Mountain Dew ATV Motocross National Championship Series
Round 10 of 10: Loretta Lynn Ranch
Courtesy of ITP Tires
HURRICANE MILLS, TN, AUG. 8-9, 2015
ITP all-terrain-vehicle motocross racers earned seven class victories and a dozen podium finishes at the final round of the 2015 Mountain Dew ATV Motocross National Championship Series, held this past weekend in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. Four racers won five season Amateur National Championships as well for Team ITP.
“Our racers had a great season,” said Pat McGuire, in charge of public relations and race support for ITP Tires. “To come away with five Amateur National Championships is certainly an accomplishment, but we also had nine other runner-up finishes, so our riders proved ITP is at the forefront of ATV MX racing. We are delighted with 2015’s results, capturing fourth in the Pro class and having 14 racers in the top two spots of their class. We will continue to evolve our racing program, utilizing our sponsored racers and ITP R&D to enhance our tires and expand the brand.”
ITP racers traveled to the iconic manmade motocross track at the Loretta Lynn Ranch, nestled between Hurricane Creek and the rolling, forested hills outside of Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. Class championships were on the line at the final round of the ATV MX National Championship Series, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing. Team ITP had several racers gunning for championships.
Once the roost had settled, the team had tallied 12 class podiums, seven of which were overall wins. Of the many racers in contention for titles, five ITP-backed riders came away with individual Amateur racing titles. An additional nine riders earned runner-up finishes for 2015.
JB Racing/ Can-Am/ Liquid Wrench/ ITP-backed Jeffrey Rastrelli, the lone Pro-class competitor for the team, capped off his 2015 season with a sixth-place ride at Loretta’s. The top-10 ride secured a career-best fourth-place finish for Rastrelli, despite his having missed round five due to an injury. Rastrelli earned seventh overall in the Pro class a year ago for ITP.
Westley Wolfe had a great season on his number-741 Honda, earning two championships for ITP. With a 1-1 moto sweep in both the 450cc A and Production A classes at Loretta’s, Wolfe easily secured both titles. For the year, in both classes, he tallied 13 podiums and 10 victories using ITP QuadCross MX tires. His fellow ITP racer Haedyn Mickelson, backed by Root River Racing, Rage, and Motowoz, finished runner-up to Wolfe in both the 450cc A and Production A classes.
Megan Manshack and Niamh Shaw also won titles for ITP. Root River Racing’s Manshack, who competed in just eight of the 10 rounds this year, won all eight events she entered to take home the Women’s class championship in dominating fashion, winning by more than 60 points.
The younger competitor, Shaw, also had a banner year. Aboard her number-53 Kawasaki outfitted with ITP tires, Shaw scored nine total podiums and four wins in 2015 to win the Schoolgirl (13-17) class by five points.
Corrosion Specialties/ Hetrick Racing-sponsored Youth racer Chris Furches also brought home an ATV MX Amateur National Championship, winning the 90cc Automatic Senior (12-15) class using ITP tires. The young racer piloted his APEX ATV, complete with a freshly minted number-one plate, to a solid fourth-place finish at the finale, but he had two wins and seven podiums in the class in 2015.
ITP Racing 2015 Season Results
Westley Wolfe – 450cc A, Production A
Megan Manshack – Women
Niamh Shaw – Schoolgirl (13-15)
Chris Furches – 90cc Automatic Senior (13-15)
Sam Rowe – Pro Sport, Pro-Am A
Haedyn Mickelson – 450cc A, Production A
Lucas Lamons – Junior (25+)
Tyler Mack – Production B
Brandon O’Neill – 90cc Shifter (12-15)
Peyton Zimmerman – Youth All-Star (13-15), Supermini (12-15)
Grayson Eller –Schoolboy Junior (12-15)
Mack – 450cc B
O’Neill – 90cc Open Senior (12-15)
Johanna Vossman – Schoolgirl (13-17)
While the 10-round Mountain Dew ATV MX National Championship Series has concluded, the postseason awards banquet for racers is to be held on Saturday, November 21, at the Kalahari Waterpark in Sandusky, Ohio. For more information, visit www.atvmotocross.com.
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