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July 15, 2013

Wienen rides 1-2 finish to Unadilla ATV title

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Chad Wienen is getting stingy.

Points leader Wienen earned his sixth straight overall victory in the ATV Motocross National Championship Series, which held its eighth round at New Berlin’s Unadilla Valley Sports Center on Saturday.

Wienen gave up the holeshot to Josh Upperman in the first moto but took the lead during the first lap. By the end of the second lap, Wienen held a two-second lead and maintained that cushion for the victory in the opening moto.

“I am really happy on my moto 1 win,” Wienen said in a media release from ATV Motocross. “Unadilla’s a really tough track on the rider and their machine. I knew I had to get out front quickly and ride my own race. We had our bike set up perfectly and it was really hooking up well on the fast track.”

John Natalie finished second in the first moto and was followed by Joel Hetrick, who earned the Fastest Qualifier Award during morning practices. Josh Creamer placed fourth and Thomas Brown rounded out the top five.

Creamer took the holeshot in the second moto en route to a wire-to-wire triumph that resulted in a second-place finish overall as Wienen placed second to secure the Unadilla crown. Natalie placed third in the second moto to earn a spot on the podium as he finished third overall. The second moto also featured a fourth-place finish by Brown and a fifth by Upperman.

Wienen will enter the ninth round of the championships — July 27 at Red Bud MX in Buchannan, Mich. — as the series leader with 360 points. Brown stands second with 302 points, followed by Creamer (292), Natalie (280) and Upperman (258).

Hetrick (257 points), Nick Denoble (201), Jeffrey Rastrelli (196), Joe Byrd (167) and Casey Martin (158) round out the top 10 in the points standings.

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