On the second weekend of July the AMA, NEATV, and Canada’s best riders would head to New Berlin, New York to do battle at round 8 of the 2012 AMA ATV National series. Pro Am rookie Cody Janssen is coming off a few sub-par rounds due to mechanical failures and injuries, but with 3 rounds left he has top 3 in overall points in his sights and is willing to do anything to achieve his goal.

“This is my style of track, rough and fast is my style. I think this is going to be a great weekend for the Janssen Motorsports Roberts Racing Outlaws team.” Cody said coming into the weekend. Pro Am Unlimited is raced on Saturdays at national events. In the first moto the rookie from Wisconsin found himself in 7th early. He made a couple good passes but by the time he made it into 4th the top 3 had distanced themselves. By the last lap Janssen had closed the gap to under a second but a downed rider cost him his chance of making the pass for 2nd or 3rd. The second moto would be better for Cody. He started in 2nd behind Cody Gibson before making a mistake and going back to 4th. He made the pass for 3rd with 1 lap to go and on the last lap was all over fast veteran Nick Moser but just couldn’t make the pass. Cody’s 4-3 moto scores left him just short of the podium with 4th overall. “It was a good day for me. The second moto could very well have been the best moto of the season for me. Gibson and Moser are two of the best guys and to stay with them like I did is really big for me. My bad start in the first moto is what cost me a podium finish today, but we made up points and now third in points is at our fingertips.”

Sunday’s Pro Am Production racing would start out very solid for Janssen when he qualified 3rd overall. But early in the 1st moto he re-aggravated a thumb injury and fell from 3rd place to around 10th, this prematurely ended the rookie riding the #25’s day of racing. “Thumb is huge and the ligaments are loose and stretched out but its official, going to give it a go at Red Bud. I have to salvage 3rd overall in points. Thanks for the support everybody, honestly can’t thank you all enough!” Cody said via facebook on Thursday. “My thumb will be okay. I am doing everything I can to get it better as soon as possible. It’s a shame it had to happen because I felt so strong at Unadilla but now we head to my favorite track and my home track at Red Bud, and I am bound and determined to podium and get myself into 3rd overall in points. Expect big things next weekend in Michigan!” God Bless.