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ATV - GNC MX May 31, 2014 | Walnut, IL Results

Wienen Motorsports’ Thomas Brown and Chad Wienen swept to a 1-2 Yamaha finish at the fourth round of the 2014 AMA Pro ATV series at Sunset Ridge MX in Walnut, Ill. on Saturday, May 31. It was a magical weekend for the pair as Wienen won the first moto and Brown the second, with Brown’s 2-1 moto scores giving him the second AMA Pro ATV overall win of his career. As for Wienen, his 1-3 motos were plenty good enough for second place, and they also kept the points leader’s red plate on his YFZ450R for another round of the nine-event series. Wienen now leads the title chase by 28 points over rival John Natalie, while Brown’s win edges him closer to third in the standings.

Conditions were warm at Sunset Ridge, but breezy conditions helped to clear any dust. Making the day even nicer, Wienen enjoyed a home-track advantage and a large fan base of family and friends onsite – who also enthusiastically supported Brown. When the gate dropped for the first moto on Saturday afternoon, Wienen and Brown both started outside the top five. They immediately began working forward together, advancing to third and fourth, respectively, by the end of the first lap. The pair continued forward from there, passing rival Josh Upperman for the lead just before the halfway point. From there Wienen stretched out a gap on Brown, ultimately finishing four seconds ahead of his teammate.

Moto two was even more exciting – especially for Brown. Once again starting outside the top five, the pair battled forward in close formation for the majority of the moto, fighting over second place. Thomas put a move on Wienen for the position, and then set his sights on race leader Upperman. However his rival had other ideas, and kept inching away from Brown during the final laps of the race, expanding the advantage to 3.7 seconds on the seventh of 11 laps. But then Brown turned up the heat, stripping away three seconds of Upperman’s lead, and starting the final lap less than a second behind. Three corners from the finish line, the Texan made a decisive pass to secure the moto victory and overall win. Brown said, “Everything worked well today and I’m so thankful for the cheering and support the fans gave us whenever we passed by.” Added Wienen, “I’m proud I was able to get on the podium and I’m even more proud to see Thomas take the win for the team.”

 Pro Class
 1 Thomas Brown - YAM   
 2 Chad Wienen - YAM   
 3 Josh Upperman   
 4 Joel Hetrick   
 5 Jeffrey Rastrelli   
 6 John Natalie   
 7 Ronnie Higgerson   
 8 Josh Creamer   
 9 Nicholas Moser   
 10 Casey  Martin   
 Standings
 1  Chad Wienen - YAM 176 
 2  Thomas Brown - YAM 150 
 3  Joel Hetrick 150 
 4  Josh Creamer 144 
 5  Josh Upperman 126 
 6  John Natalie 123 
 7  Joe Byrd 99 
 8  Nick Denoble 90 
 9  Jeffrey Rastrelli 88 
 10  Tyler Hamrick 72 



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