WIENEN CLINCHES 2012 AMA ATV MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP AT LORETTA LYNN'S

Another piece of history was made at the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. as Chad Wienen clinched his first-ever AMA Pro ATV championship, adding to the tally of titles VP has fueled in the Pro ATVMX division. The series finale of 2012's AMA ATV Motocross National Championship boasted some of the most exciting race-battles of the year, but it was the 2012 champion Chad Wienen that grabbed the spotlight.

Wienen opened the 2012 season with a big win for his all-new Wienen Motorsports/Yamaha team, ultimately winning six of ten rounds in the series. Perhaps the biggest feat of all for the 27-year-old was bouncing back from a serious back injury that kept him out of the final four races of 2011.

"This last year to date I was out with a serious injury and I made up my mind that I was going to come back and give everything to win a championship in 2012," Wienen said. "It's been a long time coming. Everybody has to pay their dues-some more than others-and I'm just fortunate to have this opportunity to come back and do this."

Wienen kept a reserved pace in the beginning of the race, eventually applying pressure on Upperman for second. It wasn't long before Thomas Brown put himself into the mix, making it a three-way-battle for second and third place. Defending champ John Natalie got a mid-pack start and finally joined the front-runners, applying pressure on Brown for fourth. Former ATVMX champ and Can-Am/BCS rider Josh Creamer also put himself into the mix early on but eventually dropped outside the top five.

Natalie put his Motoworks/Can-Am machine around Brown for fourth place just before the 2-lap card came out and the two continued to dice back and forth until the checkers. Hetrick bested the field in Moto 1, as Upperman, Wienen, Natalie and Brown rounded out the top five.

In Moto 2, it was Creamer who grabbed the SSiDecals Holeshot Award with former ATVMX champ Joe Byrd, Natalie and Brown close in tow. Natalie and Creamer battled back and forth before the 2011 champ took over the lead early on. Natalie began to pull a gap on the second place of Creamer as the race wore on.

Meanwhile, things heated up for the third place spot as Brown, Byrd, Hetrick, Wienen and even rookie Jeffrey Rastrelli engaged in battle for a majority of Moto 2. Brown eventually pulled away from the pack, where Hetrick and Wienen were banging bars while attempting to get around Byrd, who eventually pulled off the track just after Hetrick and Wienen passed him for a top five spot. Soon after, Wienen was past Hetrick and applying pressure on Brown for third and the Yamaha duo pushed until the checkers-Brown coming out on top for third. His 5-3 moto scores weren't enough to secure a top five overall, however.

Natalie went on to win Moto 2 and the overall for the day with 4-1 scores, but it wasn't enough to keep Wienen from taking the 2012 championship title. With 3-4 finishes, Wienen took a consistent approach to finish third overall.

Source: GNCC - ATV Motocross


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