ATVMX Round 4, South of The Border in Hamer SC
HAMER, S.C. (May 13, 2019) – South of the Border MX (SOBMX) in Hamer, South Carolina, set the stage for round four of the AMA Pro 2019 ATV Motocross National Championship (ATVMX) Series, an AMA National Championship. Phoenix Racing Honda/Maxxis Tires/Elka Suspension’s Joel Hetrick was determined to get through this round with the win and put the troubles of Ironman behind him. Hetrick accomplished any goal he may have set prior to the event taking both moto wins and claiming both SSi Decals holeshot awards on a track that ffered him everything he needed to race out front virtually unchallenged from gate drop to the checkered flag.
Several changes to the SOBMX track offered up increased challenges and with weather not being an issue, temperatures climbed into the mid 80’s with plenty of soil drying sunshine combined with a slight breeze that helped. With a very unusual off cambered turn two and several modifications to the jumps, dialing in the track remained a challenge. For Hetrick however it was hard packed and fast which suit his style giving him a blank canvas to hammer out the days win in commanding fashion. While entering the race with a very low pressure attitude, Hetrick seemed to do what he does best and had fun with the dominating performance.
Jeff Rastrelli Land Grading/Baldwin Motorsports’ Jeffrey Rastrelli came out on fire in the first moto and was setting a blistering pace for himself and Brown, as the pair went bar-to-bar several times fighting for position. Lap after lap of intensive racing took its toll as the energy spent seemed to open the door as Wienen took full advantage and went from fourth to second as he rode past Brown and Rastrelli. The speed Rastrelli showed was impressive and if he can find the endurance to run a full moto at that speed, he should be back on the podium and looking for wins.
The series heads next to Muddy Creek Raceway in Blountville Tennessee over the May 25th and 26th weekend. This is another venue that can be super-fast and should provide another weekend of intense racing action as the world’s fastest ATV motocross riders go for it all in the beautiful eastern Tennessee countryside.