Ballance Moto-X in Oakland, Kentucky, is the home of nine-time GNCC Champion, Bill Ballance, making it a prestigious stop on the AMA ATV Motocross Championship Series schedule. And no team was anymore inspired than K&N supported Can-Am Motoworks' John Natalie and Chad Wienen, as they dominated round three of the ATV racing series by capturing first and second.
Natalie made a statement that he's hungry for a championship and he has what it takes to win.
John Natalie and Chad Wienen battled in both motos, but Natalie the "Ironman" never gave in, holding the number one spot all the way to the checkered flag.
From the drop of the gate in the first moto Natalie was all business, going from his third place start, to pulling a lead in only five laps. Teammate Wienen hung with Natalie, pressuring him for several laps, but the Ironman never gave in and held the number one spot all the way to the checkered flag.
In moto two, Natalie once more looked to run away with the race, but Wienen again caught up to the number 13 Can-Am rider and the battled ensued. Despite Wienen's best efforts, Natalie managed to keep his lead and take the moto two win, giving him his first overall win of the season. A clear message had been sent, Natalie is hungry for a championship and he has what it takes to make that happen.
"I had a great race out there and I think we put on a good show for everyone," Natalie said. "It was great to hear everyone cheering us on. I have to thank everyone at Can-Am and Motoworks for helping us get to where we are."
Natalie and Wienen currently hold first and second in the AMA ATV Motocross Championship Series.
Wienen was looking for his third straight win, but for round three he would have to settle for the number two spot on the podium.
Wienen comments were, "John and I both did a good job out there and made it on the podium. I have to thank all of our fans. It was great hearing them all cheer as we went by, that really helped to keep the momentum going. I didn't get the starts I wanted, but I gave it everything I had and caught up to John, but he made it hard for me so I am happy to take second this time."
Casey Greek, Natalie's mechanic spoke to K&N Race News and told us, "Really the only thing he (Natalie) did different is get great starts both motos and get out front early on. John also won at Budds Creek (round four in Mechanicsville, Maryland) which was an awesome race to win! It was definitely one of the muddiest races I've seen in years. John pulled both hole-shots and checked out winning the second moto by 30 seconds."
Arguably the Motoworks' team has six of the fastest ATV riders on the planet. The ATV race team is currently sitting in first and second in the AMA ATV Motocross and the WORCS series, and they hold the number two spot in the NEATV series as well.
"So far the season is going great for our Race team," Greek says. "It looks like John and Chad are gonna battle it out for the AMA Championship and Josh Fredrick and Jeremie Warnia will battle it out for a championship in the WORCS series. As long as we keep a humble approach, and keep working hard, we really hope to come away this year with three championships. But, right now, it is still early in the season so it's just a race-to-race program. Our goals are set to give 100 percent at every race, and leave nothing on the table, and hope we get the big goal at the end of the season."
And if the ATV racing team wasn't dominate enough, this season Motoworks added 2010 AMA ATV Motocross Champion, Josh Creamer, to their roster.
"We are very excited about that," commented Greek, "He will be racing full-time in the NEATV series, and will make it to a few of the AMA ATV motocross races."
Team Can-Am Motoworks next race is May 21, at Steel City in Delmont, Pennsylvania. "We hope to see all the fans there," offers Greek. "Don't be shy, come by the Can- Am Motoworks factory rig and say Hi!"
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