Mountain Dew ATV Motocross National Championship Series
Round 9: RedBud MX
Courtesy of ITP Tires
BUCHANAN, MI, JULY 25-26, 2015
ITP racers earned six class wins and a total of 14 podium finishes at round nine of the 2015 Mountain Dew ATV Motocross National Championship Series, held this past weekend in Buchanan, Michigan. Also at the RedBud ATV National Presented by Concept Haulers, Jeffrey Rastrelli scored another top-five finish in the Pro class to continue his climb in the rankings.
“Our racers had a good showing at Red Bud, which is one of the most picturesque and demanding motocross tracks in the nation,” said Pat McGuire, in charge of public relations and race support for ITP Tires. “Pro Jeffrey Rastrelli continues to impress since his return after round five, and our Amateur racers constantly prove ITP tires will put you on the podium We have one round remaining on the season and our team is committed to finishing on a high note and capturing as many championships as possible.”
The team traveled to the southwest corner of Michigan for the penultimate round of the Mountain Dew ATV MX National Championship Series, which is sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing. RedBud MX, located outside the small town of Buchanan, Michigan, is highlighted by its many challenging natural-terrain jumps, difficult whoops, and high-speed starting line. Team ITP had six individual racers earn class wins and scored eight other podium finishes at Red Bud.
Rastrelli earned his seventh top-five finish of the season to climb to within two points of fourth place in the overall standings. The JB Racing /Gunk/ Can-Am / ITP Pro racer, who runs ITP QuadCross MX tires on his DS 450 ATV, has one round remaining in his chase for fourth place.
ITP had six Amateur-class racers earn victories in Michigan. “Factory Sam” Rowe had a great showing on his number-38 Root River Racing/ Rage/ Pepsi-backed Honda, earning the win in the Pro Sport (Pro-Am/ A) class. It was Rowe’s second overall in the class and fifth podium. Rowe also took second in the Pro-Am class with a 4-2 moto scorecard. ITP pilot Dylan Tremellen joined Rowe on the Pro Sport podium, earning third.
Westley Wolfe won the Production A class for ITP, posting a 3-1 moto tally. Wolfe is the current points leader in both the Production A and 450cc A classes heading into the finale. Dalton “Bubba” Hicks, who competes in the same classes, notched second in the Production A class and was fifth in 450cc A competition in Michigan on his RRR/ Motowoz/ ITP-backed machinery.
ITP contingency racer Parker Wewerka, who also took fourth in the Pro Sport class, won the 450cc A class. Wewerka’s victory moved him to sixth in the 450cc A-class standings, where just 10 points separate third place from sixth place.
Megan Manshack has won all seven of the Women’s-class events that she has attended this season. Despite missing the opener and Unadilla, Manshack has posted seven 1-1 moto scorecards to dominate the competition this year, using ITP QuadCross MX tires on her number-one Root River Racing-backed Honda.
Since making his return to the series at round five, ITP racer Mike Barnhardt has progressively returned to form on his number-19 Honda ATV. After gathering his bearings at round five, Barnhardt has posted six podiums in the three rounds he’s attended. He notched his second win of the year at RedBud, taking the overall in the Junior Over 25 ranks.
Brandon O’Neill competed in three classes at round nine and came away the overall winner in the 90cc Shifter (12-15) class.
Peyton Zimmerman finished second in two classes – the Youth All-Star (13-15) class and the Supermini (12-15) class – in Michigan.
Grayson Eller also tallied a second-place run in the Schoolboy Junior (13-15) ranks.
Third-place finishes were also earned by Haedyn Mickelson, in the 450cc A class, and Tyler Mack, in the 450cc B class.
The Mountain Dew ATV MX National Championship Series’ finale is slated for August 7 through 9 at the Loretta Lynn Ranch and motocross facility in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.
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