Natalie and Hetrick finish on the podium for the last round of the AMA ATV Motocross Championship15.08.2012
Natalie and Hetrick finish on the podium for the last round of the AMA ATV Motocross Championship
ATV Pro class racer John Natalie won the final round of the 2012 AMA ATV Motocross Championship series held at Loretta Lynn’s Motocross track in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. Natalie was joined on the podium by his Motoworks / Can-Am teammate Joel Hetrick, who finished second overall.
The first moto belonged to Hetrick, who also earned the weekend’s Fastest Qualifier award, came out of the gate in second and quickly passed for the lead. Hetrick continued to pour it on and ended up winning moto one by more than 13 seconds. His Motoworks / Can-Am teammate Natalie started the race in fifth, but was stuck in a heated battle for the rest of the moto. He eventually worked his way into fourth place before the checkers flew.
Moto two started out average for Natalie, as he came off the line in seventh. However, by the end of lap one, he had moved into the top three. One lap later, Natalie had picked off another racer and set his sights on the leader, Creamer. Natalie powered around the outside of Creamer in a wide right-hand sweeping corner to take over the lead. From there, the 2011 AMA ATV MX Champion didn’t let up as he went on to win the moto. His 4-1 finish outpaced Hetrick’s 1-5 scores, and earned Natalie his third overall win of 2012. His victory secured second place in the overall points championship with 428 points.
“This was the first time I have won an overall at Loretta Lynn’s,” said Natalie, “and this was really special for me; almost like winning a championship. I have to thank everyone at Can-Am, Motoworks, and my mechanic Casey Greek. We had a good season. We didn’t have a DNF and we were on the box every round but one.”
Hetrick ended his second professional season in third place in the Pro class points standings with 382 points.
“This was a great year and I am really happy to be up on the box as much as I was and I finished in the top three at the end. That’s what I was aiming for. Next year I will be going for the championship,” said Hetrick.
Place - Name
Number - Hometown Total Points
1st - CHAD WIENEN
#44 - GALENA, IL 459
2nd - JOHN NATALIE
#1 - WARRIORS MARK, PA 428 (-31)
3rd - JOEL HETRICK
#88 - SENECA, PA 382 (-77)
4th - JOSH UPPERMAN
#20 - LOUISVILLE, OH 363 (-96)
5th - THOMAS BROWN
#84 - SANGER, TX 350 (-109)
6th - DEREK SWARTFAGER
#26 - KNOX, PA 245 (-214)
7th - ADAM CLARK
#31 - ELYRIA, OH 238 (-221)
8th - MARK MADL
#41 - KATHLEEN, FL 228 (-231)
9th - JEFFREY RASTRELLI
#728 - PALM CITY, FL 221 (-238)
10th - JESSE BARNES
#91 - MOUNT PLEASANT, IA 198 (-261)