going into round seven.

Sam Rowe (38) won the 450cc A class with a 1-1 moto sweep and also took second in the Open A class. He currently leads both classes in the points going into round seven.

Team ITP racers registered four additional class wins – three of which came via a 1-1 moto sweep – at Spring Creek MX.

Root River Racing/ Pepsi/ Rage ATV/ Motowoz/ ITP-sponsored “Factory Sam” Rowe won the 450cc A class and took second overall in the Open A class on his Honda outfitted with ITP tires. He maintained his points lead in both classes.

Megan Manshack won the Women’s class with another 1-1 sweep and also finished a season-best fourth overall in the 450cc B class, which was won by RRR/ Motowoz/ ITP’s Alex Gillette, who now has scored two overalls this year and has climbed to within 11 points of the class points leader.

Alexander Gillette (right) put his number-88 Honda equipped with ITP tires atop the 450cc B-class podium in Minnesota.

Alexander Gillette (right) put his number-88 Honda equipped with ITP tires atop the 450cc B-class podium in Minnesota.

Noah Mickelson posted a 1-1 moto sweep in the Schoolboy Junior Open (13-15) class for his second victory of the season and fourth podium finish. He also grabbed second place in the Supermini (12-15) ranks in Minnesota.

Noah Mickelson won the Schoolboy Junior Open (13-15) class and took second in the Supermini (12-15) class.

Noah Mickelson won the Schoolboy Junior Open (13-15) class and took second in the Supermini (12-15) class.

The 2014 Mountain Dew ATV Motocross National Championship Series will resume July 12 and 13 with the NYCM Insurance Northeastern ATV National at Unadilla Raceway in Unadilla, New York.

Team ITP Spring Creek ATV MX Podium Finishers

70 SHIFTER (6-11): Traxton Liebe (third).

70 OPEN (6-11): Taron Liebe (second).

90 OPEN JR (8-11): Taron Liebe (third).

450 A: Sam Rowe (first; 1-1); Peter Wewerka (second).

450 B: Alex Gillette (first; 5-1).

OPEN A: Sam Rowe (second); William Lloyd (third).

OPEN B: Haedyn Mickelson (second).

PRODUCTION A: Dylan Tremellen (third).

PRO-AM: Sean Taylor (first; 4-1); Ronnie Higgerson (third).

SCHOOLGIRL (13-17): Johannah Vossman (third).

SCHOOLBOY JR (13-15): Grayson Eller (third).

SCHOOLBOY JR OPEN (13-15): Noah Mickelson (first; 1-1); Blake Sarver (third).

SCHOOLBOY SR (14-17): Blake Sarver (third).

SUPERMINI (12-15): Noah Mickelson (second).

WOMEN: Megan Manshack (first; 1-1).

JR (25+): Mike Barnhardt (third).

VET (30+): Mike Barnhardt (third).

About ITP
In business for more than 30 years, ITP has become the world’s number-one ATV/ UTV aftermarket tire-and-wheel source. ITP utilizes its experienced staff of engineers, designers and technicians at its two American tire facilities in Clinton, Tennessee, and Jackson, Tennessee, to develop award-winning tire-and-wheel designs for virtually all ATVs and side-by-side vehicles. Numerous outlets distribute ITP tires across the United States and in more than 25 countries worldwide. For a full-color ITP catalog, call toll-free 800/889-7367 or go to www.itptires.com.

[For more from this event, please see “Moore Takes Two at NH NEATV-MX, Hetrick Takes Second at Spring Creek ATV MX National”… Editor]

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